Obiturary: Phil Robinson, Jr


Phil Robinson
Phil Robinson, Jr was born in Ocala, Fla. on Dec. 20, 1921. He passed away suddenly on Jan. 8, at Waterbury Hospital.
Robinson attended grammar school in Naugatuck, where he grew up. He graduated from the Wooster School in Danbury in 1939. He matriculated at Princeton University and graduated from Tufts University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In the interim, he served in the United States Army Air Corps, specializing in Meteorology, in Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, and the Pacific, during World War II.

After the war, he worked for Eastern Malleable Iron in Naugatuck, and Waterbury Farrell. From 1960 until his retirement in 2000, he worked as an advertising representative for Thomas Publishing Company. He also founded and owned GOSH Electronics and Robitec Electronics, of New Britain and Cheshire respectively, for years.

In his spare time, he was an avid fly fisherman, snow skier, a voracious reader, and an engaging storyteller. He was a member of the 70 plus Ski Club, and the Zipfelberger Ski Club, where he met his wife of 56 years. He was also a member of the Mayflower Society, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and served as president and treasurer of the Southern Connecticut Business Professional Advertising Association. He also served on the Region 15 school board, was a justice of the peace, a member of the Naugatuck Rotary Club, and served on the vestry at St George’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

He leaves his wife, Gwen, of Middlebury, sons Mark, of Middlebury, and Scott of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and his favorite granddog Poobah. He was very loved in life and is very loved now.

His funeral was held on Thursday Jan. 13, 2011 from the Alderson Funeral Home of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow St. and proceed to St. George’s Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill Road., Middlebury for a Requiem Eucharist. Burial was in Grove Cemetery, Naugatuck, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr. P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492-5022, or St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 162, Middlebury, 06762-0162, or St. Vincent DePaul Society of Waterbury, 34 Willow St., Waterbury, 06710. For further information or to send an email condolence, go to