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Felix Robinson, obituary

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Felix Robinson Dies Suddenly At His Home

Felix G. Robinson, editor of Tableland Trails and a free lance writer and historian, died suddenly Monday evening, September 11, at his home, "Mendeli", on South Third street, Oakland. He was 69.

Mr. Robinson also was an associate editor of the Glades Star, a publication of the Garrett County Historical society, and contributed articles to several magazines, the Baltimore Sun and the Pittsburgh Press. A graduate of Gettysburg college and Seminary he was a Lutheran minister for several years, serving Emanuel Lutheran, The Bronx; St. John's by the Sea church in Long Island, N.Y.; Trinity Lutheran church, Keyser, and the Arthurdale Community Church.

He had developed and directed the annual Mountain Choir festival at Mt. Lake Park amphitheater for several years which attracted much attention and had such guest stars as R. Werrenrath and Eleanor Stieber of the Metropolitan Opera. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt was interested in his choral work while at Arthurdale. At one time he represented The Westminster Choir School as travel agent. He also directed the Friendsville Bicentennial in 1966 and the Oakland Centennial in 1949, writing the music for the Ballad of the Yough for the former and the Song of the Oaks, for the latter.

For several years Mr. Robinson had been preparing manuscript for a book, "Potomac Trails", which was about ready to be turned over to a publisher.

A veteran of World War he was a member of Proctor Kildow Post No. 71, American Legion, in Oakland, the Garrett County Historical Society, and a member of St. Peter's Catholic church, Oakland, and the Knights of Columbus. He had lectured on numerous occasions on church liturgy and music.

A native of Oakland he was born July 24, 1898, a son of the late Dr. John G. and Martha Hinebaugh Robinson.

Surviving are his widow, Lucille Henry Robinson: a son M/Sgt. Ariel D. Robinson, with the air force at Biloxi, Miss.; three daughters. Mrs. Albert (Muriel) Franc, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mrs. William (Heather) Ferguson, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Mrs. David (Monica) Martoff, Los Angeles, Calif.; and one brother, Rev. Ralph Robinson, D.D., Harrisburg, Pa.; two sisters Mrs. Ruth Baird, Gettysburg, Pa.; and Mrs. Jane Gorman, Hempstead, N. Y. and 23 grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Leighton-Durst funeral home in Oakland.

The Rosary was recited at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock.

Funeral services were conducted at 9:30 this morning from St. Peters Catholic church with Rev. Fr. Regis Larkin, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery. Monsignor Paul Lackner, head of Holy Name Society for Diocese of Pittsburgh, assisted Father Larkin at the mass.

Serving as pallbearers were Rev. Vaughn Taylor, George Hanst, Paul Tasker, Walter Humbertson, Paul Turney and C. W. Englander.


The Republican


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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