Howard F. Robinson |

Howard F. Robinson


Howard F. Robinson passed away July 13, 2007, after a long battle with lung cancer, with his loving family by his side. Howard was born April 18, 1934, in Detroit, Mich.

He graduated from State University of Iowa at the top of his class with a degree in pharmacy. He held licenses to practice in Missouri, Nevada, California and Illinois.

Howard opened up Robinson’s Capitola Pharmacy, which closed in 1996. He was a devoted professional pharmacist, loved by his customers and employees, revered by his colleagues, and a credit to his profession. Howard was an active member of both the community and the Santa Cruz medical industry. He was a Life Member of the Santa Cruz Elks, the California Waterfowl Association, Duck Unlimited, the past president of Temple Beth El, the past president of the Tri-County Pharmacists Association, the Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman, the South Bay Soaring Society and the Santa Cruz Wood Carvers.

Howard was a frequent visitor to the South Lake Tahoe area since the early 1960s. He proudly recalled to his sons catching numerous amounts of fish on Lake Tahoe. He even told his sons about an incident where he rented a small fishing boat from the Tahoe Marina. The boat motor failed on him and he floated to the opposite end of the lake. Somehow with his mechanical skills he was able to fix the boat himself and return back to South Shore. After that incident he had a new respect for Lake Tahoe. He owned quite a few boats in the Santa Cruz Harbor and he prided himself on having a bigger boat than his younger brother Ken.

He fulfilled a long time dream of having a second home in Lake Tahoe in 2002 and loved spending quality time with family up here.

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He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 50 years, Bobi; his son Craig, daughter-in-law Debbie, and granddaughter Hailey of South Lake Tahoe; his son Jeff, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandchildren Lauren and Ryan of Watsonville, Calif.; his son Doug, daughter-in-law Kellye, and granddaughters Gabriella and Isabella of Los Gatos, Calif.; and his son Mark of New York City.

A private funeral ceremony was held July 16. A public memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Elks Club Lodge in Santa Cruz.

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