John “Kid” Robinson was born on June 19, 1956 in Chicago, IL to the union of Harold and Eddie Mae Robinson. John loved Christ and accepted Him as his Lord and Savior. At an early age, he was baptized at the Avalon Community Church.
His early days were spent on the West Side of Chicago in Little Italy before moving to the Avalon Park neighborhood with this family. He attended Avalon Park Elementary school where he was a member of the famous “Court Masters” basketball team. This is where his love for basketball began and where he developed lifelong friendships with the “Avalon Boys” (Ricky Green, Al Shannon Bowens, Harold Robinson, Chuck Gordon, Deneral Campbell, Michael Dove Turner, Paul Fredericks, Harry Harris, Claude Hill, the late Blair Thomas, Reece Morgan, Howard Shell and countless others too numerous to name).
It all began on the Robinson’s Court in the backyard at 8126 S. Kimbark. John attended Hirsch High School where he excelled academically as well as in basketball. He played on the Varsity Basketball Team where they went on to win the Illinois State Championship in 1973. They were the first team to win the State Championship in ten years.
After graduating from Hirsh High School at the age of 16, he went on to attend the University of Michigan where he played for Coach Johnny Orr for 4 years. In 1977 they went to the NCAA Finals where he and childhood friend, Ricky Green competed for a National Championship.
After graduating from the U of M, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1978. He then went on to be an Assistant Coach at Iowa State and Central Michigan University. John was later inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. He later became an administrator with Stranger Hospital.
John was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-mother Helen, brother Steve and sister Carol.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his sisters, Diane, JoAnn and Debra (Tina); brothers, Harold and Mike; nephews, Kenneth, Todd, Steve, James, Dillon and Antonio; nieces, Michelle, Kimberly, Michelle, Meloney, Cendrine, Jillian, Liz, Kayla, Danille, Janessa, and Chelsea; sister-in-law, Janice; cousins, Barbara, Edie, Cookie, Joe, Billy and a host of numerous family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the chapel of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. Rev. Dr. Elva Ward will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mount Sinai Community Cemetery, Prince George. There will be a wake at the chapel from 6 to 7pm, Friday evening at the chapel of William N. Bland & Son.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at www.blandenterprisesinc.com.