JACK VAL ROBINSON, JR., son of Jack Val Robinson, Sr. and Undine Andrews Robinson. was born on February 16, 1937 in Summit, New Jersey.
Jack was raised there and educated in the Summit public school system. An avid sports enthusiast, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. Later in life, he was selected into the Summit High School Football Hall of Fame. After high school, Jack served in the United States Army. He performed his service with the US troops in Germany after the Korean War. He participated in US Armed Services football team activities in Europe during his service.
Following his service in the Army, he moved to Vauxhall section of Union, NJ. In 1965, he married Irene Queen, also of Vauxhall. They moved to East Orange, NJ and had one son, Jack V. Robinson, III. They divorced 5 years later. Jack lived the remaining 50 years of his life in Vauxhall. He was a visible patron of the Vauxhall community as an active member of the Elks Order Lodge of Vauxhall. Jack worked as an electronic device technician for Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill for 25 years before his retirement. A man of the community, with upbeat and humorous personality, Jack developed close friends and associations that endured throughout his lifetime. These endearing relationships were an integral and important part of his life’s journey. After battling an illness for the last two years of his life, Jack transpired at home on March 10, 2020. He was 83 years old.
Jack was predeceased by his father, Jack V. Robinson, Sr., his mother, Undine Robinson, and grandmother, Frankie Mae Andrews. Jack is survived by his companion of 30 years, Jeanetta Williams, and their daughter Janena Robinson; his ex-wife, Irene Queen-Robinson and their son Jack Val Robinson, III, both of Newark, NJ; his daughters Carmen Booker and Doris Eve Motley, both of Newark; his son Allan Boykin of Red Bank, NJ; his sisters Robin Robinson-Ajaga and Candes Robinson-Reid, both of Maplewood, NJ, Jacqueline Robinson-Matthews of Sandwich, Mass, and Ertha Robinson-Rizas of Tinton Falls, NJ. He also leaves behind several grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
A private viewing for close family members was held for Jack on Friday, March 13th by Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home