Robinson Service Station owner passes at 82


Alphonso Montgomery Robinson, owner of Robinson’s Service Station on the corner of All Saints Road and Independence Drive died at the age of 82 years last Saturday at approximately 4:48 pm at the Mount St John Medical Center.

Alphonso Robinson, affectionately known as ‘Uncle Robbie’, ‘Chief’ and ‘Fruit’ was married to Catherleen Winter. The couple had five children – Ann-Marie, Sharilyn, Joan, Charles and Kaye. The marriage ended in 1980 after twenty memorable years.

Robinson leaves to mourn six children, also to include his first daughter Esther Robinson along with his sister Maria Robinson-Edwards.

In 1963 an opportunity presented itself and he took over the management and operations of All Service Station then known as Busy Bee. The owner at the time felt Mr. Robinson was the best person to take over the operations since he was the number one customer for the Station.

With the support of close family and his wife, he pursued this endeavor. The station’s name was changed from Busy Bee to Charles Robinson Service Station, after his father.   Five years later, as a result of turning around All Saints Service Station, Texaco offered him the management of Ottos Service Station which was Texaco’s new flagship station.  After he acquired the management contract of Ottos, he left the Government Workshop and pursued the gas station business full time.  Ottos became known as Robinson’s Service Station, and to this day a popular hang out spot.

Robinson Service Station on Independence Drive and All Saints Road

Robinson retired in 2007 and handed over the management to his son Charles Robinson.

“In recent years,” Charles remembered, “my Dad was not only my business partner but also my friend and confidante. I could always seek his advice and guidance, relying on his knowledge and wisdom, for that, I am blessed and eternally grateful.”

“For me, my Dad’s real legacy,” he continued, “is that he believed in humanity and took persons at face value and ultimately the lives of so many. Persons believe that my Dad had significant monetary wealth but his real wealth was in the lives he touched with his kindness and generosity.”

Robinson also died while still being president of the Antigua Service Station Association. The Association’s general secretary Maurice Percival said of the late Robinson that, “it’s a terrible loss. He was actually a soldier that stood up with us and our struggle to get a higher markup and our fair share of the revenues at the pump over the years as gas station owners.”

“By the time Robinson retired, he had already trained his son to fill in for him so well for him so well,” Percival commended.

“It was a continuation of the great work he started so many years ago and is a testament to the man he was.”

Robinson was a diesel mechanic by trade and worked several years at the government workshop. He also had many entrepreneurial enterprises before the service station namely: as an egg farmer; a self hire car business; a passenger bus business; and sewage and garbage disposal business as well.

The funeral for the late Alphonso Robinson will be held at the All Saints Anglican Church on Wednesday 9 May, 2018 at 2 pm.




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  1. Wow! Never knew/met him, but based on the sentiments expressed in the article, his living was not in vain. Sleep on til resurrection morning. Revelation 21:4

  2. I Remembered Him And His Father, At The Original Gas Station, On Fort Road; Near The Barrymoore Hotel! Then At The Other One In Ottos! He Was A Kind And Friendly Gentleman! His Beautiful Children Also! My Condolences To The Family!💒💖💙🌴

  3. I knew him as he used to live in All Saints right at the entrance to the original school . He had all these fowls in a large cage and they were all white. We never saw some many white fowls in one place. That was one of his entrepreneurial enterprises. He did seem then to be a respectable person.

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