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OCT. 1, 1927 -- NOV. 8, 2004

Services for the Rev. Sidney S. Robinson Jr., an Episcopal priest who served at several Western New York parishes, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Cathedral, 128 Pearl St. Burial will be in the cathedral columbarium.

He died Nov. 8 in The Waters of Aurora, East Aurora, after a lengthy illness. He was 77.

The Buffalo native attended School 81 and Bennett High School. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Hobart College in 1951 and played jazz piano in a college band known as Joe Banana and His Bunch: The Band With Appeal. He once worked as a firefighter on a Great Lakes freight ship.

Father Robinson took graduate studies at Lehigh University and taught for a year in the English department of the University of Buffalo.

He enrolled in 1952 at Bexley Hall Seminary in Gambier, Ohio. He was ordained a priest in 1957 by Bishop Lauriston L. Scaife.

His first appointment was as vicar of St. Barnabas Church in Akron. He served briefly at St. Christopher's Church in Warrendale, Pa., before being appointed to churches in Lockport and Niagara Falls.

He also helped to found mission churches, such as St. Aidan's in Alden, while serving as a full-time rector in Akron.

Father Robinson enjoyed building and painting model airplanes and was a Buffalo Bills fan.

He was married for 23 years to Sally Taylor Robinson, who died in 1995. His second wife, Carolyn Mahaney Robinson, died in 2002.

Surviving are a daughter, Sarah H. of Buffalo; two sons, Stephen B. and Peter M., both of Buffalo; a stepdaughter, Carrie Morrow of New Haven, Conn.; a brother, Donald L. of Ashfield, Mass.; and three grandchildren.


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