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James Robinson Jr., 72, of Williamsville, a retired American Airlines employee, died Saturday (July 26, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Okmulgee, Okla., he served in the Navy during World War II. He came to Buffalo from Pittsburgh in 1950 and was a resident of Williamsville since 1971. He worked in several industrial plants before joining American Airlines in 1969. He retired in 1991.

In retirement, he was active with the 1490 Senior Citizens Program and assisted other senior citizens and friends in St. John Towers, often providing them with transportation for grocery shopping and medical appointments. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church.

He and his family were hosts to an exchange student from Barbados in 1971 and subsequently opened their home to other students and young people needing temporary housing.

He was active in the color guard of Bennett Wells Post 1780, American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Erma Dean Anderson Robinson; a daughter, Lisa Kaye; three sisters, Doris Collins and Leatrice Bullock, both of Lincoln, Neb., and Marie Green of Okmulgee; and a foster daughter, Wanda Thompson of Raleigh, N.C.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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