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Willie F. Robinson, Bethlehem retiree <br> Jan. 6, 1924 -- Dec. 8, 2006

Willie F. Robinson of Buffalo, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. retiree and active churchman, died of emphysema Friday in Buffalo General Hospital. He was 82.

Born in St. Paul, N.C., Mr. Robinson moved to the Buffalo area as a young adult. In 1986, he retired from Bethlehem Steel after 40 years of service.

An active member of St. John Baptist Church, he served on the usher board.

Survivors include his wife, the former Christine Land; a son, Willie Jr.; a sister, Thelma Raye; and three brothers, the Rev. Marvin, Sam and Henry.

His funeral will be at noon Wednesday at St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St., after a wake at 10 a.m.

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