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John A. Robinson Jr., retired Lancaster village police officer

June 9, 1933 – June 22, 2016

John A. Robinson Jr., a retired Village of Lancaster police officer, died Wednesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lancaster High School and served in the Navy in the Korean War as a gunner’s mate aboard the destroyer USS Van Valkenburgh.

Returning from service, he had factory jobs and worked briefly for the Lancaster Village Highway Department before joining the Village Police in 1961. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Buffalo State College and retired in 1989.

Mr. Robinson was a 60-year member of the Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department and was the department’s photographer.

He also was a member of the Western New York Association of Retired Police and the Lunker Anglers. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, metal detecting and photography.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Carol Marzolf; two daughters, Kathleen Dunlap and Julie George; three sons, John A. III, James N. and Paul D.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary’s Hill, Lancaster.

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