Wednesday, July 8, 2015

RIP Frankie Robinson- A runner for all seasons

Frank Stuart Robinson, 82, died Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

He was a retired electrician for ADT, a 1953 graduate of Manual High School, a member of Cherokee Road Runners and St. Bernard Catholic Church and a former marathon runner and senior triathlon competitor.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruby Craddock; children, Sharon Robinson Breiner (Howard), Pat Robinson (Laura) and Danny Robinson, Sandy Sallee (Frank), Marian West (Bob), David Pierce (Kyle) and Kevin Pierce (Karen); 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 7005 Tangelo Dr., with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation is noon-8 p.m. Friday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road.

Pray for Frankie's eternal rest and joy in the Kingdom, and peace and comfort for his family and friends.

From WLKY-TV: 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A 82-year-old man who was hit and killed while crossing Bardstown Road is being remembered. Frank Robinson was a local runner who finished the Derby Mini-Marathon nearly 40 times.

Swag Hartel said he met Robinson in his store, SWAGS Sports, in 1978 when Robinson had just begun introducing running to the Louisville community.

"And back before running was even popular, he would run down Briscoe Lane and was really an avid runner even before it became big,” Hartel said.

Robinson not only became an expert in his craft, but he shared it, and is credited by many in the running community to setting Louisville’s running community on fire.

"Everybody loved Frank because he'd encourage people and loved helping beginning runners. He was the nicest man," Hartel said.

"He was very competitive that's what I remember about him most. I think I only beat him in one or two races and I never let him forget that you know," marathon enthusiast Glenn Miller said.

Robinson’s friends say his camaraderie, competition, and love of running will never be forgotten.

Police said weather may have played a role in the accident Tuesday night.

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