Lawrence G. Robinson, 85, of Philadelphia, who retired in 2015 after 30 years as a security officer with Breyer Estates Condo Association in Elkins Park, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Jan. 2 at Vitas Inpatient Hospice at 13th and Wolf Streets in South Philadelphia.
Mr. Robinson was born in and grew up in Atlantic City.
A granddaughter, Lillian Robinson, wrote in an appreciation that, "as a teenager, Lawrence used to run paper routes and shine shoes. He used to hang on the Boardwalk having picnics on the famous Chicken Bone Beach."
Mr. Robinson married his first wife, Lois, and they moved to Philadelphia, where he became the doorman for Philadelphia Musicians Union Local 77.
His wife, Lois, died in the 1960s, and he married his second wife, Elaine, in the 1970s, his granddaughter said.
After he left the musicians local, she said, in the 1970s and 1980s he owned two candy stores in South Philadelphia.
Mr. Robinson then began his career with Breyer Estates, she said.
"His strong spirit, wild sense of humor, and slick talk can never ever be replicated nor duplicated," she said.
Besides his granddaughter Lillian, Mr. Robinson is survived by sons Roland, Lawrence Jr. and R'Mell Robinson, daughters Lynnette Robinson and Alicia Williams, two brothers, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A visitation was set from 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the New Hope Temple Baptist Church, 312 Manheim St., Philadelphia 19144, before an 11 a.m. funeral there.
Condolences can be offered to the family at slaterfuneralhome.com.