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March 30, 1975- July 15, 2023
Chico Leonardo Robinson was born to the late Robert Leonardo Williams and Donna Jo Robinson on March 30, 1975, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He departed this earthly life in Hamilton, Ohio Saturday, July 15, 2023.
Chico grew up in the communities of Northside, Lincoln Heights, College Hill and East Walnut Hills. After losing his mother Donna Jo at age 11, her devoted sister Ruth Renae Irving stepped in to fulfill the mother role. With the backing of their large, loving, extended family, Chico and his little brother Thomas were nurtured and supported. Because of this devotion Chico understood the importance of building solid connections with family and cherished those relationships throughout his life.
Chico attended Hughes High School where he played on the football team. It was in high school where Chico found a love for numbers. His charisma, combined with his love for people catapulted his success in the auto industry, where he spent most of his professional career. He served in progressive roles of leadership including Finance Manager and General Manager to multiple car dealerships. Chico’s sales and finance teams won multiple, prestigious awards during his tenure.
Chico is the epitome of a strong man. He understood the importance of hard work, sacrifice and dedication. He was able to conquer the challenges of being a single, black dad which exemplifies his tremendous devotion and determined character. Not to mention that behind every great man, there is a great woman. Chico and Melissa (Clarke) Robinson were married on August 5, 2004. Chico often shared that Miss was the needed anchor of his life. Miss strongly supported Chico in all his endeavors. Through this loving union they were able to blend their family of four children (Larry, Chico, Lacey and Logan) and of this union Collin was born. Chico loved having a large family. Chico valued and nurtured the needs of his children. He worked to ensure that they’d be the independent and successful adults.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Melissa Robinson; sons Larry (Katie) Foster III, Chico Robinson and Collin Robinson; daughters Lacey Foster and Logan Cathey; grandchildren Aubrielle Foster, Alayah Williams, Noelani Reyes, Liani Foster, Leland Mathews, Tylen Robinson and Leyton Matthews all of Fairfield, Ohio; mother Ruth Renae Irving; brothers Roberto Williams and Thomas (Kertrice) Davenport; sister Cara Irving; mother-in-law Marcia Clarke; sister-in-law Erica Tevis; Brandon North Cousin (Son); special friend Rasu Salaam and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and customers.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Gloria Day-Robinson and Thomas Oscar Robinson, paternal grandparents Leon Williams and Elsa Williams-Logan, parents Robert Leonardo Williams and Donna Jo Robinson, brother Stephen Tevis.
Chico was well known and loved by many. He will always be remembered for the nicknames he gave out, his hysterical humor, hilarious caps, quick-witted comebacks, unfailing love of R&B music and most of all his willingness to take in and help anyone in need.
Friday, July 28, 2023, at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Friday, July 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
“I love you dad and ima carry our name til I stop breathing “don’t talk me to death” I’ll show you !”
“R.I.P. Chico. Love you. I miss you. Aunt Barbaranne from Clearwater, Florida.”
“Where do I even start we’ve been friends since 1990 and best friends ever since. I honestly can’t believe that I am writing this I’m sending love to your wife kids and family. We will be besties in the afterlife save me a spot Chicwick love you always and forever J”
“Just wanted to let my “work family” ( work Mom & 2 sisters) that all of you are in my thoughts & prayers .We are a close – knit family & when one of us in pain – we all are but we will get through this together Love, Sheryl Armacost”
“Chico You had the biggest heart, the life of the party so how is it your gone? You touched many hearts including mine. I will miss you brother-in-law Until we meet again Kim Clarke”
“Our hearts are heavy , you will be forever greatly missed and we will cherish all the memories we have of you. Prayers for our cousins and aunt. Rest in paradise uncle, we love you”
“Sending prayers of comfort and peace to Melissa and the family. Chico, I will miss our heated debates but more importantly that BEAUTIFUL SMILE with the slanted eyes! You were a MAN of great caliber and the legacy you started lives on through your family!! Melissa, your strength is UNSURPASSED! May GOD keep you in this storm just like he did in 2007!!! I Love you dearly Keisha”
“Praying for you and your family Renae. My thoughts are with you as you walk through your loss.”
“Dad💙 You may not have given me the gift of life, but we’ve came a long way together and for that our lives are better. The bond between us , is an eternal one. I just wanna thank you for stepping up and becoming the dad you didn’t have to be . You meant the world to me😩😩 Only a heart as pure as yours, would give so unselfishly. The many things you’ve done and all the times you were there for me , helps me know deep down how much you really cared💔 I appreciate EVERYTHING you did for us🤞🏽🤞🏽 I LOVE YOU FOREVER & ALWAYS💙💙💙💙”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family”
“My heart is so heavy never would have thought you would go before me!! Gonna miss you lil cuzzin. Today is my moms birthday so please give her a kiss for me. Rest Well cuzzin and I’ll mourn you til I join you!!”
“My deepest sympathy for your loss My prayers are with you and your family”
“Tears are in my eyes as I leave this message of our warm and most deepest condolences to the Robinson family. My Bryce have had the honour to have Collin as a friend. It was obvious how Collin was loved well balanced in kindness and by the love of his parents, His dad and mom. The hospitality the Robinson house have shown to others is beyond words.. Just down right remarkable. I recall sensing the love when ever I would leave my son to have an amazing weekend of coarse. I pray that God’s Peace rest, rule, and abide with you all, comforting your hearts during this hour… Peace and Blessings.. the Muldrows”
“I love you uncle Chico this is so unreal to me still . I know you’ll be watching over us .. When you get home you know my mama is going to be waiting right there talking the most ish and partying it up !!! I know you’ll be in good hands with her and nonnie and all the other beautiful angels you get to meet again ! I love you 💕 and your forever I’m our hearts and never forgotten…. RIP Unc 🙏🏽”
“You were so well liked by family will miss your since of humor love you 😍 😘”
“Rest easy and continue to watch over the family they will need it🙏🏿😇”
“Prayers and condolences to you and your family. We love you”
“Forever in our hearts”
“You will really be missed unk.. We love you… been thru somethings with you bro and you were always a stand up guy we have been blessed to have you in are life’s love you Uncle Chico…”
“Our deepest condolences to Thomas Davenport and the entire Robinson family for your loss.”
“Sending my prayers to this beautiful family for strand comfort during this time! Keep the great memories that you shared and love of family! It will never get easy but it will always be a memory to keep going everyday! Love you guys”