After a life devoted to God and family, Clarence Franklin Robinson passed away on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles. He was 82-years-old. Clarence was co-owner with his wife, Sonja, of One of a Kind Hats, a well-known business in South L.A. He was also a faithful member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ where he participated in the Skid Row Ministry.
A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Clarence was born on Nov. 12, 1936. Following his elementary and secondary education in Asbury Park, New Jersey, he served in the U.S. Army as a photo lab technician.
Clarence went on to attend California State University – Northridge and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He gained employment at Dunham’s Industries and worked many successful years as a chemical engineer.
In 1968, Clarence united in holy wedlock to Sonya Thompson. This union produced five daughters and one son. In addition to being a loving husband and father, he enjoyed cross country running and even participated in studies about the sport in Brescia, Italy.
His life was filled with good times and he was particularly proud of a commendation that he received from former President Barack Obama.
His wife, Sonja, his children and seven grandchildren, his brother, and many relatives and friends will miss Clarence’s time on earth.