Captain William "Robbie" Robinson
Sadly I have heard that Robbie passed away 22nd September 2018. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues at this difficult time.  Robbie passed away peacefully after battling cancer.

Service details

Robbie's service was held at the Surrey & Sussex (Worth) Crematorium on Friday 19th October     Map here

A gathering to remember Robbie will be held afterwards at the nearby Copthorne Hotel Gatwick. 

The family extended a welcome to Robbie's friends and former colleagues to attend

Any donations in Robbie’s memory, can be made to Prostate Cancer UK or St Catherine’s Hospice,

William Remembered

From Alan Robinson  (Robbie's son)
My dad joined Silver City at Lydd in 1957 after serving 8 years in the Royal Air Force as a Sergeant Pilot. At Silver City / BUA he flew Bristol Freighters until 1968 when he transferred to BUA at Gatwick and converted to the BAC111. He continued to fly the BAC111 for the remainder of his career. He retained his position after the take-over by British Airways and retired from the airline in 1990, aged 58, after 33 years of service for the company. Thereafter, he continued to fly the BAC111 for a further two years for Birmingham European Airways, until his final retirement at age 60.

At the time of the take-over at the beginning of 1988, Dad was number 7 on the BAC111 seniority list, and number 29 in the overall British Caledonian list. At the end of his career, he had flown more than 20,000 commercial flying hours and more than 2,000 military flying hours.

All of our family worked for British Caledonian over the years, my sister Sue Robinson as cabin crew, my wife Julia Hurlin as cabin crew and I worked for Curly Walter at British Caledonian Aircraft Trading.

From Tricia Riley : Flew with Robbie many times. He was an officer and a gentleman RIP

From Marjorie Anglesea Jackson : RIP, Captain Robinson. I flew with him many times on the BAC 1-11.

From Caron Phillips : RIP Captain, and my condolences to his family

From Mary Dowdall : R I P Capt. WILLIAM, a perfect gentleman

From Rosemary David Whitten : RIP lovely man. Condolences to his family.

From Lilian Bainton : RIP Captain Robinson. Condolences to his family

From Mike Jeffs : RIP Robbie condolences to Sue and the family

From Jean Carlyle-Lyon :
Probably my favourite Captain, one of the absolute best. Flew many times with Robbie.  A total gentleman. Fly high Robbie!

From Tony Cutting : Fly high Bill, condolences to family and friends a fine man and aviator RIP

From Fee Flee : So sorry Fly Free Captain x

From Susie Douglas-Smith : Last flight for a lovely guy. My heart goes out to his family and friends

From Denny Gaskell : A true gentleman and a gentle man. I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. RIP Robbie. X

From Dolorsmaria Vila-mills : My sincere condolences to his family. May you R.I.P. ROBBIE

From Joanna Dyckes : RIP in the great crew room in the sky condolences to the family

From Susie Caldwell : Awww, he was such a nice man, very sad, thanks for the fun times Robbie. X

From Chrissie Samuel : Loved that Captain!!

From David Heal : A really nice Man. RIP Robbie

From Ann Roberts : A lovely man and always a pleasure to fly with, fly high Robbie xx

From Loz Allan
My sincere condolences to Robbie’s family and close friends. It has been a privilege to fly with Robbie who was always approachable and highly professional.

From Fergy Ferguson
Robbie was one of the group operating the ex-Gatwick 1-11s out of Manchester and Birmingham prior to retiring. RIP

From Bill Newman
I first met Robbie when we flew together from Lydd airport in 1966 and again later on the BAC 1-11 fleet at Gatwick. A relaxed and very competent pilot who was always ready to help and encourage us very young and junior co-pilots. I always enjoyed his company both on and off the aircraft. A good man who will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and many friends.

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Condolences were also extended by:

Jackie Hebert, Dave Thaxter, Don Eckford, Julie Nuttall, Christine Jegu, Richard Friend, Kris Massie, Riaz Butt, Lesley Peacock, Jenny Thomas, Ian Jones, Brian Buchanan Aitchison, Pat Cresswell, Don Eckford, Barbara Harmes, Reed Purvis, Marion Clamp, Debbie Dean, Valerie Edwards, Mike Jeffs, Clair Vickers, Susie Douglas-Smith, Martin Leach, Vanessa Ridgway, Steve Hope, Nick Washington-Jones, Gywn Jenkins

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