Matt Robinson, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away at Kenosha Aurora Hospital from Rhabdomyosarcoma, at the age of 63. He was born, raised and lived in Wilmot, WI, his entire life. He married the love of his life, Patti, in 1984. They had one daughter, Liane, and 2 beautiful granddaughters, Oli and Gabby, all of whom, he loved with all his heart.
Matt was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing, gardening and drinking a Miller High Life by the fire. His greatest joy was his family and sharing his love for the outdoors with them. Some of his most treasured memories were spending their annual 4th of July vacation in the cabin on Blueberry Lake in Northern Wisconsin. From the time the grand babies were born, grandpa and grandma would trek to the lake to teach them to appreciate all the beauty of family togetherness and being on the lake. He taught both grand daughters to fish, bait their own hook, take the hook out with needle nose pliers, how to filet a fish! And how to tie up the boat!
But his real talent came around the campfire-sipping his High Life, watching the fire and demonstrating how he can roast a marshmallow bigger than the graham cracker!His fire building skills along with cooking on the tripod were unmatched. Just the thought of his BBQ chicken and ribs over the open fire, makes my mouth water. He loved camping-not glamping at an RV resort. Real camping that had trees, wooded paths, and an open sky to see the Aurora Borealis at night. He was the first one up in the morning to make the coffee, as he watch the sun rise. He was the one who made every other camper’s mouth drool from the smell of bacon in the air. He loved to show off his talent of making perfectly toasted pudgie pies for everyone around the fire, in his antique cast iron makers. He loved teaching others how to create their own deliciousness over the open fire without burning it.
Matt was a trained master journeyman carpenter with an acquired 4 yr apprenticeship education in Metal Lathe for commercial construction. He always down played his educational background, as not being a traditional 4 yr degree from college, just trade school certification and not being good at school. But his quick measurement, and geometry math skills were amazing to watch. Measure twice, cut once. While he was having memory recall problems, from his brain tumors, during his first hospital visit, he was asked to say the month and the year, which was very difficult. He needed to show cognitive functioning to be released. I told one of the doctors, to ask him a harder number related question - how many inches in a yard? Immediately, he responded 36! The doctor said she didn’t even come up with that, that fast! He was released a few hours later.
Almost everyone who knew Matt, had some type of building construction or repair done by him- he completely remodeled and renovated our family home, built a new farm house with his father for his sister, constructed an entire mouse/vermin proof hunting cabin in the woods for his family deer camp, added a pool deck with hand dug trenches for his electrical wiring for his daughter, put an entire roof with new rafters built on site for his brother, replaced floors using his laser level with new joists, did new bathrooms including electrical and plumbing, did an elaborate basement man cave, to say the least, for friends. Anyone who needed his mastery of skills, became an instant priority. His end product always exceeded your greatest expectations of a job well done.
His genuine smile, friendly and calm demeanor were the key to his ability to make and keep lifelong friends. Right up to his last moments, he continued to be complimentary, and appreciative for the love, friendship and care he received from everyone around him. He is preceded in death by his mother Anna Louise (Hansen), and father Richard Warren Robinson. He leaves behind his wife Patricia, daughter Liane, son-in-Law Luis, granddaughters; Olivia and Gabriella, 2 Bonus-grand children Elliana (Jeff) and Jayden with one Bonus-great-grand child, Milo. Sister Elaine (Mike), bothers; Joe (Tammy), Mark (Kim), brother in laws; Joe (Bambi) and Gary, along with numerous nephews, nieces, extended family and very close friends who were like family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial fund donation.
A Life Celebration memorial dinner with a beloved Miller High Life toast will be held on Friday, June 10 From 5:30-9:30 pm at the Twin Lakes American Legion.
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