Henry Ahlvin “Butch” Robinson
Henry Ahlvin "Butch" Robinson, 79, of Manoa, Hawai'i, passed away on September 9, 2019 at Queen's Hospital surrounded by his family. Butch was born on January 28, 1940, the only child to Henry Robinson of Waimea, Kaua`i and Edna Hortense Ahlvin of Joliet, Illinois. Butch grew up in Manoa a childhood full of impromptu, backyard football games and riding bike around the valley. He was a Punahou School Son of O`ahu, playing football for the Buff n Blue and graduating in 1958. He treasured the friendships forged there which spanned nearly 75 years, making sure he called on birthdays from his flip phone that he refused to turn in. He saw no value in a smartphone; he was smart enough to memorize all of their numbers! After a stint in college, Butch returned to the islands, and in 1962 joined the Honolulu Police Department. As proud as he was of his "Buff n Blue" heritage, he was even prouder of his "Blue" legacy. He started off on patrol in Waikiki, and for nearly 47 years, he served the community exemplifying the very values he expected from those wearing the uniform. Like that flip phone, Butch refused to trade in his ribbon typewriter for a computer. He was infamous for his single-finger typing, religiously combing over reports to ensure accuracy and professionalism. After retiring as 9-Star Major, he remained a familiar presence in and around the Main Station, volunteering, offering advice, and reminiscing old stories. Butch dedicated decades to coaching intermediate and high school football at various ILH schools Damien, St. Louis, Kamehameha before finishing at his alma mater. He was known for those black Bike shorts, knee-high white socks and a hat that didn't quite fit his balding head. He was dedicated to the pursuit of greatness for young men, inspiring and challenging them to be their best, on and off the field. Butch's life was one of a servant leader, treasuring and protecting those he loved, especially his wife Jeanne and his children and grandchildren. He was extremely proud of their academic, athletic and professional accomplishments, often swapping stories at his monthly HPD retiree brunch at Zippys' Kahala or his luncheons with his Punahou classmates at Asia Manoa. His legacy has touched so many people from different walks of life and continues to inspire greatness in those around him. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne, four children: Robby (Jamie) Robinson, Tiare (Jaime) Ahu; Missy (Gordon) Taculao, and Wendy Robinson, 9 grandchildren. Services will be held on November 3 at Central Union Church. Visitation: 3p in the Sanctuary; Service at 4p; Fellowship to follow, Parrish Hall.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased