John D. Robertson

Born: Sat., Jun. 29, 1935
Died: Sun., May 20, 2012


Funeral Service

2:30 PM Sat., Jun. 02, 2012
Location: Whispering Oaks Chapel


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John Drummond Robertson of Hermitage passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2012. He was 76. John was born on June 29, 1935 to John & Jessie (Jones) Robertson in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Niles McKinley High School & was a graduate of Mount Union College & Boston College. John worked as a Teacher for 37 years in Lordstown, Niles, Mineral Ridge, Southington & most recently for the Hermitage School District where he retired after 15 years.  He was of Methodist Faith.

John lived every moment of his life to the fullest.  He was a scholar, caring teacher, Latin expert, sports enthusiast, and quite the Scrabble player!  Throughout his life he was a scorekeeper for both baseball and softball teams & later was a regular at the Scrappers games.  He spent many summers in California with his brother Jim & his family. Most recently, he enjoyed Saturday evening movie nights with his friends at Whispering Oaks.

John is survived by his sister-in-law Judy, his nieces Amy & Beth, and his many friends in Sharon & at the Whispering Oaks community.  

There will be a Celebration of his life on Sat., June 2nd at the Whispering Oaks Chapel Room at 2:30pm.
Requiescat in pace - Rest in peace.

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA 16148.

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Jerry Brown
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
Dear family,
I never knew Mr. Robertson but he seemed like a person who loved life and will be deeply missed. Please know that Jehovah God understands your loss and "He is near to those who are broken in heart" Psalms 34:18. Also know that soon he promises to "Wipe every tear from your eye and death will be no more" Revelation 21:3,4.
May God daily carry your load.

Gigi Marino
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
I had the pleasure of being in Mr. Robertsons Latin class for 4 years and English also He had a wicked good sense of humor and was so intelligent! To this day I still find myself remembering how much fun our Latin class was because of him. He was always at the basketball games and would pretend to trip me with his cane when I snuck past. Bless you and your family. The class of 1983 Lordstown High School will never forget you.

David Kilbert
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
John Drummond Robertson was a wonderful man. I met him the summer i broke my leg in high school and he tutored me at home. That summer he also broke his leg and we spent the summer attending Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians games. He taught me how to score baseball games. My father passed that same summer and John was a male figure to look up to. He taught me so many things, but the greatest would be to live life to the fullest and enjoy each moment for what it is worth. He will be sorely missed! I will always cherish that summer and the many other times we shared. May you rest in peace.

Marlene Muth Zupp
   Posted Thu May 31, 2012
I went to Lordstown High School back in the late 70's and I never really knew Mr. Robertson but I never heard a bad thing about the man from anyone that had him for a teacher..God bless you Mr. Robertson and I am sure you are in Heaven with Mr. Elia also!!

Clem Marion
   Posted Thu May 31, 2012
To the family of Mr. Robertson,

I am shocked and sadden by over Mr. Robertson's passing. I first got to know Mr. Robertson when I began covering high school sports for the Niles (Ohio) Daily Times back in the early 1980's and he was at Lordstown High School. I would get a kick-out of covering the softball games from the various schools which Mr. Robertson taught at, because the players would go to him for their batting order or seek some game day information from him, instead of their coaches.
He kept such detailed scoring books for the various high school teams over the years it was unbelievable. Anytime that I would be working on a story after a game for the next days sports page (s) and I needed some stats, or other information, I was able to call Mr. Robertson at home and get whatever information that I needed. He would always ask, "Is that all?" or "What else do you need that I can help you with?" He was always gracious to assist me in any way possible.
I lost touch with Mr. Robertson for a few years, then when I started photographing sporting events for the The Herald in Sharon, Pa and Mr. Robertson was at Hickory High School, we were able to renew our friendship.
The last time I saw Mr. Robertson was a couple of years ago in the Giant Eagle in Hermitage and we had a nice little visit.
It was remarkable, because I would see him only a couple of times a year, but yet he remembered me over the years.
He would always get that gleam in his eyes when it was close to the end of a school year and I would ask Mr. Robertson what his plans were for the up-coming summer and he would say, "I'm going to California to see my brother and catch some Angels games." Oh, how he loved baseball.
The only regret I have is that Mr. Robertson was never one of my teachers. While I never attended any of the schools at which he taught at, from just being around him and talking to him around the baseball and/or softball diamonds, I would have loved to have been one of his students.
He was a great human being that made this world a better place and will be greatly missed.
Take care Mr. Robertson and rest in peace !!!!

Ruth Scott
   Posted Fri June 01, 2012
Johnny, You were my first love at 13 years of age. When I left for Virginia, I never forgot. I came back to Ohio when you were so ill in the hospital with polio. I will never forget you. I carry the poems you wrote me and still carry your photo. I will never forget get the love we shared!!!!!. Matter of fact, I talked to you sometime ago and reminded you of our love. Goodbye my love, I will see you in Heaven some glorious day as you were a good man!!!!!

Mary Rafail
   Posted Mon June 11, 2012
I just read the news of my dearest friend in Hermitage passing...we were quite the pair! Mr. R. we called you! All the memories just came flasing by and I had to shed some tears. I last talked to you awhile back when I called you as I always did...every now and then. We had a great conversation. My family loved you dearly. We were indebted to you and your love for us. My children are better people because they knew you. You were the very very best teacher and friend a person could have.
All the wonderful times we shared. There were a good 12 years we were together constantly! I will never forget how you took Robyn (daughter) under your wings and took her to the plays in Pittsburgh...she saved every playbook and ticket. Remember the circus ventures! Then those crazy Christmas Tree decoration parties at your house, the kids would decorate your tree and watch scarry Halloween Movies!! All the games we attended and you kept score all those years. Every game Robyn and John played you were there to cheer them on. How Robyn loved to come up and get all your congrats after her games. John Sr. had at shed a tear as well...you two were quite the pair at the baseball games...the ump and the scorekeeper...such fun! All the birthdays you shared with him and Robyn. She had the best graduation party ever thanks to you. All the dinners we ate on the way to the games. We were traveling buds to so many volleyball, basketball and football games! I was hoping to get to see you this year when we come back to Pa for a visit in July...guess, I just missed you...I am sorry to say. I enjoyed all the phone visits and all the fun times. There are far to many memories to list here. However, they are tucked away in our hearts. You Mr. R. were the best of the best. You were happy and positive person, never complained about anything or anyone. You were the best human being I have ever met. We have been apart for years but always close in heart. Please rest in peace now my friend...till we meet again, keep that score in heaven. We love you...
Mary and John Rafail and family.

Paul Gadola
   Posted Wed June 13, 2012
I was very sad to learn that John Drummond Robertson III had passed away. He treated me so well while I was a student of his at Hickory HS and we became great friends. We went to MLB games in Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto. We went to hundreds of HS basketball games and went to the State Championships in Hershey for 6 straight years. I'll never forget him and know that he'll be with me forever. You are truly missed Mr. Robertson. I love you and will see you again someday.

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