Genealogy buff leaves legacy to Shores library – C&G Newspapers

Judy Wilson holds a photo of her sister, Joyce Robinson, as Wilson presents a check Feb. 7 to Mayor Kip Walby and Library Director Rosemary Orlando that Robinson bequeathed to the library.

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A legacy left by a longtime resident left the St. Clair Shores Library director speechless by its generosity.

Judy Wilson came to the Feb. 7 City Council meeting to fulfill the wishes of her sister, Joyce Robinson, who died two years ago at the age of 86.

“She was a saver, and she went to pharmacy school down at Wayne State in the early 1950s. She graduated as a pharmacist, and she worked at that her whole life,” Wilson said.

Robinson was very interested in researching her family’s genealogy and used the Local History Center of the St. Clair Shores Public Library for years of investigation.

“She did it the old way. She had to fill out paperwork. She used the library a lot for that,” Wilson said.

Robinson also took advantage of programs, seminars and other offerings from the Local History Center, as well as from the Ontario Genealogical Society.

In her will, Wilson explained, Robinson left a percentage of her estate, $181,844, to the St. Clair Shores Public Library to support genealogical research.

“It was early on when she became interested” in her family’s history, Wilson explained.

The Robinsons came from Northern Ireland, Wilson said. The Irish government paid for the parents and eight of their 10 children to immigrate to Canada in 1847. Wilson and Robinson’s father later immigrated with his three siblings to the United States, settling in the Detroit area.

“We’ve lived in St. Clair Shores since the early ’50s,” Wilson said. “For a while, we (Wilson and Robinson) lived together on Ardmore Park. Earlier, my mom and dad built a house on Ardmore Park, but the second time, we lived near the lake.”

With tears in her eyes, Library Director Rosemary Orlando thanked Wilson for her sister’s donation.

“I’m speechless. Thank you so much. That’s very kind and generous,” she said. “The Local History Center has been a great resource to many people, and this is amazing.”

Wilson said she believed her sister thought that funding the genealogy periodicals and the other resources she used at the Local History Center could be difficult, which is why she left the large bequest. Robinson bequeathed a similar amount to the Ontario Genealogical Society, Wilson said.

“With the genealogy center, we’re now trying to preserve the old ways and assimilate it into the new,” Orlando said. “We’ll have a long discussion to see what will happen” with the funds.

Orlando said this is the largest single donation to the library that she can recall.

“Your family and your sister understand the importance of the library in the community,” she told Wilson.

St. Clair Shores Mayor Kip Walby said that Orlando and members of the library board would meet with Wilson to determine exactly how Robinson would want the money to be spent.

“She left a legacy to the St. Clair Shores Library, and she left a legacy to the people who will come after her, (who) will enjoy the library (and) enjoy genealogy,” he said. “God bless her.”

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Judy Wilson holds a photo of her sister, Joyce Robinson, as Wilson presents a check Feb. 7 to Mayor Kip Walby and Library Director Rosemary Orlando that Robinson bequeathed to the library.

Photo provided by City of St. Clair Shores

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A legacy left by a longtime resident left the St. Clair Shores Library director speechless by its generosity.

Judy Wilson came to the Feb. 7 City Council meeting to fulfill the wishes of her sister, Joyce Robinson, who died two years ago at the age of 86.

“She was a saver, and she went to pharmacy school down at Wayne State in the early 1950s. She graduated as a pharmacist, and she worked at that her whole life,” Wilson said.

Robinson was very interested in researching her family’s genealogy and used the Local History Center of the St. Clair Shores Public Library for years of investigation.

“She did it the old way. She had to fill out paperwork. She used the library a lot for that,” Wilson said.

Robinson also took advantage of programs, seminars and other offerings from the Local History Center, as well as from the Ontario Genealogical Society.

In her will, Wilson explained, Robinson left a percentage of her estate, $181,844, to the St. Clair Shores Public Library to support genealogical research.

“It was early on when she became interested” in her family’s history, Wilson explained.

The Robinsons came from Northern Ireland, Wilson said. The Irish government paid for the parents and eight of their 10 children to immigrate to Canada in 1847. Wilson and Robinson’s father later immigrated with his three siblings to the United States, settling in the Detroit area.

“We’ve lived in St. Clair Shores since the early ’50s,” Wilson said. “For a while, we (Wilson and Robinson) lived together on Ardmore Park. Earlier, my mom and dad built a house on Ardmore Park, but the second time, we lived near the lake.”

With tears in her eyes, Library Director Rosemary Orlando thanked Wilson for her sister’s donation.

“I’m speechless. Thank you so much. That’s very kind and generous,” she said. “The Local History Center has been a great resource to many people, and this is amazing.”

Wilson said she believed her sister thought that funding the genealogy periodicals and the other resources she used at the Local History Center could be difficult, which is why she left the large bequest. Robinson bequeathed a similar amount to the Ontario Genealogical Society, Wilson said.

“With the genealogy center, we’re now trying to preserve the old ways and assimilate it into the new,” Orlando said. “We’ll have a long discussion to see what will happen” with the funds.

Orlando said this is the largest single donation to the library that she can recall.

“Your family and your sister understand the importance of the library in the community,” she told Wilson.

St. Clair Shores Mayor Kip Walby said that Orlando and members of the library board would meet with Wilson to determine exactly how Robinson would want the money to be spent.

“She left a legacy to the St. Clair Shores Library, and she left a legacy to the people who will come after her, (who) will enjoy the library (and) enjoy genealogy,” he said. “God bless her.”

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