Phillip Charles Anthony Robinson was born to Jasmin and Luther Robinson in Kingston, Jamaica on October 28, 1952. He was called home on October 9, 2021, just three weeks before his 69th birthday.
Tuffy, as he was affectionately called by family and many of his friends, was a studious child. He attended Half Way Tree Primary School, Tarrant Junior Secondary School, and Kingston Technical High School, the premier technical high school in Jamaica. In August of 1969 his father and siblings migrated to Brooklyn, NY to join his mother. Tuffy joined them a year later. He attended Wingate High School for one year. Because of his strong SAT score, he was accepted to New York Polytechnic University and subsequently departed from Wingate before graduating. But after attending Poly for a few years, Tuffy returned to Jamaica and began working as an electronic engineer at JBC, which at the time was the only television station on the island. There, he worked with the top entertainers in Jamaica and was widely known.
After a few years at JBC, he returned to the US. In 1981, Tuffy welcomed a son, Matthew Westmoreland Robinson.
Tuffy excelled at whatever he put his mind to. In the 1980s he worked as a studio engineer at A&R, a preeminent recording studio in Manhattan that produced top artists of every genre, including rock, soul, blues, and pop.
In the early nineties he became intrigued with computers and in a few years he earned his Novel and Microsoft certifications. He soon became the IT Specialist at Sherwood Security Cooperation, one of the leading financial stock trading companies in the US.
It was a good period for Tuffy. In 1996, his second son, Justin Robinson, was born. A year later he earned the title Computer Specialist Employee of the Year.
But the music industry was calling again, so about 10 years later Tuffy returned to the recording studio. During this time he was an audio engineer working at various recording studios including Charlie’s, the top calypso studio at the time, and with the great Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at the renowned Studio One, a reggae studio considered the Motown of Jamaica.
With his restless love for technology, Tuffy couldn’t help staying involved in the cutting edge technology of the day. For about the last ten years of his life, up to the Covid years, he became a solar energy expert and subsequently became the top solar panel salesman for two of the largest solar energy companies in the eastern US.
Tuffy was a social butterfly, the life of the party, a bigger than life person, someone admired by many friends and co-workers. He was always laughing and infecting others with his joy. Unfortunately, he fell ill, quarantine clipped his wings and pushed him into a period of darkness. He slowly lost steam until his passing two weeks ago. He will be missed for the insightful commentary he brought to family gatherings, the positivity he brought to every conversation, and the smiles he brought to everyone’s face.
Tuffy was preceded in transition by his dad and first son. He is survived by his mother, Jasmin; his second son, Justin, and granddaughter, Anastasia; his life partner, Opal; three brothers, Frank, Paul and Noel; his sister, Evelyn; countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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