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Oct. 28, 1925 – Jan. 1, 2013

Louis E. Robinson, of Buffalo, a retired Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority mechanic, died Tuesday. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he excelled in mechanics at Burgard Vocational High School. He served in the Navy during World War II , one of the few African-Americans to serve in the submarine division.

Highly regarded as a diesel and electrical mechanic during his 40 years with the NFTA, Mr. Robinson often was called in as a troubleshooter on complicated problems, his family said. He retired in 1991.

In retirement, he became an avid gardener. One summer he harvested more than 100 tomatoes from a single plant.

He was a member of Bennett Wells Post 1780, American Legion, for 37 years.

His wife of 53 years, Carrie Boyd Robinson, a social worker, died in 2005. Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Ann, Denise Sullivan and Vanessa Morrison.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 657 Best St.