Saturday, 13 December 2008

In Loving Memory of Gladstone "Sledge" Robinson

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Gladstone Robinson (Sledge/Glady) came to England from Jamaica in 1958 and lived in Notting Hill. Gladstone was a well known and much loved and respected man in the community.
He passed away in his home from smoke inhalation, due to a house fire. A tragic, sudden death on the 09/12/08.

Glastone's funeral will be on the 20th December 2008 leaving from JH Kenyon, Westbourne Park Road at 9.00am. Service be held at All Saints Church 10.00am and burial at Kensal Rise Cemetery.

A Husband to Adline I. Robinson,
A Brother, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
A spiritual teacher and proud, wise, Rastafarian man.
A painter & decorator, percussionist - specializing in Nyha Binghi Bongos drums and a model.
A wise, strong, honourable and humble man
A loved and greatly missed man.




39 comments:

  1. I remember this warm wise elder teaching me about his life experiences in this country growing up as a young black Rastafarian man. He was teching me what life was like then, when ever I had met him I really looked forward to hearing him teach me and pass on knowledge. These are the memeories that I will hold of this dear man, who touched so many lives. My thoughts are with the whole family at this time. May he rest in everlatsing Peace!

    Much Love

    George.

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  2. The children call you Gladdy,
    The sons of Ras Tafari call you Father,
    The Grassroots call you Sledge and the Rastaman, The Ras Tafari Brethren call you Founding Father - God Father and the High Priest.
    Remembering you Sledge-O-

    Candy

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  3. BABY

    When I was a Baby, Gladdy held me up high with Strong, Big Hands.
    When I went to school he wanted to know
    what is 6 x 3 = 18.
    When I was Seven years old he taught me
    DOH REH ME.
    When I was sensible he taught me.
    The Faith of Righteousness
    When I was a grown strong Black Woman
    We Talked.
    When I was a Lady you stood as the example
    of a GENTLE - MAN.
    Your Daughter Candy

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  4. jahman is what my granfather called me. a real man the best good better best i will remeber everything gramps teached me. gramps guided me
    threw everything not just me the whole family he showed 1 love and is still a blessing to all of us 4ever living 4ever sure.

    from
    j. camacho aka isiah and his grand child he named menen k.camacho jah guide grandpa

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  5. Spunky , Christine And Tobias.14 December 2008 at 08:01

    Condolences To Jermaine And Family Blessings To You From The Most High. Bless Up To Your Mother Candice. A Great Loss To All Of Us Of A Hunble Good Spirit Elder Who Will Definately Not Be Forgotten To Thos Who's Path He Crossed. Bless Up And Hold Tight , One Love Rastafari. Your In Our Hearts Of Hearts.

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  6. Beloved Woman & The Tree Spirit14 December 2008 at 15:49

    He was a wise and gentle man, Humble and kind, Strong and houourable. One of the last Bingy Elders to walk amounst us. Now he is no more everything that he taught us through his being here must be remembered.

    Spread the Love...

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  7. Wise, kind ,humble, strong and honourable. One of the last Bingy Edlers to walk amounst us. As he crosses over to join the ancestors - let us not forget all that he has left for us - let his legacy be remembered.

    Spread the Love. xx

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  8. A great elder, who has passed some great knowledge forward to our people and their life of learning. We must pass what we have learnt from this great elder onto our future generation. May the ancestors path a safe and blessed passage to the spritual relm.
    More love and blessing to the family members.

    More love
    One love
    Sista Aura

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  9. So saddened to hear of the passing of such a great and wise many. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and condolences goes to the family and friends he leaves behind.

    Much love
    Debi x

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  10. A WISE , HUMBLE AND BELOVED MAN. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM MANY YEARS AGO ON ALL SAINTS ROAD. HE SPOKE OF WISDOM , GUIDANCE AND HUMILITY. WE HAVE LOSS A GOOD MAN AND I HAVE LOSSED SOMEONE I RESPECTED TO THE MOST HIGH. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE SIR. MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE. MUCH RESPECT , DOUBLE HH

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  11. Aunt Janette (Gladstone's youngest sister,)

    My Brother, Brother Sledge was a loving and peaceful person. One on whom you could depend. He was always there for me in difficult times.
    Oh, how i deeply miss my brother, but i know one day i will see him again.
    JAH live....

    I am still living in Jamaica, in the family home Glady grew up in. And will be holding a Ni-night (ninth night, the traditional night of song and prayer. Feel free to join in and commerate in any way you feel suitable) for my brother

    Jah Blessings
    Sister Jannete

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  12. May the Almighty give you strenghth,good fortune follow those you love,heath be in your family's footstepswisemind guide you on your journey,integrity be in your shadow and peace be wiyh you.1LOVE,Ancestors give you joy.

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  13. Chad and Camarra From us to You UnCLE sledge16 December 2008 at 15:17

    MAY JAH GUIDE AND PROTECT OUR DEAREST UNCLE SLEDGE,AS HE TRAVELLS ON THE JOURNEY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS...THE FATHERS KINGDOM...
    ONE LOVE, ONE UNITY!
    PEACE UNTO YOU UNCLE.
    Good, Better, Best

    YOUR - Grand Niece and Nephew CHAD & CAMARRA XXX

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  14. Uncle Sledge...
    may your spirit STILL move like a Magnet.
    Peace and Love
    Respect
    Guidance and Unity
    Dignity and righteousness shall always prevail!
    To my cuzons, still love, strentgh
    From the Williams HARRY WRAGG and ICY

    JAH GRANT US SERENITY-to one and all-
    AS WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT THE THINGS WE CANNOT CHANGE,

    COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS WE CAN, AND

    WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

    MAY JAHHHH GUIDE US IN THIS JOURNEY..WE KNOW AS LIFE, THAT THROUGH THE HUMBLENESS OF OUR SPIRITS, WE CAN ACCEPT JAH WORKS.
    CAH JAH WORKS IS JAH WORKS AND THATS WHAT WRAGG SAY...LIKEWISE ALL THE PILLOWS OF THE COMMUNITY LADBROKE GROVE

    KEEP THE FAITH, ALL ROBINSONS, BROWNS, WILLIAMS
    AND EVERYBODY ELSE, YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE.

    ONE LOVE...PEACE UNTO YOU UNCLE SLEDGE

    YOUR NIECE...WENDY

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  15. To the Robinson familly, with my most heart felt condolences to the passing of a zion solider.
    The first day i was introduced to gramps i felt privileged and honured,that i got such a warm welcome from a greatly respected elder,it will live with me for ever.
    I see the family as part of me as i was so warmly and genuinly accepted. It was only the other day we were all at granmas 10th anivesery, it was a beautiful time, we all know grandpa wanted to be with Adline and now he is, i just hope they dont brake up the place.
    Jah guide sledge as i know he will,as i said to nya," jah has his soilder now" so lets not be greef stricken but joyous that no harm or foul play can harm this bleesed soul again. I would like to say to the family thank you for involving me in many aspects of your lives and teaching me many more,you all know i am hear for you all, if you did not well i am.so to all the robinsons and others jah bless,jah guide and jah protect. much love honour, love and respect, the unnoticed one nicola mc. nicci.

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  16. .~*~. RIP Glady .~*~.

    Deepest condolences to the family.

    love strength and blessings from

    Cordelle, Rosie & Paget

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  17. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow

    May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. May the blessings of love be upon you,
    May its peace abide with you,
    May its essence illuminate your heart,
    Now and forever more

    Hold tight to memories for comfort,
    lean on your friends and family for strength,
    and always remember how much you are cared about.

    All our Love Rose, chris & Jasiah xxxxx

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  18. He used to call me Ven Ven. My fondest memories of him, is him and nana laughing as I would recount my stories of scuffs and victorious fights as a young (tomboy) girl. Rest IN Peace Gladdy. To God Most High we belong and to Him we return.

    Venetia & Jamal.xx

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  19. Truly a Legend we will miss you dearly although we didnt see each other often you made a significant presence in our lives, from us all down south.xxxxx

    Love and solace to all the family Robinsons xxxx

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  20. uNCLE sLEDGE , YOU had an AMazing SEND off nothing less than what you deserve...
    every drumbeat represented the honour we hold for you...
    every note represented the sweet memories in which we shall always cherish...
    and every person represented the impac you had physically emotionally and personally...

    our prayers will reach the most high and through him peace shall be granted unto you

    a righteous man, devoures a righteous and clean heart...in which we find you...in jahs house FORIIVER MORE...your final resting place

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  21. from Barbara Tomlin-Shaw
    Sledge gave us a sense of being, a consciousness that spanned decades and infused our minds and hearts with the knowledge and truth of our cultural history. A truth that was so blatantly denied to us for many, many years. I thank him for his wisdom and his steadfastness, his views and opinions, his cultural integrity and his spiritual strength. His funeral was testiment to his wonderous works...drums that speak to your heart, reassuring that feeling of spiritual existence. R.I.P Gladstone (Sledge) Robinson

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  22. Gloria V Robinson Sister (Jamaica)22 December 2008 at 02:56

    This message comes from the hearts of Gladstone's relatives living in Jamaica and Florida, USA:

    Gloria Veronica Robinson (sister), Jeanette Joy Robinson (sister), Danielle Ethline Alexis Robinson (niece), Andrea Ann Marie Medwinter (niece), Kingsley Nathaniel Rowe (nephew), Dwayne Alex Medwinter (grand-nephew), Andre' Jermaine Medwinter (grand-nephew), Ashli Jessica D'Andra Medwinter (grand-niece), Oswald G Harding, Jeremy Alexander Harding, and Zachary Hugh Harding(cousins).

    Our thoughts are united with Gladstones' Children, Grand-children and Great-grand-children in the love, as you mourn his sudden passing. We all share your sorrow and must now bear it together,although we are miles away. Please remember that we are with you in sympathy and prayers.

    May God, who loves each of us, stay always at our side to comfort us throughout these days and the ones ahead. May the Almighty God be our constant friend and guide."We can do all things in Him who strengthens us" Philippians 4:13


    Love from Children,grand-children and great-grand children

    Aunt Gloria (on behalf of the others)

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  23. In hounor of Mr Sledge

    " Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you ask me, 'Where are you going?' Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and rightousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to rightousness, because i am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
    "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears,and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
    "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."


    Much Love and Respect.

    Seobo.

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  24. His daughter, Marcia.24 December 2008 at 05:57

    Hi, thank you to everyone who has posted such heart warming and comforting words. I knoew my Dad was loved and respected but the love shown for him and sorrow expressed at his passing has exceeded any expectation. The honor bestowed upon him as a Wise but funny, an educator but not a lecturer, preacher without being a conventional preist and a father of his eight children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren and an entire generation of community, black,white & mixed races.
    A good brother to his two sister's Jannette and Gloria and his long passed and missed brother Oscar. A cousin to my Uncle Ossie also uncle to a uncountable amount of neices and nephews around the world. That's a lot of testimoneals of love... They will carry him through his journey and bring him to his rightful resting place. My father was a travelling man in his young days, so will look forward (never backward), to his new journey home. May he rest in the arms and be surrounded in the love of all his friends and family that have passed before him who he missed dearly, his mother,brother,Uncle's and Aunt's left first followed by his beloved Grandma Rosie then his father. Most devastating to him as we all know was the loss of his wife my mother, Mrs.Ade'(Adline),Little Miss, Robinson. More recentely many of his very close childhood friends had passed, Mortimo Planno, Alton Ellis and even a few of his younger bredrins who he bought up alon the was Tek-lah R.I.P.
    So i know my father will have the same amount of love awaiting him as he has left here in the physical world... His words of comfort after a passing of a loved one - "Don't look for me for i am not there". Prophecy of Jesus Christus.

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  25. In my father's church service i asked all to remeber him as he was. Try not to anguish over the way he died but remember as said during his service, God sent a chariot of fire to pick up Joshua after he fought the battle of Jerico - my father fought many battles against the system - also the story of Shadrack, Meshack & Abendigo who had passed through the fire. So it may seem destructive but fire is also a cleanser of the spirit...A vehical of Our Father and as in the book of Revelation shall be sent to purify the earth as it is after harvesting to prepare for a better crop.

    Please find comfort in these prophecies as his closest family and friends will seek to do...

    Bless up and Jah Guide!!!

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  26. francessca (grandaughter)24 December 2008 at 09:00

    i miss you gramps
    franie.

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  27. THANK YOU GRAMPS FOR GUIDING ADVISING AND GROOMING A WONDERFUL MAN WHO IS NOW A WONDERFULL FATHER TO HIS DAUGHTER. I MISS KEEPING YOU COMPANY DURING CARNIVAL,AND US ALL LAUGHING AND WATCHING MARCUS GARVEY AND SALASSI BIOGRAPHIES. I MISS YOU DEARLY AND KNOW YOUR EVER LIVING IN THOSE WHO LOVE AND REPRESENT YOU. THANK YOU FOR THOSE WISE WORDS YOU TOLD ME.
    BLESSINGS
    JAH GUIDE ME AND MENEN!

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  28. Glady
    Missing you in every way
    Missing you every day
    Remember how you always prayed
    My Father, Adviser and friend.
    Rest in eternal peace, Jah Guide
    a lighted candle and a prayer to you I send

    Love you always Daddy, Pa
    from Candy
    RAS TAFARI

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  29. Candy says:
    Gladdy,dad,my father, (Sledge)
    We Continue to love you
    Continue to praise,wake,work,rest,play
    Continue to see,listen hear,smile at da sun.

    Continue to pray,candle bright
    Continue to carry da Holy Cross.
    Continue to pray together,
    Continue to be together.

    Continue with tradition,
    World without end.
    Continue
    Jah Ras Tafari

    Candy, Grands & Great-Grands
    Jah Guide

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  30. Hail Jah,

    Always and forever, Sledge was loveed and respected as an elder of the Rasta comunity, we will always rember him, as we were all blessed to be graced with his presents here on Earth.

    My his light forever shine in his blessed family and off spring!!!

    Let Jah arise and all his enemies be scatered, battered and shattered.

    Jah live, yesterday, today & forever.

    Clive Allick (Aka Man Fi Bill) Moa Anbessa and Loard David, sound systems 1972-1981

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  31. The Good old days.....
    Remember the days when we all lived in the 'Grove' and the brethens, came from near and far to sit in with 'Gladdy'
    "inna Iditation inna Iration" to learn and beat Nyahbingi drums and blaze the Chalice to give thanks and praise to our Lord Jah;
    To begin all Brethens free up their Natty dread, and PSALM 133 was read aloud, and read together to open the praises.
    Today in this World
    MAN FIGHTING DOWN THEIR BRETHENS:
    Remember this is the black man mantra of brotherhood
    I dedicate this Psalm in memory of Gladdy.
    PSALM 133
    1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments;
    3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

    Candy

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  32. In Memorium
    In loving Memory of Glady,Gramps,
    Your Life was a Blessing
    Your Memory a Treasure
    You are Loved Beyond Words
    And Missed Beyond Measure.
    JAH GUIDE

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  33. Well i never met the old wise man. However my teachings have led me to this page. Having knowledge of his work and several deeds done for mankind, i am positive that he is living an abundant life in his reserved seat placed in heaven. May he enjoys his riches in heaven that he sacrificed here on earth.

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  34. Psalm 133 Lesson:
    This Psalm is an ecomium of Unity & Brotherly Love
    1) Doctrine shows the happiness of brotherly love.
    2) Illustrates the doctrine has twofold benefits.
    3) We are left to do it within & Singing it; provoking ourselves & one another to Holy Love.
    Overall it is the benefit of the Communion of Saints.

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  35. Bible Teachings from my Father (Sledge)
    Excerpts Verse 1 & Verse 4 (read in full)
    Psalm 68
    verse 1
    Let God Arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
    Verse 4
    Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

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  36. Father's Day Dedication
    I love you Glady. I give thanks for your love and faith in the ever-living creator Jah.
    Your prayers for us surrounds us with love, faith & wisdom, and continues forever.
    I miss you and love you for all eternity.

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  37. All good brothers and sisters, bredrin, and family, Portobello Market stalls, Mangrove community, Sledge true heartical bredrins, and dear family, all who after six years, still stand firm, and always will. Sledge family would like to say Thank you all for you kind words and continuous love and support. Peace, Ras-spect in every aspect. Candy.

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  38. Today Sledge came to my mind, as he does from time to time and I decided to Google him, remembering the iconic photo of hi outside the Golden Cross with a young Aswad. I knew him to be a quiet man who sipped his half Guinness occasionally with a small brandy chaser, in The Warwick Castle. He had this constant half smile on his face as if he was getting jokes to himself...he was respectful and I felt calm in his presence. The last time I saw him I walked him home, it was late and his legs were not as good as they had been, he still invited me in for a drink, which I declined, and now I kinda wish I had....because whenever he talked to me he had some pearls of wisdom and advice that never felt he was giving it but managed to hit the nail on the head as if he Knew what was going on and that it would all be fine as he knew who I was inside.....and keeping my heart clean was the most important thing. I love that I had a few moments with him and he will continue to pop into my thoughts as my life goes on........and btw.....he was right......everything worked out just fine........exactly as he knew it would (as I wrote that I saw him give me a big grin and wink....clear as day.....) God Bless You, Sledge.....know you are back with the love of your life together again xxx

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    1. Thank you fifigg. POWER TO THE TRUTH.
      One Love. Candy

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