Yorktown Remembers David C. Robinson, the ‘Birdhouse Man’

David C. Robinson poses with a couple of adoring fans, Jill and Maddie Myers. Credits: Cristi Myers
A birdhouse made by David C. Robinson and his wife, Amelia. Credits: Cristi Myers

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – David C. Robinson, the man who sold birdhouses on Route 6 for years, died last week at the age of 82.

A Cortlandt resident, Robinson was a familiar face to any motorist who traveled on the section of Route 6 that connected Mahopac and Yorktown, near Whispering Pines. On the side of the road, Robinson often sat next to his car, which served as a display for the many homemade birdhouses he had for sale.

Robinson, formerly of Ossining and Somers, died on Wednesday, July 19, after a long illness, according to his obituary. His family said many knew Robinson as the “Birdhouse Man.”

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Yorktown News readers fondly remembered him.

Cristi Myers, a Somers resident, said, after seeing him for many years, she decided to pull over and purchase a birdhouse from him in 2015. During that conversation, she recalled, Robinson said he and his wife, Amelia, had been selling birdhouses in the area since 1986. Robinson told Myers that he made the houses while his wife and sister painted them.

“I am so happy that we took the time to pull over and buy one of his hand made birdhouses not too long ago,” Myers said. “He was like an icon in this area.”

Kevin Murphy said he stopped several times over the years and bought birdhouses for gifts and for his home.

“I remember one time we talked about how much work he put into them,” Murphy said. “One thing we talked about was the love he had for his wife. [He is] a gentleman that will be missed.”

Naomi Riello said she bought a New York Yankees themed birdhouse from Robinson.

“He was a very pleasant man,” Riello said.

Madelene Conetta said she and her family saw Robinson regularly on the side of the road. She said he was a “wonderful man” with a “wonderful story.”

“We purchased a yellow birdhouse, which we see every day from our deck,” Conetta said.

Robinson was raised in Somers by Pauline and Joseph Schreier. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Amelia (Lobus); three daughters, Celine (Ronald) Karabinos, Stephanie (Richard) Frommelt, and Sheila (Anthony) De Rosa; five grandchildren, Andrea, Eric, Adam and Elaina Karabinos, and Rich Frommelt; he is also survived by his brother, George Fiero, and many nieces and nephews.

Mass was held at St. Ann’s Church in Ossining. Interment followed at St. Augustine’s Cemetery in Ossining.

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