Anniversaries: Benjamin Robledo Died 21 Years Ago Today

Benjamin Robledo (1919-1990)

Twenty-one years ago today, on December 22, 1990, my grandfather Benjamin Robledo passed away.

Despite being my grandfather, I don’t know very much about Benjamin.  He led a hard life and just wasn’t in the lives of his children or grandchildren on any sort of consistent basis.  My last real memory of him was at my junior high graduation, and I am guessing he also attended my high school graduation.  But, although I did not know him well while he was alive, I do hope to fit together the pieces of his troubled life.

Biographical Snapshot

Benjamin “Ben” Robledo was born on May 29, 1919, in California (we think it might have been Long Beach) to Maria Nieto Robledo and Joe Robledo. I do not have a copy of his birth certificate yet — no excuse, I’ve just been too lazy to jump through all the hoops required to obtain birth records from restrictive Los Angeles County.  He spent most of his life in the Long Beach and Norwalk areas of California. I attended the funeral.

Grandpa Ben also served in the US Navy during World War II, but I’ll save that for a future post…

Benjamin Robledo & Siblings
Benjamin Robledo (far right), with two of his siblings.
Benjamin Robledo & Siblings
Benjamin Robledo (middle), with two of his siblings.

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