In Memory of




Obituary for Paul Thomas Robertson

Paul Thomas Robertson died January 15, 2022 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital following a brief case of pneumonia. He was born January 30, 1928 in Lawrence County, TN to John Henry and Madgie Pauline (Fisher) Robertson. He lived in Tennessee until he moved to Michigan in 1947 as a young man.

In 1978 he married Kathleen (Kitty) Hanna Spokes.

Paul served in the Coast Guard near the end of World War II.

He then worked at several places in Ann Arbor before founding Robertson-Morrison Heating and Cooling in 1959. He retired in 1986.

Paul enjoyed life and spent his leisure time fishing, hunting, playing golf and spending time with family and friends. He owned several rental properties in Ann Arbor and often referred to himself as a “slum landlord”.

Paul was a happy member of Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor and Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples, FL. where he enjoyed many years of golf and friendship.

He was also a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor and Bay Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, FL.

Paul was generous with his time and talents, always helping people with advice and hands on help. He fixed about a million toilets and installed hundreds of garbage disposals!!

Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen; his sons, Gary of Naples, FL; Greg (Shawn) of Daytona Beach, FL; Brent of Ann Arbor; stepson, Will Spokes (Megan) of Birmingham, AL; grandsons, Gregory (Emily) of Plymouth, MI; Ken (Heather) of West Bloomfield, MI; Liam, Elliott, Henry and Oliver Spokes; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Hector, Alex and Hayley Robertson; sister, Faye Taylor of Lawrenceburg, TN; brother, Charles of Redford, MI; sister-in-law, Betty Robertson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; brothers-in-law, Jack (Darcy) Hanna of Ann Arbor; Harvey (Sue) Hanna of Cadillac, MI; sister-in-law, Maribeth Hanna of Ann Arbor; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John Edward Robertson, Marvin Spencer Robertson, Noble Quincy (Tobe) Robertson; his first wife, Columbia Robertson, nee Charles.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, January 19, 2022 5:30-8pm and Thursday, January 20, 2022 6-8pm at Nie Family Funeral Home, 2400 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. The funeral service will be held Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11am with visitation before at 10am at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Ann Arbor, MI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul's honor to Knox Presbyterian Church by mail to 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or online here: Knox Presbyterian Church Online Donations.; Bay Presbyterian Church by mail to 26911 S. Bay Dr, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 or online here: Bay Presbyterian Church Online Donations.; Samaritan’s Purse by mail to PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or online here: Samaritan’s Purse Online Donations.; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by mail to 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online here: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Online Donations.