Gregory Wayne 'Griz' Robinson, 56, passed away May 20, 2009. Survived by his wife, Denise; daughters, Gracie and Lesley; mother and stepfather, Joan and Jay Wampler; uncle, Dave (Vera) James; aunts, Carmaline Campbell, Eileen Waitman and Evelyn Butler; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mona Earnhart, Diana (Jim) Scott, Sheryl (Lee) Mosher, Linda (Bryan) Ricke, Dennis (Donna) Stewart and Terry (Kelly) Stewart; special friends, Basco and Chopper; cousins, nieces and nephews; and brother, Richard. Preceded in death by his father, Lester Eugene Robinson; grandparents, Joe and Mary James, and Lester and Lelia Robinson; uncle, Bill Campbell; mother-in-law, Grace Stewart; father-in-law, Hobert (Marge) Stewart; sister-in-law, Marcia Stewart; and brother-in-law, Bob Ryan. Griz was born July 2, 1952, in Pueblo, and was a lifelong Pueblo resident. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and girls. Piling the girls in the sidecar, the family traveled to many locations. From camping in Tin Cup, Colo., cruising the Black Hills and Sturgis, S.D., soaking in the warm mineral baths of New Mexico, to spending time at the Stewart family cabin in Rye, all the vacations were so memorable. Griz also enjoyed the time he spent volunteering for the Pueblo County High School Band, while Gracie and Lesley were members. Griz was a well known fixture in the Colorado motorcycle community. He was the owner and operator of The Chop Shop, since 1975, and was known for doing excellent work. He loved the challenge of taking on jobs which other shops would turn away. He had a passion for Pan Head Harley Davidsons and had quite an impressive collection, of which he rode a different bike to work everyday. Additionally, Griz raced Top Fuel Harley drag bikes for 30 years. In 2000, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the Rocky Mountain Cycle Museum, located in Colorado Springs. In 2004, he was the first Colorado racer to break the 200 mile-per-hour mark in the quarter-mile, hitting 202 MPH. Later that year, at the Sturgis Dragway, Griz won it all! In 2006, Griz upped his quarter-mile mark to 211 MPH; a record he still holds today. Special thanks to his pit crew, Frankie (Paulette), Jaws, Bullwinkle, Dee, Ralph, his sponsors and all who supported and cheered him on for so many years. Griz and Denise have participated in every Toy Run since its inception in 1977. No matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, you could count on seeing him there. Griz was a member of All Harley Drag Racing Association, National Hot Rod Association and Pueblo County Band Boosters. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of his life, 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Pueblo Motorsports Park, 3733 N. Pueblo Blvd. Those who desire may make memorials to Yaffe House( St. Anthony Hospital's hospitality home) or the Pueblo Chapter of Brain Injury Association of Colorado, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I remember how ornery Greg was in school with Randy and Dan. Who know he would grow up to be famous?! What a nice, kind man he turned out to be. I was glad my husband was able to become re-acquainted with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love from all the Eiserts

  2. To the Griz Robinson Family,

    My sincerest condolences, Griz helped me out several times with my old Harley and even brought a part out to me. He was a rare one, a golden one, this is such a tragedy. I grieve for a good man gone, I cannot imagine your sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Griz.

    Respectfully,
    ajg

  3. Denise,Gracie,Lesley,
    Words cannot express. Gris was Top Fuel not just on the dragstrip, but also the way he rode thru life. We meet just a few times over the years.Always a great meet. First thing I would do when I went to the Harley drags in Oregon was look to see if Gris was here just to be around that spirit someone so real. He will be missed by his Oregon bikers.

  4. To the Griz Robinson family:
    Phyllis and Richard Singer would like to pass along our Sympathy of Griz’ passing to Denise and daughters Gracie and Lesley. We used to go to Bandimere to watch Griz race. I sent Griz the video of the time his bike blew up on him at Bandimere. We enjoyed visiting with him at the various rallies. We will miss him greatly. Bless his soul.
    Richard & Phyllis Singer
    Howard, CO.

  5. To the Family, We are sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers and thoughts. Pueblo has lost a legend among the biking community and he will never be forgotten. Charlie May, ABATE of Colorado District 7 Rep.

  6. To the Robinson family.
    My heart breaks for you and your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Griz was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
    God Bless your family in this time of need.

  7. Denise, Gracie & Linsey
    Im so sorry for your loss. Greg was a wonder kind person. I loved his pleasant personality and I am so very proud to have known him. Your girls are a beautiful legacy and his life will shine through you always.

  8. Denise, Lesley, and Gracie,
    Griz was such an important part of all of all of our lives. Words cannot express our sorrow. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you today and everyday.

  9. Joan, Gracie, Lesley, Denise & family, my heart felt love & sympathy I send to all of you. Words are so insufficent at a time like this yet we all need them. May your beautiful memories & the love you all shared carry you through this most difficult time. Joan, I saw the love you & Griz shared & regardless of the years I know he is your baby boy! God bless you & keep you! I shall always remember his rumbling down to see you & Jay. I love you all dearly.

  10. Denise, Gracie and Lesley,
    There are just no words to express the sadness we are feeling over the loss of Griz. He was just a wonderful person and his physical presence will be missed. I (Pam) remember the first time I saw him (before I knew who he was). I was making my way up to County High and encountered him on the “curve” at 32nd Lane. He was bent low over the handlebars of his bike with the sidecar and his beard was splint perfectly by the sharp winter air. I thought “that guy must be crazy!” And then again I knew he wasn’t because nothing stops a great rider. And then I met him and felt his love for motorcyles. Another fond memory will always be seeing him standing in the “Horse Arena” booth at the fair, suspenders on his shoulders, hands on his hips, greeting people as he pedaled pop for the band.
    We are keeping you in our prayers ask that you will receive strength and comfort in memories and stories of such a wonderful husband, father and friend.
    David, Pam, Megan and David Keller

  11. Griz,
    We celebrate the opportunity we had to have known such a beautiful and giving man. We cry because our lives will be less valuable without you. Your loss has broken the spirit in our souls. Have a long, safe ride Griz. We’ll see you when we get there.

    Fue & Linda
    Aurora, CO.

  12. To the robinson family, Just want to say how sorry I am to here of Griz’s passing! He was a great man, he will saddly be missed by many people.. If you need any thing Denise, plese feel free to e-mail me or call! Gary St. Clair

  13. To The Robinson Family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family. I remember how he took to my kids and I when we first met him and he was such a great person.
    God Bless
    Patty, Brandi and Dakota

  14. Dear Robinson Family, Words can not express the sadness we feel for your loss.What a wonderful man.

  15. To the Robinson Family, our hearts are heavy for the loss of such a big hearted man. May all the memories be enough. Peace
    Don-n-Vet

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