Joseph D. Robertson

WHITE CREEK - Joseph D. Robertson, 78, known to many as "Fiddlin' Stonewall Joe" went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. Joe was raking leaves, enjoying the magnificent autumn day, when his heart finally gave out. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie Cooper Robertson.

Born Wednesday, June 4, 1930, on the family farm at Post Corners, just two miles from where he died, he was the son of Mildred O'Brien Robertson of White Creek and the late Wilfred Eugene Robertson.

Joe graduated from Cambridge Central School, Class of 1946. He and Marjorie were married April 8, 1975.

Joe was a stone mason by trade. He made his mark upon the landscape as a builder of fine stone walls, thus earning the name Stonewall Joe.

Joe was truly a fiddle player extraordinaire. When he was six years old, he got the measles and had to stay indoors for a couple of weeks. His dad gave him a fiddle to help him pass the time. When he was 10, Joe played for his first square dance and has been playing and calling ever since. He had a natural ear for music, never studying music by note. He taught himself to play the guitar and composed many of his own selections. He played in several groups and made a number of records. In his later years, he especially enjoyed playing for senior groups and at nursing homes where he was dearly loved. He also enjoyed teaching fiddle playing.

He was a devoted member of the Center White Creek Baptist Church where he used his musical talent to worship and glorify the Lord.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Joanne Marie Robertson, who died this past March, and three siblings, Roger, John and James Robertson.

Along with his wife of 33 years and his 96-year-old mother, Joe is survived by three siblings: Eleanor Cooper of North Hoosick, Dorothy Ann Crouse of Cadyville, N.Y., and Dale Robertson of Eagle Bridge and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral celebration at the Center White Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at 10 a.m. with the Pastor Clyde Fobes officiating. Nicholas Henderson, a gifted student and special friend of Joe and Marjorie will play Joe's fiddle.

Burial will follow at Center White Creek Cemetery.

Joe was a good, kind man who used his God-given talent to make this world a more joyful place and though we know he is playing that fiddle in Heaven he will be greatly missed by his family and community.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Center White Creek Baptist Church, Center White Creek Road, Eagle Bridge, NY 12057.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge.

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