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Bluffton is in a very sad “State of Mind”. We have lost a soul with a heart of gold . There is not a person in Bluffton who does not love Jeffrey Robinowich.

Jeffrey Charles Robinowich was born to Hilda and Morris Robinowich on March 23,1959 in Dothan, Alabama. Jeffrey passed away Monday, January 20, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Jeffrey was predeceased by his parents Hilda and Morris and his brother Jerrel.

The Robinowich Family moved to Bluffton with Jeffrey and his siblings when he was three years old, having purchased the historic Planters Merchantile on Calhoun Street. The family prospered in their new home and made many friends.

Jeffrey graduated from Bluffton High School. He decided to see the world, so off he went.

Among Jeffrey’s many pursuits were a stint in the photography business and other interesting options. Bluffton beckoned and he returned to buy the now famous Morris’ Garage from his father on Highway 46. He had finally found his calling and the rest is history.

Jeffrey met and fell in love with Charlene Willis, a beauty he met and fell in love with in North Carolina on a business trip. The couple was married in December of 1985 and have made their home in Bluffton since that day. Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife Charlene, his daughter Hahna Robinowich Hayden, her husband James, their children Malena and Rosalie, son Phillip, his wife Marlene, their children Henry and Ezra Robinowich, and son Samuel Robinowich the bon vivant of the family, sisters Pam Stern and her husband Alan Stern and Tobie Yoder and her husband Bryan Yoder and his sister- in- law Joan Robinowich.

Jeffrey was a member of the Hardeeville Masonic Lodge 348, Bluffton Men’s Club, Bluffton Fire Commission, and in November of 2019 was elected to the Bluffton Wall of Honor.

Jeffrey and Charlene loved to travel and did so quite often. His most cherished things in life were his adorable grandangels they knew as Pop Pop, fun times with his “rat pack” Michael, Jim, Chuck and Moose, his 27 year- old Burmese python “Tiny”, visiting his long- time retired customers no matter where they were and the companionship of his beloved dogs Tank and Roscoe.

The funeral service will be held at 1:45 Wednesday afternoon, January 22, 2020, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

Shiva will be held at the home of Phillip & Marlene (996 Oakwood Drive, Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927) on the following days & times:
Wednesday, January 22nd 6 pm – 8 pm (Minyan service at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 23rd 10 am – 2 pm
Friday, January 24th 10 am – 2 pm

In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Jasper Animal Rescue in Ridgeland, SC. Please visit

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  1. Brenda Cramer says:

    Truly heartbroken and still in shock. Bluffton has definitely lost a
    SUPER ICON. GOD bless each family member and give them the PEACE that passes all understanding.

  2. Laura Bush says:

    Charlene, Phillip,Samuel, Hannah and the Robinowich family. My heart ache as I accept the loss of a dear friend and supporter. But my faith in God tells me that this was his season. I loved Jeffrey and considered him a dear friend. I could always count on him for help,support and well wishes as a School Board member and as someone working on community projects. He was always there to lend a helping hand. The First Zion Youth Department honored him and his staff with Thanksgiving Dinner in 2019. This was because whenever we held a fundraiser we could count on the staff at Morris Garage to support it. since 2013 he has been a sponsor of my “O Give Thanks Gospel Concert” that supports my mentoring program. I will miss hem dearly!
    To the family, I realize the days ahead will be tough, but please know that Jeffrey will always hold a special place in the hearts of many of us in the Bluffton community.
    Peace and Blessings to to the family.

  3. Richard & Jean Moakes, England says:

    No man had a bigger heart, he treated me and my family, including my cherished Buick LeSabre, with fairness and compassion always. It was an honour to know Jeffrey. My heart goes out to his family and all his many friends in Bluffton.

  4. Edward Hutson Jr. says:

    I’ve went to school with him. In my heart he is and will remain a friend.
    I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. BILL SEALE says:

    Its hard to believe my friend has passed. I recently thought of my friends at Morris when I hung the ornament on our tree last month. Jeffrey was such a fun person to be around and just a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  6. nathaniel says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jeffries Charles Robinowich my heart goes out to his family know that God will always take you through whatever our situation may be may God bless you all. Nathaniel Pinckney and the Pinckney Family.

  7. Quinton & Wendy Branltey says:

    Jeffrey was, without a doubt, one of the good guys. He had an air of openness that allowed anyone to approach him regardless of their appearance or race. I was always impressed with how he would reference his faith in God which was very refreshing to me. I saw him as a man that always put others first which was a testament to his success as a businessperson, I believe.
    His openness allowed me to give my testimony to him (and his mechanic) one day while standing by my car. I had recently lost my wife of 47 years and I shared how my faith had given me the strength to move on with a new life. I teared up and he and his mechanic also go misty eyed. (This happened on my second visit to his shop three years ago.)
    I am sure that God has blessed him with everlasting life!
    Quinton Brantley
    Bluffton, SC

  8. shirley and donald reisman says:

    so sad to hear about Jeffrey
    shirley donald reisman

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