GEORGE WAYNE ROBINSON
September 23, 1941 – February 17, 2007
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wayne, who died peacefully at the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH after a short but courageous battle with Leukemia.
Predeceased by his parents Muriel and George Robinson of Nanoose Bay. He leaves his loving wife and best friend of 44 yrs., Stella. Loving father to Christine (Brian) Liana (Chris) Grandchildren, Joshua, Brody, Anthony and Alexander. Sisters Wendy, Sheila (Rick). Aunts, uncles, nieces, Grt. Nieces, nephews, Grt. nephews, Cousins and many, many, dear friends. Love of family encouraged Wayne to search for his biological roots. Many cousins, and a dear aunt, ‘May’, completed his family tree.
Wayne attended Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach Schools. He was a member of the Nanaimo Division of Navy League Sea Cadets in his teen years.
Wayne enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Halifax N.S. for three years, serving on the HMCS “Inch Errin”. During this time he met the love of his life, Stella. They were married in 1963 in Hamilton Ont. Two years later, Wayne brought his wife and eight month old daughter Christine to the West Coast and resided at Nanoose Bay for a short time where their second daughter Liana was born.
In 1966 Wayne became employed with the B.C. Ferries, Departure Bay until his retirement in February, 2003.
He was a member of the Ham Operators Club, also active member of the B.C. Vintage Car Club of Canada. He collected and rebuilt vintage cars and most recent had joined the “Smokin Oldies” Club.
Wayne shared his passion for collecting and rebuilding Vintage cars and Hot Rods with his close friend “Jack”.
Wayne sold “50/50” tickets at the Nanaimo Clipper hockey games and was an active enthusiastic fan for many years. He has been an active member of the Italian Felice Cavallotti Lodge for many years. His dedication to the Lodge was admirable.
The family would like to thank the amazing team of doctors and nursing staff in the Leukemia/BMT Ward in the Vancouver General Hospital, Jimmy Pattison Pavillion.
Most recently Dr’s Spry, Calvin, & Roger’s and the special team of amazing and caring nursing staff in the Palliative Care Unit at N.R.G.H.
A special thank you to our many dear friends for all their love and support during this most difficult time.
A funeral mass & celebration of Wayne’s life will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Catholic Church, Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, 6234 Spartan Rd.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Canadian Cancer Society, 777 Poplar St. Nanaimo, BC. V9S 2H7 – to help find a cure for Leukemia.
God saw you getting tired,
and the cure was not to be.
So he wrapped you in his loving arms
and whispered “come with me”.
You suffered much in silence,
your spirit did not bend.
You faced your pain with courage until the very end.
You tried so hard to stay with us,
your fight was not in vain.
God took you in his loving arms
and saved you from all pain.