Thomas Clair “Robbie” Robinson
Born in Wabigoon, Ontario on August 20, 1917, passed away on December 26, 2012 at Dover House in Nanaimo.
Survived and sorely missed by his two daughters, Gail Wool (George), and Wendy Cyrenne (Don); five grandchildren: Gary, Greg and Glenn Wool, Don Cyrenne and Kerri Cyrenne Crema, and five great-grandchildren: Jordyn and Trace Crema, Rob, Meghan and Logan Wool. His wife of 48 years, Marg, predeceased him in 1993.
After growing up in Ontario, he joined the RCAF in 1940. He was sent overseas as a navigator in a Sunderland, flying Coastal Patrol. There he met Marg in Northern Ireland where he was stationed.
After the war, they returned to Canada, spent a few years in Edmonton and then up to Yellowknife, NWT in 1952 where they lived for 25 years. He worked for the Federal Government and then the Territorial Government for these years. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, and was finally able to get back to curling – his favourite sport. (As a teenager, he used to bus to Winnipeg where he would play with borrowed rocks). Working through the Yellowknife curling club, he was instrumental in obtaining direct entry for the Territorial team into the Brier, Canada’s national men’s championship.
In 1977 they moved to southern BC, moving around between Whiterock, Victoria and Nanaimo. His final move was back to Nanaimo in 1998, where he spent his last years very involved with his family.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, when all his family can participate.