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Robin Nasmith
1939 - 2021
BORN
1939
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel Limited
1403 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON
ROBIN NASMITH 1939 - 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce Robin's passing on October 29, 2021, at the age of 82. Robin passed peacefully at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with family at his side. Robin leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Sheila; children, Trevor, Karen and Shane; grandchildren, Jake, Sierra, Bryce and Maggie; brother, Ted; and sister, Mary. The son of Joyce and Barney Nasmith, Robin was born in Toronto and shortly after, at the age of 1, moved to Arvida, Quebec where his father was employed as a chemical engineer for Alcan. Robin was grateful for his upbringing in Quebec. He often shared fond memories of his childhood in Arvida and at the family cottage on Lac St. Jean. He was as comfortable conversing in French as in English and throughout his life maintained a love of the French language. Often speaking in French to his children's bewildered English speaking friends, to his great amusement. Robin obtained his Bachelor of Science at Mt. Allison University followed by a degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. In summers between university years Robin worked for Canadian Pacific Railway, the Alcan coal mine in Kitimat, BC and a smelter in Northern Quebec. These were summers spent crisscrossing the country and cementing a love for Canada. After graduating, Robin worked for Hydro Quebec at the Manic 5 Dam on the Manicougan River north of Baie Comeau; for him it was a young engineer's dream come true. By 1967, Robin was living and working in Montreal, relishing the opportunity of a lifetime as the site engineer for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67. Now in his early twenties, Robin and his friends enjoyed the vibrancy and all that Montreal had to offer. It began with a social club named the "Ridgewood Get to Know Montreal and the World Better Club", founded by Robin and good friend "Moose". It was this club that provided the opportunity for Robin to charter his first plane and plan his first destination group holiday. In 1968, he married the love of his life, Sheila McNeill, relocated to Toronto and began a transition that would end his engineering career. Opting instead to follow his entrepreneurial instinct, embracing his love of Canada and outdoor activities, he started a new business in the ski and travel industry aptly named Skican. The business Robin founded would effectively launch the Canadian destination ski industry. For the next five decades Skican would have a significant impact on the growth and development of the major ski resorts in Western Canada. He was a pioneer with a strong acumen for the business and a reputation for conducting himself with integrity and decency that converted many great business relationships to strong personal friendships. He was an outdoors-lover, a wonderful family man, a sports enthusiast, a hobby magician and a true patriot. His kindness, gentleness, tenacity and good humor inspired many, and will be forever missed by friends and family alike. Cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service followed by a reception at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8th. The service will also be live streamed (link to be provided on the Humphrey Funeral Home website). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Robin's memory to the United Way. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
Published by The Globe and Mail from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
8
Memorial service
11:00a.m.
Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel Limited
1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
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Our heartfelt condolences Karen & Nasmith family from Holly, Steve & Ski Telemark crew! Your father truly a Trailblazer, he connected the West & East with those whom love to play on snow! May the passion and vision continue....
Holly Blefgen
Friend
November 8, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to Karen and Nasmith family from Holly, Steve & Ski Telemark crew! Your father truly a trailblazer, he connected the East with the West and gave those whom love to play on snow the greatest of joy! May the vision continue....
Holly Blefgen
Friend
November 8, 2021
I had the fortune to work with Robin at Skican from 1988-1996. Those were such happy times, we worked hard and played hard on the ski slopes (which besides Robin's family) were the love of his life.
Robin truly was an icon and will be very missed.
Martha Colley-Gilbert
Martha Colley-Gilbert
Coworker
November 8, 2021
Dear Sheila, We were so sad to hear of Robin’s passing & send our sincere condolences to you & the family. Very dear to us, are the memories we have of the early Ridgewood days, skiing in the west & fun times spent in Muskoka with you both. As we are presently in Florida, we regret that we can not be there to honour Robin’s life with you, but know that our thoughts & prayers are with you & your children & grandchildren. Chuck & Brenda McDonald
Charles & Brenda McDonald
Friend
November 8, 2021
I met Robin on the chairlift at Camp Fortune in 1988. It was a 10 minute ride and by the time we reached the top he had sold me on a ski trip to western Canada. I traveled with Skican every year since then and enjoyed every trip.Thank you Robin.
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Barry Burke
Friend
November 6, 2021
My condolences to the Nasmith family. Although I grew up in Toronto, I didn’t have that pleasure of meeting Robin until I was living in the DC area. We would often meet when he would come to the area for a ski show. His enthusiasm and dedication to the ski industry and Canadian tourism was infectious and he will be greatly missed.
Tracy Bartlett Weintraub
Acquaintance
November 6, 2021
Offering my deepest condolence to the Nasmith family. I was lucky to have met Robin, and enjoying his enthusiasm about skiing and travel, until I suffered a stroke 11 years ago. Dear Robin, I know that you are now watching us from Heaven. Missing you immensely.
Frank Leone
Friend
November 6, 2021
Last time I saw Robin was 11 years ago. When I had this stroke, which took away my skiing enjoyment. Before that, I had the fortune to connect with Robin, and always enjoying his skiing knowledge and ski travel advice. I will miss him immensely. My deepest condolences.
Frank Leone
Friend
November 6, 2021
So sorry to hear the news. My, and the GOODYEAR SKI CLUB of Akron, Ohio, USA, offer our condolences to the entire Nasmith family. I met Robin in the early 70's when I first started skiing and ran a number of trips with him and SKICAN out of Cleveland, Ohio. We worked together to promote some of the best Western ski trips ever. I enjoyed seeing and talking to him on his trips to Cleveland for ski shows and the ones I attended in Toronto. Robin was a warm and caring individual and will be greatly missed.
George Csepegi
Friend
November 6, 2021
There was a time in my life when I saw a lot of Robin, when our sons Matt and Shane played hockey together at Leaside. I related and identified with
Robin on so many levels. As a parent, as a hockey lover, as a business man, and of course as a skier, a sport for which we both enjoyed a real passion. So sad to have him leave us.
Michael Feagan
Friend
November 6, 2021
We met Robin in 1972 when we took our first Skican trip to Whistler Mt.. That was just the start of many memorable winter trips over the next 45 years. We always liked to drop off our trip deposits in person at the Skican offices as Robin was always there to have a chat & get our thoughts on past & future trips. He was constantly striving to improve each trip. It’s no wonder that his dedication to his Clients’ best interests, resulted in Skican flourishing for over 50 years. RIP Robin & thanks for all the great memories.
Dianne & Barry Drew
Dianne & Barry Drew
Friend
November 5, 2021
I never got the privilege of meeting Robin. I have went on a couple of ski trips with Karen and Skican. My husband Howard and I truly enjoyed what Skican and the Nasmith family have created. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of the Nasmith family. May you find peace and reminisce all your fun times spent together as a family.
Howard & Denise Ebenhoeh
Friend
November 5, 2021
Susanne and I offer our deep sympathy to the Nasmith family. I’ve spoken with Robin and Shelia a number of times while working at the family cottage. God bless you all.
Ian Goodhand
Acquaintance
November 4, 2021
Robin had that true Engineering ingredient; An adventuresome spirit.
A very dear friend, and colleague . Marilyn and I send our warmest greeting to Sheila and the family.
Holmes Robert G.
Friend
November 4, 2021
Coach Robo - I'll never forget your prowess behind the bench for the Bent Pennies. Your patience for our rookie status helped us develop into a championship team in the end! We also made such great memories skiing in Panorama with you and your family. Your memories shine on :-)
Janelle Watson
Friend
November 3, 2021
Thank you Robin - for enabling my first ski trip to Big White some 31 years ago when I was 16 and a solo traveller. You helped me convince my parents to let me "go with the tour group" cause ... "it will be wonderful for him". You were so correct and my love of skiing flourished thanks to your support. You have done this for thousands and thousands more. Rest in peace and my sincere thanks. Rob Lee, Chelsea, QC
Rob Lee
Friend
November 3, 2021
From my heart I want to say how lucky I feel to have met the Skican family, I just remember how Robin would only speak French with me and how curious and gentle he was. I found his life so inspiring, following his passion and having strong values, standing for what he believed in, his family, friendships and his sense of humor.
I am proud to be part of his legacy, big hugs to Sheila and Karen.
Catherine Pichot
Acquaintance
November 3, 2021
Dear Sheila and family - We are saddened to hear your news that ‘Magic’ Robin has passed away. A wonderful friend, advisor and boss to both myself and my husband, we remember Robin as a pioneer in the Canadian ski travel industry, and as a dear friend and coworker in the early years of Skican.
Ingrid Jepsen Sanders
November 3, 2021
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