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Gillian Edith ROBINSON
1955 - 2020
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GILLIAN EDITH ROBINSON 1955-2019 After a long wait through the lockdown of the pandemic, Gillian was laid to rest on October 3, 2020, in the Beechwood National Memorial Cemetery, Ottawa. In a full burst of autumn colour, a small gathering took place - Robert J.A. Ally, husband; Beth Pierce Robinson, mother; Brian P. Robinson, brother; James D. Robinson, nephew; Joanne Ally, sister-in-law; Christina Sully, sister-in-law; Chantal Larose, stepdaughter; and family friends. After the moving beauty of the ceremony, led by Katharine Smithrim, Celebrant, and the remembering of Gillian with personal stories, each person came forward with a rose, and in their own way silently recalled the Gillian they had known - her seize-the-day sense of adventure, her deep connections with nature, Indigenous art, travel, her dedicated years as a Recreational Therapist with forensic patients in Kingston and Toronto - and never to be forgotten, her laughter. "We are better for her blazing star passing our way."

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, 2020.
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October 25, 2020
I have known Gillian for many years. We always had fun together. We had many girl gab get away cottage weekends, dinners & visits. She was a sparkly vibrant woman with a hearty laugh. I am shocked to hear of her passing.My sincere condolences to her loved ones..
arlene cassidy
October 18, 2020
Gillian was a beautiful soul, inside and out -- so kind, generous, loyal, playful. a breath of fresh air. She brought light to so many of our lives. Her heart was big enough to include us all. She will always be in my heart and be a part of me. With so much love, Juanita
Juanita Evans
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October 18, 2020
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Anna Chester
October 17, 2020
Gillian was a force of nature. She was loving, kind, loyalty personified and full of joy. Our lives were better for having known her. She was well loved.
Gillian Johnston
Friend
October 17, 2020
I am sorry I could not attend in Ottawa as I did at the memorial in Kingson. Gillian, you will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Your sister-in-law. Giorgina Robinson
Giorgina Robinson
Sister
October 17, 2020
I could not attend at this memorial in Ottawa but was very present for the one in Kingston's memorial, I was there in spirit dear sister-in-law Gillian. You are constantly in my prayers.
Giorgina Robinson
Sister
October 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gillian's passing. My thoughts are with the friends and family she has left behind. She truly was a bright light and her sunny smile will be missed. Peggy Morley
Peggy Morley
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