James "Robbie" Robinson
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ROBINSON, James "Robbie" Suddenly, while putting out the hummingbird feeder on his balcony, James "Robbie" Robinson made his final, well-timed move on the morning of January 16, 2020 at the age of 96. Left with huge holes in their hearts are his very fortunate children: Doug (Ginny), Julie McIntyre (Sandy), Peter (Barbara), Bonnie (Frances Thorsen) and his grandchildren, Briar (Kevin O'Gorman) and Alex, the extended families of the Boakes, Slaters and Blights also feel his loss greatly. Robbie was born to Mildred and James Hamilton Robinson in Northern Ontario. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Kathleen (McArthur) and Evelyn (Slater). After a "happy, carefree childhood", Robbie trained as a paratrooper during the war and on discharge he entered the Ontario Veterinary College in 1946. There he was "smitten" by Mary Boake, a Textile Chemistry lecturer who caught his eye. They married in 1948. After graduation and a Masters at Cornell, they opened the Downsview Veterinary Hospital in Toronto and continued to enlarge their family. Subsequent moves took them to Etobicoke, Ontario, and then East Sooke, Oak Bay and finally Berwick Royal Oak in B.C. Mary and Robbie celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in grand style in July 2013, 5 months before Mary's passing. People may not be aware of the extent of Robbie's philanthropic generosity, but he supported several organizations, mainly those involved with helping and educating children. They include Plan Canada, Sleeping Children Around the World, Casa Guatemala, and Innovative Communities which helps, in part, to train young people in Guatemala to become teachers and return to their communities to teach. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Berwick, especially to Paramjit and Apple. Special thanks also to Dad's GP, Dr. Geoffrey Luckhurst. We were so happy that Dad found a companion in Maureen Westlake for the last couple of years, and know that she shares his loss with us. It is so hard to say good-bye to such a loving, witty, generous, engaged and thoughtful person, but those who would like to help us do so can join us in a Celebration of Life in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Dr. Victoria BC on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm. An informal celebration will be held in Toronto on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6:30-10:00 pm at The Caledonian Scottish Pub, 856 College St. In lieu of flowers, donations to the above-mentioned charities would be welcomed. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2020.
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October 25, 2020
I just heard of Robbie’s passing and wish to send my condolences to his family. We met Robbie in the 80’s when we all lived in East Sooke and the community was building. Our East Sooke Mother’s group asked Robbie to be Santa Claus at our first Children’s Christmas party. How lucky we were that he was happy to do it for all the years he lived there. He remembered names and was loved by all. We enjoyed many community events over the years with Robbie and Mary. He was a wonderful influence in our years together in East Sooke.
Kathy Planiden
February 9, 2020
Nicole Dupuis
January 30, 2020
So sorry to hear of Robbie's death. He was a fine man, a good man and a wonderful example of how to live gracefully and with aplomb! A gracious opponent at the bridge table, an interesting conversationalist, and a decent human being He will be sorely missed in our duplicate bridge world AND in the greater world.
Van Buchanan
January 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of cousin Robbie's passing. He was my Mom's cousin. My grandfather was Robbies' brother, his name was William John Robinson. We had contact while each writing stories for Claytons Kids. Very sad to hear he has passed away. My sympathy from my family to yours. Sue Wilson Archambault
January 28, 2020
A lot could, and will be said about Robbie - a gentleman of the first order, kind, compassionate, funny. He was all of these, but he was also an informed and intuitive bridge player . . . absolutely the best kind. I played several team games with Robbie as one of our foursome. Our team's age average was somewhere in the 70s, but that didn't slow us down one bit. He will be missed by everyone on the Victoria bridge scene, not only for his fine play but also for the integrity and sense of humour that never ever deserted him. Well done Robbie. RIP, Ivy Pye
ivy pye
January 25, 2020
We shared a lot of great conversations over the years, many about his family and his travels. It was an honour for me to be included as one of Robbie's friends. His good nature and and positive attitude set the bar high and will be greatly missed.
George Cuppage
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