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Juanita & Howard Robinson

Juanita & Howard Robinson

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Juanita Kathleen Gloria Robinson (nee Jackson)
August 12, 1928 - April 6, 2020
Howard McVety Robinson
January 25, 1926 - April 7, 2020

It is with great sadness we share the passing of our dear Mom and Dad.
They were married for 68 wonderful years and shared a mutual deep love and respect.
They could never have imagined life apart and passed within hours of each other. Holding hands on the last day, still loving and caring, a beautiful picture for our memories.

Howard and Juanita have left a legacy of love to be carried on by their daughter Sharon (much loved son-in-law Bill - deceased) and his children and grandchildren Ashley,( Michael), Marin and Henry. Tyler, (Adam), Emmett and Gareth. Raegan, (Steve), Milah, Nola and Luke. Whitney and (Mitch).

Daughter Diana Coleman (much loved son-in-law Danny - deceased), granddaughter Sarah, great grandchildren Xavier, Kingston, and Alyssa. Grandson Shane. Granddaughter Emma (Sami), great grandson Ashton.

Son, Doug (Rebecca) and her children, grandsons Alexander and Stuart (Nancy).
Many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends. Sharon's dear puppy Leo also shared a special place in their hearts.

Howard was a very successful business man who worked primarily with one company (CanCar, a division of Hawker Siddeley) for 44 years. In 1942 he started as a machinist apprentice. Two years later he signed up with the Canadian Army overseas where he proudly served from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return to Vancouver he resumed his employment and pursued his career with much hard work and dedication. In 1976 he became the General Manager, remaining in that position until 1983. He was then appointed to the Workers Compensation Review Board where he continued in this position for a decade. Undoubtedly, the biggest event in Howard's life was when he married his loving wife, Juanita . They were married on September 8, 1951 in Vancouver, B.C.
After a short but illustrious career with the Department of Agriculture Juanita happily settled into family life.
Howard and Juanita lived on the North Shore all their lives, raising their three children with much love and dedication. Teaching honour, integrity and the importance of doing the right thing. There were many happy family holidays at Hatzic Lake, Whistler, Hawaii and Kelowna. Their favourite holiday time was Christmas with all their family gathered around them. Juanita was the best cook, baker and hostess extraordinaire. Their home was decorated beautifully with many Christmas treasures. There were always fabulous desserts and everyone left with one of Mom's famous gingerbread boys. Family gatherings were also celebrated with endless boxes of Purdys chocolates and special ice cream cakes from Baskin and Robbins.

Howard enjoyed his golf games at the Capilano Golf Club and most Saturday nights you would find both of them up there for dinner, often with friends and family. He was a man of his word, trustworthy, kind and thoughtful. He had a very pragmatic mind and a witty, dry sense of humour.

Juanita was a kind, loving, caring woman whose family meant everything to her. For such a little person she had more energy than most of us and was always ready to join in on whatever was going on. Together they were "a force to be reckoned with". Each and everyone of us has learned so much from their fine example.

Dad enjoyed reading the North Shore News, particularly Joan Klucha's column; Canine Connection. He would often read it aloud to Mom. After reading Sunday's column of July 1, 2012, he said that he would like to be remembered by this. (As told to Joan by her Dad after the death of her dog)

"The flesh of a peach, a dog or a person is all made from nature, anything that is born from nature must return to nature. But we never really die, within all of us is a spirit. This spirit is what makes us want to get up each morning and sing with the birds. That part of us lives forever.
He has that spirit too. His body is not here any more for you to see, to touch and hold. He is now inside of you, where you can hold him in your thoughts, see him in your dreams and touch him with your heart."
Thank you Joan for sharing this.

The family would also like to sincerely thank Dr. Bayfield and all the wonderful staff at Amica for their kindness and loving care for Mom and Dad. We could not have done it on the outside were it not for you on the inside. You are just the best and Mom and Dad appreciated and loved you all.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
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Judy Campbell

Posted at 10:40pm
Deepest condolences in the loss of Howie and Nita . They were close friends of my parents , Bill and Marilyn Campbell. When we liived in Richmond , they would come to visit and we affectionately called them Uncle Howie and Aunt Nita . Nita was my mothers closest friend and they both worked in the agriculture department as young women . They both were breast cancer survivors. Deepest sympathy. Judy Campbell
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Alex Currie

Posted at 07:21pm
I only saw the sad news of Howard and Juanita today on the CBC website but wanted to pass on my condolences to the family. My dad, Scott Currie, worked as a fitter at Vivian Diesel, later CanCar, for over 30 years from the 40's to the 80's and was always complimentary of and happy to work with the man he called 'Blackie'. As well, I worked as a summer student in '65 and '66 at CanCar and was fortunate to know Blackie as a kind, fair and always friendly man. I did not know Juanita, although our families were probably together at Belcarra Park picnics! I'm sure they both will be greatly missed but you will treasure wonderful memories.
Sincerely, Alex Currie
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Jennifer Morabito

Posted at 02:14pm
I was very sad to hear of Juanita and Howard's passing and want to express my sympathy and condolences to their family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Howard but know him to have been a wonderful man. I did have the very great pleasure of getting to know Juanita as she was a regular customer at Hallmark in the Lynn Valley Centre. It was my absolute delight to serve Juanita whenever she came in to buy cards which was often. She would always be her smiling, cheery self and would be accompanied by Sharon or Diane. Juanita always asked me how I was doing, how my parents were and what I was up to on my days off, taking great interest in my hobbies and theatre projects. Juanita was and will always remain one my favourite customers. (along with her daughters who are absolutely lovely too) I will remember Juanita with great fondness. She was a real class act with the kindest, most generous spirit and heart. Thinking of you all. May Juanita and Howard's legacy of love live on forever. With hugs and warmest regards, Jennifer Morabito. xo
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Gelina Gillas

Posted at 01:12pm
I became their gardener in 2014 and loved them from the first meeting. They were always so kind, good to talk with and made me laugh! I always looked forward to going up to work in their yard. My husband and I make Christmas cake every year and it made me happy the way they appreciated it. I would have loved to have known them better but am grateful for the contact I had.

I offer my kindest thoughts to Sharon and Doug, whom I have met and to the rest of their family.

Gelina Gillas
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Karen, Lynn & Arelene Pelrine

Posted at 03:40pm
Beautiful words you have written! Fond memories growing up across the street from you all, Such a wonderful kind family ♥️ Always big smiles and hellos when we walked by with our dogs, your dad and you Doug always helped us shovel out our cars from all the snow. Amazing neighbours to have had. Love to your family
Karen, Lynn and Arlene Pelrine
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