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ROBINSON, Frederick

June 24, 1922- May 19, 2013

Fred, beloved husband of Charlotte Robinson (nee Peat) of Calgary, Alberta, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013 at 90 years of age.

Fred Robinson was born on June 24, 1922 in Nelson, British Columbia and was brought up on the shores of the Kooteney Lake developing a strong disposition for the outdoors enjoying fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, and spending time with his brother and sister. After completing high school, Fred served his country during World War II volunteering to spend two years in Great Britain with the RCAF as a bomber aircraft engine mechanic. After the war, he earned a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of British Columbia. While studying in Vancouver, he met his soul mate and wife of fifty-four years, Charlotte, a Registered Nurse originally from a farm in Southern Ontario. Fred and Charl then moved to Alberta where Fred commenced what would become a fulfilling and diverse career in the oil patch, starting out by working for the British American Oil Company and eventually settling in Calgary where they raised their two children, Brian and Nancy. Fred loved woodworking, construction and all things mechanical and shared his expertise in these areas whenever possible. He was dedicated to his family and spending time with them was central to his life. After thirty-one years in the oil industry, Fred approached retirement as an adventure providing him with the opportunity to pursue his other lifelong passions of fishing, watersports, exploring the back country and socializing with friends and family from his paradise in Invermere, B.C. where he loved to be. Fred led his life with strongly ingrained values of hard work, integrity, commitment to his family, and a down to earth approach to everything he did.

Fred is survived by his son, Brian (Karen) and daughter, Nancy (Richard); grandchildren Derek and Brett, Leanne and Michelle; and step-grandsons, Chris and Cory. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Hilda. He was predeceased by his wife Charlotte, brother Bob, sister Shirley and great-granddaughter Ayla.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on May 30 2013, at 2:30p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, The family would like to thank his long time care companion, Cheryl Smith, who looked after Fred with such compassion during the four years of his illness and to the staff at the Brentwood Intercare Centre.

In living memory of Fred Robinson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Lynne & Peter Leroy :

    The beach and all of Canterbury Point will not be the same without Fred. His “walk-abouts” will be forever missed.
    Lynne & Peter Leroy

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  2. Craig Kirker"s :

    “Mr. Robinson” has left an indelible imprint on many and not the least of which were those who knew him from Canterbury Point. His stable and penultimately practical demeanor is a legacy of that community as was his volunteerism. As an example; on one of their “walkabouts” He and Carl Victor were performing their habitual ‘critical analysis’ of my best endeavors to “re-roof” our cabin (which was my summer project that year). After the usual trading of barbs and snide remarks as to potential deficiencies, it was not another 10 minutes and who should be alongside us on the roof? Yes, Fred! He had to make sure we were doing it right “on his watch” and he stuck it out until that was accomplished. His unique and very wry sense of humour took me years to appreciate until finally I learned I just needed to look for that twinkle in his eye that let me know he was kidding after all! Fred and Charlotte were a great part of “the Lake” community, great parents who raised great kids and will be fondly remembered by all who knew them.

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  3. Keith Fewster :

    Fred was a great friend and colleague. We met in Stettler in 1955 working at Gulf and thereafter shared wonderful experiences with the family in Regina and Calgary. To Brian and Nancy and your families I want to express my sincerest condolences. I will remember your Dad and Mom with great fondness and know this will be a big loss for all of you. Please remember that “Death ends a life, not a relationship” (Morrie Schwartz) and that his memory will live on in your hearts forever.
    Sincerely, Keith Fewster

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  4. Ron & Rosalie Belsher :

    Brian and family,
    We have been thinking of your family this past week. Your father made a significant contribution to and an impression on every member of our community at the lake. He was the first person to speak to us and welcome us into the community. I always enjoyed our visits when he was on his walk a bouts He will be remembered by many.
    Ron & Rosalie Belsher

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