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ROBBINS, Patricia Joan “Pat” (nee Shoesmith)

December 19, 1938 – Bognor Regis, England
June 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia “Pat” Robbins of Calgary, AB, on June 8, 2019. Pat was predeceased by her son Kevin and leaves behind her husband Stuart (Stu), son Stephen and his partner Donna, granddaughters Hayley and Chelsea, and a wide group of family and friends.

Pat and Stu lived on the same street in Bognor Regis, England meeting as toddlers when their parents took them for walks in their push chairs. As youth, they did many things together and were married in 1961. They immigrated to Canada in 1964 with their two boys and settled in Edmonton. In 1974 they moved to Georgetown ON, where they remain very close to the large network of friends from this life journey. Pat was an excellent athlete, enjoying many sports, including competing in the All England Athletic Championship in sprints and relay. She had a real zest for travelling with an adventurous soul at a time when travel was not as common, especially for women. Pat was always most comfortable around family, friends, and her dogs, always willing to share her opinions. Pat was an ardent member of the United Church and had a progressive theology which she loved to share. She was a founding member of Southminster Steinhauer in Edmonton, and a member of St. John’s in Georgetown, and St. Thomas in Calgary.

She leaves a love of life, an energy and enthusiasm, an inquiring mind and a love for all people. She will always be remembered.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Thomas United Church (100 Hawkwood Blvd NW, Calgary, AB), on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the Church Hall.

If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Brenda Strafford Foundation (4628 Montgomery Blvd NW Calgary, AB T3B 0K7), https://www.thebsf.ca/get-involved/donate.html or The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

The family wants to thank the amazing staff at Bow View Manor who were superb and provided her loving, empathetic care and treated her and us with the utmost dignity and respect, especially during her final days.

In living memory of Patricia Robbins, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Steve Donna and family

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom Pat.
    Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Cathy, Roy and Family

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  2. To Stu,Steve,Donna,Hayley and Chelsea

    What a great loss to you all.
    We are all thinking of you here in the UK

    Stella,Bill and Family

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  3. Marj & Leo Aucoin

    It is with the deepest sadness that I write. Our dear friend, Pat, whose opinions and spirit were all-encompassing, will be greatly missed. I know that Leo and I will feel this loss to our cores because Pat was such a strong, vital, exemplary human being in our lives, full of vigour, love, intelligence and passion. Stu, Steve, Donna, Hayley and Chelsea – we hold you all close in our hearts. Whatever you need/want, you know who to call anytime day or night. Our deepest condolences to all who loved Pat as we do.

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  4. Cara Tannenbaum

    Heartfelt condolences to Steve and his entire family from Steve’s SD colleagues at CIHR.

    Steve: we didn’t know your mom but we have no doubt she must have been very proud of your accomplishments and the respect you command at work. We assume you inherited much of your wisdom and emotional intelligence from her. Sending a big hug filled with strength and courage to get you through this sad time.

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  5. Diana and mark nelson

    We are so sorry for your sad loss Stu, we will keep you in our prayers Diana and Mark

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  6. Jim and Lillian Casey

    To Stuart, Steve, and Donna,

    Our sincere condolences on the recent passing of your wife and mother. Wishing you all the best.

    Jim and Lillian Casey n

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  7. With sincerest condolences in the passing of Patricia, she was a lovely lady and may she now rest again with Kevin. Georgetown never forgot xoxo

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  8. Stu and family I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed Pat’s forward attitude to life and appreciated her cheerfulness. Glen and I both enjoyed Bible study classes with you Stu. Peace be with you. Cec Clark

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  9. Elisa Alexander

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Robbins’ passing. I was a friend of Kevin’s at Harrison Public School. My sincere condolences to all of you. Sending love from Georgetown. xoxo

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  10. Bill and Diane Delroy

    Our deepest condolences to Stu. and Stephen. We met through Georgetown’s St. John’s United church – a very special place. Socially, we played badminton and squash and Pat’s company and direction gave us much pleasure. We were great friends. We know Pat will be missed by all who knew her.

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  11. Patti (Sunnucks) Kirby

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of Pat. I have the fondest memories of her from many years ago and I have thought of her often over the years. She is someone not easily forgotten. My condolences.

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  12. Fiona just let me know of Pat’s passing. Dave and I send you our sympathy and will miss her when we visit St Thomas
    Susanne Craig

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  13. I am Sorry to hear of your family loss Stu/Steven.I was best friends with Kevin before he passed away and Stu coached us in soccer when we were little kids.Death is the enemy right now
    but John 5:25 -30 says its going to end soon.
    After you hear the nations say we have Peace and Security things are going to change on the earth.
    Stay strong there coming back soon!

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  14. Jim and Jill Blair

    Dear Stu and Family,
    Our hearts go out to you on hearing this sad news. We feel very privileged to have known Pat, her ready smile, her helping hand and her joy of living will always stay with us. There are so many memories of Georgetown days at both at St. John’s and around town. May God’s love surround you and pleasant memories uphold you at this most difficult time.
    Fondly,
    Jim and Jill Blair

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  15. It is with a heavy heart as I send you my deepest condolences. Pat was a dear friend that was more like family. I send my love, thoughts and prayers to all the family and will always remember her with great fondness.

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  16. Laura Dave Andrea Nicole Flynn

    To Stu, Steve, Donna Hailey and Chelsea
    Pat was one of those individuals that when you meet her you never forget her! Her zest and passion for life impacted all who had the opportunity to meet and speak with her.
    Her dedication to family was always so evident in her eyes,smile, and yes even sometimes a frown. Our family was so blessed to have had the opportunity to have spent wonderful times with her and Stu laughing or just talking. We will miss her!
    All our love to you guys.

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