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ROBERTSON, Alan Gordon Muschette

August 6, 1938 – Kingston, Jamaica
December 6, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Alan Gordon Muschette Robertson passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018 at the age of 80.

Alan lived a full life and loved his family, nature, motorcycles, and anything about WWII. He is lovingly remembered by a tight-knit family who will miss him dearly.

Alan was born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 6, 1938 to Gladys Muschette and Donald Robertson. His sister Eve followed a few years later. He spent many years exploring the beautiful mountains and beaches of the rich Jamaican landscape and several happy years in England in his twenties as a member of the Queen’s Royal Rifles Regiment. He married Angela Baker and they rode motorcycles across Europe as part of their honeymoon. They settled in the hills outside of Kingston, Jamaica and had three children together: Shan, Bruce, and Kerry.

In 1976, the Robertson clan moved to Newfoundland along with grandparents “Gaga” Gladys and Don Robertson, and Beryl Baker. They joined Eve and her husband, Peter Mowbray in Corner Brook. Eve and Peter had three children: Guy, Tanya and Gordon, and the Robertson and Mowbray clans spent many happy times together exploring beautiful Newfoundland’s rugged hills and coasts.

Alan was an avid motorcyclist and lovingly maintained his Moto Guzzi, BMWs, Hondas, and more motorcycles over the years. The expert marksman skills he honed in the army were used only for target shooting, as he was never fond of hunters or killing animals for sport. He gained his pilot licence and would join Eve and Peter on short flights to remote ponds and places in Newfoundland. Alan was also a reflective soul, often writing poetry that would occasionally be printed in the local paper. He loved animals and would take in anything that needed a home, even if it was a wild baby mongoose.

Eventually Alan and Angela went their separate ways as friends, and Alan married Patricia Cook. Pat and Alan divorced and Pat moved back to Newfoundland.

The Robertson and Mowbray kids moved to Calgary in the late 1980s. New members joined the family. Shan married Bob Christopher and had two children: Danielle and Lucas. Kerry married Keith Baldwin. Guy married Angela Harrison. Tanya married Jason Nugent. Gord married Amy Paran. More Mowbray children joined the clan: Liam, Jude, Gage, Ruby, Madeline, and May. Alan and Pat followed to Calgary, as did Eve and Peter. Simon Christopher brought along three more to the clan: Cegan, Ella, and Gabriel. Known as Baka to his grandchildren, the clan stuck together and hosted many lovely family events over the years.

Alan spent his last few years in Calgary close to his children. He joined them on many drives to Invermere with the dogs. He spent many sunny afternoons napping on the deck at the cabin, reading overlooking the lake, or watching WWII documentaries. Bob and Bruce would use the “drunken sailor” technique to help him get to his favourite nook in the shade. A couple of trips on quads and the Jeep allowed him to still feel the mountain air and smell the woods. He said his first time in a hammock was on his eightieth birthday.

Alan taught his children to love nature and to be kind and gentle. He taught his grandchildren about geography, history, and literature. He taught Bob everything he ever knew about motorcycles. Above all he taught his family that that “blood is thicker than water” and that it matters not what you do for a living; it matters who you love.

The family is having a private good old fashioned kitchen party with Jamaican food and rum to celebrate his life and his greatest pride: Family. He lives on in our hearts and memory forever.

In living memory of Alan Robertson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Forever grateful to Alan for getting the family out of troubled Jamaica in 1976. We all owe the good lives we live in Canada to him.

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  2. John(Bud) and Lorna Cook :

    So sorry to hear of Alan’s passing-he was a regular at our Boxing Night parties and we certainly enjoyed having him join us.He also stayed with us on some of his and Pat’s vacations.Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

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  3. Tony and Laurie Kettle :

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Alan’s recent passing. Our sincere condolences to the family. Alan, RIP. You will be missed.

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  4. Overton Colbourne :

    We worked together, and shared an office, a few years at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.
    His memos, as well as his cartoons, were works of art.
    He left an impression on anyone he met.

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  5. Shan and Robertson Family
    It was with great sadness to hear about Alan’s recent passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. He will be missed at Confederation.
    Sincerely
    Heather Hayes

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