October 6, 1953 – December 28, 2021
Our brother, uncle, great uncle and friend died peacefully on December 28, 2021 at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, B.C. among loved ones after an unexpected complication from health issues.
Born in Chilliwack, B.C., Rob was predeceased by his adopted daughter Re, Father Alvin, Mother Florence, brother Stanley and Aunt Mary Nikkel (Calgary).
His love for outdoor living led him to work at Manning Park in the mid 1970’s. Within this work environment, staff members bonded for life and Manning Park became a special place in his heart. A number of staff reunions occurred throughout the years that followed and Rob sure did enjoy those.
Robin lived most of his adult life in Calgary, Alberta where his heart remained. Following various positions in companies where he felt a need to contribute more, he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Mt. Royal University. He then began a rewarding position as a director for the Calgary and Area Outdoor Council.
His return to Chilliwack in 2015 was a selfless act to share the last years of his Mom’s life with her. They created a weekly coffee date, a sacred time for them both.
Robin is survived by his brother Lynn (Elaine), Chilliwack, sister Diane (Calgary), sister Dalyce Holman (Murray), Nova Scotia, sister-in-law Helen Nickel, beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his friends, especially Mike (who shared his values for the complexities of the English language).
Mountains were climbed, rivers canoed, wilderness hiked, slopes skied, softball games were played, trails were run and cycled upon. It was in these situations that he embraced the meaning of his life and it is there where his spirit will reside. There are no plans for a funeral.
Robin had a kind heart with enormous compassion for the downtrodden. He gave of himself to anyone in need, without reservation. He held himself to high moral standards with his perception of his place in the universe. He saw humanity in all and regarded it as precious.
Concise communication was imperative with those he was close to. He was modest and demonstrated encyclopedic memory, always seeking information related to history, politics and science. He loved all animals and the natural world around him. These qualities did not waiver.
He was loved.Obituary
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