It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Gwendolyn Ellen Robinson on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 91 years of age.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Mary-Agnes Robinson Smyth (Tom), Garrett Robinson (Gordon), Frank Robinson, Jim (Tracey) Robinson and Janet (John) Zuk; brother, Gordon (Yvonne) Tidswell; sister-in-law, Ruth Robinson; grandchildren: Sean Tidey, Cathy Tidey (Garth), Andrew (Xuan) Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Rebecca Zuk, Sarah-Lynn Zuk; as well as numerous relatives and friends.
Gwendolyn was predeceased by her loving husband of 28 years, Francis Robinson; grandson, Mark Robinson and her parents, Mary and Jack Tidswell.
Gwen Robinson, an academic, devoted Christian, mother of 5 and grandmother to many.
Born and educated in Edmonton, Gwen attended U of A, graduated in the Faculty of Science, married the love of her life Frank Robinson (deceased) and went on to achieve a degree in Education while her 5 children attended school. Gwen’s first teaching experience was at the newly formed Terra School for pregnant high school students giving them an opportunity to continue their education during pregnancy and motherhood. This was followed with a position in the Christian Family Life program developed by the Catholic School System. During this period of her career she began attending Newman Theological College and convocated in 1990. After retiring from the Catholic School System Gwen became involved with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program (R.C.I.A.) at St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish and continued well into her 80’s. Professed into the Third Order of St. Francis in 1956 she lived her life following the teachings of St. Francis. Gwen was kind, generous and forgiving. She stood up for social justice and equality for all. She had an incredible zest for knowledge and willingly shared hers. Gwen touched countless lives, and all have been blessed to have been loved by her. Gwen Robinson, a life well lived.
Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, a private family Prayer Service and a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church.
The family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff that cared for Mom at Hardisty Care Centre and Shepherd’s Care Kensington. Your care and support for Mom was very much appreciated by our family.