Allan Victor Robinson
August 7, 1922 ~ January 30 2015
Allan was the youngest son of John and Edith (Peale) Robinson. He came to Ladysmith, B.C. from Workington, Cumbria, England in 1925. A few years later he moved to North Vancouver where he met the love of his life, Pamela Archer, who he married in 1943. Allan was active in Air Cadets as a teen, which led to his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He became a flight instructor and during WW II served in the Middle East. After the war he worked for Firbanks Jewelers, Vancouver then rejoined the R.C.A.F. This took the family on adventures from Tofino, Comox and Montreal to Colorado Springs, Colorado and Toronto.
In 1971 Allan retired from the Air Force and began new administrative careers, with the New Vista Society in Burnaby and BC Housing Commission as administrator of the UBC Endowment Lands. His final retirement was in 1981, when he and Pam moved to the Comox Valley, where they were an active part of the community they loved, for almost 30 years. Allan was Past President and a longtime member of Rotary and served on the Boards of Filberg Lodge where he worked on compiling the information to publish “A Walk in Filberg Park” explaining the extensive collection of trees from around the world and Beaufort Association, where he served as president and was instrumental in the development and expansion of adult day programs.
Allan had a lifelong love of singing and music and from the age of 7 sang in church, on the radio, in community events, shows and weddings. His other interests included many happy years traveling the world with Pam, gardening, painting, playing squash, badminton and handball and swimming, which inspired his involvement in creating youth swim programs.
Allan and Pam moved back to the mainland in 2012 and settled at Parkwood Manor in Coquitlam.
Allan will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 72 years, Pam and his daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie (Bruce) Jordan and Aynsley (Tom) Foote, his grandchildren, David Jordan, Michael Jordan, Nicole Flanagan, Christopher Hanna, Brian Foote, Dan Foote, Courtney Foote and his great grandchildren, Halle, Riley, Kylee, Jackson, Hamish, Nolan, Quinn, Elise and Kaitlyn.
In honor of Allan, family and friends will gather on March 7 to lovingly celebrate his life.