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Cameron Robinson

Jan 22, 1947 - Feb 2, 2017

January 22, 1947 -- February 2, 2017

Surrounded by the love of his family at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Cam Robinson of Owen Sound passed peacefully from us.
Loving, and much loved, husband and life partner of Karen Robinson (nee Hooper), Cam will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family and friends both here and abroad.
Predeceased by his parents Dr. Harry and Mrs. Agnes Robinson (nee Hewson), Cam grew up in Hamilton, moving to Owen Sound in 1971 to begin his 30 year career as an educator at O.S.C.V.I. in Owen Sound and later G.B.S.S. in Meaford. With multiple Science and Education Degrees under his belt, he was a role model to many, always following the guiding principle to treat others as he would have them treat him.
Energetic, hardworking, fiercely determined, supremely organized both at work and in his personal life, he reflected integrity, honesty, loyalty, the value of physical fitness, financial responsibility and humility. While often shy in demeanour, he was loud in good deeds that transcended borders and cultures. Rigid in the ways he perceived things should be done, he struggled to accept change in routines or schedules.
For many years an avid skier and curler, his passion was always the water--living on its shores, boating and cruising its expansiveness, or scuba diving its wondrous depths. As a past Commodore and current active member, Cam spent many happy hours at the Georgian Yacht Club, often laboriously applying coat upon coat of wax to already flawlessly gleaming hulls prior to heading to the North Channel for summer adventures with fellow boaters. An avid “weather watcher and forecaster”, Cam took delight in advising of impending weather changes, often to the chagrin of those being warned as his forecasts were frustratingly accurate.
Cam was proud to be a 32nd Degree Mason and an active member, and current Treasurer, of the local Ramoca Shrine Club, constantly exuding the virtuous Masonic principles in his daily life.
Retirement was long and happy, allowing extensive travel, extended boating and cruising, and adventurous winters “south”. He had many more trips to make and many more seas to sail but sadly this was not to be.
Undaunted by the diagnosis of an extremely rare cancer, Cam faced his medical condition with strength, determination, courage and dignity, doggedly maintaining his independence and never allowing it to rob him of his personal identity.
Cam will be missed by his many friends whom he cherished and who helped enrich his life. He would want them to know that their love and support encouraged and helped sustain him as he battled his cancer. His family is profoundly grateful for the support and many acts of kindness shown to him by his dear friends, his medical team of doctors and nurses at GBHS, and the dedicated personnel of both Owen Sound Care Partners and CCAC.
Survived by his beloved wife Karen, Cam also leaves behind his sole sibling Lynda Rosser (to whom he was a kind, loving and supportive brother) and her husband Hal, of Burlington; his cherished niece Wendy Stevenson, her husband David and their daughters Abbi and Emma of Surrey B.C.; cousin Jo-Anne Smith and her family of Minneapolis Minnesota; cousins John Hilts (Janet) and Debbi Luciani (John) and their families in the Burlington area.
Friends may call at the BRIAN E. WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 250--14th Street West, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 3X8 (519-376-7492) on Monday Feb. 6th from 2:00--4:00pm and 7:00--9:00pm. A Funeral for Cam will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Tues. Feb. 7th at 2:00pm. St. George’s Masonic Lodge #88 will hold a Masonic Service at the Funeral Home on Monday evening at 6:45 pm. All Masonic Brethren are invited to attend. Private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children; the Owen Sound Regional Foundation, Oncology Department; or the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce (Chapman House) would be appreciated as an expression of sympathy. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family on-line at 

                     Cam navigated his illness as he did his entire life--with courage, 
                     focus and always a steady hand on the helm.
                                                       Fair winds Skipper!

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Mon., Feb 6, 2017: 2pm - 4pm  & 7pm - 9pm 
Brian E. Wood Funeral Home
250 14th Street West, Owen Sound, ON  N4K 3X8
(519) 376-7492
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Funeral Service
Tue., Feb 7, 2017: 2pm 
Brian E. Wood Funeral Home
250 14th Street West, Owen Sound, ON  N4K 3X8
(519) 376-7492
see map

Later Date
Queen's Lawn Cemetery
Grimsby, ON


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Lorie Colledge
Thu, February 16, 2017  -  Lorie Colledge
Dear Karen, I was so sorry to hear about Cam's passing. Cam was a true Mason and Shriner and will be fondly remembered for his honesty, compassion, humility and unrelenting dedication and commitment to the children and our Shriners Hospital. It goes without saying he will truly be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With fondness and sincere regret, Lorie Colledge
carol garrow
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  carol garrow
Karen, my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband Cam. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Marlene and Bob Schnurr
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  Marlene and Bob Schnurr
Our condolences to you, Karen in the loss of Cam. His illness took him too quickly and too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Fiona McConachie-Anderson
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  Fiona McConachie-Anderson
Cam's lovely smile and kind heart made him a wonderful colleague, one who always brightened my day at the OSCVI. Our condolences to you, Karen. He truly loved you. Fiona and Gord McConachie-Anderson
Pat and Gary Duench
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  Pat and Gary Duench
Gary and I send our sincere condolences in your loss. Fabulous obituary you wrote about Cam. He was an accomplished individual on many levels. Our hearts go out to you. Hugs from florida.
Kathy and Dennis
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  Kathy and Dennis
Cam's great and longtime friendship will be sorely missed. All of your words rang so true. He was courageous to the end, never letting it determine who he was. So glad to have so many great memories on the water and off. Sending our love to you, Karen. We will keep in touch.
Susan Patrick
Tue, February 7, 2017  -  Susan Patrick
Dear Karen We are so very sorry about Cam. He was a good friend and neighbour to us - always ready to lend a helping hand, give us the benefit of his sage advice, and full of good cheer. We will miss him. Our sincere sympathy to you on your loss. Ian and Susy
Jason and Lisa Gow
Mon, February 6, 2017  -  Jason and Lisa Gow
Our condolences to you Karen and Cam's extended family. A sincere and hardworking man and always interested and heartfelt as he showed interest in each and every person. A gentleman gone too soon.
Jamie and Martha Nicol
Sun, February 5, 2017  -  Jamie and Martha Nicol
Dear Karen, Cam was a very serious man but he did have his light side too. We always enjoyed each other's friendly bantering during spring boat cleanup. I will finally conceed that Cam did in fact own the shiniest boat in the GYC. He was always there to help, offer advice and support. Never afraid of hard back breaking work Cam showed us all what being a club was all about. I will miss my friend at this years spring adventure but I know he will be there in spirit. Karen, please know that our thoughts are with you. Jamie and Martha
Mike & Carol Rosser and family
Sun, February 5, 2017  -  Mike & Carol Rosser and family
Karen we are very sorry to hear of Cam's passing. Our thoughts are with you.
David Steinke
Sun, February 5, 2017  -  David Steinke
It was July of 1987 when three sailboats traveling together from the US encountered Cam Robinson. None of us American captains had ever anchored and tied to a tree. Cam was there to help! It was there in Snug Harbor our relationship began. Since then we spent many years of traveling by boat with Cam and Karen through the North Channel as well as visiting in Owen Sound, the cottage, Dennis's Home in Bridgeport , Michigan and at our home in Port St. Lucie , Florida. And for Karen and the crew of Hide-Aweigh there was an emergency trip from Gore Bay to Saginaw Michigan. Thanks again Karen for that! Our lives have been enriched greatly because of that first encounter in Snug Harbor. Karen, your sorrow is our sorrow, and although we cannot be with you physically, we are with you in spirit and in our thoughts. From the crew of Hide-Aweigh, Dave, Melanie and Krista Steinke. Cam, this is WTN-7307 signing-off.
Jo-Anne Smith & Family
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Jo-Anne Smith & Family
I cherish the years growing up together and the time spent in Arizona . We love you.
Diane Eberts
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Diane Eberts
Karen: I am very saddened to hear of Cam's passing. I enjoyed many years working with him at GBSS, specifically in Cooperative Education. It is sad that is retirement has been cut short. My condolences to you Karen. Diane
Jacob and Wilhelmina de Boer
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Jacob and Wilhelmina de Boer
Karen we are so sorry for you. Cam was a great guy with a generous heart, gone too soon. Great memories of sailing, X Country skiing, and family times when the kids were home from university.
John & Janet Hilts
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  John & Janet Hilts
We have so many fond memories of times spent in earlier years - summer days at the cottage at Lake Erie, family times over so many holidays. These warm memories will help us all get through this difficult period.
Lois Lang
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Lois Lang
My deepest condolences to you Karen. I did not know Cam well, but he was a gentleman to be admired.
Peter & Susan Hughes
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Peter & Susan Hughes
Karen, we are very sorry to hear of Cam's illness & passing. He was a great guy & will be missed by many friends. Take Care
Kevin Christenson
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Kevin Christenson
Very sorry to hear of Cam's passing. He was a neighbour, a Hillfield College prefect (he corrected my behavior many times) and someone whom I looked up to and respected. Rest in peace Cam.
Bruce Harrison
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Bruce Harrison
As a long ago neighbour, on the east mountain in Hamilton, we fondly remember Cam as a great friend and role model. Washing the cars in his big rubber boots was a common theme, with a big smile and a hello. Condolences and Love to the family. The Harrison's
Angela Clark and family
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Angela Clark and family
Cam was an amazing person with such a wonderful heart for making others feel special. He will be greatly missed Karen and my sincerest condolences go out to you. Xo
Jim and Bev McLean
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Jim and Bev McLean
Karen, we are sorry to hear of Cam's passing. Cherish the memories.
Martin and Lorie Dixon
Sat, February 4, 2017  -  Martin and Lorie Dixon
Karen, we are very sorry for your loss. We will miss Cam.
Burk & Gail Mason
Fri, February 3, 2017  -  Burk & Gail Mason
Karen and Cam's Family So sorry to learn of Cam's struggle with cancer and of his passing. We enjoyed knowing Cam when he and Burke taught together at OSCVI. Sorry for your loss
Georg Jagotzky
Fri, February 3, 2017  -  Georg Jagotzky
My condolences. I'm very sorry to hear the sad news. I always enjoyed talking to him at Lunch Bunch and Shriner's meetings and Scottish Rites in Barrie. Regards Georg (from Panama)
Glenn Megan Tannis Boisvert
Fri, February 3, 2017  -  Glenn Megan Tannis Boisvert
So very very sad. We have fond memories of our Camaroonie and so many wonderful pictures. Love you to the moon and back Rest in peace, we will miss you so much.
Howard and Sandy Metcalfe
Fri, February 3, 2017  -  Howard and Sandy Metcalfe
Sorry to hear of Cams passing, we were unaware of his health issues. We will remember Cam for his strength of character and work ethics.

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