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JOHN ALLAN ROBERTSON May 4, 1911 July 2, 2006 Early Friday morning, Dad left us to rejoin the love of his life Ruth (nee Bartlett), his wife of 58 years. He was predeceased by Ruth; his parents, Alice and John George; his brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Alys Robertson; his sister Mary Alice Robertson; and his in-laws, Fern and Owen (OT) Hughes. Dad leaves a large and loving family to celebrate and cherish his life and spirit brother-in-law Al Bartlett; and six children and their spouses: Dorothy and John Zyzneiwski, Jeannie and Bill Routledge, John Robertson, Craig Robertson and Berta Zaccardi, Lois Gray, and Pat Robertson and Roddy Briggs. He also leaves 14 grandchildren: Colin Crellin (Chris); Jonine Bergen (Don); Brett Crellin (Cynthia); Michael Routledge (Leah); Derek Routledge (Darcy); Stephen Routledge (Margaret); Alex and Adriana Robertson; Allan, Clayton Jr., Philip and Christina Gray; and Isabelle and Gabriel Briggs, and 11 great-grandchildren. Dad was born in McAuley, MB. His family moved to Virden, and when he was a young man, to Winnipeg. The Great Crash caused him to move back to the family farm at McAuley, where he cared for his parents and took over the operation of the farm. He met and fell in love with Ruth Bartlett, the local public health nurse. They were married in 1944. Dad's life revolved around his family and his community. He was a passionate member of the McAuley School Board for many years, including terms as Chairman, and worked tirelessly for rural school reform. He was a leader in the community life of McAuley, working to build the community rink and the United Church; serving in the local church, and the Coop and Pool Elevators. Dad saw being a father himself as the centre of his life. He was actively involved in child care; he was the primary voice in his children's growth, always quietly reflecting with us about our choices and possibilities. His deep religious faith led him to teach responsibility, community service and family as the primary values around which to build a life. He made sure that everyone had the resources needed to build their lives and families. He acted as a mentor, a support, and sometimes a safe harbour for his friends' children, children's friends, and other young people, many of whom would come to him often for conversation and wisdom. After selling the family farm to assure that his children had access to education, Dad and Mom moved to Winnipeg in 1968. Dad continued to be involved in the community, serving on the Board of Agape Table, and volunteering with Meals on Wheels. They were both active in Westminster United Church. The family would like to thank the community at Meadowood Manor, and his wonderful Home Care providers and Anita for doing whatever it took so that Dad could continue to live independently. We would also like to thank the staff of the Victoria General Hospital for their compassionate care. A celebration of Dad's life will be held on Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Meadowood Manor, 575 St. Anne's Rd. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Meadowood Manor or the CNIB.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 31, 2006