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ROBIN MICHAEL KERSEY
Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
ROBIN MICHAEL KERSEY
Robin is survived by his wife, Linda Sander; his children, Sean, Kristin, Amy and Anna; his brother, Ron; his father-in-law, John; his sister-in-law, Carol Chamberlain; his surrogate children, Gui Hua Tan, Lin Lim, Pin Lim and Betty Shah; Sean and Kristin's mother, Lenore; and his nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn many dear friends who were like family, including Denny and Eryl Kells, and Arlene Kinden.
Robin was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956, the youngest of three boys - Ron, Ric (1950 to 2017), and Rob. The family moved to Ottawa, and then on to Sandy Hook, where Robin attended Gimli High School. After two years of undergraduate studies, Robin entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He spent almost the entirety of his legal career at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, first as an associate and then as a partner practicing Labour and Employment Law.
Robin and Linda met in 1995, and married in 2004. Robin was a loving and devoted husband. He made Linda feel like the most important person in the world, remembering meaningful dates and taking time to connect with her every single day. He was compassionate, thoughtful, generous, and kind. Linda loved Robin's ability to make even the most boring aspect of day to day life into a fun adventure. Linda was the envy of many of her friends who viewed Robin as the perfect partner in every way.
Robin's first child, Sean, was born in 1982. Kristin followed in 1985. Robin loved being a father so much that, after Sean and Kristin graduated high school, Robin and Linda decided to expand their family. In 2007, the whole family travelled to China to adopt the first of the "Littles" - 18 month old Amy. In 2009, all five made another trip to China and 22 month old Anna joined their family.
Linda and Robin moved north of the city to Hawthorne Lodge in St. Andrew's in 2009. In the years since, their home has been the host of countless celebrations - from Christmas dinners to poolside BBQs. Holidays were always memorable, but no event was too small to celebrate and everyone was always welcome. Robin had a huge heart and would never want anyone to feel excluded. Every person who came into their home left feeling like part of the family.
Robin loved going to work at TDS every day. He was a gifted lawyer - a brilliant writer and advocate, but also someone who approached every problem with practicality and his trademark humour. Robin's love of silliness, his goofy sense of humour, and complete lack of pretense or self-consciousness made the office more fun (although quite possibly less productive). His colleagues at TDS were like yet another family to him - especially his long-time assistant, confidant, and friend, Maureen Beal, who managed Robin's life with practicality and good humour of her own.
Robin's enthusiasm for life was contagious. He had a rare gift for making every person feel important and special. He was a cherished father figure for so many - mentoring students and associates, patiently coaching four year old's soccer, calmly teaching many to drive a car, and generously giving time and advice to anyone who was going through a difficult time.
No one enjoyed having children more than Robin. He never missed a game, a dance recital, or a school event - even if it required him to work late into the night peppering colleagues, clients, and opposing counsel with emails at all hours. He delighted in every achievement or experience no matter how large or small - a cycling trip through New York State with Sean to watch the Batavia Muckdogs play minor league baseball (where Robin performed a solo rendition of "Rubber Ducky" atop the dugout); crying while watching Kristin graduate law school; shuttling Amy to every show jumping and dressage event in Manitoba (and beaming with pride when she was selected to represent Manitoba in a national competition this year); and drawing on previously undiscovered talents as a co-star and backup dancer after discovering that Anna has a gift for directing Tik-Tok music videos.
Many people tell their children to live in the present and enjoy every moment. Robin led by example. He made every event, no matter how mundane, feel fun and special. While we are shattered that our time with Robin was cut so short, we know that we are the luckiest people in the world to have had him as a husband, father, and friend for so many years.
Robin would have been enormously touched and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support that his wife and children have received over the past week. Robin's family would also like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at St. Boniface Hospital Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery unit who worked so hard and whose care and compassion was a rare bright spot in this unfathomably difficult week.
A gathering of family and friends is being planned for Monday evening. Any friends who would like to join us to honour Robin's memory can contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Cardiac Care at the St. Boniface Hospital in memory of Robin. The family has one additional request. Robin loved children and children loved Robin just as much in return. When he heard of a child in any kind of need, he would have cheerfully given anything he had in order to provide everything that was required. We would ask that next time his friends are in a position to help, they think of Robin and do what he would have done. He will smile.
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Publish Date: Feb 29, 2020
ROBIN MICHAEL KERSEY
A complete obituary will follow in the Saturday, February 29, 2020 edition.
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Publish Date: Feb 28, 2020
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 28, 2020, Feb 29, 2020
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
The Manitoba Marathon extends our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Linda and family on Robin’s passing. We are so deeply saddened to hear this news and collectively as an organization have many years of wonderful memories of our dear friend Robin. Robin’s contributions to our organization were immense. He served on our Board of Directors beginning in 2004 for many years and continued to volunteer his time as the voice announcing runners as they approached the finish line. Robin’s character, fun spirit and kind heart were larger than life and it was an absolute honor to work alongside Robin and get to know him on a personal level. A gifted professional in his field certainly, but the greatest joys he shared with us were those of his family; Linda, the children, his loved ones and family adventures. Robin you are gone far too soon, we thank you for the gift of you, for giving of yourself in so many ways and to so many in your lifetime. To Linda and family we pray you find comfort in your precious memories and know those who adored Robin hold you close in thought today and always. - Posted by: Manitoba Marathon (Friend) on: Mar 09, 2020
Robin was a beautiful man. His kindness will never be forgotten. He spoke with such love for his family. He made the world a better place. - Posted by: Leslie Cleven (Client) on: Mar 05, 2020
Please receive our most sincere condolences on the passing of my first cousin, Robin, on behalf of myself and my family. I’m the youngest son of Rob’s late Uncle Ted and I received this sad news from my sister Sandy. I live in Mexico but always felt a special bond to Rob, as we both arrived in the world in the same year, just weeks apart. I suppose the last time I saw him was when we were adolescents! We accompany you in your mourning and share your sadness. - Posted by: Paul C. Kersey (First cousin) on: Mar 04, 2020
Robin was an extraordinarily kind and warm person. Always a smile a helping hand and compassion for others. He will be terribly missed. Linda, Amy and Anna I am so sorry as well as Kristin and Sean. His legacy shines on through you all. - Posted by: Eileen Huggins Sander (Sister in law) on: Mar 04, 2020
We are very sad to hear that Robin has left this earth. You must all be in shock finding it hard to believe that he will not be there to grow old with you all. Maybe you can take some solace that one day when you go home he will be standing there waiting for you. Then he will say “women, what took you so long.” Then he will hold you in his arms for eternity. Our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Tony & Ana (Community Members) on: Mar 03, 2020
I was so very sorry to hear of Robin's passing. I have very fond memories of Robin from my time at TDS. My sincere condolences to Robin's family, friends and colleagues. - Posted by: Lisa Collins (Former TDS colleague) on: Mar 02, 2020
My sincere condolences to all of Robin’s family. I worked at TDS several years ago and while I never knew him well, he was always kind when we did interact, and his out of office emails were always delightfully witty. I was very sad to see this news and am thinking of his family. - Posted by: Jennifer Hanson (Former Colleague) on: Mar 02, 2020
To Linda, Carol, John and the whole family. On behalf of Lynette, Janice and their families I would like to offer our deepest Condolences to you all on Robin's passing. I personally did not have the pleasure of meeting him but well remember your mother telling Ruth and I about all of his wonderful qualities. Its been a pleasure to have our kids growing up with you guys on the farm and the hospitality of your parents. We truly miss you all since we have moved to Alberta. May God Bless You and give you strength, peace and hope during this difficult time. Dwight Cook. - Posted by: Dwight Cook (Former neighbor and acquaintance) on: Feb 29, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Robin’s passing. He and Denny took me in as a member of their curling team in Law school (because they needed a girl) but I learned so much from him and we had such good times on Friday’s and at bonspiels. He was a kind and funny man and he obviously was a great husband, father, lawyer and friend to many. He will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Mona Lee (Law School classmate) on: Feb 29, 2020
Dear Linda, Sean, Kristin, Amy and Anna Thinking of you all with love at this very sad time. Robin was truly an amazing man. Darlene and Bill - Posted by: Darlene and Bill (Friends) on: Feb 29, 2020
I worked at TDS a decade or so ago and remember Robin as being a hard worker with an infectious sense of humour. My thoughts are with his colleagues and family. Much too young to go. - Posted by: Rowena Fisher (former TDS colleague) on: Feb 29, 2020
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