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Born: Nov 04, 1959
Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
November 4, 1959 - August 28, 2021
Blanche is survived by her daughter Tatiana Robinson (Mike) and grandson Xander; her stepson Glenroy James (Linda) and grandchildren, Dylan, Tylee and Amiya; and her brother Alex Robinson (Natasa).
Blanche was predeceased by her mother Florence and her father Alex "Big Daddy" Robinson.
Blanche grew up in the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg and graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate. She worked for the Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) for many years and was a union representative. She maintained many longtime friendships, especially with classmates and co-workers. After she retired, she moved to Cape Breton Island where her parents were originally from and where she often spent summer vacations as a child.
There were many layers to Blanche's colourful personality. She was charming, outgoing and fun-loving but also insightful and not afraid to express her opinions. Blanche was fiercely independent and had strength of character, but beneath her strong exterior, was sentimental and compassionate. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Blanche was also extremely proud of her Cape Breton heritage and created and a Facebook page that highlighted the beauty, history and culture of Cape Breton Island.
In addition to having a sharp wit and excellent memory, Blanche was very knowledgeable about many subjects. She enjoyed a good debate about current issues as well as reminiscing about the past. She spoke out passionately against racism and was involved in numerous charitable organizations. She loved to travel and immerse herself in various cultures, food and music. Two of her favourite places were Cape Breton and Jamaica. She loved reggae music and was a huge fan of Bob Marley; not just his music, but his message of peace and love.
Blanche overcame many challenges in life. In addition to being a single working mom, she was a compassionate caregiver to others. She looked after her mother when she became ill and helped ensure that Tatiana's paternal grandparents were properly cared for in their declining years. When her beloved "Big Daddy" was in failing health, she moved him to live with her in Cape Breton Island and was his caregiver for many years.
Blanche was living out her dream but tragically, she passed away unexpectedly and far too soon at the age of 61.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Blanche's life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Blanche's memory to one of her favourite organization the New Victoria Volunteer Fire Department in Cape Breton Island, c/o Chief Blair McIssac, NVVFD, 81 Daley Road, New Victoria, Nova Scotia, B1H 4Z7.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth,
And now you will see the light,
You stand up for your rights.
- Bob Marley -
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2021
Condolences & Memories (18 entries)
So sorry to hear about Blanche's passing, she did so many things to help me when I needed someone she was a giver and expected nothing in return, one memory will never leave me is when we took a road trip to Calgary and I was 8 months pregnant she told me to not have that baby on the road because she didn't like the sight of blood. The world will miss her big laugh. RIP Blanche - Posted by: Janine (friend/co worker) on: Sep 30, 2021
JUST KNOWING BLANCHE FROM FACEBOOK TOLD ME SHE WAS A STRONG AND COMPASSIONATE LADY WHO WILL BE MISSED. REST IN PEACE AND GLORY. - Posted by: Kathy M Mcisaac (Facebook) on: Sep 17, 2021
Dave and I were shocked to hear of your Mom's passing. Our hearts are with you all. We met your Mom on a Cape Breton history site and she opened her home to us on a visit to Cape Breton. She was a passionate human being, who lived life on her terms and stood up for the oppressed. Blanche had a way of keeping everyone on their tows and backing up what they believed. The beautiful photos and history she shared of her drives throughout her beloved Cape Breton, meant a lot to those from away. She and my husband were huge Bob Marley fans. On our trip to BC we had the opportunity to see a Reggae concert in the park, featuring many Bob Marley tunes. We immediately thought Blanche would love this, but probably quip loudly ."He is not the real Bob Marley" LOL..but would sing and dance, in spite of it :) R.I.P., Lass - Posted by: Dolores /Dave Fineberg (friend) on: Sep 17, 2021
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Blanche's passing. I considered her a good friend. Blanche was never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for others. She had a passion for our Island...its history, landscape and especially the people. Rest in peace, m'dear. - Posted by: Melva Reid (friend) on: Sep 16, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Blanche's passing, much too young. I worked with Blanche in the '80's and we had many great times after work.She left a great impression on me of her outspokenness and sense of humour. My sincere condolences to her family. RIP Blanche - Posted by: Val McNaughton ((co worker MTS 1980's)) on: Sep 16, 2021
What a beautiful women, my deepest condolences to her family and other friends. - Posted by: Jennifer Deruelle (Friend) on: Sep 15, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Blanche's family. She was a wonderful person and has left all that knew her with beautiful memories. Blanche was fearless with such a sense of humour. I feel privileged to have worked with her back in the early days at MTS, May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Teresa Manitowich (co-worker) on: Sep 13, 2021
Sorry to hear of Blanche's passing.. She was a good person. My deepest Condolences - Posted by: Shaun (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2021
I was privileged to work with Blanche. She was incredibly smart and passionate about life, especially when it came to Tatiana. She would always bring a smile to my face. The world has lost a wonderful person. - Posted by: Laurie Paizen (Former coworker ) on: Sep 12, 2021
"Live for yourself and you will live in vain .....live for others and you will live again." Bob Marley....you made me think and you made me laugh and I will miss you Blanche....travel safely on your journey. - Posted by: Paul Bevis (Friend) on: Sep 12, 2021
I met Blanche while working as a caregiver for Alex. Her dedication to him I will always remember and although to soon I know they are now together again rest in peace my friend. Thoughts and prayers for all she left behind. God Bless. - Posted by: brian gallant (friend) on: Sep 12, 2021
Deepest Sympathy to Blanche’s family..R.I.P. BLANCHE🙏🏼🙏🏼 - Posted by: Emily Doyle (Friend. ) on: Sep 11, 2021
I was very shocked when I heard about Blanche, especially since the night before I heard, I was at a MTS get-together and her name came up from several of us as we reminisced about people we worked with.. the memories were all the same, strong girl, great person....I'm sure she will be missed. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her..RIP... - Posted by: Allison MacKenzie (Coworker ) on: Sep 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of Blanche's passing. Didn't know her but was a neighbour. She was not well known only by a few but we all felt so sad of her illness and death. - Posted by: Judy ruelland (Neighbour) on: Sep 11, 2021
To Blanche’s children, I’m so sorry for your loss. She was certainly a beautiful lady and such a great personality. Her personality was larger than life. I’ll always look back on my time with her. Amazing lady to say the least. - Posted by: Donna McRury (Good Cape Breton Friends ) on: Sep 11, 2021
Blanche and I first became friends in high school at VMC in the 1970's. She was truly one of a kind. Throughout all of these years, we remained friends and shared fun times, big laughs, life-changing experiences and profound discussions. With so much life left to live, her untimely passing was extremely shocking and tragic. Tatiana, Glenroy and your families, I am so very sorry for your loss. Blanche will be sincerely missed and never forgotten. May all of us take some comfort in the thought that she is together with her beloved "Big Daddy" again. - Posted by: Linda (Lister) Reis (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021
When we were in Cape Breton, we talked about Winnipeg and when we were in Winnipeg, we talked about Winnipeg. It was a great thing to share. Someone described Blanche the other day as having a lot of advice to give. I love using those words to describe her. I will miss her, here and there! - Posted by: Glenn Morrison (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2021
Blanche was a real person, never held back RIP - Posted by: TS (Former co worker@MTS) on: Sep 11, 2021
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