Len Robinson was born on September 20th 1949 in Minnedosa, Manitoba.
He grew up outside of Minnedosa, in the town of Clanwilliam, with his four sisters and two brothers. He was a committed brother and successful athlete. He cherished his baseball days with the Clanwilliam Greys and his Hockey years playing for the Minnedosa Bombers. He was an ardent and competitive curler. Len had a lifelong love for golfing, especially with his boys.
In April 1970 he married Brenda, his wife of 51 years. They moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta. He worked and made many friends in the oilfield supply industry. Brenda and Len established and ran a successful consulting and education business together for over 40 years. Sherwood Park became home where together they raised 5 children. Len led a full and busy life raising his family, managing their business as well as coaching and volunteering with minor baseball, minor softball and minor hockey.
Those fortunate enough to know Len know he was a devoted father to his children, Harley, Leigh, Lonnie, Chris and Jill. He could be found at any activity his kids were involved in. He spent countless hours in the winter at the rink with his kids in hockey and ringette. He could be found on top of the concession in the old shell in Sherwood Park shouting encouragement, advice and maybe even a little criticism if you’d earned it. In the summer, he then followed them to the ball diamond where any night of the week you could find Len and one of the Robinson kids playing ball. Len loved sport and passed that passion and joy onto to all his children.
Len was an avid reader, often reading three books at a time. He never lost track of a plot. We will all remember him sitting in a lawn in chair in the shade with a book in hand. He was even known to read, and then to reread a book that he enjoyed if it deserved a second read. Historical fiction, westerns, adventures and mysteries kept his mind active and fully engaged. However, he was not above throwing a book down because it was not worth the read. He collected quotes and loved to share them. One of his favorite quotes and authors was Louis L’Amour. It went:
“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.”
Len’s Grandchildren will remember him as a proud and dedicated Grandpa. His Grandchildren and all of their interests brought him great joy. He cherished his time and his visits with his Grandchildren. Kailey, Ethan, Sequoia, Rayne, Addy and Loxley carry happy memories of holidays and celebrations with Grandpa.
Len is also remembered and loved by his wife Brenda and his children Harley(Carla), Leigh(Dave), Lonnie(Erin), Chris and Jill(Derek). He will be missed by his brothers Rick(Eileen) and Barry(Nicci) and his sisters Peggy(Lloyd), Donna(Dale) and Mavis(Dennis) and his brother in law Ralph. In addition, he will be remembered by his sister in law Karen(Doug) and his brother in law Tom(Jennifer). There are many nieces and nephews whom he loved and cared for in his lifetime.
Len is predeceased by his parents Annie and Don, his beloved sister Jean, his brother in law Jim, sister in law Mary and his mother and father in law Sid and Muriel Carter.