Donna RobinsonDonna Gail Robinson 1940 – 2022 – With profound sadness, the family announces the death of Donna Robinson (nee New) on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in her 82nd year. Donna was born in Hamilton and after graduating from Teacher’s College, she taught elementary school for the Hamilton Board. But then she married her high school sweetheart, the Rev. Bob Robinson, and together they headed to western Canada. She taught for the Wainwright School District in Chauvin, Alberta and learned to curl. Moving slowly back east, she volunteered with a special education class in Regina, Saskatchewan. In Brantford, Ontario, she tutored adults and trained tutors throughout Ontario in the Laubach Literacy Program. She also supplied for the Brant County Board of Education. While in Brantford, she was proud to be a part of her church sponsoring a Vietnamese refugee family, and became honourary grandmother to a future optometrist. Moving on to London and later North Bay, she volunteered in elementary schools to the relief of many teachers.

Along with her educational pursuits came a growing family and eventually grandchildren who provided much enjoyment and opportunity for teachable moments. The family includes John, Jeff (Deb) in London, Joanne in Petawawa, and James (Kelli) in Kitchener. The beloved grandchildren are Tyler, Derek, Nick, Catharine and Sarah, each one a delight to their grandmother.

A born teacher, Donna used her teaching skills in the church to serve others, both locally and internationally. Yes, being a minister’s wife had its own peculiar challenges but these were handled best with friends like Linda, Silvia and the late Carol. Donna brightened all our lives.

Visitation on Friday, May 6 from 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, where funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 am. Memorial contributions to Sleeping Children Around the World would be appreciated.