November 2, 1957 - December 17, 2017
David Wayne Robinson passed away with his family by his side after a lengthy battle with cancer in Kamloops on December 17th, 2017 at the age of 60 years old. Dave's huge personality will be greatly missed by his wife Ernesta (Ernie), his sons Ryan (Alison) and Daniel (Ashley), and his three grandsons Riley, Luke and Jake. He will also be sadly missed by his Mother, Ethel Robinson, brother Glen (Madeliene), sisters Linda (Augie) Penner and Patricia (Carl) of Kitimat, B.C. and brother Neil (Joan) of Merritt, B.C. Father-in-law Salvatore Corea, brothers-in-law Frank (Maryanne) Corea, Jerry (Elaine) Corea and many nieces and nephews. Dave will also be cherished and remembered by many dear friends that he shared so many wonderful memories with.
Dave was predeceased by his father Donald Robinson, by his son Darcy and his mother-in-law Antonia Corea.
Dave was born in Kitimat, B.C. on November 2, 1957. He was the second of five children born to Donald and Ethel Robinson. He spent the first fifteen years of his life in the small northern town enjoying different sports and activities. Dave excelled in Hockey, Lacrosse and Track and Field. At the age of 15, he joined the Kamloops Chiefs of the WHL and played with the Chiefs for the entire four years that the team was in Kamloops from 1973 to 1977.
While fulfilling his dreams of playing hockey in the WHL, he also fell in love with Kamloops and where he met his wife Ernie. Dave and Ernie were married in 1977. They then moved to Michigan where he played the next two years under contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
After returning to Kamloops in 1979, Dave played many years of Senior hockey and ball hockey meeting many dear friends along the way.
Upon returning to Kamloops in 1979, Dave started working for his father in law, Salvatore, training to be a mason. In 1984, he started his own company, Dave Robinson Masonry, where he worked until his illness progressed. His sons are proud to carry on the family business today. He also opened River City Rock Products in 2008 after recognizing that Kamloops had a need for a rock store with personal customer service. Dave was also a member of the Kamloops Home Builders Association and strived to achieve a high quality of workmanship for our community.
Dave was a tower of strength who was devoted to his family, his friends and his business. His greatest joy was watching his sons grow up and play hockey. He was so proud that they also found happiness and excelled in the sport that he loved. Dave enjoyed coaching many teams over the years; he was adamant that the kids were to have fun.
In 2014, Dave found a new joy, his grandson Riley. And then again in 2016 with the birth of Luke and then again in 2017 with Jake. His passion for hockey was passed on in his grandsons as they enjoyed many hours of playing hockey and also swimming in the backyard pool with Grandpa aka Big Poppy.
Heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors at Royal Inland Hospital on 4 North and the kind and gentle nurses at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House where he was able to let go and end his battle with cancer.
Funeral Service will take place on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at Summit Drive Church, 1975 Summit Drive, Kamloops, BC att 11:00 am with a Celebration of life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darcy Robinson Memorial Fund at HSBC downtown Kamloops.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
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