Robin Jane Richardson (Gurr)
RICHARDSON (GURR), Robin Jane - Unexpectedly at University Hospital on Monday, May 31, 2021, Robin Jane Richardson (Gurr) of London age 70. Loving mother of Simon Gurr and his wife, Laura, proud Nana to Owen, Eddy, Morgan and Victoria. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Claire Richardson. Fondly remembered by Jim Gurr.
Born in Sarnia, Robin had a larger than life personality and left a positive impact on everyone she met. Robin was very close to her parents throughout her life and was a dedicated daughter and caregiver until they passed away. Robin credited her parents for instilling a strong sense of integrity and teaching her to never shy away from a challenge.
Being a mother and grandmother was the most important thing to Robin. She was so proud of Simon and her grandchildren. Robin’s family will deeply miss her and forever remember how much she loved them. In honour of Robin, her family will continue to live their lives to the fullest.
Deeply empathetic and caring, Robin was a natural leader and a gifted teacher. Robin had a lengthy and distinguished teaching career in the former Board of Education for the City of London and then the amalgamated Thames Valley District School Board. Robin finished her career as a Learning Coordinator in Special Education and is still remembered for her strong advocacy for kids with special needs. Principals and teachers listened to and respected Robin. With a presence that was larger than life, she was a voice for kids and families that weren’t heard, a confidante to those seeking advice and a comfort to those seeking solace. She also taught at Western and travelled to help train teachers in developing countries.
Now that her grandchildren are in school, many of their teachers are former students who fondly remember Robin as their favourite teacher. Often former students would stop Robin to catch up with her and update her on their lives. She cherished those conversations.
Robin had the wonderful ability to connect and communicate with anyone. She will be deeply missed by her many friends, including Helen, Chrissy, Heather, and Leslie among many others. If you had the pleasure of meeting Robin, you would not easily forget her laughter and her big heart.
Private family service at Harris Funeral Home. For a link to a recording of the service, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.
June 1, 2021, 8:37 pm
I will miss her terribly. She and I travelled and taught together and were friends for forty-nine years.
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
June 1, 2021, 8:43 pm
Robin was a treasured friend and confidante. She was a remarkable, deeply caring, intuitive, insightful one of a kind who will be missed, loved and remembered always.
Helen Adams & Colin Laine
June 1, 2021, 5:31 pm
Larger than life; kinder than kind ; exceptional teacher and simply amazing friend .
We will miss you forever and celebrate knowing you always .
June 2, 2021, 10:26 am
I am very sorry to hear of Robin’s passing and my heart goes out to her family which she always spoke of. I will always be proud we were friends and she is a unique spirit that just made life a better place.
June 2, 2021, 9:01 am
Her laugh was contagious, her thoughtfulness unlimited and her devotion to her family inspiring. A true friend I will miss so much.
My deepest sympathy to all of her family, Jim, Simon, Laura & Grandchildren.
Lesley & Jeff Goodison
June 3, 2021, 7:47 am
Our lives will never be the same without this special woman who had the kindest heart, the most wonderful laugh & who knew the true meaning of friendship. Our deepest sympathy to her family & her many friends. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
June 3, 2021, 10:05 am
Robin’s laughter, smiles and wisdom was shared throughout her life with so many. Our hearts and minds are etched with memories that will continue to bring us together to celebrate our dear friend. May family and friends share Robin’s love of life with a smile.
June 3, 2021, 10:49 am
Jim, Simon, and Family;
My heart goes out to all of you on the loss of such an amazing family member.
She had such a huge presence and could light up a room just by being in it. I always loved having her as my Aunt and no matter how much time passed, we could always re-connect as if we had just spoken yesterday.
She was truly a remarkable soul and left a huge mark on alot of lives...a true legacy.
R.I.P. Aunt Robin xo
June 3, 2021, 4:39 pm
Robin and I became fast friends from the minute we met in Ottawa in 1988. The laughs, the adventures and the serious chats over the years were endless. Sincere condolences to Jim, Simon and family from me, my son Bobby and my daughter Naomi. She was a part of our lives. I will miss her terribly.
June 3, 2021, 5:16 pm
I had the wonderful opportunity to tour the north of England and Scotland with Robin in 1991. Our adventures on the Wyronos Pass are legend among many. When I think of Robin, I think of turquoise. It was definitely Robin!
June 4, 2021, 8:22 am
What a wonderfully kind, caring, compassionate lady, whose love of life and laughter will be greatly missed in this world. She was certainly one of a kind & always told it like it was!
June 4, 2021, 9:52 am
Robin was a very special part of my life. We shared a unique connection and friendship. Laughing with her was the best. I will miss her greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Mary Lou and Vinko Dorn
June 8, 2021, 10:34 am
I knew Robin for many years through the London and later Thames Valley School board. She was a friend and readily shared her knowledge and expertise with all. We shared many fun times with Robin, Helen and Colin over dinner and a few glasses! She was a wonderful friend and tireless advocate for the children and families she helped. Our thoughts are with her family.
June 6, 2021, 11:44 am
Robin was a special education teacher’s greatest advocate and supporter. She was never shy to tell you if you were on the right track or on the wrong track. She garnered this support with sound advice based on her vast experience. My condolences to her family. Just as she was sorely missed by educators and students so too will her family miss her presence and sound support.
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