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Lee Robinson

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LEOLA “LEE” ROBINSON

(née ROE)

October 21, 1943 – February 29, 2024

Affectionately our Lee Lee, Miss Lee, or Mom (and rarely her given name Leola), was a healthy and energetic woman up until almost the very end. It was only in the last few weeks of her life that she started to feel unwell. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away eight short days later. 

 

Lee’s final days were spent at the Grace Hospital with her daughters Susan (Robinson) and Carol (Steuri) by her side. She also leaves behind her adored grandchildren Abby, Emily, and Liam Aikman (Susan), Aiden and Avery Steuri (Carol), sons-in-law Neil Aikman and Beni Steuri, sister-in-law Pat Roe, niece Jen Roe (Brian Larson), and their daughters Kennedy and Peyton. Lee was so proud of her family.


While she lived 80 full years, she left us far too early and far too suddenly!  She radiated youth, moved with grace, and could keep pace playing soccer or mini sticks with her grandkids or chasing after the family dachshunds.


Lee grew up in Winnipeg’s Fort Rouge neighbourhood, daughter of Mima and Wilson Roe. Lee had a charmed childhood, shared with her younger brother Robert (Bob) who she loved dearly. As a girl, Lee’s passion was figure skating. She spent many early mornings at the Winnipeg Winter Club, earned a gold medal from the Canadian Figure Skating Association, and moved to Bemidji, Minnesota for a year to coach.


She went to nursing school at the University of Manitoba where she graduated in the class of 1965. Nursing was not just a vocation, it was a passion for Lee, and nursing school is where she met some of her dearest friends.


Lee completed her education at McGill University where she earned a Master of Science (Applied). After Montreal, Lee moved to Boston with her then husband James (Jim) Robinson. This is where Lee began her career at Massachusetts General. She returned to Canada and started working at the Firestone Regional Chest and Allergy Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, a highlight in her career. They started their family on Green Meadow Drive in Burlington, Ontario, always with a yard filled with children, neighbours, and laughter.


In 1989, Lee and her daughters moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to her mother. She completed her nursing career at the Health Sciences Centre, making a difference in the lives of her Rehab patients. 


In her final decades of life, Lee continued to work selling RESPs where she helped young families prepare their children for the best possible start in life. The friendships that Lee formed during this time were deep and special. Her coffee group became her second family. One special member of that group, Marianna Raimo, was like a sister to her.


Lee never missed a special moment in the lives of her daughters, and became “mom” to their friends. Lee was also a very important presence in the lives of her grandchildren, attending their soccer and hockey games, and fostering their many passions, including skiing and piano. She was an avid Bombers fan and enjoyed going to games and cheering on the team. Lee took many wonderful trips with her daughters’ families, including visiting the Steuris in the Swiss Alps, where Carol lived for many years.


Lee was a bright light - so vibrant and vivacious, positive and caring. She had a way of leaving her mark on all those who crossed her path. She will be missed dearly.

 

In respect of Lee’s final wishes, a funeral service will not be held. Instead an intimate celebration of her life for her family and those closest to her will take place. If you wish to honour Lee’s memory and incredible life, please consider making a donation to Harvest Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society in her name. 


Lee's family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Memories, Stories and Condolences

 

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Comments (30)
Gast
28. März

True friends never really part! They may take different paths over their years and loose contact for some time but something deep inside brings them back together in one form or another. Leola and I grew up in the same neighbourhood, shared many of the same friends, knew each other's mind and each other's family. Despite losing touch for a number of decades in our busy respective lives, we reconnected 5 years ago on my trip from Vancouver back to Winnipeg for my 1964 grad nursing reunion.

Leola, (I never called her Lee), & I fell into a giant hug at her door, instantly reconnected and never stopped talking,laughing and occasionally crying for 3 days, until my return flight to Vancouver. What a wonderful memory and so glad that we reconnected !

Always "Leola" to me, she was a very special person in my life. Our friendship withstood an unplanned separation of many years and survived the test of time. I feel we were both blessed.


This wonderful mother, friend and animal lover will always be remembered by me with love and gratitude.

Lorena (Williams) Pelly

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Gast
19. März

My heartfelt condolences to your families. Lee Lee was such a beautiful person who exuded youth, energy, vitality and most importantly, love. She will be missed by so many but will remain near and dear to our hearts.


Love,


Joe and Stephanie

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Gast
17. März

Mrs. Robinson, my next door mom for some very important years of my life will be very much missed. She kept in touch and often chimed in on posts on my FB wall! I am shocked and saddened to hear she has passed away. Much love xox.

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Gast
15. März

Susan and Carol,

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have great memories of summers in Burlington with Lee in charge. I am so glad we got to see her in Edmonton in November. My condolences to your family.

Karly

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Gast
12. März

I have had the pleasure of doing work for Lee for over 30 years. She was fun to be with and very kind. I think of her fondly and Donna and I will miss her. My sincerest condolences to family and friends.


Terry and Donna


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Gast
12. März

My sincerest sympathies. Some of my fondest memories growing up were spending time with Lee, her brother Bob and their Mom and Dad. Although we only talked periodically in recent years I so enjoyed our conversations and getting caught up on each other's lives. I will miss knowing she's no longer only a phone call away.

Jim Flynn

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Gast
12. März

I met Lee for the first time almost 60 years ago. She was one of the nicest people that I have ever known. To say that she will be missed would be an understatement.

Thank you for your kindness, Lee Jim Ferguson

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Gast
11. März

My deepest sympathies. I met Lee when I assumed a role on the 6th floor of the Rehab hospital. That welcoming smile was unforgettable and exuded kindness and interest and joy. May peace be with you all

Trish Bergal (nursing colleague)

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Gast
11. März

Thank you to all and for the kind heart warming comments. My mom is feeling the love ❤️ as are we. Carol xo

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Gast
08. März

Lee was a dear friend, starting in 1971 at McGill, until her recent passing. She was caring, loving, and always a joy to be with. I am comforted by the knowledge that she lived a productive life, worthy of emulation and she leaves a lasting legacy now carried on by her children and grandchildren. I miss her and will carry sweet memories of her love forever.


All my best,

Jola Olofinboba

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Gast
08. März

Dear Miss Lee

You have always been our coffee group’s bright light with kindness, compassion and friendship for all.

I admire your care and concern for all in the coffee group, your family and friends and our city and province.

I will miss you and think of you always. You have left an indelible impression on all of us..

Love,

Sue Allardyce

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Gast
08. März

Dear Lee, I’m absolutely heartbroken to say goodbye far too soon! I will miss you immensely but I’m so grateful for our friendship. Your positivity, brilliant sense of humour and kindness was a joy to be around. You also had a passion for learning and contributing to your community that was truly inspiring. I will miss our visits and laughs dearly but will hold tight to all the wonderful memories I was lucky enough to share with you.

❤️ Jen McCulloch

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Gast
07. März

Lee

I am so grateful for the time we spent together in November.

No matter how long it had been since our last visit, it seemed we could pick up seamlessly.

You were always interesting, always looking for more answers to life’s big questions, always so positive and always so kind.

You will be missed.

Rest in peace my dear, dear friend!

Madeline

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Gast
06. März

Lee was a wonderful friend to many. Her vivacious, generous nature made her so much fun to be around. After graduating from training at Winnipeg General, her family, Mima, Wilson, Bob and Lee welcomed me into their home for a year while Lee and I attended U of M. An entire caring family! Later on, although we lived in different parts of the country and Lee pursued further education, our friendship endured. I miss you Lee. What a legacy you have left in your lovely daughters and grandchildren. Sharon Garnett (Wilson).

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Gast
06. März

Leola (Lee) & I go back many years ago when we went to Churchill High together. We both lived on Churchill Drive as well.

Friends back then as well as keeping in touch until her passing last week.

I will miss her @our nursing get togethers when we all looked

The same as we did 60+ years ago😉.

Thank you for being my friend this passed 60+ years, Lee😍

Cathy (Young) Underwood

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