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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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