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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bruce Allan "Rabbit" Robinson


BRUCE ALLAN ROBINSON On Sunday, October 31, 2010, our family and our city lost a leader, Bruce Robinson. With his family at his side, Bruce passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.
Left to cherish their memories of this wonderful man are his wife Jane, son Brett, daughter Leigh (Dallas Wiebe), sister Judy, brothers Ross (Allana) and Neil (Cathy), Leigh and Brian Hilton, John and Orion Black, Jeff Woelki (Arlette), Amy Baizley (Darren Burkett), Carol and George Prosk, Don Atkinson and many cherished nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Lynne, infant son Todd and his parents B.A. and Gerry Robinson.
Bruce led a full life and embraced everyone he met both personally and professionally. Through his high school years Bruce (AKA Rabbit ) spent every summer at YMCA Camp Stephens where he developed many life-long friends.
While attending the University of Manitoba, Bruce was active in fraternity life as member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. After graduation, Bruce began his career with Ford of Canada before joining his father and his brother Ross in the family firm, B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd. in 1971. After 25 successful years together Bruce incorporated Robinson Lighting Ltd. and along with Brett and Leigh established branches in Winnipeg, Burnaby, Kelowna, and Langley.
Bruce loved every moment at work with his children and their wonderful staff. Raised in a family that believed in giving back to the community, Bruce was very involved in Winnipeg. He served as President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1992 and 1993 and spent 26 years as a Winnipeg Football Club Director. He was President of both The Manitoba Club (1999) and Winnipeg Executives Association (2001 to 2002).
Professionally Bruce served as Chair of the American Lighting Association in 1998 and in 2003 was inducted into the American Lighting Association's Hall of Fame , the first and only Canadian to be so honoured.
Bruce valued the friendships made through his years of curling at the Winter Club and golfing at Breezy Bend and St. Charles Country Club. He treasured his summers spent with his family at Granite Lake.
 A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster Ave. (Maryland and Westminster). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Bruce Robinson to Liver Research at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, MS1-820 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 or a charity of your choice. Bruce was an organ donor and we encourage everyone to join him and sign an organ donor card. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

(published Nov. 3, 2010 -Winnipeg Free Press)

"We lost a good friend long before he should have left us. Bruce impacted all of our lives in different ways but as Stubby (Brian Law) said the common bond between us was camp.
"He loved Stephens and the Y and everything they stood for. Obviously, they had impacted him in a positive way, more than we had imagined.

"I’m sure you would all agree that in his own way Bruce lived by the three words 'I’m Third.'"

Punch Jackson

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