Robyn Willis

December 11, 1945 – March 29, 2021
Robyn Willis passed away in peace March 29, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her brother and his family, Ron and Lee Sturch, daughters Donna and Renee in New Zealand; step-son Terry Willis in Victoria, BC; step-grandson Tristan Willis, his wife Ai and son Hugo in Victoria, BC; and cousin Olwyn Boule in New Zealand.
Robyn was born December 11, 1945 in New Zealand and adopted at 20 months by Eric and Iris Caddigan. She was raised as an only child on a sheep farm and given an excellent education. Her love of reading led her to become a librarian, a pursuit she followed before coming to Canada.
In 1968, Robyn married Ken Robertson and they moved to Prince Rupert, BC. Ken worked as a technician for CBC while Robyn took the position of Head Librarian. Ken and Robyn built a ferro cement sailboat and joined other live-aboards at Rushbrook floats and later, Seal Cove Marina. In April of 1976, they left Prince Rupert to successfully sail to New Zealand.
Robyn returned to Prince Rupert to join her friends at the Prince Rupert Library once again. August 31, 1991, Robyn married Reverend Canon Don Willis to enjoy a wonderful life together for 27 years. They lived in Prince Rupert a short while before moving to West Vancouver. There, Robyn ran a book-mobile to bring the joy of reading to others. They retired, moving to Parksville, BC and enjoyed traveling together.
Robyn enjoyed an active social life in Parksville, taking part in her church activities, playing cards, playing the ukulele and hand bells, going for lunch, going for walks and exploring with friends. She was a shopper extraordinaire and shared her finds with her friends!
Robyn’s wit, sense of humour and joie de vivre will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. Any donations can be made to the Huntington’s Society or ALS Society.
Memorial Service will be held via Zoom at St. Mark’s Church 3 pm April 9, 2021.
To access the Zoom link, contact Sue at suzanne47is@gmail.com
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