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Douglas Mackenzie Robinson

Douglas Mackenzie Robinson

Doug Robinson sailed away August 9, 2021 at his home in Victoria with family. He left this world peacefully with the same fortitude, deeply principled values, courage and dignity as how he lived his entire life.  He was born July 16, 1930 in Nelson, BC during the Great Depression. At a young age, his parents moved to his mother’s homeland of Scotland and while there, war broke out. Doug and his brother Ken, survived a North Atlantic crossing during “Operation Pied Piper” when British children were evacuated to the colonies. He was lucky to be sent to his grandparents in Golden, BC. While in Golden he found his first passion, fly fishing, and deepened his love of the outdoors from his Grandfather. In his early twenties he cycled from Vancouver to New York, hopped on a ship and found himself in Switzerland where he honed his next passion, the love of skiing. Back in Canada, he found his next passion, Carmen, who he always joked that she skied better than he and who he spent the next 28 years raising 6 kids on the slopes of Mt. Norquay.  A purchase of a “Sea Spray” sailboat, ignited another passion…love for sailing and moved to Vancouver Island. Carmen’s illness brought them back to Banff, and after her death immersed himself with the 1988 Olympic Alpine Events where he was Chief of Races. An invitation by his old friend Rudi to assist guiding heli-skiing brought him back to Golden where he met Marijke. For the next 30 years they split their time between sailing the Inside Passage out at the coast and Golden, where he could be found in his workshop. He could build, fix and design – anything.   A creative innovator, self taught engineer and a detailed craftsman, he would execute all of this with quiet confidence and undying enthusiasm and if you had the privilege to work or be around him, you would also experience his passion to share his knowledge with you. He inspired you today – to be a better person tomorrow. His was a life well lived, and he was well loved.  Doug was rarely without a smile or without radiating such a genuine passion for life.  Doug was an exceptional outdoorsman, craftsman and mentor and the wisdom of an old soul, led by example. Deeply loyal, noble, kind, loving and the perfect gentleman Doug Robinson leaves a legacy that is nothing short of inspiring. 

Doug was predeceased by his first wife, Carmen, in 1985. She was the mother to his 6 children; Wendy (Clint), Jill (Thom), Lorraine (Brian), Stephanie(Don), Rayto (Sandra), and Paul (Claudine). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jordan, Rory, Brady, Logan, Mackenzie, Arlo and Rowen. Also surviving is his second wife, Marijke, her daughter Marjan, her granddaughter, Juanita and her great-grand-daughter. And last but not least, his “adopted son”, Jim(Lee). 

Doug wanted all his friends and family to have a Celebration of his Life and share stories of the good times. This event will take place at a later date.


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  • Rob Wilson -

    Doug was a great guy. We live a couple kilometres north of where he and Marijke lived. He would always wave at my dog and I as we walked along Campbell Road. We had been occasionally at their house. I had heard last summer that his health had taken turn for the worse and that he had moved to the Coast. However it was only today that I had learned that he had died. Unfortunately there was no mention of his death in our local paper,”The Golden Star”. robtoyota2002@gmail.com

  • Susan Youle -

    I first met Doug when I was eleven and he coached the Calgary Ski Club. He and Carmen were so kind to everyone. I later knew him when he and Marijke sailed into False Creek and moored to our floating home at Sea Village. What an incredible life Doug lived. We are all richer for having known him. I’ll never forget his voice or his smile. Karl (Jost) and I send our condolences to all his family.

  • Barry Monk -

    To all the Robinsons I am very sorry to hear about your dads passing. Doug was a very special man, father and grandfather and a true friend to all. The world needs more people like your Dad. He touched so many people in so many ways. Take good care

    • Stephanie Robinson -

      Thank you for reaching out! We all had time with him in the last 6 months of his life. It was exactly what each one of us needed. He was an incredible man!! I hope all is well with you.

    • Stephanie Robinson -

      Thank you for reaching out! We all had time with him in the last 6 months of his life. It was exactly what each one of us needed. He was an incredible man!! I hope all is well with you.

  • Joanne Becker Hill -

    Wendy & Family, So saddened to hear of your loss. May you find peace as you treasure all the memories of your special Dad. I’m reminded of his wonderful smile and kind and caring nature.

  • Cecile Gosselin -

    So very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was such a nice man. My sincere condolences to Marijke and family.

  • Jacquie Barone -

    Sending my love to you all. What a great man, mentor and an amazing man at everything he did. May his memories and all that he instilled in each of you give you peace knowing he is part of you forever. Hugs and condolences.

    • Lorraine Carlstrom -

      Thanks for your kind words, Jacquie. My Dad always loved seeing you and hearing about your adventures.

  • Stephanie Teare -

    Paul and the Robinson Family.

    My deepest condolences, Doug was a wonderful man and I so enjoyed knowing him.

    Paul please contact me.

  • Linda Schultz -

    So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was the finest man and I have nothing but the most wonderful memories of the many times I spent with your family.

  • Anders Ourom -

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to all of Doug’s family. My parents knew Marijke and Doug, who visited them in Vancouver and on Lasqueti Island, and even visited me in Squamish once. They were always wonderful hosts at Marijke’s ‘farm’ south of Golden, and at Doug’s house near Victoria. I hope that I’ll be able to attend Doug’s celebration of life.

    • Lorraine Carlstrom -

      Thanks for your memories and kind words. We will try to let you know when and where his Celebration of Life will be.

  • Ken & Lynda Read -

    Doug was one of those quiet leaders who committed countless hours to skiing and ski racing, introducing thousands of youngsters to the joy of the sport and a deeper appreciation of the mountains he loved. From the Mt. Norquay World Cup (1st World Cup held in the Canadian Rockies) to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Doug led a generation of event organizers that established the credibility of Canada’s ability to host world-class ski racing events, which endures today in the annual Winterstart World Cup events for women and men at Lake Louise. To the entire Robinson family, our deepest condolences.

  • Maxine Ehman -

    Hi Wendy sorry about Uncle Doug it was nice to hear about some of his life. Stay strong look after each other. Bye for now

  • Vanita Haining -

    Rest in search Doug. Only fond memories of your dad quietly and consistently helping on the race course / ski hill. May you all be at peace knowing your dad lived a full and wonderful life, and being blessed having such a wonderful father. My condolences for your loss!

  • Leslie Kasper Percy -

    My condolences to Lorraine and the rest of the Robinson family. May the wonderful memories you have bring you peace.
    Leslie KasperPercy

  • Lumby Family -

    The Lumby Family remembers Doug fondly. Especially within the tight ski racing community and the Olympic Games being in our backyard. Condolences to the family.

  • Linda Shaw -

    Words cannot express – it was a pleasure to know Doug Robinson for well over 60 years. He was a fine man and will be missed by all.

  • Rev. Carrie Hunter -

    Doug will never be forgotten. He inspired so many. I vividly recall the cross country ski treks we made under the first January full moon. Doug was always there ahead of the rest of us and had a campfire ready to welcome us in often brutally cold weather. He was a giver to the community. All was done with a quiet roof nature. Doug was fun and energetic snd SO strong! I don’t think my shoulder has ever recovered from jiving with him at Brewster BBQ’s! And that smile lit up the darkest corners.

    Travel well to your next adventure Doug! And save me a dance on the other side!

  • Virginia Ann Hemingson -

    I remember Doug from the Mt Norquay days 1965. I’m so glad I knew Doug. He was kind and of outstanding character. Very talented and loyal to those he loved and had good high principles.

  • Gail Lastiwka -

    A truly fine gentleman has passed and the world has lost a great light. Farky and I enjoyed meeting and spending time with Doug and his family so much. He will be missed and loved by so many. Memory eternal and peace be with you, Doug.

  • Lesley Croucher -

    Doug always made me happy. He was a lovely man with a great joy for living and brought adventure to every visit I enjoyed with him.
    I will never cut wood the same again.

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