Janice Lynne Robinson (nee Pollard)

It is with sadness, that we announce the passing of Janice Lynne Robinson (nee Pollard) on September 21, 2020, at the age of 71. She is survived by her loving husband Gordie Robinson, sons Kyle (Carin) and Darren (Nicole) Robinson, grandchildren Aidan, Lily, Kya, Davis and Claire; sisters Sharon (Doug) Carabetta and Donna (Doug) Beattie; as well as many cousins and relatives. She is home now and has been reunited with her mother, Jean and father, George Pollard.

Janice was born in Rossland, BC on April 21, 1949. As a little girl, she loved playing (and sometimes fighting) with her sisters and growing up in their small town. Her father and mother taught her the importance of family and the value of building a legacy.
She married Gordon Alexander Robinson on May 16, 1970, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Victoria, BC. They enjoyed a pleasant honeymoon in Hawaii.

Janice and Gordie welcomed their sons, Kyle, on February 29, 1976 and Darren, on June 16, 1978. During their young years, Janice and Gordie along with Doug and Donna built a cabin on Lake Cowichan which, became a traditional home for summer vacations, Easter dinners and Thanksgiving dinners. In July 1999, Janice and Gordie moved to Nanaimo, for a management position for Gordie. While in Nanaimo they hosted 15 international students over 4 years.

During their time in Nanaimo, they travelled to Las Vegas, Tofino, Ucluelet, Florida, went on a Mediterranean Cruise, Costa Rica, Alaskan Cruise, Mazatlan and Ontario. Janice and Gordie purchased Long Lake Bed and Breakfast in March 2008. There, they met guests from all over the world and completed many renovations. In January 2016, they sold the B&B and they purchased a home with Nicole and Darren in 2018 in Mill Bay. They also began exploring North America in their 2008 Winnebago and 2016 Jayco including a trip to Whitehorse and recently many spots on Vancouver Island.

In lieu of flowers, Janice wishes for donations to be made to Kidneys on the Move.
Please address your cheque to “Kidneys on the Move”, and mail to 880 Walfred Road, Victoria, B.C. V9C 2P2. Your cheque will be forwarded onto The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch.
Janice and Gordie have been dedicated supporters to Kidneys on the Move since Feb. 2000 in memory of their beloved friend Doug Hobbs, who started this benefit in support of families and patients in need of kidney transplantation. Janice enjoyed a life long friendship with Maureen Hobbs who helped support her through her illness.
A private celebration of life service will be held in October.

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  1. Gordie, our family sends our love to you and your family. We all feel very lucky to have known Janice and had her in our lives.

    Janice was such a blast to holiday with, it seemed like we’d meet people for a couple of minutes and she’d get them to reveal all kinds of things about themselves. She had a magical charm about her that let people let down their guard and instantly let her get to know them. We have such great memories of our trip together – I will send you some photos on a seperate email, we are in Port Renfrew and our wifi is terrible.

    Our memories of Janice are of her huge smile, colourful personality (and wardrobe), affection for her family, and generosity to friends.

    You two are the quintessential love story, so devoted to each other.
    How wonderful that you were able to move so close to your family and have that time together. Know that you were loved, and Janice knew she was loved in return.

    Biggest hugs,
    Valerie, Barry, Kyra and Anika

    • Gordie and the Robinson family
      I only saw Janice a few times, Janice was always positive and friendly . She was a devoted mother, wife and Grandmother who she left a lot of happy memories. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time

  2. A loving Aunt, who never forgot a birthday or special day. Growing up she would always come where the cousins were playing and ask ‘is everybody happy?’ One of the kindest people I have ever met. Xo

  3. My thoughts are with you Gordie and with your family. I am so sorry.

  4. Doug and Linda Mylie

    Our sincere condolences go out to Gordie and family. Janice was a kind and gentle lady with a beautiful spirit! She will be missed by so many friends and family!
    Doug and Linda Mylie and Family

    • Al and Kathy Rozek

      We are so very sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with all the family. I became friends with Janice’s sister, Donna, even before we started kindergarten, and spent many memorable times staying with the Pollards. Janice was like a big sister to me….always so kind and fun to be around. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her!
      Al and Kathy Rozek

  5. Thinking of you Gordie and family at this very difficult time. Hugs
    Colleen and Paul

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Jan’s passing. My sincere condolences to you Gordie and your family. It’s been 50 years since Jan and Beaver and I were roommates in Victoria, but I have precious memories of Jan, and our time together.

  7. So sorry to hear, Gord. All too young. 50 good years together, that’s wonderful. Our condolences.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Janice’s passing after such a short time following the hearing of her serious her illness. However, as much as you will be missing her, I’m sure you, Gordie, Kyle, Doug and all the rest of her family, are relieved that she is no longer in any pain. She will be missed by all who met and knew her.

  9. Janice was one of the sweetest most kind ladies I have had the priviledge of knowing. My husband Jim, daughter Zoe and I meet Janice after my cousin Carin married her son Kyle. I have such found memories of Christmas eve at Linda’s house where Janice and Gordie joined in with our family Christmas Carol tradition. She was kind enough to open her home to me when I had to have surgery in Nanaimo.

    Our thoughts are with you Gordie, Kyle, Carin, Darren & Nicole (and kids) during this time. She will be truly missed!

  10. Brian and Kathy Robinson

    We are so very sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. We will remember her as a very lovely, thoughtful person who always had a smile and positive outlook to share. Thinking of Gordie and family at this time.

  11. Dear Gordie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. She was a wonderful person, I remember her as very positive and kind, always interested in what you and your family were doing. She will be missed.

  12. So sorry Gordie — a big loss for all of us. I’m holding on to the happy memories which are many. With our special love to you and all your family at this difficult time, Arlene & Garry and Family

  13. Gordie, Kyle, Darren and family. Betty and I extend our heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother. The photo you shared is a clear indicator of my cousin, Janice…..her smile was infectious. She brought out the best in people. Betty and I always looked forward to our visits with the two of you. Our love and prayers, Larry and Betty Pollard

  14. Rocco and Cheryl Russo

    Very sad to hear of Janice’s passing. We were friends from Rossland and all the “Pollard” girls were so nice and kind. Our family ( Haden) send our sincere sympathy to you and all the family.

    • I’m so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. Her bright spirit and warm friendship always brightened the day. I feel so fortunate to have known her.
      Thinking of you Gordie and all your family and hoping that many happy memories will bring you comfort.
      With love and prayers to you all at this difficult time.

  15. So sorry for your loss Gord & family. May you find peace. Janice is still with all of you, she is carried within you in your hearts and in your memories. Be strong,
    Giselle & Gordie

  16. My deepest sympathy to you Gordie and your family. Janice was one of the kindest and sweetest friend and sorority sister that I have had the pleasure to know. I will miss her big smile and that cute giggle she had as well. Sorry that I didn’t see much of her since we moved from Nanaimo to Kamloops.

  17. Mum tells me Janice was my very first babysitter <3 What a long and happy friendship you all had! So glad I got to visit Long Lake while you were there and I always enjoyed catching up with Janice & Gordie at KOTM. Sending my love to Gordie and the Robinson family, as well as the Gordons. I think Janice and Dougie are having a dance somewhere and thinking of us too.

  18. Marian and Gina Kreml

    Our thoughts are with you and your family Gordie during this time. Janice defined a life, well-lived and a lasting inspiration for love and devotion. Memories will forever be treasured and live on in the kindness and heartfelt grace she radiated and bestowed on her family and friends.

  19. So many people who loved her – each with different connections. Mine is through Janice’s cousin Carolyn, and Beta Sigma Phie of which she had been a member for many years. DShe indeed was a special lady, and I know how deeply you will all mis her. The pain is gone!

  20. “The Glenn & Cheryl Haywood’s”

    Gordie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss Janice, her grace, humour, thoughtfulness, and smile.


    Cheryl & Glenn

  21. Gordie, Our condolences to you and your family for this loss from your friends at RCMSAR headquarters.

  22. Mladen and Laurie Zuvich

    We were so sorry to hear about Janice’s passing. She was such a sweet and kind person. When we were new to Nanaimo and while Gordie was recruiting Mladen into the (then) Coast Guard Auxilliary, Janice took the time to welcome me into her sorority and introduced me to the nanaimo art group and I am grateful for both. She and Gordie helped us to quickly settle in to Nanaimo life. Our heartfelt condolences to you Gordie and your family

  23. Herb and I were sad to hear that Jan had passed away on Monday. I knew Jan from our sorority days and we had a lot of fun times. She and I were also at UVic for a number of years and although we worked in different departments we often met for lunch or a walk around the gardens. Jan was one of those people who thought the glass was ‘half full’ – not ‘half empty’! She was the most positive person I’ve ever met. We will all miss her gentle nature and smile. Take care Gord – thinking of you and the family.

  24. Judy & Vern Stephens

    Gordie and family
    Sending hugs as you take this journey of loss.
    Knowing Janice through sorority and friend, was a very happy time. She always had a smile on her face and only positive ideas to share. We enjoyed our visits and social times with you and Janice.
    You are in our thoughts

  25. Hey Gordie, I was saddened to hear of your wife’s passing. I’d never met her, but judging by how you turned out she must have been an exceptional woman. My heart goes out to you. Take care,

  26. Gordie, Kyle, Darren and family. It was such sad news when I got the call of Janice’s passing. Will always remember her as in the photo, smiling, happy and such a warm, caring personality. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family, and know we are thinking of you. Glenn, Justin and Taylor

  27. Gordie, I am so very sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. She was indeed a kind and lovable friend I remember her bright smile and gentle manner when we worked together in the Education office at UVIC. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. My sympathy to you and your family. She will always be in your hearts.

  28. Gord, words can not begin to express our feelings about Janice’s passing. We shared so many times together and you were both always so welcoming and gracious; a lovely couple and a beautiful lady. Our most sincere condolences at your loss.
    Alan and Nancy Baldwin

  29. Murray and Corinne Steele

    So so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and sister. We’ll always remember Janice’s kind and outgoing nature. A big loss to all who knew her.

  30. Susan Alexander

    To Gordie, Kyle, Darren and families
    My heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of Janice. I will remember her for her kindness, friendliness, generosity and huge, wonderful smile. I have very fond memories of the many Easter and Thanksgiving celebrations I shared with you and Jean at your Lake Cowichan cabin.
    In loving sympathy from Susan Alexander

    • Gordie , I treasure all the fun times I had with Janice, and when working for you both at the B & B. We had such great conversations and laughter with sorority .Sending my love to your family, Susan

  31. Cynthia Gabrielson

    Gordie, May you and your family find strength and peace with your memories with Janice. She was such a lovely person.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Cynthia and Gary

  32. Isabelle Lavoie & Nic Fortin

    Gordie (and family): Isabelle and I extend our heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of Janice.

    • Lois and David Thompson

      Lois and David Thompson
      Oct. 9, 2020
      To Gordie, Kyle and Darren and families, and all the cousins

      Deepest sympathies to you all from David and I. As an older cousin I have known Janice for many years going back to Parksville days in the early 50’s. Grandma and Grandad Taylor lived in one of our cabins after leaving the farm and most summers Janice came out with her family from Rossland to visit. I have memories of her and her sisters, Aunt Jean and Uncle George at the beach swimming and having wiener roasts. When I was a teenager I spent the Xmas holidays with the Pollard family in Rossland and I remember all of us sleighing in the snow and after the girls were asleep helping Aunt Jean at night sewing doll dresses for them at Xmas. The girls all seemed to get along so well with Janice the responsible but kind older sister. David also visited the family in Rossland when he was working for the government. After Janice graduated she came out to Victoria to take training at Sprott Shaw and we had her out for suppers when we lived in Langford. She was enjoying living in Victoria at the YMCA and we always enjoyed her visits. Of course we enjoyed her and Gordie’s wedding and get-to-gethers when they lived in Victoria. Busy lives made those less frequent but Janice’s love of family had us coming to Cowichan Lake and visiting them at Long Lake where her and Gordie always arranged a great time. We were re-establishing our friendships again when they moved to Cobble Hill. We admired her optimism and cheerfulness in her time of failing health always directing the conversation away from herself. She will be greatly missed.

  33. Erin Wang & Families

    Dear Gordie, (and family)

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Janice’s passing. I can’t imagine how hard this has been for you and what you have been feeling these days. Please accept our most sincere condolences to your entire family. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through these difficult days. Janice was wonderful and elegant. We will remember her forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    We will attend the live stream of Janice’s Celebration of Life on October 17th. Please take care of yourselves as I believe all of us need you to be strong. God bless you and your family!

    Aiden, Ava, Nigel, Erin, Terry & Errol (Nigel’s Parents), Hong, and Xiuzhi

  34. Gordie and family. We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Our thought are with you and we always remember the great game nights we had when we where in Nanaimo! She was a wonderful lady!!
    God bless jim linda Cummins

  35. Bill and Sandie

    Dear Gordie Kyle and Darren and family
    We want to express how saddened we are to hear that Janice has passed away.
    We as a family were very fortunate to be able to share a piece of your paradise at Lake Cowichan.
    We have great memories of Janice so upbeat and kind.
    Please take comfort in the many wonderful memories you must have and the many shared memories people are leaving
    Hugs as Janice would say 🙂

    Bill Sandie Olivia and Nic Wassbauer

  36. Ruth and Craig Sharun

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Janice was a lovely person and you two built a beautiful life together. I’m sure she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by you, your family and all those whose paths she crossed.

  37. Elaine Paterson, Jonathan and Jared

    Dear Gordie and families,

    Jared, Jonathan and I are all thinking of you with so much love as you walk with this intense grief. Janice had a sparkle and a fineness that I see in the eyes of her grandchildren. May your faith, your family, your friends and your memories bring some comfort in the days ahead. You are all loved so much.

    In sympathy and prayer,

    Elaine, Jonathan and Jared

  38. Gloria and Colin Craig

    To Gordie and your family,
    So very sad about the passing of Janice. While we didn’t know Janice personally, we know her in part through the kindness of Gordie and we feel for you in this loss.

  39. Joanne & Ken Swain

    We are sending you our heartfelt condolences on your loss. In this difficult time, know that we are thinking of you and our hearts are with you. Cherish your memories.

    Joanne & Ken

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