White Rock councillor was ‘inspiring to all of us’
Hundreds packed the White Rock Community Centre Monday to standing room only to pay tribute to city councillor Larry Robinson.
The dedicated – and often animated – first-term councillor was remembered as a man passionate about his duties as an elected official and his spirituality, who found humour in all manner of situations but also had a quiet side when it came to expressing his own artistic endeavours.
Robinson, 65, died in Peace Arch Hospital on March 15, following a public battle with cancer.
As prominent as the disease became in his final months – he did not let a fast-growing tumour on his face deter him from public duties – the focus Monday was on who Robinson was and the contributions he made.
Mayor Wayne Baldwin described Robinson as a friend and colleague; a man meticulous in researching issues he was keen on, “outspoken (and) strongly opinionated.”
The comment evoked laughter – a sound heard time and again throughout the service, prompted byamusing anecdotes and emotional memories from speakers, including brother Ron, son Jesse and father Gordon, as well as friends, colleagues and constituents.
Jesse Robinson said his dad was a larger-than-life character – “a wonderful father” whose positivity throughout his fight with cancer “was inspiring to all of us.”