Robin Paige

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Robin Ian Gordon was born Monday, June 29, 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. At the age of 7 he was adopted by Rodney and Valerie Paige and younger siblings Debbie, Robert and Elizabeth. The family lived in the Arthur area where Robin graduated from Oakridge Elementary School with the Award for Mathematics. Later the Paige family moved to St. Catherines where Rodney established a machining shop. Robin attained his Secondary School Graduation Diploma in 1982 at Merritton High School in St. Catharines, where he received Athletic Awards for Football and Soccer. He demonstrated leadership qualities as he also coached younger soccer players.

Robin had joined the Army Reserves when he was in high school. After graduation, he joined an infantry regiment of the Canadian Army - The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR). After completing his training, which started in frigid Winnipeg, Robin first served as a UN Peacekeeper in Cyprus.

Robin married Linda Fountain July 25, 1987 in St. Catherine’s Church of the Transfiguration. Their son Brandan, was born on July 3, 1989 in Germany where they were stationed in Baden-Soellingen. During this time Robin continued to play soccer as well as broomball. Robin was with the first regiment to enter Yugoslavia. In 1992, the soldiers from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Baden-Soellingen operationally secured the Sarajevo airport, for the delivery of humanitarian aid. This operation saw a redeployment of the entire battle group from Croatia to the Sarajevo Theatre of Operations, under the command of General Lewis MacKenzie. Witnessing the genocide – the mass graves of citizens and crimes against humanity would haunt Robin, and many others, for the rest of his life. In one instance Robin refused to shoot at an inhabited family dwelling with the intent to kill one armed insurgent. He always saw the humanity in the midst of the chaos!

Once back in Canada, Robin still with the army, worked at Fort York as a rappel master and rifle instructor. After twelve years of service Robin, a Master Corporal, was awarded the Canadian Forces' Decoration (CD). After his family break-up, Robin decided to go into policing and lived for a time in Barrie with friends Brad and Sue Nunn while he prepared for police hiring tests. He and Brad became friends while serving in the Army together and Brad had already gone into policing. Robin was hired by Peel Regional Police, serving Brampton and Mississauga, mostly as a first responder but also on a bicycle patrol and at the Pearson Airport. During Robin’s time living in Brampton, he was also a business partner and investor in a night club bar called “The Rock”, where he met and enjoyed many up-and-coming rock bands.

Brandan came to live with his dad full-time when he was nine, so Robin decided to get away from city life and city policing. Robin took a job as a police officer with Hanover Police Service and they moved to the Flesherton area. Robin met his future bride, Hazel Pratt through a mutual friend at her pool party. With Hazel’s involvement in the local Labour Day parade in Port Elgin later that weekend, Robin went along as support. They dated and became business partners, purchasing a rental property in Hanover where Robin and Brandan moved into one of the units of the duplex.

After dating for two and a half years, on February 28, 2008 in Ocho Rios Jamaica, the two were married at Couples Resort with Hazel’s son Kris Martin and her friend Sheila Rowe as witnesses. Every fifth year since, Robin and Hazel have marked their love and time together by returning to the same resort. Annually they spent their anniversary in the Caribbean, particularly enjoying Punta Cana DR, anyplace in Cuba, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Their stay in Cozumel Mexico was especially fun, enjoying a Jeep Tour of the island, watching the (Shrove Tuesday) Carnival parade, and on the day of their anniversary, sharing the high of parasailing and the depth of a tourist submarine viewing the aquatic beauty of the sea.

Robin continued to work with the Hanover Police Service and he also was an instructor at Georgian College in Owen Sound in the Police Foundations program for a few years, teaching the Highway Traffic Act and Scenes of Crime Investigation courses. Robin much preferred policing in small-town Ontario as he could see most investigations to their conclusion. During this time Robin also worked as a Sex Assault Investigator. Sadly, most of the cases he investigated involved younger persons. The trauma of his life work continued to haunt Robin. His policing career officially ended on July 31, 2018.

Robin also served his community as a 32nd degree member of Masonic Lodge #432 of Hanover. As a part of the Lodge, Robin organized the Child Identification Program (CHiP) for the Hanover area twice. He was a founding member in the motorcycle group, Widows Sons Grey Bruce, of which he was Sergeant of Arms. They organized and supported many Widows Sons rides for charity, and he enjoyed the brotherhood of many Widows Sons all over North America as Facebook friends. Five years ago, Robin served as Poppy Chair for Hanover Legion Branch 130 and more recently, Robin delivered Meals on Wheels for Home and Community Support Services in Hanover.
Sunday morning ritual was watching the British Premier League Soccer on television and loyally watching his favourite MLS team Toronto Football Club (TFC) games if unable to secure seats at BMO field Toronto, in the Supporter section for home games. Every July he faithfully watched the televised Tour de France. Locally he enjoyed watching his granddaughter Linda play soccer, particularly proud of her as a fierce netminder. They enjoyed the adventure of attending TFC games in person, and the fun of watching the Hanover Barons home games.

To fulfil a wish of Hazel’s to ride a motorcycle for her 50th birthday, the two took a motorcycle riding course from Georgian College and practised on a 2009 Buell Blast. Robin purchased a larger Harley Davidson Sportster for himself, and later passing it down to Hazel and buying his gorgeous Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic, which he had local airbrush artist Bevin Finlay paint a stunning Widows Sons mural on the front faring. They trailered their bikes to Milwaukee Wisconsin to the Harley Davidson Museum to mark the company’s 110th Anniversary, and enjoyed travelling around Manitoulin Island and the local Grey Bruce area.

Between Robin and Hazel, they have 3 grown children…Kimberly, Kristoffer and Brandan, and seven grandchildren… Kalvin, Abijah, Jared, Kadience, Linda, Eden, and baby Finch. Since Robin’s only biological grandchild Linda’s birth, he has had a special loving bond with her. She spent much time staying on the farm where Robin encouraged her budding curiosity and love of nature and science. He supported her activities in gymnastics, soccer, and many forms of dance. Learning new skills, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working as a team were important lessons to shape our future generations. The two of them enjoyed the companionship of watching The Food Network and creating entrees with Linda as his sous chef standing on a chair right beside him. Linda had an extremely diverse appetite for a child, due to her time cooking with Popi, including her love of seafood and mushrooms, and experiencing different cultural cuisines. She was also his budding “Harley Girl”, riding on the back of his bike for short rides. Robin also put his caregiver skills to practice, providing his mother-in-law Margaret with assistance in her home on the farm after her strokes.

Robin loved music, mostly Rock and Alternative but appreciated the lively music of Hazel’s relatives in Atlantic Canada. His favourite band was the Tragically Hip. He had met them personally, collected everything “Hip” and attended “That Night in Toronto” final concert in August of 2016. He had great respect for the humanity and depth of Gord Downie’s lyrics.

Despite his job, or maybe because of it, Robin loved to read crime and mystery books by authors like James Patterson and John Grisham. He enjoyed many DVD series such as Breaking Bad (many people thought Robin looked like the character Walter White), Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, and The Sopranos. He had a special bond with his dogs, especially his first dog Bear (golden lab mix breed), who was a loyal companion. Together, Robin and Hazel were dog parents to Harley (a golden retriever), Jackson (a mastiff-shepherd mix) and the latest rescue addition Callie (a bull terrier-mastiff mix). Through Robin’s recent illness, Jackson acted as therapy dog, always watching over and staying by his doggy-daddy’s side. Recent recipients of his caring interest were the many brightly coloured or bizarre fish he kept in a large aquarium. Every morning’s feeding would involve a fishy roll call.

Robin was a sensitive, respectful, courageous and honourable man. He was compassionate and very giving, doing everything with dignity. He brought out the best in Hazel and helped her feel supported, encouraged, protected, and deeply loved. Despite the wounds and scars of his life, he loved and served others selflessly to the end of his life. Robin Ian Gordon Paige will be deeply missed and forever loved and remembered by everyone who knew the real man that he was and lived.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,

and endures through every circumstance.”

1 Cor 13:7

Robin Ian Gordon Paige, CD, of West Grey, passed away suddenly at University Hospital, London on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in his 56th year.

Beloved, devoted husband and best friend of Hazel. Loving father of Brandan of Hanover and cherished Popi of Linda Paige Mackenzie of Durham. Caring step-father of Kristoffer (Sheila) Martin of Millbrook and Kimberly Quesnel (Jeff Patterson) of Hanover. Papa Rob will be missed by Kalvin, Abijah, Jared, Finch, Kadience and Eden. Fondly remembered by Margaret Pratt, Janet Pratt (Jerry Beitz), all of Hanover Edward Pratt of West Grey, extended family, friends and neighbours. Survived by Rodney and ValeriePaige and his sisters, Debbie, Liz and families, all of Thorold. Robin was predeceased by his brother Robert.

A casual celebration of Robin’s life will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7 - 9 p.m. with memories of Robin shared at 8 p.m.

Memorial Donations to SickKids Foundation or Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. 

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Dianne and Dale Ahrens
September 13, 2019
Our condolences to you, Hazel, and to your family. Hoping your memories of better times bring you all comfort and peace.
Alison Greenaway-Coates
September 11, 2019
Hazel ... I am so sorry for your loss ... my heart is with you at this very sad time ...
Theressa Stade
September 10, 2019
So sorry for your loss to the entire family. Thoughts are with you all at this time
Bruce Chapman
September 10, 2019
On behalf of the Police Association of Ontario Board of Directors, staff and our 18,000 members I send our thoughts and prayers to Hazel, family and friends on the passing of Robin.
Sonja Bailey
September 10, 2019
I am so very very sorry for your loss Hazel , god be with you in this time of sorrow !! Hang onto the memories and keep them for a lifetime !! I will always treasure my friendship with Rob , he was a good friend to me when I lived there :)
Stu & Jane Radke
September 8, 2019
Condolences Hazel to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Duncan Davidson
September 7, 2019
Condolence to you and the Family Hazel. I am sure he is at peace now.
Hanover Lodge 432
Pamela & Robert Bell
September 6, 2019
Sending our deepest sympathies Hazel & family...
May you and your family find peace during this difficult time...

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