John Ferguson Robinson, April 5, 1927 - June 13, 2013 The family of John F. Robinson is deeply saddened to announce his death on June 13, 2013. John was predeceased by his beloved wife and partner of 63 years, Marie, his parents Ryerson and Jesse, brothers Murray and Colin and sister Helen. John is survived by his cherished children Michael, Carol (David), Mark (Ramona) and Paul (Cheryl). He will be dearly remembered by his grandchildren Robert, Jeffrey, Katherine, Alexander, Spencer, Adam and Mitchell. John was born on a farm near Kincardine, Ontario where he lived until attending the University of Toronto Law School. Upon the completion of his law degree, John obtained his designation as a chartered accountant and embarked on a 39 year career with Ernst & Young's predecessor firm, Clarkson Gordon. John married Marie Wall, the love of his life, in 1949 and subsequently settled in London, Ontario. John was a leading tax specialist and Executive Partner with Clarkson Gordon until retiring in 1987. During his career, John was active in both community and professional affairs. He became a Fellow of the Ontario Institute in 1965 in recognition of his service to the community and profession. John's commitment to the London community was evident by his active involvement as past President of the London Chamber of Commerce and the London Club, Chairman of the Board of the former Victoria Hospital, Officer of the Order of St. John Ambulance, Director on the Board of the Western Fair as well as Westminster College and a founding Director of the London Branch of Junior Achievement. He was a respected Director of the Boards of Shawcor Ltd., TCG Manitoba Limited, Avco Financial, London and Midland Insurance and Director of the Bank of Canada. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather whose happiest days were spent with Marie surrounded by family at their vacation home just north of Kincardine. His legacy to his children and grandchildren was in the manner he conducted his life with integrity, honesty, diligence and unconditional love of family. We are blessed by an abundance of cherished memories. They will preserve him in the hearts and minds of his children and grandchildren for their lifetimes. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the compassion and excellent care provided by the exemplary staff of Highview Residence and the London Regional Cancer Program. Following a private interment, family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday June 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program in lieu of flowers.
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