Neil John Robertson

29 January , 195330 June , 2018

Neil John Robertson January 29, 1953 – June 30, 2018

Neil passed away peacefully at Lake of the Woods District Hospital on June 30, 2018.

He was predeceased by his parents, Senator John A. “Pete” Robertson and Roberta Robertson (Roach).

Neil is survived by his brother, Jim Robertson, sister, Joyce Blyth and their families as well as a large extended family.

Neil led a colourful life while facing many challenges. He was employed in a wide range of jobs but was happiest when he was following his passions of fishing and guiding. Many of his guests not only praised his abilities on the water, but enjoyed his enthusiasm for political banter and his knowledge of the local plants and animals. His bookshelves are a testament to his appetite for knowledge and information.

Many thanks to Dr. Deketele and the staff in emergency and ICU for their excellent care. We are also grateful to Les Livingston, Murray Robertson and Beth Vaudry, for their love and support.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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Janet Pelletier

11 July 2018

My condolences to the family and friends , I met Neil just 6 months ago , he was kind and a gentlemen to myself and everyone he met , it was a pleasure knowing you Neil , miss you my friend <3

Maurey Bedard

6 July 2018

Wow, so unfortunate. Neil and I were buds at Mount Carmel. We passed and talked over the years. Neil always took the time to say hi or even had a chat. I remember once a heated discussion about the internet in its infancy. He definitely had his opinion 😊
We’ll surely miss you.
Love to Joyce, Jim and families.
Maurey Bedard

Stash & Debra Zroback

6 July 2018

Neil will be missed, we had a great chat with him a few weeks back and he was so pleased about his surgery and had a great outlook on life. We made plans to do some fishing this summer, and there will always be a place in our boat for Neil, "tight lines, good buddy". He could have been a politician like his dad … but … he had those "transactions of knowledge" that we appreciated and they always kept us involved with his direction. Our condolences to the Robertson family.

Howard Longe

6 July 2018

I knew Neil for over 40 years. He was a mentor in books. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,,,the first book he lent me...gave it back ten years later. He loved reading, writing his ..Logs..?

We helped each other in later life, he would always talk calmly to me. His compassion, his willing to help others, was his nature. I loved to argue with him,,,not a real argument, but transaction of knowledge.
Guess this is why we got along for a year and a half in the same place,,,mine and his...
His mind was as big as his heart,,,,forever missed

walter kozie

6 July 2018

an old lifelong friend from the fifties, kind and gentle man,always friendly,he will be missed.

Sheila Delaney

6 July 2018

So very sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. I just had a chat with him the other day. It was always nice to see his smiling face and I will miss running into him. My sincere condolences to the Robertson family.

Charlene Saunders

5 July 2018

Rest in Peace Neil
Condolences to the family

Marnie MacGregor Kornas

5 July 2018

So sorry to hear of Neil's passing. I knew him from high school & always enjoyed his company & his wit. Neil always had a smile & a kind word. He will be missed.

Laurene Manson

5 July 2018

Sad news to hear of Neil's passing. We got to know each other while attending Mount Carmel School. Over the years I would see Neil downtown and we always spent time catching up on our lives. Neil always had a smile on his face and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Neil.

Beth Michalska (nee Roach)

5 July 2018

I am sad to hear of Neil's death, and send my condolences as well as love, and wishes for comfort for you, Joyce, Jim, Beth Vaudry and your families.

Some years after auntie Bea's death, Neil and I developed a telephone connection and would discuss politics, health, Pope Francis, and also family memories. I've fond memories of Neil coming to visit; and he and my own brother, Jim, sharing 'family of origin myths and stories" after our mother died in 1996. He had a way of presenting things at times "larger than life" and with a bluster that reminded me of uncle Pete too.
Rest in peace, dear Neil.

Sent with love from your cousin, Beth, Kingston, Ontario