OBITUARY

Scott Gordon Robertson

December 17, 1954April 30, 2015

Scott Gordon Robertson December 17, 1954 – April 30, 2015 Scott passed away at home in Comox, BC. He is survived by his loving wife Raelene (nee MacDonald), his mother June of Hamilton, his brothers, Mark, Glenn, James and his sister Judy. Scott was the eldest of the 5 children. He was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He loved running and athletics. He competed in school in track and field, cross country running, badminton, and orienteering. Through orienteering he travelled on high school sponsored trips to Europe on several occasions. He attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on a track scholarship. With the death of his father, he left school and returned home. With the vision of becoming a military fitness instructor, he joined the Canadian military. He was proud of setting the course record for the basic training obstacle course.(1.) As his military career was not heading where he envisioned it would go, he left the military, and moved to Halifax staying with orienteering friends. At the 1977 Canadian Orienteering championships in Wentworth Nova Scotia, he met Raelene – the love of his life. He moved to Calgary in 1978 and they were married in July. He got a degree in Photogrammetry from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (2.) and was the first Canadian Orienteering base map maker (3). In 1980 Scott and Raelene travelled to Switzerland and Sweden where they both competed in the Swedish 5 Day Orienteering festival (5 Dagars).(4) With the downturn in the oil industry and its impact on mapping services in the early 80’s, he elected to spend the next 4 years at the University of Calgary earning both a BPE and a BEd degree. This began his 22 year teaching career which began with physical education, computer science, ESL and concluded with high school science.

HOLEY HOCKEYSOCKS! Students loved his sense of humor, his dedication to making his lessons relevant and concern for the individual. He was a passionate and very hard working teacher. He had an extremely strong moral and ethical compass that guided everything throughout his life.

BORN TO RUN His running career (cross country, indoor track, road racing and outdoor track) lasted 30 years, with him running, at age 34, a time of 3 minutes and 43 seconds for the 1500 meters. This equates to a 4 minute mile. He belonged to the Calgary Thunderbolts running club where he met so many running buddies. Scott and Raelene participated in several annual “Ichiban Bake offs”. He was a Canadian Champion in Cross Country which is a team event. Scott represented Canada in track in a dual meet against Belgium. He also represented Canada in the World Orienteering Championships in 1976 in Scotland. (5) Scott held numerous course and race records for 5km, 10km, and half marathon road races throughout Alberta. He captained an all-star team from Alberta which won both the International Jasper to Banff Road Race and the Kananaskis 100 km event.

DRIVE FOR SHOW, PUTT FOR DOUGH In 1996, he made a serious commitment to golf joining Cottonwood Golf Course south of Calgary. Like running, he loved to practice as well as competing. He would play an average of 75 rounds during the 6 months a year that were playable in Calgary’s climate. He and Raelene moved to Comox in 2012 for the 12 month golf season. They joined Crown Isle where he played 207 rounds his first full season. He often said “Why didn’t we move here sooner?” In 2014, he became Senior Club Champion and missed being the Open Club Champion by one stroke. He was proud to be named “Golfer of the Year” in both 2013 and 2014.(10.) Together, Scott and Raelene enjoyed vacations to Oregon, California, Utah, and Nevada. They discovered many golf courses and hikes. Most memorable was the three day hike, from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River and back up. (11.) He repeatedly said upon return from holidays down south that Comox did not feel like home but more a vacation destination.

(*1-6,10,11, please refer to the images section)

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Yelda Miedema

February 1, 2019

My sincere condolences to Raelene and the surviving family of Scott. For some inexplicable reason, Scott's name popped into my head this morning so I googled it only to discover the sad news that he had passed away. My memories of Scott go way back to Sir Wilfred Laurier SS (1973-4?) Hamilton, where he was a student and I was a chem teacher. I volunteered to coach XC, about which I knew absolutely nothing. But, no worries because Scott was on the team! Taught me pretty much everything I know! Apart from meet entries and driving them in my old VW van (only 4 guys), Scott took care of pretty much everything else. My most memorable road trip was to the OFSAA XC meet in North Bay. We'd managed to squeak in as the 3rd place Hamilton team when the 2nd place team dropped out. Scott would otherwise not have qualified as he hadn't made top 3 individually in the City final. 2 of Scott's teammates were basically just 'warm bodies' we needed to round out the team and just stagger across the finish line (which they did). After a 6-hour drive to North Bay, I made the rookie mistake of leaving the warm bodies' on their own that evening. Scott & Kevin (the 4th guy) were fine. Next morning the 2 'warm bodies', looking like the wrath of God, barely staggered to the start, and never did finish. Scott had a great race, finishing 28th if I recall correctly. I credit Scott with getting me started on a 25-year 'career' of running and coaching HS XC that culminated in completing 4 marathons (including Boston 1988) and coaching (1987-91) the future winner of the first-ever 2000 Olympic triathlon, Simon Whitfield. The only other time I ran into Scott, by sheer coincidence, was at a road race in Edmonton in late summer of 1987 while I was attending my brother's wedding. I was training to run a 3:10 marathon in Montreal later that September so that I could qualify for Boston. At the time Scott informed me that he had broken the 4-minute mile barrier! R.I.P. Scott!

April 28, 2016

Raelene,
With deepest sympathy.
Bob Carver, Red Deer

Peter C Wong

June 4, 2015

Raelene,
My sincere condolences, you and Scott were the two orienteers who got me started in Calgary and joined the Kangaroos! Time sure has gone by fast as I am a senior now (June 3). You are dear to me. Hope we can see each other again!

Ken Potma

June 2, 2015

I will remember Scotty as a great competitor with a wonderful sense of humour. I first met Scotty when he came east from Alberta and trashed me in the mile at the Toronto Star Maple Leaf Indoor Games. Later, we shared some good times running with the gang in Calgary through the 80's. My hope for you Raelene, and the rest of the family, is that a lifetime of happier memories carry you through these darker days.

Hugh Tafel

June 1, 2015

Hi Raelene - my deepest sympathies in hearing this news. I have great memories of long training runs on a Sunday, then gorging ourselves to pancakes etc at your place. Scott's tremendous running talent and sense of humor will stay with me forever.

Mike Quinn

May 27, 2015

Deepest condolences to Raelene and the family.

Leoma & Mark Hornby

May 21, 2015

Dear Raelene, Our deepest condolences during this very difficult time. I remember working with Scott at Elboya Elementary & Jr. High School in addition to seeing you both at Cottonwood. We were very sorry to hear of his untimely passing.

Tennille & Colin Cooper

May 21, 2015

Raelene, we are so sorry to hear of Scott's sudden passing. Scott was a true inspiration - as a fellow teacher, as a golfer and in his passion for life.

Tom and Renee Boone

May 19, 2015

Raelene, like everyone else we are shocked and saddened to hear the news of Scott's passing. So many great times together and great memories.

Ian Crawford

May 19, 2015

Raelene
So sorry to hear about Scott. He was a great guy and a true gentleman to play golf with at Cottonwood.

FROM THE FAMILY

Basic training obstacle course (1.)

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Photogrammetry machine (2.)

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"Orienteering" flag (3.)

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Swedish 5 day Orienteering festival (5 Dagars) (4.)

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World Orienteering Championships in 1976 in Scotland. (5.)

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Stampede Mile Champion 1986. (6)

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Calgary Thunderbolts Cross Country team. Canadian Champions. (7)

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Toronto Star Indoor Track Championships. Maple Leaf Gardens.
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Jasper to Banff Race Champions. (9.)

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Golfer of the Year (10.)