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Thomson Funeral Home

669 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB

OBITUARY

Robin Michael KERSEY

May 1, 1956February 27, 2020

We are heartbroken to announce that on Thursday, February 27, Robin Michael Kersey died of complications following cardiac arrest. He was surrounded by his wife, children, family, and dear friends.

Robin is survived by his wife, Linda Sander; his children Sean, Kristin, Amy, and Anna; his brother, Ron; his father-in-law, John; his sister-in-law, Carol Chamberlain; his surrogate children Gui Hua Tan, Lin Lim, Pin Lim, and Betty Shah; Sean and Kristin’s mother, Lenore; and his nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn many dear friends who were like family, including Denny and Eryl Kells, and Arlene Kinden.

Robin was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1956, the youngest of three boys – Ron, Ric (1950-2017), and Rob. The family moved to Ottawa, and then on to Sandy Hook, where Robin attended Gimli High School. After two years of undergraduate studies, Robin entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He spent almost the entirety of his legal career at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, first as an associate and then as a partner practicing Labour and Employment Law.

Robin and Linda met in 1995, and married in 2004. Robin was a loving and devoted husband. He made Linda feel like the most important person in the world, remembering meaningful dates and taking time to connect with her every single day. He was compassionate, thoughtful, generous, and kind. Linda loved Robin’s ability to make even the most boring aspect of day to day life into a fun adventure. Linda was the envy of many of her friends who viewed Robin as the perfect partner in every way.

Robin’s first child, Sean, was born in 1982. Kristin followed in 1985. Robin loved being a father so much that, after Sean and Kristin graduated high school, Robin and Linda decided to expand their family. In 2007, the whole family travelled to China to adopt the first of the “Littles” – eighteen month old Amy. In 2009, all five made another trip to China and twenty-two month old Anna joined their family.

Linda and Robin moved north of the city to Hawthorne Lodge in St. Andrew’s in 2009. In the years since, their home has been the host of countless celebrations – from Christmas dinners to poolside BBQs. Holidays were always memorable, but no event was too small to celebrate and everyone was always welcome. Robin had a huge heart and would never want anyone to feel excluded. Every person who came into their home left feeling like part of the family.

Robin loved going to work at TDS every day. He was a gifted lawyer – a brilliant writer and advocate, but also someone who approached every problem with practicality and his trademark humour. Robin’s love of silliness, his goofy sense of humour, and complete lack of pretense or self-consciousness made the office more fun (although quite possibly less productive). His colleagues at TDS were like yet another family to him – especially his long-time assistant, confidant, and friend, Maureen Beal, who managed Robin’s life with practicality and good humour of her own.

Robin’s enthusiasm for life was contagious. He had a rare gift for making every person feel important and special. He was a cherished father figure for so many – mentoring students and associates, patiently coaching four year old’s soccer, calmly teaching many to drive a car, and generously giving time and advice to anyone who was going through a difficult time.

No one enjoyed having children more than Robin. He never missed a game, a dance recital, or a school event – even if it required him to work late into the night peppering colleagues, clients, and opposing counsel with emails at all hours. He delighted in every achievement or experience no matter how large or small – a cycling trip through New York State with Sean to watch the Batavia Muckdogs play minor league baseball (where Robin performed a solo rendition of “Rubber Ducky” atop the dugout); crying while watching Kristin graduate law school; shuttling Amy to every show jumping and dressage event in Manitoba (and beaming with pride when she was selected to represent Manitoba in a national competition this year); and drawing on previously undiscovered talents as a co-star and backup dancer after discovering that Anna has a gift for directing Tik-Tok music videos.

Many people tell their children to live in the present and enjoy every moment. Robin led by example. He made every event, no matter how mundane, feel fun and special. While we are shattered that our time with Robin was cut so short, we know that we are the luckiest people in the world to have had him as a husband, father, and friend for so many years.

Robin would have been enormously touched and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support that his wife and children have received over the past week. Robin’s family would also like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at St. Boniface Hospital Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery unit who worked so hard and whose care and compassion was a rare bright spot in this unfathomably difficult week.

A gathering of family and friends is being planned for Monday evening. Any friends who would like to join us to honour Robin’s memory can contact Kristin at kmk@tdslaw.com for details.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Cardiac Care at the St. Boniface Hospital in memory of Robin. The family has one additional request. Robin loved children and children loved Robin just as much in return. When he heard of a child in any kind of need, he would have cheerfully given anything he had in order to provide everything that was required. We would ask that next time his friends are in a position to help, they think of Robin and do what he would have done. He will smile.

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Bev, Grant, Kerry and Kassidy Moore

March 2, 2020

Please accept our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy on Robin's passing. We were shocked and saddened to hear about it. I (Bev) will always remember standing at the side of the horse show ring, or in the middle of Bird's Hill Park, chatting, while we watched our daughters competing and having fun. Our community has lost a most wonderful horse show/pony club dad. Know that we care and mourn with your family.

Steve Lawrie

March 2, 2020

My deepest condolences to Linda and all of Robin's family and friends. I have deep admiration for those who contribute so much good to the world and to the care of children, family and friends. The memories shared are inspiring and a wonderful tribute of how Robin has enriched so many lives! I have experienced first hand in my family the wonderful care of the staff at St. Boniface Hospital's cardiac unit. I look forward to honouring Robin and his family's wishes with a donation to support these wonderful caregivers.

Debra Cantrell

March 1, 2020

Because we were working in China together, Robin became a part of my family as we were all so far away from home. It seems that he made these family connections everywhere he went. My memory of Robin is in the story he told of being on a morning bike ride in China and, in spite of a language barrier, ended up at a local family banquet and funeral, making friends and the observations of a westerner at a time and place that is chiefly unavailable to most others. I learned more of the Chinese culture through his interactions than from my own in many ways!

Robin was generous to my daughter and I and made sure to include us in his family activities. This meant so much. He was generous not only with his time and money but also with his kind spirited humor and genuine interest in our wellbeing. After knowing Robin for only 6 months he threw a graduation celebration for my daughter in China, after hearing that we hadn’t made plans to celebrate. He just couldn’t let us miss the opportunity to congratulate her on that milestone in her life, and for that we will be ever grateful- and we will always have those cherished memories. I look forward to seeing his Tik Tok dancing videos!
Debra and Emma Cantrell

Paul Cheevers

February 29, 2020

Boundless energy, chasing the hockey ball around with the rest of us (half his age or less!) at HIS. A real pleasure to have played with, to have known. And just to be around at all. An absolute pleasure to o have known you Robin. Rest in peace buddy.

Raymond MacIsaac

February 29, 2020

My deepest Condolences to Robin’s family. He was one of the first counsel I worked with when I joined the Manitoba Labour Board. He always treated me with respect, put his cards face up on the table, and made me laugh. I will miss him.

Brenda Huynen

February 29, 2020

Dear Kersey Family,

We are very saddened to hear Rob's passing!

We will always cherish the great times we had together!

We are sending our deepest Condolences!

"Those We Love Don't go Away They walk beside us Everyday"

Love,

Brenda Huynen & Family

Connie Bagrie

February 29, 2020

Linda and family,
I am thinking of all of you at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember being at your home.
You and Robin were such great hosts to our staff functions.
I remember one was a Halloween party. Robin and friend’s were dressed as bikers with nose rings.
I liked your Robin the minute I met him.
Another party we had to design something to float in your pool.
We were given various items.
I can still remember the laughter and the fun we had in your home.
What wonderful memories.❤️
Always here,
Connie Bagrie

Rob Kersey

February 29, 2020

My deepest condolences from the other Rob Kersey in the family! My whole family here in Brantford, Ontario extend our thoughts and prayers to Linda and all your family! I have not seen Rob in awhile but the last time I did we joked about having the same shortened version of our names! My Dad, Lloyd always spoke very highly of Rob! Rob had a very rich and fulling life, he was very fortunate to share it with Linda and all his kids! God Bless Rob!

Clare Ashton

February 29, 2020

Linda ,Ron and families we were very sad to hear of Robs passing . We never got together as often as we could have but always enjoyed Robs sense of humour when we did . I am sure that I can speak for all of our cousins on the Kersey side in saying that he will be missed . Brenda and Clare Ashton

Larry Bertuzzi

February 29, 2020

I wish to add my condolences to Robin's family on his passing. I was touched by the obituary as it described so well the Robin I remember. He was a gifted lawyer and a good long distance colleague and friend. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY