Robinson, Barbara Isabel

July 4, 1930 – June 20, 2021
at the age of 90 years

Barbara was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 4, 1930 and passed away at the age of 90 at Tappen, BC, Canada, June 19, 2021.

Barbara was predeceased by her father Reverend William Alexander Brown, mother Isabel Agnes Brown, brother David Brown and daughter Carol Elizabeth Jennings.

She is much-loved and dearly missed by her daughter Catherine Vigna, son John Scruton, niece Susan Mason-Apps, sister Merren Turner, grandson Daniel Scruton, step granddaughter Molly Lynch, several great-nieces and great-nephews throughout Canada; her many friends in Ontario and latterly by Ruth and Donalda McLaren and her many other friends in the Shuswap-Okanagan-Kamloops areas of BC.

Barbara had two very special pets she loved: Duchess, a German Shepherd/Collie mix and the best rescue family pet ever; and Cabot, a beautiful purebred Newfoundland who was her shadow for several years.

Barbara was a school teacher for over 30 years in Hamilton/Wentworth and Halton Counties in Ontario. Although she taught other lower grades, her first love was teaching Kindergarten. She also was a Primary Consultant with Halton County for 9 years and worked with children with learning disabilities, as well as educating teachers who worked with children with learning disabilities.

Barbara appreciated antique furniture and paintings, and her home was always filled with them wherever she lived. She loved flowers and plants, and her deck was lined with gorgeous pots of colourful flowers – as well as herbs and some vegetables.

Barbara was an avid reader and was fascinated by local birds. She loved cooking, especially for dinner parties; and one of her specialties was Rhubarb Sherbet.

Barbara’s Spiritual Life was of utmost importance to her, increasingly so over her past 30 years. To this end, she studied extensively, travelled to many parts of the world, and since the autumn of 1998, relocated away from family and friends in Ontario, to live out her years in her lovely home at Paradise Point on the shores of the Shuswap. She loved travelling, and after she retired, even made a climb up Mount Olympus in Greece! In addition, she was a talented artist; and one of her most memorable times was out-door (plein-air) painting in the South of France.

Although Barbara did not wish a funeral or memorial service, she would encourage family and friends to remember her in their own way, to celebrate her life and how much she meant to those she loved and who loved her equally.


  1. Barbara was a dear friend and I will regret not keeping in touch with her after she moved West.
    She was a positive influence in my life.
    We had many joyous evenings at McMaster.
    Unfortunately, there are very few, if any, Faculty friends left to wish her God’s Speed on her new journey.
    She would have considered it a journey and may have been looking forward to it.
    I have thought of Barbara often, knowing she was always so inovative in action and thought.

  2. Anna, I’m sorry 25 years of silence had to end this way. I’ll miss you and the times you and Pops took me to bookstores and bought me my favourite books, driving me to school when I first moved to Hamilton in your yellow VW Rabbit, the Christmases we had when my Mom was alive. When you met your first great-grandson… I still have a photo of Mom, myself, and you, holding Alexander, in the backyard at Main St. W. I wish I could thank you for teaching me my manners… using green olives as a reward. 🙂 Although your great-grandchildren (Alexander and Quintin Jennings) never got a chance to really know you, they too, are saddened by your passing.

    Love your grandson, “Andy”.

  3. “Anna” your spirit and teachings will live on in those you shared your light with. I am beyond blessed to have had you in my young life and to help teach me about the world around me. Your lessons and memories have always been a light in my heart. May you Rest In Peace now. You will be greatly missed by our family.

  4. My heart is with you in the journey of loss and grief, whose meandering path takes time to traverse.

  5. Mom, you will be missed so much. I love you; yesterday, today and always.

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