July 15, 1972 — March 2, 2023
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we, Robin’s family and close friends, announce the passing of Robin Jones. Robin died peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital on March 2, surrounded by his family and closest friends. He was born on July 15, 1972, at the same hospital; the first child of Bill and Fern Jones. Two years later, his sister Stephanie was born.
Robin was outgoing, funny, and adventurous throughout his childhood and school years at St. Joseph Elementary, then at Immaculata High School. He could make anyone laugh and feel included, and never ceased to liven the school spirit with his participation on sports teams or lack of reluctance to pull a prank.
Robin spent his formative years camping and skiing with his family, as a camp counselor at Columbus Boys’ Camp on Lake Simcoe, Ontario, and being up on, or ahead of, whatever the newest trend was.
Robin was an incredibly talented drummer and loved music. He studied in Vancouver to become a music producer, and worked for several years in the music industry – sound mixing, producing, drumming, and teaching, until he moved back home to Kelowna to become a father to his first child, Mikayla. Three years later, Robin and Nikki had their second child, Lucas.
As a father, Robin was sensitive, silly, and extremely proud of both his kids. His fatherly love extended well beyond his own kids. He adored his nephew and niece, Ollie and Hana, and treasured all of their camping trips and being their “Uncle Robin”.
Robin’s career took many shapes, but his role in the formation of Castanet, and continued dedication as Artistic Director to a company he loved so dearly, was something he held with immense pride.
Robin will be remembered by everyone who knew him, but his spirit lives on through his parents, Bill and Fern, his kids Mikayla (Patrick) and Luke (Taylor), his sister, Stephanie, brother-in-law, Mike, and nephew and niece, Ollie and Hana.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, we ask that you donate to Immaculata Regional High School in Robin’s memory.
All are welcome to join and celebrate the life of Robin at his Funeral Mass, to be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at St. Charles Garnier Parish; 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC.
Reception to follow in the church hall.
Livestream link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VO2g_ul2jk
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SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM (PST)
St. Charles Garnier Parish
Bill, Fern, Stephanie, Nikki, Mikayla, Lucas, Olli and Hana
Sending you all healing thoughts during this very difficult time. Robin was truly a unique and incredible human, and although in a very different way, his absence will be as impactful as his presence was. Should you require any assistance with the service, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be happy to assist wherever we can. Hoping that the good memories of Robin will carry you through those moments when you need them most.
Troy Ryder & Martine Parent
Robin was a spectacularly talented and brilliant man. Loveable in every respect. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Our lives are richer having known him.
I am so sorry for your loss, I worked with Robin at Silk Internet between 1999 – 2000. I enjoyed every interaction with him as he made me laugh and made me feel safe. While working at Silk, I bought a Camaro and it came with a license plate frame that said “if it’s too loud, you are too old”. I didn’t want it and when Robin found out, he was eager to take it off my hands so he could put it on his dad-mobile. That sense of humor made coming to work such a joy. Thank you for everything you shared with me Robin. Save me a place up in heaven, we can make some noise together when I get there.
I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace, comfort, strenght and lots of love during this time of sorrow!
I have so many wonderful memories of Robin from during our High School years, he was such an amazing person. I am very glad that I got to see him the weekend of our High School reunion a few years back – it was so like Robin to go out of his way and take the time to meet up with me. I will always treasure the wonderful memories made with him.
Bill, Fern, and family:
We are incredibly shocked and saddened to hear the terrible news of Robin’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Michelle and Lance Marshall
Our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.
We are so very sorry to hear about your loss.
On behalf of the entire KORC Club and the KORC Executive Members, we wish to offer our sincere condolences to you Bill, your wife Fern and family members for your loss.
Robin had the most school spirit. Immaculata had school spirit days like no other and I’m sure it was because Robin and Andy would amp up impressionable teens weeks before to the point that it was the school event of the year. Every year, a portion of the day was going from class to bizarre class where the grade 12 students of that year got to be the teachers. I’m sure that Robin and Andy had been planning their class since grade 8. The time had come and their class was Spaghetti Bridge Building 101. Andy and Robin had painstakingly created a work of engineering pasta that could rival the complexity of the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver. Each group of students that had passed through their class that day, added to the previous classes’ pathetic use of noodles. With a sizable amount of hot glue and blind determination to create a semblance of a bridge, the competition was fierce. With all the school gathered in the gym, it was time to test the strength of each bridge to see who would win. Robin and Andy carefully laid their bridge across two chairs and hung a school globe at the center. With abated breath, the entire school watched as they let go of the globe. It held! Now, it was time for the classroom’s version to be tested. As they laid the bridge across the chairs, Robin and Andy announced: “Since our bridge could carry the world, your bridge could certainly hold Robin and Andy.” and preceded to leap off the school desk and land on the twisted mass of lasagna and bunched noodles.
It didn’t hold.
I can say that I’ve never seen two teenagers run away with the most glee on their faces and reverence for their own lives. Robin, you made a mark of laughter in all our lives. Thank you.
My condolences to you and your family. Wishing you peace, courage, and love in this time of sorrow. Fun, funny, and compassionate, Robin was a light in the community. It was a pleasure to have known him.