Margaret was born August 20, 1936 in Parry Sound, Ontario, the third of seven children, to Ruby (nee Michaelis) and Frank Robertson...at the height of the Great Depression with the gathering of the clouds of the Second world War on the horizon. Life was hard, losing her father at the tender age of nine, leaving her Mom to raise the children on her own, with the youngest only being born a few months after her father's death. This contributed to Mom’s work ethic; she started working at 12 years old, taking calls at Browns Taxi, babysitting, and scrubbing Grannie's outhouse every Saturday. She'd receive twenty-five cents for this job and with that she could go to the pictures every Saturday, where for twelve cents you could see the Pathe News of the war going on, a cartoon and the main feature, and still have 13 cents left over! This was her solace and brought light into not only her own personal life but also very much improved the life of her family.
Later, at 15, Mom met Dad, a pilot, while working at Deer Horn Lodge, an island resort on the beautiful Georgian Bay. They were married in 1955, when Mom was 19. The minister must have had a fun time figuring out this marriage, as the bride was Margaret Robertson, the maid of honor was Margie Robertson, the groom was Duncan Robinson and the best man was Nick Robertson! No relations! They had five children; Heather, Kevin, Perry, Karen and Bruce. Eventually, Dad's work took the family out west to Edmonton area. Unfortunately, things fell apart for the family and Mom and Dad split. Over the years Mom would alternate her home between Alberta and Parry Sound, finally settling in Sedgewick in 2002, where she lived a happy life until retiring into assisted living in Killam, in March of this year.
Mom had many jobs, mainly working as a book keeper but some of the happiest times of her life were spent as a light house keeper on the Georgian Bay. She loved the quiet yet dramatic setting of the lighthouses. Here she would spend many happy hours fishing, picking wild leeks and other foods, and painting. This was an idyllic place to explore her love of painting. She was a talented artist. Mom was also an avid gardener and I used to joke that she could stick a broom handle in dirt and get it to grow! Mom loved to read, had strong opinions and a wicked sense of humor! What a grand story-story teller too! Mom also celebrated her Scottish heritage with cherished fond memories of her Daddy reciting poetry of Robbie Burns and Robert Service and singing classic Scottish songs. She reveled in her son in law, Ian, playing the bagpipes.
Mom leaves to cherish her memory 5 children, Daughter Heather, grandchildren Carrie Kevin and Meghan, Son Kevin (Lena), Son Perry (Darlene) grandson Christopher (Freddie) and great granddaughters Riley and Quinn, grandson Tristan, and their blended family... granddaughter Wendy, great grandson Justin (Jenna), great-great grand daughter Hailey, great granddaughter Jenna (Hayden) , granddaughter Sandy (Ken) great granddaughter Chayse, grandson Ryan(Selina) great grandson, Carter and grand twins Cadance and Casey, and great granddaughter Daneille (Jon), great grandsons Nate and Ty. Her Daughter Karen (Ian) and grandson Thomas (Sheri) great grandson Noah, granddaughter Stephanie (Mike) and great grandsons Matthew and Daniel, and Son Bruce (Colleen). She also leaves to mourn her sole surviving sibling George Robertson
Mom left a lasting impression on everyone who met her and she will be forever remembered.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Killam Legion on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 2:00 pm. A heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Killam Long Term Care for their compassionate care of Mom is gratefully appreciated. Memorial donations can be made to the Killam Long Term Care.