ROBINSON, Bella Rose-Alma Marie (nee Gour)

May 27, 2015 10 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers


March 12, 1937         -       May 15, 2015
St. Charles, Ontario  -   Edmonton, Alberta


It is with sorrow we announce the passing of our dear sister, aunt, mother and friend Bella Robinson, on May 15, 2015 at the age of 78.

Bella will be lovingly remembered by her son Vernon of Thunder Bay; three sisters, Rachel Servini of Edmonton, Amy Vaillancourt of Oshawa and Laverne Kelly of Sudbury, Ontario; one brother, Felix Gour of Toronto, Ontario as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Bella was born in St. Charles, Ontario where she was schooled in a convent along with her two sisters Rachel and Shirley. As a young woman of 18, she moved to Toronto in 1955 and started her career with the CIBC bank as a teller and remained there until about 1985.   In 1955, she also met the love of her life, Tony Robinson, who was from Jamaica, and they married and had two sons, Vernon and Terrance. Bella was a very loving mother and her happiest memories were of her life with her husband and her two boys. She took her role as a homemaker very serious and kept a beautiful clean home for her family and was very involved with her children. Bella was an avid reader and an accomplished poet who had a few of her poems published in W.P. Anthology and received a Golden Poet Award in 1986.

In 1985 when her beloved son Terry passed away at the tender age of 25, Bella was devastated and her life forever changed because of this traumatic event. Her sister Rachel went to Delhi, Ontario where Bella was living at the time to relocate her to Edmonton to be close to her family in her time of grief.

Bella was predeceased by her mother Fernande Dubois and father Albert Gour, as well as her ex-husband Tony Robinson of Toronto; her son Terry Robinson of Montreal; brother Bob Gour of Hamilton, Ontario; and sister Shirley Edwards (Caby) of Timmins, Ont.

A celebration of Bella’s life will be shared with family at the home of her neice on June 20, 2015.

A Poem by Bella

Welcome Spring

When old man Winter gives his last chilly sigh
With mixed emotions you say god-bye
Tho’ the old friend is dear, the new has such charms
You welcome young Spring with wide-open arms!

You know Spring is here, in many ways……
The inviting sunshine, the lengthening of days,
With snow melting fast in the warming sun
Latent life has now begun.

Buds are swelling on new-living trees
Lilac scent is carried on a fresh vernal breeze
You hear a robin’s song, a gurgling brook
Earth has awakened, listen….. take a look!

In the dense woods a hint of green shows
The air is heady where wildlife grows
‘Tis calm, ‘tis peace in all perfection
Yet Nature fairly shouts in all directions!

Radiant butterflies enjoy new-found freedom
Warm sunbeams are waking sleepy blossoms
Dandelions are scattered, bluebells ring!
Young Spring, your wand has not missed a thing!

Beautiful Spring, ‘tis not without reason
You are Queen, to me, of all four seasons
You spread your magic across the land
With your gentle touch…. And His helping hand!

April/May 1963

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  1. I will miss you my dear Aunt Bella. We were lucky enough to have a special connection between an aunt and neice. We enjoyed so many get-togethers, the three of us (me, you and mom). You were a kind and loving aunt and I will never forget you. My condolences to you Vernon, you had the best mom in the world who would have done anything for you. God bless you aunt Bella and may you now rest in peace with your son Terry. Love always, your neice/daughter Caroline (“care-ga-glin”)

  2. My Dear Sweetie-Puss
    I have enjoyed 76 years of closeness with you. For the rest of my days and beyond, I will cherish those precious memories. Until we are together again…
    Your “twin” sister Egrette (Rachel)

  3. My Dear Sweetie-Puss
    I have shared 76 years of closeness with you and will cherish the memories of all our good times together. Until we are together again….
    Love your “twin” sister Egrette (Rachel)


  5. Dear Bella
    Even though we were always so far away from each other, you were always in my heart. I have many sweet memories of us to comfort me- now that you are with Mom, Bob, Shirley and your sweet Terry- finally at your side- rest in peace dear sister…
    Your Memande=

  6. My heartfelt sympathies go to Vernon and his family for the loss of Aunt Bella.


  7. I know I reminded you of your son Terry and because of that I held a special place in your heart and you were also a very special great aunt to me. I will miss you and remember you with fond memories.

    Love Earl

  8. There are a multitude of blessings in ones lifetime, far too many to count. There is but one which stands apart, that is the ubiquitous nature of a mothers unconditional love and in that I was truly blessed. I shall carry her spirit, teachings and love with me always; her strength, courage and mind full beauty were, are and always will be “poetic.”
    Mon tres bell, petit Mama you were always there to protect, encourage and inspire me….thank you, I love you so much.

    To my family I thank you for your support and heart felt thoughts, wishing you all Gods Blessing.

  9. Sincere condolences to Vernon and family. I will always remember with fondness the love and kindness Aunt Bella bestowed on me. May you find comfort in loving memories.
    Dave Wingrave

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