WILLIAM STEWART ROBINSON

William Stewart Robinson (Bill) was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 16, 1924, and died in Bellevue, WA on December 29, 2019 at the age of 95. Bill lived a remarkable life of adventure: working for Boeing at age 15, serving in the Canadian Merchant Navy during WWII, surveying throughout British Columbia, attending the University of British Columbia, moving to California to start a new life with Joyce, his bride-to-be, working for an engineering firm in San Francisco that he later owned, developing several award-winning surveying patents, retiring to a life shared between California and Semiahmoo in WA, and completing his life after nine happy, productive years at his home in Silver Glen.

Bill was known for his sense of humor, adventurous spirit, intellect and unfailingly positive attitude. He lived each day with a sense of joy and appreciation. He was a remarkable father, fostering confidence, principle and adventure. He was a devoted husband, thoroughly in love with his wife, Joyce, for all of their 57 years together. And after Joyce’s passing in 2011, Bill found a special happiness with Naomi for his last eight years.

Bill was blessed with wonderful friends, both in Moraga, CA, where he and Joyce raised their children, and at Silver Glen in Bellevue. He saw his children weekly, and enjoyed many visits from his CA neighbors, and extended family in Canada, including our recent Canadian Thanksgiving in October with his brother, George, and many nieces/nephews. Bill was loved by his three children and four grandchildren, of whom he was extremely proud.

Bill was a Renaissance Man – engineer, scientist, writer, sports lover, camper, hiker, explorer, reader, boater, game player, skier, space enthusiast. He never met a game he didn’t enjoy or an adventure he wouldn’t take. Bill will be sorely missed by his three children: Steve, a UC Davis professor; Kerry, a Seattle lawyer (Steven); and Lynne, a Bellevue City Councilmember (Dan); his four grandchildren: William, Ian, Amanda and Nolan; his Canadian family, his many dear friends, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. With love and thanks to you, Dad.

More in Obituaries

SHIRLEY WILEY

Shirley Wiley died February 9, 2020, in Eugene, Oregon, at the age… Continue reading

MARJORIE M. MESKE

Born August 10, 1934; died January 18, 2020 Longtime member of BellPres… Continue reading

SHARON HAGGERTY ANDERSON

Sharon Haggerty Anderson joyfully cultivated friendship and love her entire life. She… Continue reading

BOYD IVIN HOGGAN

Boyd Ivin Hoggan, 85, long time Bellevue resident, passed away peacefully on… Continue reading

WILLIAM STEWART ROBINSON

William Stewart Robinson (Bill) was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May… Continue reading

ROY “BUD” DWIGHT HEBERLING

December 23, 1929 – December 9, 2019 Roy “Bud” Dwight Heberling, 89,… Continue reading

MAXINE BERNICE FAVINE

Maxine Bernice Favine passed away on September 28, 2019, amongst her family… Continue reading

JOHN F. CORCORAN

John F. Corcoran, 97, died at his home in Wenatchee on November… Continue reading

DORIS D. EVANS

Doris Evans (age 99) was born in La Crosse, WI on August… Continue reading

Most Read