Martine Jeanine (Durand) Robinson

April 22, 1950 to March 28, 2018

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A loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, Martine passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family after a hard-fought battle against Multiple System Atrophy. Her courage, strength of character, and generosity throughout her struggle with this illness was typical of her personality. Pre-deceased by her loving parents Roger and Hélène Durand and husband Grenville Robinson, she leaves to mourn her daughter Sarah Murphy (Tim), granddaughters Hayley, Trinity, Gracie, sisters Odile, Françoise, Mireille, Nelly and brother Jean-Paul, numerous nieces and nephews.

Martine was a painter, a teacher, a gardener, and talented craftsperson. Her extended family at Bishop Field Elementary School – teachers, students, staff – brought her much joy both as a professional educator and as a friend. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and were touched by her life.

Cremation has already taken place. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Bishop Field Elementary School in her name or to Parkinson’s/Multiple System Atrophy research. A private celebration of her life for family and friends will be held Saturday March 31st from 2pm to 5pm at 26 Colonial St., St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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I am so sorry to read about Martine’s passing. Not only did I know her on a professional level as a French immersion teacher- she was an extremely dedicated and resourceful teacher who shared her ideas and knowledge freely- but also as a roommate to my aunt, Eleanor Jacobs, at North Side Manor. It’s there that I was able to converse with her more as my aunt and Martine were close to each other. It’s a small world! My aunt and I had great admiration and empathy for Martine as she struggled in quiet pain with her condition. We were sad that she had to leave North Pond but knew it was in her best interest to be elsewhere given her health. I am so sorry to not have been aware of Martine’s passing sooner. Please accept my condolences and I know my aunt will be deeply saddened to hear of Martine’s passing. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace..

I first met Martine at a Christmas party at MUN when her husband was my French professor. She was a delight to meet. She made a positive difference in the lives of those she touched. I trust your memories adn your faith sustain you at this difficult time. I believe that Grenville greeted her at this new phase of her journey. Condolences.

I met Martine many years ago at a Christmas party when her husband taught me French at MUN. He was a memorable professor. She was a delightful woman.. I know there are no words to ease the pain of loss but I hope you know that she made such a positive difference in the lives of so many. I trust that her many friends and family will be consoled by their memories and their faith. I know Grenville will have met her during the next phase of her journey into eternal life.My deepest condolences

Martine was a very dear. old friend. We have so many good memories of time spent together. We will miss her very much especially on Christmas Eve.
Life is a journey and we are so glad we met her along the way and became friends.
She was a truly wonderful person and will be missed by so many.
Thinking of you all!

Love

John & Carol

Nous vous prions d’accepter nos sincères condoléances.
As parents of a daughter who was taught by Madame Robinson – we truly appreciate the value of her contribution.
Our family sends sincere condolences to Martine’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.