Robyn Eliza Israel

 

ROBYN ELIZA ISRAEL

(nee DAVIS)

March 13, 1972 – October 20, 2021

 

Our Robyn died peacefully at Bridgepoint Palliative Care surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 49. Beloved wife of Jeff, her husband of 16 years. Daughter of Margaret (Richardson) and Gordon Davis. Loving mother of the best kids in the world, Cassidy, and Connor. Loving true sibling of Jill Wheeler (Helmkay), Susie Bartelt (Eady), Julie Rao (Eady), and Sean Helmkay. 

 

Robyn will be deeply missed by all. While her loss comes far too early, her profound impact will continue to carry us all forward.

 

Robyn was born at Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Margaret and Gordon Davis. She grew up in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay and attended Tantallon Junior High and Sir John A. MacDonald High School. She graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Shortly after graduating university Robyn moved to Toronto where she would work for twenty years in the group benefits industry with firms Mercer Consulting, Greenshield Canada, and Empire Life. From there she would go on to find her true passion in community involvement.

 

Robyn was married to Jeff at Oceanstone Resort in Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia on July 23, 2005.

 

As she raised her two children, Robyn became increasingly involved in many local charities and organizations in Leaside. She particularly enjoyed roles with the Bessborough Home and School, Leaside Baseball Association, and Grit Athletics Toronto. And she would never forget her roots as a South Leaside Monday Group member.

 

Robyn’s enthusiasm was infectious, her loyalty to family and friends unwavering, and her involvement to the local community in Leaside was deeply felt. She was not one to simply live in the community, but to strive to make an impact and to make things better for all those around her. Simply put, those who knew Robyn were better for it.

 

In her final months Robyn did not complain, she remained focused on where she could still have a positive impact, and as expected, she continued to worry more about the wellbeing of others over herself.  She expressed gratitude for a life lived that was truly fulfilling, and happy.  

 

Robyn lived her life with grace, dignity, and determination. Her incredibly fierce love for Cassidy, Connor and Jeff will not be forgotten. She will be waiting for Jeff in Chester, as planned.

 

The family is grateful to the medical team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and to the palliative care team from the Temmy Latner Centre and Bridgepoint Health.

 

In lieu of flowers, if you are so inclined, please consider a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities (www.rmhctoronto.ca) in Robyn’s honour.

 

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East) from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24th.  Due to Covid restrictions, please email your attendance, including time, to  jeff.s.israel@gmail.com.

 

The family will receive friends for a celebration in Robyn’s memory at the Donalda Club, 12 Bushbury Drive, on the afternoon of Monday, October 25th. For details on attendance of this please contact the family through  jeff.s.israel@gmail.com.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.

 

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