Robyn Clare

Obituary of Robyn Miriam Clare



(née PIERCE)

August 31, 1922 – March 7, 2022


Robyn passed away at North York General Hospital on Monday, March 7, 2022, in her 100th year of life. Dearly beloved wife of the late Harvey Haig Clare, loving mother of Marilyn, Wendy, and Johanne. Sadly, Robyn was predeceased by her daughter, Jocelyn, who passed away in 1989 at 30 years of age. Proud grandmother of Matthew, Simon and Jessica (Dave), and great-grandmother (“G.G”) to Theodore and Olivia. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews in Alberta, British Columbia and London, Ontario. She was predeceased by her father, Edward Pierce, mother Mayme Buchanan, and her sisters, Jocelyn and Marion.  She leaves behind many adoring friends at Amica Bayview Gardens, who will miss her spirit and joy for life.   In her final days, Robyn was blessed to be surrounded by the love and support of all her daughters and grandchildren. 

Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1922, Robyn graduated in 1944 from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Home Economics.  Shortly thereafter, while working as a dietician at Vancouver General, Robyn met and married her handsome Harvey, who was struck by her dazzling looks and vivacity.  They were married for 65 years. She and Harvey moved to Montreal, then subsequently to Sarnia, and back to Montreal (where her four children were born), finally settling in Toronto. Despite her move to the East, Robyn kept her prairie spirit and deep bond with the West. 


Wherever she went, Robyn worked hard to make a beautiful home for her family. She was a generous and active member of her community, serving on the board of Visiting Homemakers and volunteering at the Oriole York Mills United Church.  She and Harvey enjoyed the theatre, symphony, and concerts in Toronto and loved their yearly outings to Shaw and Stratford. In their retirement years, their love for new experiences, sights and adventures kept Robyn and Harvey traveling together, and with lifelong friends, for many years. After Harvey passed away in 2011, Robyn, fiercely independent, continued to socially flourish in her wonderful surroundings at Amica.  


Robyn was a long-time member of the Donalda Club where she enjoyed golf, curling, dancing, and many social events.  A consummate cook and hostess, she loved to entertain family and friends and she welcomed many family visitors from the West.  Many Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners were attended by the whole family at her home, where all enjoyed her delicious cuisine.  Robyn was a force to be reckoned with, gifted with boundless energy and strength. She embodied style and elegance in her dress and in her home. She was an accomplished pianist, a skilled bridge player and a spirited conversationalist who stayed current with political, social, and world events.  She loved to laugh and was always the life of the party. Robyn lived each of her 99 years to their fullest. 


A private memorial service will be held for the family. 


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