ROBERTSON, Laura - (Joe Robertson, Anita Robertson and Laura Robertson) -
The family of Joe and Anita Robertson is deeply saddened to announce the sudden deaths of prominent Niagara Peninsula business people Joe and Anita Robertson, and their daughter Laura Robertson of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario on July 30, 2018 in Greenville, Maine.
They were on their way from their family cottage to Prince Edward Island in Joe’s personal airplane. Joe, Anita and Laura were the only occupants.
Laura Elizabeth Robertson was born in St. Catharines to Joe and Anita Robertson on September 16, 1993, the youngest of their three children.
Laura attended high school at Ridley College in St. Catharines, graduating in 2011. Laura then moved to Vancouver where she earned her B.Kin from UBC in 2017 and was recognized with a student leadership award. While attending UBC, she developed an interest in forestry and logging, and excelled in competitive Logger Sports. She had a lifelong passion for the arts and was a skilled illustrator and oil painter.
Laura recently returned to Niagara-on-the-Lake and started work as a Facilities Coordinator in Brock University’s Kinesiology Department. She had a love of horses and volunteered at Red Roof Retreat. Laura was proud to serve her community as a volunteer firefighter with Niagara-on-the-Lake Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services.
Joe and Anita met working at McDonald’s in Bells Corners in Nepean as teenagers. They married in 1986 and had three children: Taylor, Clark, and Laura. Joe and Anita were lifelong lovers, best friends, and business partners.
Joe, Anita and Laura lived their lives as best as they could be lived. They excelled in their careers, maintained close family relationships, and became leaders in their community. They loved spending time at their cottage in Golden Lake, Ontario. They were extremely generous with their successes, inspiring and improving the lives of countless individuals they encountered. They were incredibly loyal to those around them.
The Robertsons were philanthropically active in the Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines communities. They contributed to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to build a multipurpose theatre, the Niagara Health Foundation to support the construction of the hospital, and the Niagara-on-the-Lake nursery, as well as many other worthy causes. They also co-chaired the St. Catharines & District United Way and were active with the Young President’s Organization. They were huge supporters of Music Cares, SOCAN, Bravo Niagara, and the Brock Performing Arts Centre.
Joe, Anita and Laura are survived by their loving sons and brothers, Taylor and Clark Robertson, who will proudly continue the legacy of community building that their parents started, by Joe’s siblings Dorothy Corbeil (Pierre, deceased), Jim, Andy (Brenda) and Mary Robertson, by Anita’s sisters Leisa Daly (Kevin), Sonya Rodger, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of lives will be held on Friday August 10th in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium, Walker Complex, Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, where family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30p.m. Service will follow in the gymnasium at 2:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Catharines and District United Way, War Child, or a favourite charity of your choice. Arrangements with Morgan Funeral Home, Niagara-on-the-Lake.