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Robin Sveinson

May 12th, 1997 - January 22nd, 2022
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Robin Michelle (formerly known as Michael Christian) Sveinson

May 12, 1997 – January 22, 2022 Age 24 years

Our planet lost a caring, gifted intellectual whose understanding and appreciation of the natural world largely defined her. Robin loved the natural sciences and wanted to be a biologist, with a mission to save the endangered Prairie Grouse of the Southern Saskatchewan Grasslands. Robin had a life-long appreciation of the many wonders of Nature including meteor showers, geology, paleontology, the oceans, butterflies, insects and birds.

Robin had talents and gifts in so many areas: she had a beautiful tenor voice and an incredibly broad range of music knowledge. She played bass guitar, drums, saxophone and bass clarinet at various times in her life. She loved puns and had both a sharp and subtle sense of humour. She was an avid reader and a gifted writer. Robin loved gardening (thank you, Chelsea) and had 2 garden plots at a local Vancouver (Strathcona) community garden as well as at the home where she had her rental suite. She was a skilled biological photographer. She had Icelandic heritage on her father’s side and loved the music of Bjork and Sigur Ros which led her to take Icelandic language lessons. She took martial arts for years at Champions Martial Arts Academy in North Vancouver, achieving her high blue belt. Robin was adventurous and loved travel. On more than one occasion she rode her bike to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to catch the ferry to ride and explore around Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island. She loved the Galloping Goose Trail. She took time after her first year of university to travel extensively through Europe, spending time in Sweden with a friend and then visiting places such as Ireland, France, England, Latvia, Estonia and more. As a first-year student, her name was published in 2 university articles (one on crow behaviour, and one on mushrooms). She enjoyed her work as a barista and supervisor at Pallett Semlin, where she is so very missed by her co-workers and customers, who were one of her many, varied small families.

Robin loved her Auntie Mary’s chocolate chip cookies, and as a child, her Uncle John’s place in Mission. One of her favourite things to do was going to George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary with her grandpa. She loved going to the family home in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan, as well as her trips to Death Valley, California and the Okanagan Desert Centre. She loved spending time just breathing, walking and rock hounding at her local beach, Confederation Park.

Thank you to her 4 very special friends Mikaela, Chelsea, Pham, and Brian who stood by her through her wonderful times and her dark times alike. Thank you to her incredibly special landlords Ryan and Tina and their lovely girls who brought so much joy to Robin’s life. Robin loved and doted on her feline companion Emmylou, who is now being lovingly cared for by Mikayla. A special thank you to RainCity Housing for their incredible emotional and caring support. They were there every step of the way for Robin.

Robin leaves behind many aching hearts; more than she may ever know. She is so loved always by her dad, mom, brother, as well as many relatives, friends, coworkers and neighbours. We cannot possibly name everyone but thank you to everyone who kept in touch and supported Robin, checking in to make sure she knew people cared for her. Her passing has touched and saddened all who knew her and many people who had never met her in person.

Thank you to her Dundas/ Madison neighbours who gathered in a moving and spontaneous vigil, led by the beautiful song of a stranger as her physical body left home for the last time. As her neighbour assured the family, “Robin was sent off in love and light; she was not alone.”

There will be no formal service. Instead, on Robin’s birthday, May 12, we are asking family and friends to go out and spend time in nature. Go for a walk, watch a sunset, plant a tree, sow some wild flowers, smell some Spring flowers, enjoy a beautiful view and remember Robin. We also request that you take the time to listen to 2 songs:

The Parting Glass (a traditional Irish farewell song) video version with lyrics

The Blessing (the song so beautifully sung as Robin was taken away from her home) filmed locally and which really shows what a beautiful setting Vancouver sits in and why Robin loved living there so much.

She was a very smart, caring, one of a kind person. In her dad’s words:

The world is a better place for having had her, and a much emptier place without her. Thank you, Robin, for being you.

þar til við hittumst aftur

In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering planting a tree in Robin's memory.


Cole Engelhart
March 30th, 2024

I had the honour of getting to know Robin for about a year and a half before her passing and my heart has broken a thousand times at her loss. She was such a unique and special person. I remember her excitement in finally getting to introduce the staff at the pet store to her precious Emmy Lou. She introduced me to confederation beach and helped me find my very first sea glass. She was such a unique and special person and I always appreciated how she was so true to herself. My heart goes out to all her loved ones and I know she will never be forgotten

February 19th, 2022

Robin was certainly a gifted and talented young lady. We are so very sorry for your loss and may she rest in eternal peace. Love from your cousins Shelley, Karen & Cynthia and Auntie Darlene.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Robin Sveinson
February 15th, 2022

We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at A Simple Cremation

Love, Kristy
February 15th, 2022

A Memorial Tree was ordered in memory of Robin Sveinson by Love, Kristy.

"Spread your wings and fly dear angel." Love you always and miss you forever Robin!

Darwin & Jean - I have no words, but only LOVE for you all! Love you all dearly!

Love, Kristy

February 15th, 2022

A Memorial Tree was ordered in memory of Robin Sveinson.

With caring thoughts and my condolences.

Deb & Rory
February 15th, 2022

Robin, you were a bright light whom will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Deb & Rory

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