Glenoro Vaughn Robertson
Robertson, Mrs. Glenoro Vaughn (nee Lee), born on March 25, 1917, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the age of 98, surrounded by her family and close friends. Beloved wife of the late Gordon Robertson (2002).
Born in Calgary, Alberta, she was the loving daughter of the late Harriet and Gilbert Lee.
Glenoro spent her early years playing baseball, skating, riding her horse, “Silent Mike”, and spending time as “Chief Cook” on her aunt and uncle’s farm.
In 1937, inspired by her uncle Dr. Albert Hagerman of Toronto, she trained to become a registered nurse there at St. Michael’s Hospital. At the beginning of WWII, Glenoro signed up and served as a nurse in England and later at the Italian front. Upon her return she married her fiancé, Captain Gordon Thomas Robertson. The family, with their five children, moved from Toronto to London and then to St. Thomas in Lynhurst. The Robertson homestead always had room for one more, and hosted many a happy reunion in the following years.
During her marriage, she supported her husband’s work with the Independent Order of Foresters. In the 1960’s, Glenoro returned to her former career as a Registered Nurse at the STEGH. In retirement, she and Gordon enjoyed golf, travel, good friends, trips around the country, and many family adventures.
Following Gordon’s passing, Glenoro met the challenge of his loss with the same inner fortitude and strength of character that she exemplified throughout her entire life. She moved into the Wellington Park Towers apartment, continuing to travel, and to form new friendships and hobbies. Just this past year, she enjoyed two trips out to California, Arizona, and British Columbia. As an active member of the Salvation Army Citadel, she was affectionately regarded as one of “The Three Angels.” Glenoro could be seen for many Christmas seasons manning the Salvation Army Kettle and ringing the bell.
She was also proud to lay the wreath representing The Nursing Sisters at the Remembrance Day Memorial Service. Recently, Glenoro’s life was highlighted in the book, The Proudest Girl in Canada World War II Elgin County Service Women, by Emily McKenzie.
Her legacy is her love of life and family. Dear mother to: Tom (Ursula), Gordon (Paula), Mary, Lee, and Diane (Jack). Grandmother to: Marnin, Noah, Kate, Dana, Eve, Reilly, Joey, Quinn, Nicolas, and Nathan. Great grandmother to: Willyn, Skylar, Elijah, and a new baby expected in October to Kate and Paul.
A memorial and celebration of Glenoro’s life will be held
at the Salvation Army Citadel,
380 Elm Street, St. Thomas, (519-631-6202)
on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
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