August 25, 1928 - November 11, 2016
Service Date: December 3, 2016
Funeral Home Ottawa - Westboro Chapel
RCMP Superintendent (Retired)
Following a brief but brave battle with cancer. Lyn leaves behind his wife Janet (Cameron), son Greg and wife Sandra (Walker), daughter Ellyn and husband Jim Robinson and grandchildren Graeme and Cameron Anne Robinson. Will be greatly missed by sister Joyce Rogers, sister-in-law Louise Wilson and nieces Vicki Jensen and Jeanne Harvie and Veralyn (Rogers) Bonner. Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1928, Lyn never lost his love for the Maritimes, returning often with the family to visit “home.” Lyn enjoyed a long (36 years) and interesting career with the RCMP, with stations in Ottawa, Halifax and Toronto. As the Officer in Command of the Toronto Subdivision, he oversaw security for all visiting dignitaries, including Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the Queen and Prince Phillip, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Russian Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin. Lyn also oversaw security for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. After retiring from the RCMP, Lyn continued working for several years as an investigator with the Officer of the Information Commissioner. Lyn was a naturalist at heart. He loved nothing more than to connect with the woods, waters and trails around him. An avid canoeist, he and Greg took many trips together camping and navigating various whitewater rapids. His binoculars were never far out of reach, in hopes of sighting a chickadee or pileated woodpecker. And no piece of litter ever escaped his eagle eye! An accomplished gardener, Lyn’s shrubs and lawns were always meticulous – carefully tended and pruned – the property expertly raked in the fall. When not gardening, Lyn could be found on the computer or at the National Archives researching his family’s genealogy. Lyn loved and cherished his two grandchildren, Graeme and Cameron, and was fortunate to spend lots of time with them in Cambridge and in Ottawa. He even was caught teaching grandson Graeme to do the ‘skin the cat’ gymnastics move — at the age of 72! Graeme and Cameron knew their papa very well, and he never missed an opportunity to express his love for them. We are sure that heaven will be more law abiding, more litter-free and the gardens well tended now that Lyn is there. Let’s hope there is also lots of ice cream on hand, as Lyn loved his heaping bowl of chocolate or cherry vanilla.
Love you forever dad/papa.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Lyn’s life will be held at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa on December 3rd. Interment at 11 AM, followed by a celebration of Lyn’s life from 11:30 – 1:30 at Beechwood Cemetery. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Parkinson’s Association of Canada are appreciated in lieu of flowers. Lyn donated blood more than 100 times over his lifetime and was a supporter of organ donation, so a donation of the gift of life in his honour would also be welcomed.