Community mourning passing of John Robinson

 

 

The Waiuku community is mourning the sudden loss of the well respected teacher, and volunteer fire brigade member, John Robinson. 
Head of Technology at Waiuku College, John passed away on Friday evening (June 16 2017) while exercising. 
John has been described by friends and colleagues as 'one of the good ones,' someone who was always willing to lend a hand, and went above and beyond to help his students succeed. 
Waiuku College Principal, Tom Vanderlaan, said the school is deeply sadden by the passing of their beloved teacher, friend and colleague.
"John was greatly appreciated and respected by everyone. He was involved with so many things in and outside the classroom. This is evident in the heartwarming messages that have been left for him from the wider community. The love and respect shown for John has given us and his family strength during this difficult time."
To many of his students, John wasn't just a teacher. He was an inspiration and a well respected man with great talent in wood work and building furniture. 
The Post Newspaper was able to see this first hand, as only several week's ago, we caught up with him and his students to chat about their Build Ability project.
This year, John and his students were working towards recreating a street replica of the township from 1916 for the local museum.
The passion for his students work was clearly evident, and John and his students shared the excitement of helping complete a project that had been long awaited for by the museum.   
The Build Ability Challenge was just one of the many projects that John completed for the community, and judging from the messages that have been shared, his passion to help others has not gone unnoticed. 
"I really feel for John's family, and in particular, his senior building students. We, as a school, will do our best to remember him, and support his family through this very sad time," says Mr Vanderlaan. 
Waiuku Fire Chief, Colin Riddle, said John had been a valued member of the volunteer brigade for the last ten years.
"He was a well respected, and loyal fire fighter. John was a really good bloke, he was always willing to help, and brought great skills to the brigade.

His passing has come as a bit of a shock to us all. We are all going to really miss him."  

Waiuku has truly lost a great asset, and he will be missed by so many. 
The Post Newspaper would like to offer our sincerest condolences to John's Wife, Sharon, and their three children, as well as to the Waiuku College community and his students.   

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