The late Gary Robinson stood up for Surrey and was committed to helping people with addictions

Gary Robinson will be missed

It is now sad and unfortunate that his life has been taken so soon.

Your Nov. 7 article on my former regional colleague Gary Robinson’s death caught me as a sad surprise and prompted a moment of reflection.

Gary and I were both elected in 1987, we were both the youngest on our perspective councils (myself in Langley and Gary in Surrey), and we often shared stories about our more senior mayors and councillors.

We were the young Turks and we often rustled feathers and caused the odd flare-up in our councils.

I remember Gary and myself having an interesting conversation with a young mayor from Vancouver, one Gordon Campbell. These were interesting times and people like Gary stood firm and loyal to put Surrey on the map and build credibility for Surrey at the regional district table.

What came next was rapid transit (SkyTrain) and a booming metropolis population. Although Gary wasn’t responsible for all these things, he helped pave the way.

I had a chance to meet with Gary a few months back and he explained to me and my wife Denise of his involvement with helping individuals get off drugs.

As a former alternate school teacher who has seen firsthand the challenges of alcohol and drug abuse within youth and their families, I applauded Gary’s commitment (especially his personal drug challenges and ability to beat his own addictions).

It is now sad and unfortunate that his life has been taken so soon, but I am sure he has left behind a trail of changed people and dedicated followers who won’t hesitate to continue the cause.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s wife and his two sons.

He will be missed.

 

Coun. Steve Ferguson

Township of Langley

 

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