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In Memory of
Nelson Robertson
August 15, 1933 – March 9, 2024 - Age 90

Obituary

William Nelson Robertson passed peacefully on March 9th, in his 91st year. Predeceased by the love of his life, Jackie (Jacqueline Tupling), and by his beloved son, Randy. He also mourned the loss of his sister Olga, and her husband John MacKay, and Jeanette and her husband, George Hymmen, as well as his brother-in-law, Bob Reaburn. He was also predeceased by his sister-in-law Lois (Tupling) Dollar.

He will be deeply missed by his daughter Carla and her husband, Rob Dunlop, and their daughter Mallory (Mark Houston), as well as his granddaughter Sarah Robertson (Blake Gooding), Grandson Sean Robertson (Nickie), and their Mother, Caroline Robertson. He will also be missed by his two much adored great-grandaughters, Violet Gooding and Emmy Houston, and Randy’s partner, Pam Campbell. In addition, he is survived by his beloved sister, Sheila Reaburn of Exeter and his brother-in-law, Gary Tupling (Lucette) of Port Elgin. He will also be missed by a very special friend to him and his family, Margery Campbell.

Nelson thought the world of his many nieces and nephews, but was particularly close to Robert, Ken (Gibby) and Gordie MacKay, with whom he had many adventures, deep discussions, and basically solved the problems of the world.

After the passing of Jackie, Nelson found a new friend and confidant in Don McCulloch, and was virtually adopted by Don’s children, Sara and Joe, and his Grandchildren, Ava Grace, Scarlett and Jackson.

Nelson grew up in Port Elgin, where his family owned Robertson’s Dairy, but eventually moved to a farm outside of Paisley. It was there that he and Jackie started their lives together and raised their two children. In 1972, Nelson sold their dairy herd and accepted a position as a Liquor Licence Inspector, which he did until his retirement in 1999. In 1990, they moved back to their hometown. Their love of country music was only outweighed by Nelson’s love of baseball. For many years, they spent their Octobers at World Series games, driving thousands of miles to achieve this. He was also heavily involved in politics, which involved many, many heated discussions around dinner tables. In his younger days, Nelson played a lot of hockey and was a well-known goalie in the area. This was in the “pre-mask” era, which explained his permanently crooked nose.

Nelson has requested a private family graveside service in late spring. If you wish, contributions to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation in his memory would be appreciated.