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Robin Chandler


On February 3, 1948, Robin Charles Chandler was born to Charles Grandcourt Chandler and Rachel Jean Chandler. Robin had one sister, Rachael Chandler. Robin was a loving father and farmer.

Robin was born and raised on his father’s farm in England. He became a partner in the family farm at a young age, and helped the farm flourish by applying his agricultural education that was obtained at Cirencester Collage. He later purchased Round Hills Farm, before moving to Canada to carry on with his passion in rural Alberta. Robin’s love of farming was in and of itself a beautiful thing to behold.

Robin’s passion in life was nature. He was one of those rare and gifted individuals who could find beauty in the ordinary, finding joy in the most unexpected of places.

He traveled the world to marvel in its splendor. After returning on a trip from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, which many have seen in pictures and movies as being famous for the great migration, Robin would spend hours talking not of the amazing creatures he saw, but of the type of grass that grew and developed there, which grass gave life to the world as we know it. Few people have the insight required to notice the significance of a blade of grass, fewer still to see the beauty to beholden in those blades.

Robin married Anne Phipps and had three children, Rosemary, John, and Harry.

Robin was a stoic who showed his love for family and friends not through the expression of words or minor sentiment, but through the rare quality of consistent, disciplined, and strong action. If you needed someone to pick up the phone on the first ring, Robin would do it. None of his Children know the words on his voicemail because they have never heard them. This small act carried out consistently over decades is only a small example of the love and devotion Robin had for his family. Once, when John missed a flight to Kelowna, Robin started the 10-hour drive to get him home without hesitation or question. Distance was never a problem for him, as he would fly to anywhere in the world just to have dinner with Harry make sure he was OK. Despite being recently diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, Robin would still over to Rosie’s house everyday to check on her and newborn baby Frankie, and even visited Rosie during this time in the hospital when she had her Gallbladder removed. Robin was always there for his family in every single way.

Robin was a devoted and loving grandfather. When visiting, Robin would often be found on the floor with his grandchildren, reading to them and telling stories about farming and life when he was younger.  Robin bought ponies for his grandchildren’s’ birthdays and Christmas presents. Robin loved horses more than people, and to those that knew Robin, they would see the real gift he was giving was not the pet but the value that comes from the relationship between the pet and the person and the love between the person and animal. This endowment he bestowed on all of his children, whom he regularly rode with for years.

On January 22, 2023, Robin passed away peacefully under the exemplary care of the staff at the Camrose Hospital after an evening sharing stories with his children, and with his daughter by his side. We are all so grateful that we were able to spend time with him while he was here.

A celebration of life will be held at the family farm at a later date.

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