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Kevin Robinson

It is always a sad thing to hear of the death of a friend, and all the more so when earlier this year in January, Kate came to the door to break the news that her husband Kevin had died in the night. Just a few months before, after a mysterious bout of pneumonia, Kevin had been diagnosed with lung cancer. We had all hoped that he might have a year in which to make the most of the time left with their young family, but this was cruelly snatched before the spring had even arrived.

The church was full on the day of the funeral, despite the blizzard that prevented many family and work colleagues from his London bank making it to the service. We heard with tears in our eyes the tributes from a colleague, his brother-in-law and nephew, who spoke of the optimistic and stoical way that Kevin had faced the disease. This was so characteristic of Kevin, quiet but with a natural spirit and a positive outlook that helped him handle a situation that could leave many in despair.

Throughout the time we new Kevin and Kate, he was always ready to smile and laugh, to chat about his favourite interests. We would often talk about holidays, food, wine, sport (Leicester City Football Club was one of his passions) and latterly the children, in that inconsequential way we do, not knowing how little time was left. We had shared a love of travel, and often talked of the places we'd like to visit. He'd had the opportunity to see a lot of the World when he was younger, so I don't think he had many regrets on that front.

He also had a great interest in wine, and as well as enjoying a bottle or two with friends over one of Katie's excellent dinners, he had loved to share his considerable knowledge. He ran several wine tasting courses at both the local college and at home, and even ran a small importing business for a spell, introducing us to some excellent new wines from around the globe. He also provided the wine for the Community Association AGM's for many years.

We will all remember Kevin for the work he did in the local community. As a member of the church he helped with fundraising as Gift Aid Officer and he was often to be found assisting at the village events. Every Bonfire Night he would be at the gate selling tickets, and come the Summer Fete and Gala Day he would usually be found in one or other of the stalls. But most of all we will remember him for his love of his family, for his pride in William and Alexandra.

He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are with Kate and the children.
Written by Kenneth Johnston

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