In Loving Memory of Robbie Davies
Robbie Davies passed away on Easter Sunday. He leaves his twin three and a half year old sons, Alistar and Evan, the mother of his sons, Julie, his brothers, Julius and Bryan, and his parents, Rhys and Rita.
Robbie was extremely intelligent and articulate, and a gifted writer. That talent is what got him started in online marketing; however, for most of the past 4 years ill health prevented Robbie from working. Robbie had had two brain tumours removed, one in 2011 and the other in 2016. The tumour removed in 2016 tested positive for cancer (a grade III Anaplastic Astrocytoma tumour), but the surgery was deemed successful in removing all the cancer and Robbie was luckily spared any further cancer treatments. However, Robbie was given a grim life expectancy, knowing that the tumour in all likelihood would grow into cancer again within 5 years and surgery would be too dangerous a third time around. Robbie's cognitive abilities declined steeply after the second surgery, he even suffered a seizure. Robbie was also afflicted by ADHD, diagnosed late. His mental health suffered terribly in all of this. It saddened him deeply to realize that in all probability he would not see his boys grow up, or be able to provide for his family.
At the time of his death Robbie was receiving disability benefits. He was living with his parents who supported him as well as they could, and he used his benefits for his children as much as he could. But with his medical history Robbie unfortunately had no life insurance. With Robbie's absence comes a heavy financial burden for Julie, Robbie's ex-partner and the boys' mother, as well as, more importantly, the lasting psychological impact on Alistar and Evan that the loss of their Dad will bring. All money raised will go towards filling that gap and lessening the tragic impact, as much as can be. The twins currently have monthly childcare fees, and in the near future they will begin the regular activities growing children need, which would have been supported greatly by their Dad - skating lessons, swimming lessons, soccer, baseball etc. Due to their Dad's health struggles the twins' lives have been difficult thus far, and although they fortunately have a lot of assistance and love from family the weight the loss of their Dad will bring is not one carried lightly.
Robbie was a gentle man, sensitive and perceptive. He loved music, played guitar, and followed, with pride and joy, his brother Bryan's band, Brasstronaut. Robbie was also big on sports: hockey, baseball, football and soccer and he enjoyed playing poker with his friends. Until his second brain surgery, Robbie was coaching a neighbourhood juvenile soccer team. He brought all his intelligence and caring to coaching, it was a gift to him and from him. But the greatest joy and passion of his life since October 2014 were his twins, Alistar and Evan. He loved them very much, and they adore their Dad.
The Robbie Davies Memorial Fund has been established in Robbie's loving memory, to create a trust fund to provide support over the coming years for his twins to pay for things like sports, activity and extracurricular expenses so that Alistar and Evan can have the benefit of those experiences. Robbie's father, Rhys Davies, QC, is the trustee of the trust and will be responsible for making decisions regarding the trust fund. Like Rhys, I am a lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia and I am a colleague of Rhys, having practiced law at the same firm as Rhys for over 10 years.
- Matthew Parvis
- Adrienne Woodyard
- Andrejus L
- Shelley Fitzpatrick
Organizer and beneficiary
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