Letter to the Editor: An open letter to Hintonburg about Emma Robe

Dear Editor,

I was overwhelmed by the community’s response to the death of my sister, Emma Robe, and for the heart-felt appreciation that was expressed to me by so many people for her dedication and work to make Hintonburg a safe, caring and environmentally conscious neighbourhood.

Emma Robe
Emma Robe

The ‘Celebration of Emma’s Life’ organized by her friends and neighbours on May 9, in her beloved Teacup Garden, was a beautiful and unforgettable event.  I was deeply affected by kids arriving with huge containers of tea and lemonade in their carts, neighbours carrying and erecting portable tents, women setting up tables with sandwiches and treats, a table with flowers and candles on which I was able to place photos of Emma. People brought chairs, knitting; a young girl brought and played a lovely piece on her violin; the garden was transformed into a loving, gathering place within 15 minutes.  And people stood and shared their stories and remembrances of Emma.  It was an extremely moving and special occasion, especially for me.

My appreciation and thanks do not stop there. Neighbours and friends helped me pack up Emma’s apartment, moving furniture, books and other items, and distributing them to various recipients. I cannot convey my gratitude adequately for all this help.

Hintonburg community, you are very rich in love and care and so very, very special.  Please accept my thanks from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity of spirit helped me in my feeling of loss. And please carry the torch – as your newspaper said “Emma’s passing marks a duty for others with her convictions to step up in defense of greenery and growth everywhere.”


Jackie Smith
St. John’s, NL

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