Helier James Robinson, PhD
September 25, 1928 to December 23, 2019
Peacefully and by choice at home after a long illness, Helier is survived by daughter Nona and sons Oberon (Sarah), Timothy (Rebecca) and Matthew Organ (Kyla), and grandchildren Jacob, Samuel and Zoe; Chelsea and Reese; and Jacqueline (with great-grandchildren Jace and Mason) and Jacob, as well as many close friends, including Eleanor Heise.
He was a well-loved professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, and was the recipient of the faculty special merit and Central Student Association teaching awards in 1992.
Born in St Helier, Jersey, he and his family lived through Nazi occupation during the Second World War. After the Jersey liberation, he left the island, travelling to Antarctica, then to the Arctic when he immigrated to Canada. He then pursued his formal education in Philosophy, receiving his PhD from the University of Toronto. He was a professor at the University of Guelph from 1966 until he retired.
After his retirement, he continued to explore a wide array of philosophical concepts and to write books. He has made his work freely available at http://www.sharebooks.com, which he established with his twin brother, Raoul, a well-known plant pathologist who predeceased him in 2014.
While Helier had been diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer over six years ago, he found amusement in being technically palliative for so many years, greatly enjoying his life until the end.
We want to extend a special thank you to his care team, especially nurse Nicole Richardson and Doctor Christopher Lem. We would particularly like to thank Doctor Jonathan Mallory and Doctor Kate Everdell for their exceptional care. We are grateful that the option for assistance in dying was available, and that the health care system is able to provide it.