Waiuku College teacher remembered for his dedication to college and community

John Robinson died suddenly after he collapsed at a gym in Waiuku.
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John Robinson died suddenly after he collapsed at a gym in Waiuku.

A Waiuku College teacher known for his adventurous nature and community spirit has died suddenly.

On Friday, John Robinson collapsed while exercising at a Waiuku community gym and could not be revived by staff members.

Waiuku College principal Tom Vanderlaan said returning to school on Monday morning had been difficult. 

"The impact of his loss is very profound, it's been a really sad morning for our staff and students.

"He's got very strong relationships with many of the staff and students here."

Robinson, was the head of department for technology and had worked at the college for more than 10 years.

Vanderlaan said he formed closed bonds with his wood-work and carpentry students. 

His love of the outdoors and adventure shone through at school camps, where he could often be found on the water taking students fishing, water-skiing and sailing.

He also organised rock-climbing classes, taking students on various school trips around the country to rock-climb.

Vanderlaan said Robinson played an important role in his community as a volunteer firefighter at the Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade.

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The college posted a tribute to Robinson on Facebook, and Vanderlaan said the response to his passing on social media had been overwhelming.

"It's been very heart warming to see the response - there's been a huge response from the community, and ex students and teachers."

Robinson is survived by his wife Sharon, and three children.

The school plans to hold a special assembly for Robinson later this week, and Vanderlaan said he was keeping in touch with Robinson's family about his funeral service. 


 - Stuff

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