This writer first encountered Doug Robinson nearly 15 years ago, when he was a member of Parrsboro Town Council. Surrounded by the likes of Stan Blenkhorn, John Harroun and David "Pidge" Morris, one never knew what to expect from those meetings. But one thing you could count on were careful, thought-out opinions from Doug, who was clearly a mayor-in-waiting.
He did become mayor in 1997, serving in that role for 12 years and getting re-elected three more times. But there was much more to Doug Robinson than that, starting with an honourable record of service to his country through more than 35 years with the armed forces, and a tremendous dedication to community organizations too numerous to mention.
Doug did all of these things for the simple reason that he enjoyed it. He seldom knew what to do with himself if he was not attending a meeting or representing the town at some other function. He listened to everyone's point of view, and had a great sense of humour.
Rather, than pick out one particular memory of Doug from all of these years, it's easier to combine them all into one, because he was always the same person. He didn't put on a different face for each environment he was in, or "put on airs" for different crowds. Take him or leave him, Doug was Doug. What you saw was what you got, and that was just fine with the people of Parrsboro.
Among his most admirable qualities was his willingness to seek the opinions and expertise from those who knew more than him. He and his councils made decisions based on the facts, and with expert advice from those with knowledge and experience. He didn't hide behind that when challenged on these decisions, however, but took the responsibility for them himself. That is strong leadership, and that was Doug Robinson. He will be missed.