It is with profound sadness that the family of Carrie Lynn Robbins announce her passing on Thursday, November 1, 2018 with her family by her side. Carrie was born March 6, 1968. She was the middle child of Jean and Leo Bulach.
Back in the olden days, the early 80’s, in the hallways of Okanagan Mission Secondary Carrie spotted that quiet, shy boy Russ Robbins. By grade 10 they were in a foods class together and the heat was turned up! The girls at the table cooked, Russ cleaned, and they all got A’s, everyone was happy especially Carrie and Russ. Rumour has it that there may have been a first kiss too.
Carrie and Russ were unable to conceive on their own, so they went in search for their perfect children. They found them in Haiti. A chubby little boy named Nicolas and later their perfect little princess Noelle. Their family was now complete. Well, along with the fur babies. Carrie’s preference was for those loose skinned, rolly polly, pug faced dogs; Boxers, Pugs, Boston Terriers and lately French Bulldogs. She just loved to hold their jowls and kiss those wrinkly little faces. Sometimes she kissed her kids too!
For many years Carrie was the family hairdresser. This allowed everyone in the family to have an hour long visit with Carrie every 6 weeks or so. When she decided that something had to give, she was working at Costco, had hockey billets and raising two children so she gave up the hairdressing! That threw the rest of the family into panic! Who was going to cut our hair? A stranger?? How could you? Many of us walked around quite unkempt until we could find a replacement.
Carrie was known for having an open home to those who needed it. Together, her and Russ hosted many Hockey School, and International students making lifelong friendships along the way.
Carrie was an amazing mother who took that job very seriously. Nicolas and Noelle will never doubt her love for them. She was their best friend and fiercest advocate but most importantly, their mother. She enjoyed the time spent at the hockey rink cheering for Nicolas from the stands. She loved watching her bad ass little chic Noelle, “popping and locking” in hip hop dance class. She shared her values and sense of humour. Teaching the important things in life, the appropriate use of profanity, and the pleasure of using the middle finger salute and heavy-footed driving. Carrie believed if you were going to do something then do it well. She was an awesome cook and talented artist. She was the family “Martha Stewart”, doing everything to perfection. Noelle’s challenge now will be to learn how to peel all those potatoes to make Carrie’s legendary potato soup. Nicolas’ challenge will be to learn how to set an alarm on his phone for the morning.
On November 16, 2016 our world was rocked when Carrie was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). They packed up the kids and headed for the Dominican Republic to relax and enjoy family time. Jamaica was next on the list where Carrie found more “happy places”.
Carrie always enjoyed a good get together so for her 50th birthday this year we partied with gusto! A celebration for the books, complete with a French Bulldog cake, 1968 VW van photobooth and a surprise guest in a giant cake! The potato pooping contest highlighted some very unique talents of certain individuals who shall remain nameless (J.R.).
In spite of everything, in the last 3 months Carrie was happy. She shared with Russ the joys of retail therapy. Homesense, Pier 1 and Old Navy were their favourite spots to bond. She giggled, she smiled, and she pulled practical jokes. If she had to be up at 1:00 a.m. to suction, then why shouldn’t Russ? A tickle on the feet until he woke up, when better to spend quality time with your lovely wife than in the middle of the night? A giggle, a smile and a shrug of her shoulders meant the world to him.
There are many people and groups to thank for their support over the last two years. Thank you to Dr. Lacroix and Dr. MacCauley. Thank you to the Downtown Safeway for their understanding and support and especially to the Pharmacy who have gone above and beyond in helping us keep our lives running smoothly. Many thanks to her family at Costco where she’d worked since 2006. Thank you for your love, support and friendship.
The team from the ALS BC Society have helped us navigate our new reality and supported and educated us through this process. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the ALS Society of BC, alsbc.ca or #1233-13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, B.C. V6V 2X7 Toll Free 1-800-708-3228. For those brave and crazy souls there is an ALS Pepper Challenge where you video yourself eating a hot pepper! We know you want to Todd D!
Carrie is survived by her devoted husband of 29 years Russ and their precious children Nicolas and Noelle, her parents Jean and Leo Bulach, sisters Lisa (Rick) Bronstein and their children Ryan, Luke and Faith and sister Sherry (Bob) Deubner and their children Melissa and Jesse. Her in-laws Julie and Alan Robbins and sister-in-law Michelle (Chris) Daniels and their children Bryan, Brittany and Cody. The large extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles will miss her greatly.
Carrie was predeceased by her Grandpa and Grandma Bulach, Aunt Regina Metz, Uncle Fred and Auntie Madeline Driscoll, Uncle Ken Driscoll, Auntie Pat Davis, Uncle Hermann and Auntie Marj Graf and her beloved Grandma Driscoll.
At Carrie’s request there will be no service. The family is planning to purchase a bench at the Sutherland Dog Park at 700 Ellis St. Please stop by, sit awhile and remember Carrie.
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