Robin Gibson was a writer for the Dawson Creek Mirror. He passed on this weekend.
I first met him when he called the office to note a reporter was shooting their camera flash in city council chambers. The horror, the horror, to quote another writer - Joseph Conrad.
While it wasn’t our reporter in the gallery – but that’s how I first met Robin Gibson. He wanted to know who to talk to about writing for the paper. I told him he was in luck. I met him for coffee like all prospective columnists and then he started filing.
It wasn’t much longer after that he met Premier Christy Clark.
It was a big day for him. He was introduced to the premier – who made the time for Robin – as a Dawson Creek writer. The pride in his eyes from that remained until the last day I saw him doing what he does best – the political and community gadfly travelling downtown Mile Zero.
He attended the 2018 Words North Festival and was in his element – a writer talking about writing, with other writers.
All writers tend to read voraciously. He read municipal agendas more often than most. It occurs to me he may have a copy of Stephen King’s Mute annotated up and ready for a writer’s room.
Last May he called me for a ride – and I had him over to the house for a slice of pizza and a beer. Maybe a Pepsi. He watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was fascinating by the writing first. Goes that way. I can’t think of a day over the last two years I didn’t see him in my travels.
A wave of his cane, and a finger point or wave over the steering wheel from myself sometimes and away we went – other times Robin and I would stop and solve the world’s problems. Or at least the problems of the day.
He had the passion for writing missing from those half his age – or a quarter of it. It’s something I see in so few – but it was reflected in Robin Gibson.
I looked back today at the last few messages between us. What were they about? Publishing. Creating.
It just occurs to me as I write - he has a three line role already shot last fall for an area movie. About three weeks ago he saw some footage. I’m glad to have played a scene with actor Robin as well.
He wished me Merry Christmas this past year.
I’m glad to have had those last few happenstance run-in evenings at Post and Row over the last month or so.
And all those days throughout Mile Zero. I’m glad to have known, worked, and written with Robin Gibson, writer.
- Rob Brown Managing Editor
Life’s Path - by Robin Gibson
See a path in my mind’s eye, a cool
place in the shade, hear the bees
buzzing + flowers gather nectar with no
rocks in my shoe, life's a wonderful path.
Private places to store thought and prayers,
unlock the gate, a perfect spot to picnic lunch.
Does the path really exist? I believe it is real.
I’ve traveled back to the path many times in my heart.
Sometimes I stumble, and rocks get in my shoe,
the path is steep, and filled with hardship.
Worth the hassle? That is life’s path.