Three Members of Prominent Niagara, Ontario Family – Long-time Supporters of the Arts and Their Community – Perish in Plane Crash

Joe and Anita Robertson and daughter Laura

“This is a horrible tragedy for the family and a deep loss for our community.” – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

A News Release from the City of St. Catharines

Posted July 31st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Joe and Anita Robertson were key early supporters of St. Catharines’FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The City of St. Catharines joins Niagara in mourning the loss of Joe and Anita Robertson, long-time supporters of the arts and community in St. Catharines and beyond, and their daughter Laura Robertson.

Joe and Anita Robertson were well known for supporting their community through funding and service to local boards, organizations and causes close to their hearts.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake family had strong connections to the arts and St. Catharines: Robertson Theatre was named in recognition of their $500,000 donation to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in 2014. The Robertsons were also seat owners and patrons of performances at the City performing arts centre.

Mayor Walter Sendzik said the Robertsons made an incredible impact on St. Catharines that will live on through the causes they’ve supported in the community.

Laura Robertson

“On behalf of the City of St. Catharines, I want to offer our deepest condolences to the entire family at this very tragic time,” said Mayor Sendzik. “This is a horrible tragedy for the family and a deep loss for our community. The community shares in your grief and sadness during this difficult time.

“Joe and Anita were very kind and generous people who cared deeply about making our community more caring and inclusive. They instilled these values into their children and their spirit will carry on through the many charities, foundations and causes they’ve so thoughtfully supported: the arts, music, healthcare, education and many others through the United Way. Many lives have been touched by the Robertson family.”

Steve Solski, executive director for the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, said the passion the Robertsons brought to supporting the arts and community will be missed.

“The staff at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre are shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” said Solski. “Joe and Anita Robertson were generous supporters of the arts, passionate arts lovers and all around wonderful people. Our hearts go out to their family and friends during this difficult time.”

To read a CBC report on the fatal crash, click on – .

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