Robin Hood Gone Home

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A good friend of mine passed away on the 16th. I hadn’t seen him for a couple of years, but whenever we caught up we were able to share great laughs about our experiences in the past.

I first met Robin when I was a 10 year old going to the first night of a new Scout Troop in Mt Eden. I thought it was cool that our Group Leader was called Robin Hood. Robin helped establish and run Kitchener Scout Group and he was probably the best leader recruiter I met. I was fortunate in my time there to have two excellent leaders one of whom became a very good friend.

Later, after finishing scouts and moving to Hamilton for University and then returninh to Auckland I received a phone call one night from Robin, i hadn’t heard from him in several years yet he had tracked me down. He was starting another Scout Group up and needed a Leader. He actually put the hard word on me and low and behold I couldn’t refuse. No one could refuse Robin, he was that sort of a guy.

Ten years later i was still a Leader and still credited Robin for the reason I became a Leader. I again hadn’t seen him for 10 years but caught up with him at a Jamboree in Hamilton.

I am sorry I didn’t see that much of him recently, but thats how things go. Robin Hood was a fine New Zealander who gave so much more than he received.

Here is the notice from Scouting New Zealand.

We are sad to report that Robin Kenrick Hood passed away o­n the morning of 16 August 2005. Robin passed peacefully in his sleep at home.

Robin was aged 61. He had not been very well for some time but continued to be very active in Scouting as Deputy Area Commissioner in Auckland and administrator for the next National Regatta and a similar role for the National Venture in 2007.

Robin gave service to Scouting over a period of 26 years as a Group Leader and District Commissioner for ten years and as an area leader in the Venturer section for another ten years. He always helped out where needed attending a number of national and international events working in the scout service centre at Motu Moana and chairing the Area finance committee.

Robin leaves a big gap to be filled and will be sadly missed by his many Scouting friends.

We extend our condolences to Robin’s family.

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