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  • 84 years old
  • Born on July 15, 1934 in Sierra Leone.
  • Passed away on March 29, 2019 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Dr. Daniel Josephus Olubunmi Robbin-Coker aged 84 years. He was born on July 15, 1934 and passed away on March 29, 2019. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

This poem from professor Kosonike Koso-Thomas is a wonderful description of his life,death and legacy.

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The Death of a Pediatrician and a Gentleman

Dr. Olubumni Robbin-Coker, 
Hope of sound health for babies and toddlers
Departed in peace in quiet slumber
On a mission with seasoned travelers 

One storm unseen, rising from distant seas 
At night, o’erturned a monument revered. 
It blew away the keeper and his keys
We rock from the blow that can’t be reversed.

O Death storm, why cast darkness on man’s travel
When in expectancy and cheery warm?
You cruelly stole a master’s gavel
 Before it could change hands in proper form.

No one can doubt the huge size of the loss,
To wife and children, family and friends.
He served his profession, gath’ring no moss
Doctor legend; the finest of all blends. 

In the quietness of his timeless trance
He lies as we recount records to beat. 
The training of doctors he fought to advance
Will for all time remain his finest feat.

His world should keep preserved for good reasons
His legacy, in books that train the mind,
For medics to learn in coming seasons
The art of patient care in manners kind.

KKt

Posted by Kathryn Leighton-Johnson on 24th April 2019
Dear Uncle Olubumni To Morenike, Oluniyi, Sanyade and Olubumni my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dearest father who'll always be remembered. Thinking of you ALL alongside many other mourners. You surely will be missed by so many apart from family, friends and especially your patients the little children and their parents . We've lost a true professional Pediatrician who was a naturally warm, inviting, gentle and and amongst many qualities would put any child at ease, Freetown Sierra-Leone will never be the same. As I child I recall Aunty Delma sending me to you quite a few times as a patient and I don't recall going to any other doctor cause you were THE DOCTOR. Besides being a patient I recall coming to visit and play with Oluniyi, Sanyade and Olubumni it was fun being at yours. You always greeted me/us with your very friendly and genuine smile you weren't frosty nor stern like some uncles. In fact you always took the time to see how I/us were and even make a few jokes instantly making me feel very relaxed and at home. I always felt my visits to yours never had a time constraint by you. What a beautiful poem written for you by Professor K. Koso-Thomas is not only descriptive but a pleasant and thoughtful tribute to share. It was so sad when I received the call from David to say you'd gone. You are one of the very few family members who remained and we are once again left to grieve. I thank God we were fortunate to have and know a person like you which are few. But I know you're on another journey in heaven joined all the other family members and friends who've gone before you. As I think of you may you rest in eternal peace, whilst we on earth continue to honour and celebrate your life. God Bless & Love Kathryn XXX.
Posted by Willorna Fashole-Luke on 23rd April 2019
Dr Robbin-Coker was my paediatrician from the age of two months when I arrived in Freetown from the UK until I left aged 14. As a child I was often ill with colds and minor ailments. I recall my very protective grandfather rushing me to his surgery on Kissy Road once when I was very ill. I last saw him in 2009 when I visited him whilst on holiday with my 3 boys. He was also a close family friend. The news of his death saddened me as I realised I have lost someone who played a large part of my wonderful childhood growing up in Sierra Leone. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Prince Kamara on 17th April 2019
You were wonderful and a blessing from God. You touched so many lives that your memory shall linger forever in our heart. May God grant you eternal bliss. RIP
Posted by Amanda Hanson on 16th April 2019
You live your life to the fullest. You were a blessing. You brought smiles to the faces of many children. Your coming to planet earth was for a purpose and you achieved that purpose. You set your goals and we're successful in all. You tan your race and finished in time and now it's time to say bye to all that was dear to you and to those beautiful young faces you cared for with so much love. Adieu Dr Robbin.. Adieu. Sleep on and take your rest. We love you but God loves you best. Amanda Hanson
Posted by Funmike Richards on 16th April 2019
Today we say the final goodbye. There are no words for this feeling. I love you, I miss you, I miss your jokes! I just miss you. Rest well Grandpa
Posted by Joy Fraser on 15th April 2019
Dear uncle Olubumi, as you take your rest, I remember you as an uncle, a mentor, a friend. Your words of wisdom and wise counselling given with doses of humour and wit - that always leaves me with a smile. You would end with " talk to da pa" - referring to God our father. Now our faith assures us that you are resting in peace.
Posted by Kenneth Fergusson on 15th April 2019
Tribute to a wonderful paediatrician Dr Robbin Coker was my paediatrician and to many. I remember just before my O level exams I was ill with malaria and my mum took me to his clinic and he said "This man don pass the graduation for me clinic" with the usual twinkle in his eye. Nevertheless he inspired me to do medicine, and also attended my initiation into the craft. The news of his death came as a shock and one would only pray for his family and loved ones to find the spiritual and physical strength at this sad time. A big loss to medicine and Freemasonry. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Posted by George Fraser on 15th April 2019
My Uncle My Father My Doctor My Mentor Whilst you have departed this world as we know it, on your own terms, it truly saddens us. We are truly grateful for being part if your life's blueprint. Your tender smile, humour, concern, advise, reflection and great stories have shaped our lives and the recollection of these will keep your memory for ever in our hearts. May this new journey you have embarked on be as great as your time with us. For your life we say ' To God be the glory, great things he hath done' Now praise we great and famous men. Praise we the wise and brave and strong, Who graced their generation, Who helped the right, and fought the wrong, In silent love be cherished. In peace their sacred ashes rest, Fulfilled their day’s endeavor; They blessed the earth, and they are blessed Of God and man forever. Good bye my dear Uncle Olubumni Ekow
Posted by Reuben Mboge on 14th April 2019
Tribute to Rt.W. Dr. Daniel J. I. Robbin-Coker: The Brethren of the Gambia Masonic Fraternity mourn the passing on of our distinguished late DGM and it is with heavy heart that we express our sincere condolences to Mrs. Robbin-Coker and family as well as to the District Masonic Fraternity. Dr. Robbin-Coker worked very hard to make sure that this part of the District is given its rightful place in the District. During his sojourn in the Gambia, he played an active part in the development of masonry in the country and many of the brethren went through his tutelage and has, to a large extent, has been responsible for the progress and development in their Masonic career. Dr. Robbin-Coker helped develop closer ties with other Masonic Districts in West Africa particularly Ghana and Nigeria thus popularizing "We three do meet and agree" which became a reality during his tenure as DGM. He is known to have popularly remarked "Freemason must be enjoyed" and indeed he has enjoyed Freemasonry to its fullest. He will be surely missed by all of us. May his gentle soul find eternal rest. S.M.I.B.
Posted by Albert Tuboku-Metzger on 11th April 2019
I first met Olubunmi in1969 when I was posted to the Ola During Children’s Hospital as a medical officer. Since then he has been a wonderful friend, mentor and colleague. He was a very committed and dedicated pediatrician, who worked relentlessly to improve the life of children. He was also a great teacher, with a keen wit and sense of humor that made discussions very interesting. He would be sadly missed not only by his family and friends, but also by the medical community along the West African coast.
Posted by Henry Deen on 11th April 2019
Sleep on and take your rest Uncle Olubunmi. Good bye! See you no more, until we meet again on that beautiful shore. It is with deep emotion that I pay this tribute to my father, consultant, doctor, uncle, brother, “pocket solver” and counselling officer who passed away on 29th March 2019. God’s time is the best. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, who am I to question why? Why at this time? But just to say blessed be the name of our Lord. Uncle Olubunmi has been a pillar of strength to me in all sphere of my life. He was my doctor, doctor of my children and grandchildren. Now that I am grown up when I go to him for medical attention, he will remind me that he is “Pekin Doctor “and that I must be accompanied by my mother. However, he will attend to me and then refer me to another medical doctor and also helps to pay my bills. He was able to detect when I was financial down and he will come to my assistance. He was very generous. He took my masonic career to a higher height by appointing me as District Grand Secretary of Sierra Leone and The Gambia EC and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. As District Grand Master, he always discusses the Books of constitution with me more so on sensitive issues. He used to counsel me in my marital home which has helped us to stay together up to this moment. When there was any problem at home, he will just advise me to “go home en behave uself”. His smiles and humor have also helped me in life as I make decisions. “ow you serious so”? you want a drink? he will ask, then he will laugh. I learnt a lot from him. Sleep on beloved, sleep and take your rest Uncle. We love you; we need you; we will definitely miss you, but Jesus loves you best. Your work on this part of the planet is over but we shall meet on that beautiful shore bye and bye. On behalf of my family I express sincere condolences to aunty Rossy, the children and the rest of the bereaved family at home and abroad. I am sure we will mourn with hope feeling assured that he is safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast. There by his love over shadowed, sweetly his soul shall rest. From Henry Gbassay Deen
Posted by Claudius Taylor on 11th April 2019
Rt. W. Bro Dr. D.J.O. Robin-Coker your death came as a shock to me. You have been a great man in masonry. You served humanity by providing medical attention to our kids and even to a good many of us. You encouraged me to take and treat masonry seriously. You were a mentor to me and several others. I will definitely miss your humour and your smiles. Thank you forall that you did for me in the craft and as a paediatrician of no mean repute. Goodnight! Goodnight! Goodnight! Sleep and take your rest in father Abraham' bosom.
Posted by Zac Smith on 11th April 2019
Doc, words cannot express the shock and the loss felt by your sudden departure. You were our doctor, mentor and friend and we will hold dear in our hearts those wonderful times we shared with you. You were a giant among men, you ran a superb race on this earth, now comes a well deserved rest. Your ‘ice cream’ will be waiting in Heaven. Rest in Peace Sincere sympathy to Rosie and the family, may God grant you peace at this time of loss. Zac and Maureen Smith
Posted by Daphne Pratt ‘nee’ Ro... on 11th April 2019
Uncle Olubunmi, such a lovely man, always so gentle and so polite and totally worthy of the respect we and everyone had for him both family and friends and by all accounts a wonderful paediatrician. So many people have told me how he successfully treated their children. The older brother of my father by just under 2 years, he rang regularly to check how he was; and if he couldn’t get him would ring me to find out if all was ok. About 2 weeks before his passing I remember him calling me and admonishing me for not ringing him when I had asked him to find something out for me.We laughed and joked at the irony of him having to call me, when I was the one that asked, thinking that I needed the information urgently. His sense of humour and banter was so on point, you forgot that you were speaking to a man in his 80’s He was a man that to me, seemed to move with the times and was able to remain relevant regardless of the age of who he was engaging with. I guess that was one of his skills, hence his ability to communicate with children during his work. We were looking forward to seeing him in April this year none more so than his brother. Uncle; I thank god for your life and the positive impact you have had on others. May you rest in perfect peace until we all meet again.
Posted by Robert G Macauley on 10th April 2019
A Tribute Eulogy to the Late Bro. Dr. Daniel Josephus Olubummi Robin-Coker, P.M, OR, MBBS, MRCP FWCP, PPWACP, Hon. SDGM (SC), PGJW, Hon 1st GSoj (SC) Immediate Past District Grand Master/Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sierra Leone & the Gambia (EC) We come together today to mourn the loss of a brave Man, to share the grief that we all feel and, Perhaps in that sharing, to find the strength to bear our sorrow and the courage to look for the Seeds of hope. On the occasion of the death of Texas Senator Sam Rayburn, Senator Tom Corcoran of New Hampshire wrote a letter to his colleague Lyndon Baines Johnson, then presiding over the Senate. He quoted Oliver Wendell Holmes, “It is November and the leaves that shelter my generation are falling fast, we are now our own front line.” A mighty oak has fallen. Bro. Dr. D. J. O. Robin-Coker Immediate Past District Grand Master, OR, etc., etc. was like a tree planted by a stream of water, which bore fruit at the right time, whose leaves did not wither and dry up. He was indeed a mighty oak. The death of Bro. Robin-Coker has left an ugly slash along the corridors of our hearts. We all feel a profound loss. As Ronald Reagan said; “What we say today is only an inadequate expression of what we carry in our hearts”. Or, indeed, in the words of anonymous author, “A special friend is hard to find, hard to lose and impossible to forget.” Words pale in the shadow of grief; they seem insufficient even to measure the brave sacrifice of those you loved and we so admired. His truest testimony will not be in the words we speak, but in the way he led his life and in the way he lost his life; with dedication, honor and an unquenchable desire to help and served humanity. The important questions to ask today are: Not how did he die, but how did he live? Not how much did he gain, but how much did he give? As a seasoned Mason with extraordinary experiences he was a dynamic force in the English Constitution of Sierra Leone, the Gambia and the World at large and a supporter of similar Districts in West Africa. By precept and word to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world. His roots were deep as he steadily worked for the “Salvation of all Mankind.” He stood uncompromisingly in the storms and struggles of life. We all felt secure and protected as long as he was on the scene to nurture our love ones including the poor of the poorest who cannot afford to pay a Doctor he would treat them for free and did not count the cost. It has been said that “the only way to get over a death is by seeing it as a life completed, instead of a life interrupted.” During his tenure as District Grand Master He awarded a number of brethren including your humble servant Grand Ranks, we felt so profoundly and gratefully indebted to this great brother who moved many of us on our way to the promised land of our dreams and pointed us in the right direction., to remind us of integrity and brotherly kindness, to remind us of patience and self-control, to remind us of faith and loyalty to God. Helen Fitzgerald once said: ‘don’t be surprised if you grieve more for a friend than you did for a recently deceased relative. The old saying, “you pick your friends, relatives are thrust upon you”, holds true here. Friends are special people in our eyes because we hold them to be. Friends, fill time in our lives that will be vacant when they die.” We humbly ask Almighty God to keep us alive to give us a sense of history that we might have appreciation and know who we are and where we are going. Oh Lord, keep our memory green and let us take the memory of Bro. Dr. Olubumi Robin-Coker, with us- and we thank You for moulding him into a worthy public servant in this community and many others. We acknowledge his many honorable qualities and our debt to him for his constructive leadership. We are grateful that he was a man of deep religious convictions, who stood for the right, and was faithful in his efforts to build righteousness into the fabric of his country. We all feel a profound loss and we share the sorrow of his family. The sacrifice of your loved one has stirred the soul of our nation and, through the pain; our hearts have been opened to a profound truth: we learned again that human existence is one of a struggle against all odds. Dear God keeps his influence ever expanding among us as we take up the mantle of service. Let us personally believe in the general truth that: “death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship.” God give us comfort in this difficult time and May his soul rest in peace! Sincerely Robert G. Macauley
Posted by Robert G Macauley on 10th April 2019
A Tribute Eulogy to the Late Bro. Dr. Daniel Josephus Olubummi Robin-Coker, P.M, OR, MBBS, MRCP FWCP, PPWACP, Hon. SDGM (SC), PGJW, Hon 1st GSoj (SC) Immediate Past District Grand Master/Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sierra Leone & the Gambia (EC) We come together today to mourn the loss of a brave Man, to share the grief that we all feel and, Perhaps in that sharing, to find the strength to bear our sorrow and the courage to look for the Seeds of hope. On the occasion of the death of Texas Senator Sam Rayburn, Senator Tom Corcoran of New Hampshire wrote a letter to his colleague Lyndon Baines Johnson, then presiding over the Senate. He quoted Oliver Wendell Holmes, “It is November and the leaves that shelter my generation are falling fast, we are now our own front line.” A mighty oak has fallen. Bro. Dr. D. J. O. Robin-Coker Immediate Past District Grand Master, OR, etc., etc. was like a tree planted by a stream of water, which bore fruit at the right time, whose leaves did not wither and dry up. He was indeed a mighty oak. The death of Bro. Robin-Coker has left an ugly slash along the corridors of our hearts. We all feel a profound loss. As Ronald Reagan said; “What we say today is only an inadequate expression of what we carry in our hearts”. Or, indeed, in the words of anonymous author, “A special friend is hard to find, hard to lose and impossible to forget.” Words pale in the shadow of grief; they seem insufficient even to measure the brave sacrifice of those you loved and we so admired. His truest testimony will not be in the words we speak, but in the way he led his life and in the way he lost his life; with dedication, honor and an unquenchable desire to help and served humanity. The important questions to ask today are: Not how did he die, but how did he live? Not how much did he gain, but how much did he give? As a seasoned Mason with extraordinary experiences he was a dynamic force in the English Constitution of Sierra Leone, the Gambia and the World at large and a supporter of similar Districts in West Africa. By precept and word to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world. His roots were deep as he steadily worked for the “Salvation of all Mankind.” He stood uncompromisingly in the storms and struggles of life. We all felt secure and protected as long as he was on the scene to nurture our love ones including the poor of the poorest who cannot afford to pay a Doctor he would treat them for free and did not count the cost. It has been said that “the only way to get over a death is by seeing it as a life completed, instead of a life interrupted.” During his tenure as District Grand Master He awarded a number of brethren including your humble servant Grand Ranks, we felt so profoundly and gratefully indebted to this great brother who moved many of us on our way to the promised land of our dreams and pointed us in the right direction., to remind us of integrity and brotherly kindness, to remind us of patience and self-control, to remind us of faith and loyalty to God. Helen Fitzgerald once said: ‘don’t be surprised if you grieve more for a friend than you did for a recently deceased relative. The old saying, “you pick your friends, relatives are thrust upon you”, holds true here. Friends are special people in our eyes because we hold them to be. Friends, fill time in our lives that will be vacant when they die.” We humbly ask Almighty God to keep us alive to give us a sense of history that we might have appreciation and know who we are and where we are going. Oh Lord, keep our memory green and let us take the memory of Bro. Dr. Olubumi Robin-Coker, with us- and we thank You for moulding him into a worthy public servant in this community and many others. We acknowledge his many honorable qualities and our debt to him for his constructive leadership. We are grateful that he was a man of deep religious convictions, who stood for the right, and was faithful in his efforts to build righteousness into the fabric of his country. We all feel a profound loss and we share the sorrow of his family. The sacrifice of your loved one has stirred the soul of our nation and, through the pain; our hearts have been opened to a profound truth: we learned again that human existence is one of a struggle against all odds. Dear God keeps his influence ever expanding among us as we take up the mantle of service. Let us personally believe in the general truth that: “death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship.” God give us comfort in this difficult time and May his soul rest in peace! Sincerely Robert G. Macauley
Posted by Rodney Fergusson-Williams on 10th April 2019
Olubunmi, The softness of your voice I remember The twinkle in your eyes I still see The gentle firmness of your manner The warmth the kindness the humility of your soul. As I inhale the sweet freshness of the morning breeze with humble affection I embrace your memory For as the gentle wind, with quiet dignity you left us. No not why, but Thy will be done. Lovingly to all your beautiful family. From Amy Fergusson-Williams. So grateful you crossed my path.
Posted by Rodney Fergusson-Williams on 10th April 2019
Daniel J. Olubunmi Robbin-Coker DJ To his friends. Doc. To myriads of people whose children he has cared for. Our circle was a small group. DJ, Dzul Iscandari and I. In our younger days we moved around together and have at times been referred to as “The Three Musketeers”. His love and care for children was remarkable. Fair well my brother may your soul rest in perfect peace. You’ve truly earned it. As always Fergo.
Posted by Jon Njolo on 10th April 2019
3 generations of our family you have taken care of. A life well lived. Sincere condolences to the family, may God comfort you as only he can. Rest in perfect Peace Dear Sir.
Posted by Kirsten Haugaard Christen... on 8th April 2019
We met Olubunmi Robbin-Coker in 2002 when our daughter Ester married Olu Robbin-Coker. Since then we have met more times. In Scotland when the children were born and he gave them a doctors and granddad’s examination to ensure the baby was fine. A few years ago, he visited Ester and Olu and Rebekah, Sophia and Daniel here in Denmark, and we had some great days in the extended family. We will remember him for his mildness, his humoristic attitude and his smile. We feel grateful that he always embraced and accepted Ester and our family. May he rest in peace and may you all be comforted in your loss.
Posted by Modupe Williams on 6th April 2019
Uncle Olubunmi was a true gentleman and I feel fortunate to have known him from childhood. He always had a pleasant manner with an optimistic view on life. An interesting conversationist with well researched views on many issues. I am particularly grateful for the times I spent with him in the recent few months. The loss of a loved one can be painful and could leave scars but the pleasant memories have a way of easing the pain and translating into a living legacy.
Posted by Femi Anthony on 5th April 2019
Uncle Olubunmi loomed large in my formative years growing up in Freetown Sierra Leone. As a young child I was sick a lot and found myself in my parents' car as we were off to see Uncle Olubunmi. He was more than just my doctor, he was an Uncle who was also an example of what a model doctor should be. His kindly words would put me at ease when he was about to administer an injection, an experience I sorely dreaded. Even when I grew older and was sick less often, I still loved to visit his house and spend time with him and his family. He touched many lives for the better during his sojourn here on Earth and may he Rest in Perfect Peace. On behalf of me and the rest of the Anthony family condolences to Morenike, Oluniyi, Sanyade and Olubunmi. May God comfort you at this time.

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