Rochelle Van Halm

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Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:16 am

Rochelle van Halm - Audio assistant The Vancouver Show CKVU-TV Vancouver 1976; graduate BCIT Broadcast communications 1977; news reporter CKWX Vancouver 1977-82; freelance journalist Canadian Business, BC Business, Flare, UnixWorld, Today's Bride, Westworld and David Suzuki's Discovery 1982-85; president Vancouver Media Club 1980s; senior staff writer Expo 86 Corporation 1985-86; freelance communications McKim Advertising, Blackcomb Mountain, Empress Hotel, Woodward's Stores and Vertigo Computer Imagery 1986-89; communications specialist


We are saddened to announce that our mother, Rochelle Van Halm passed away on the evening of Tuesday, February 23rd.

Rochelle spent the last week of her life with us on a Caribbean cruise. We went snorkelling in Haiti, toured the historic sites of Falmouth, Jamaica, and visited the ruins of the Mayan city of Tulum in Mexico. We enjoyed delicious three-course meals, spectacular shows, and even a little dancing.

Near the end of the cruise her condition began to deteriorate and after flying home she was admitted to hospital. Rochelle passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Courageous and caring, she inspired many throughout her life. She will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Rochelle’s life will be held the first weekend of April. Details to follow.

All our love,
Baxter Van Halm Robinson and Kate V Robinson
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:28 am

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My personal message to "Rocky" - a lot of us will think of you often

Those were the days
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby J Kendrick » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:24 am

Thank you, Jack.

Rochelle was a good friend and colleague... and, if I may say so, one hell of a good news reporter.

The past half dozen years were really tough on her. She put up a good fight and certainly deserved a far better outcome, as we had all hoped she might have a chance of winning that toughest of battles.

In her 59th year, she is gone far too soon. Godspeed, Rochelle. R.I.P.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby J Kendrick » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:37 am

Rochelle's last blog...
See: http://cancerqueen.me/
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:23 pm

Father of the children, Wade Robinson, departed 2008.

Loved to hang out with Rocky and Wade.

One word - sad.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby J Kendrick » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:20 pm

Rochelle is survived by her sisters, Renée and Remy, her daughter Kate, and her son Baxter.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby cart_machine » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:29 am

Thanks for the note, Jack. Sorry to hear about this. It's been a long time since we all had a drink or two at the club.

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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby jon » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:46 am

I'd be interested in hearing more about Rochelle's father Wade Robinson. The only 2008 obit under that name that I could find was for a fellow who was only 55-56 years of age.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jack Bennest » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:24 pm

Jon

I think you should stay off some threads....

Wade Robinson is the father of Rochelle's two children mentioned in the first post.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby jon » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:19 pm

Sigh. I was simply trying to figure out if Wade was ever in broadcasting as he isn't listed in any of the lists that I have.

I followed your mention of his death in 2008, but only found an obit of a much younger man with the same name in the Vancouver Sun from that year.

I hardly think that violates the sanctity of a thread discussing the death of Rochelle.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jack Bennest » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:22 pm

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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby Jim Walters » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:51 pm

Jack Bennest wrote:Jon

I think you should stay off some threads....

Wade Robinson is the father of Rochelle's two children mentioned in the first post.


Without trying too hard, sometimes Jack can be such a (being kind here) donkey.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby J Kendrick » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:20 pm

Wade was not in broadcasting...

ROBINSON, Wade Thurman. Passed away August 29, 2008 at Lions Gate Hospital following an aggressive battle with prostate cancer. Wade was born in Chester, England on May 18, 1952 and came to Canada with his family in 1968. He enjoyed building his business, sailing and living the good life. Wade was predeceased by his father Hubert (Robbie) Robinson, sisters Jackie and Gill, and stepfather Don. He is survived by his mother Cynthia, children Baxter and Kate, partner Trudy Mikoda, brother Quentin, sister Christine, stepchildren Kirsti, Kevin and Michael, and other family in Canada, the US and England.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2008.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby J Kendrick » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:40 pm

Rochelle and Wade, married in 1982, parents of Kate (1986) and Baxter (1989), were divorced in 1997.
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Re: Rochelle Van Halm

Postby jon » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:27 am

Thank you very much, Mr. Kendrick, for clarifying things. The "Father of the children" comment in an early post had me believing, obviously incorrectly, that Wade and Rochelle were Father and Daughter.
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