Robin Treadway was an author who lived in Phoenix, Arizona. She had written on and off throughout her life, though it was only after retiring through illness from a career in nursing that she began to do so more seriously. Robin had a number of independent projects on the go when she was so untimely taken, Jayne, a story based on her life as a hospice nurse, Counting Stars, a teenage road-trip saga set in the 1970s, and The Girl, an historical tale about the Arizona Gold Rush of the 1880s. However, it was with myself, Robin Keen, her British partner of almost 20 years, that she dedicated most of her time, working together on TG (Working Title: The Second Gospel of Peter). Based on real events that we shared as a couple back in 2003-2004, it was only through Robin’s endless encouragement that work on the book began, and the story finally told. I am bound to finish the work, helped by the invaluable creative input and groundwork she so lovingly and faithfully contributed. But Robin will be by my side in spirit, guiding my every word, in the completion of what she often referred to as “Our Love-Child”.
Robin and I were to marry later this year (2020), until the Pandemic interrupted our plans, and complications from a routine medical procedure robbed us of her precious and gifted self. We had intended to honeymoon in Paris, sealing our holy union with a night-time kiss beneath the lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Robin still had so much more life to live, so many more dreams to fulfill. From sharing coffee and croissants at a sidewalk cafe in Paris to us driving through our beloved canyon at night with our little star above, from us skinny-dipping in her favorite Roosevelt Lake to simply sitting out together on the porch of our little ranch-house growing old together. These were the things she talked of, each and every day.
Robin Keen – The Two Robins
It is impossible to tell Robin’s story without telling some of my own, for from the first day we met online in the Summer of 1999, our lives were forever intertwined. By 2003, I had become what in common parlance is known as a Whistleblower. I was fighting a national Government, a major global corporation and all their dark tribunes, yet amid that maelstrom Robin came to join me.
You didn’t think you would get through the season without a whoops & yoyo card did you? HA!
I know we talk about rocking chairs and retirement 🙂 but the truth is, for me, the only time I feel young is the time I spend with you….
When I was considering how to begin, I wondered whether I should say my Dearest Love, or Friend, Brother, playmate as children, other half, my heart, soulmate for all of these are true. You are the one I want to share everything with. The first person I think about when I wake and the last one at night….
Tues, Apr 24, 2018, 8:18 PM – I know I promised pictures but this first email won’t have any simply due to the fact the journey took about 27 hours total, so I was just too exhausted to care about the camera. I did, however, want to pull out the camera in Piccadilly Square in Manchester Train Station to take a picture of the policeman patrolling the area. Robin said it would draw too much attention so I didn’t do it.
May 7, 2018, 3:53 PM – So, last Friday, Robin decided to get me out of the house and on a bus to York citing the weather was beautiful and we should go while the going was good. He was right, the weather was perfect. We caught the bus outside his house and went into town to catch the bus that goes to York. It was another double-decker and the front windows were open once again so naturally, I snagged them.
Fri, Apr 5, 2019, 1:28 PM – It’s Friday the 5th noon-ish here which means its before 5 AM there. After a grueling week which I won’t go into, mostly because I don’t want to have to relive the details, I finally have the unpacking done and put away. It feels like I’ve slept for days which apparently I needed. Tomorrow is Market day and I am looking forward to it.
I built Robin her own little office to write in. As you can see by the pics, she was soon at home. LOL However, it did not take Robin long to get our book organized as is clear from the whiteboard pic. Organization was a quality Robin had in abundance, and one I have never been blessed with. Both as romantic and creative partners, we tended to compliment one another, as indeed all the best relationships should.
Here are some more pics from our life and travels together. Bridlington is an old Victorian resort town on the Yorkshire Coast, with a quaint harbor and beautiful golden sands. It nestles in a bay skirted by Flamborough Head. It was in that very bay where John Paul Jones, founder of the US Navy, lost his ship in a fierce sea-battle, and uttered what are perhaps his most famous words, the rallying cry “I have not yet begun to Fight!”.
Robin’s Family & Friends
My Little Angel
Robin was my romantic and creative partner for almost 20 years. We shared just about every minute of the day and night. She was quite unique, and gifted in so many ways, from singing to writing. But most of all she was my ever-loving Little Angel – The Love of My Life XXXX
Robin was the kind of friend that everyone should have
Between the ages of 13 and 16 I think are the hardest at least in a girl’s life, probably a boy’s too. I was lucky enough to have a friend during those years that everyone should have. Robin, until we meet again, you’ll always be in my heart.
Robin’s favorite flowers were Red Roses and Sunflowers
If you knew Robin, either as Family, a Friend or through her Nursing career, and would like to add your own thoughts, they would truly be appreciated.
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE FROM ROBIN’S LIFELONG FRIEND, CATHY
Between the ages of 13 and 16 I think are the hardest at least in a girl’s life, probably a boys too. I was lucky enough to have a friend during those years that everyone should have. Robin was confident, a Christian, beautiful, and she didn’t even know she was beautiful. She was never judgmental and always a friend. We tried to keep each other happy and laughing all the time and we didn’t try to get caught up in all the middle school drama. I guess you could say we were free spirits and I will forever miss my friend.
Robin was the kind of friend that everyone should have at that age. We discussed life, the problems of the world and what we would like to do about it but we were still playful enough that we played dodgeball freeze tag, and we didn’t want to grow up too fast. I think that’s what’s wrong with this world today is our young people want to grow up too fast. My mom loved her as did all my family and the one thing my mom told her I guess that stuck with her all these years was that you can’t have a pantry without some kind of noodles, tomato sauce and all important Parmesan cheese.
Robin, until we meet again, you’ll always be in my heart.
Love you Cathy
(Cathy Colter – Globe, Arizona)
Robin’s Favorite Things
Robin’s All-Time Favorite Movie
Robin loved The Ghost and Mrs Muir from the very first time she saw it as a child, and it stayed with her throughout her lifetime.
Robin’s favorite “Our Song”
Robin had a long list of “Our Songs” over the years, though Faith Hill’s If I Should Fall Behind probably tops the list. It was released on November 9, 1999, shortly after Robin and I first met.
Another of Robin’s favorite “Our Songs”
Lara Fabian’s You’re Not From Here. The self-titled album from which the song came was also released in 1999.