This is hard to write, and it’s done with tears in the eyes. A young avid fan of Doctor Who and Star Wars, just four years old, passed away earlier this month after a short, but valiant battle with a brain tumor.
Jack Robinson lived in a small town in England, but touched the hearts and minds of people all over the globe with his example of love and courage in the face of a devastating illness. Dr. Seuss said, “A persons a person, no matter how small,” and Jacks family laid him to rest, granting him his last wish, celebrating his love and passions with a Star Wars themed Funeral.
In his last days, many people came together for this little Jedi. He was a big fan of the X-Factor, in particular, judge Gary Barlow. Mr. Barlow is also front man in the British Pop group “Take That,” and paid Jack a visit in the hospital. Jack was also a fan of long running Sci-Fi series, “Doctor Who,” and when learning of this, Actor Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor himself, sang the, “Doctor Who,” Theme Song in a minute long, touching video message (Click Here to watch the video Message.) to the little fan, recorded all the way from Texas. In the message Smith called Jack “The Shows Biggest Fan in the World,” promised to send Jack some goodies and to try and visit him upon his return to England.
Little Jack Robinson gets a visit from Gary barlow, Front Man for pop group, “Take That,” and host of, “The X-Factor.”
Jack receives a message from The Doctor!
Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. Jack passed away on April 1st, and his dying wish was to be laid to rest in grandest Jedi fashion. His family and community came together and Jack was placed in a special Star Wars casket in a carriage pulled by white horses, and flanked by storm troopers. At the church R2-D2 was on hand at the front of the church and the funeral program read, “Master Jack Robinson joined the force on April 1st, 2014…”
Jack’s Funeral carriage and one of his Storm Trooper Honor Guard.
The community lined the road as Jacks funeral procession passed by, adorned with floral tributes, including one spelling, “JEDI,” and wreaths shaped like R2-D-2, Yoda and a lightsaber. As the procession made its way into the church, a brass band played John Williams, “Binary Sunset Theme,” from, “Star Wars.” A.A. Milne said, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” Jacks mother, Marie Robinson, knew her little boys time was running out, and recorded herself singing, Ellie Goulding’s ”How Long Will I Love You,” A song she sang to him since his birth. She knew she wouldn’t be able to actually make it through the selection at the actual service, but wanted to make sure it was played for Jack, Mrs. Robinson had this to say about her son,
“Jack always had that cheeky grin on his face. Even when we were in hospital and I was sleeping next to him, he would poke me in the back with a lightsaber, then very quickly hit it and grin at me. In just four-and-a-half years, Jack achieved what many people spend a lifetime doing. He was only a little boy but he brought people together, from all over the world.”
After the public funeral, Jacks family held a private ceremony and burial at a nearby cemetery. After the service, Jacks father, Terence Robinson Spoke of his son saying,
“Jack was a special boy, he was unique and brought everyone together. We needed to give him a unique send off, and the brilliant sunshine that came out for it was Jack looking down on us. I will always love you son.”
This is an unusual story for Word Of The Nerd, but its fitting because in Jacks short life, he had a HUGE impact. Gary Barlow and Matt Smith…oh to heck with it, The Doctor, reached out to an ailing fan, and we can only hope that it eased his pain and suffering in some small way. It’s fair to assume that all of us at Word Of The Nerd, and all that read this share the same sentiment: “May The Force Be With You Master Jack Robinson…”
Little Jack Robinson passed away on April 1st, 2014.
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