Robson recognized as Citizen of the Year

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QDJM---Tom-Robsonby Garrett Fodor

While Canadians celebrate their nation’s 150th, local community members are recognizing a Canadian Hero as their 2017 Essex Citizen of the Year.

World War II veteran Tom Robson was selected as this year’s recipient. The official announcement was made on the main stage of the Essex Fun Fest on Saturday evening.

Robson, who turns 93 this year, served in the Royal Canadian Navy and has been a focal point in the Windsor and Essex Community for volunteerism. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 67 years, where he spent a majority of that time as an executive member, and is also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

On behalf of the Committee that selected the Citizen of the Year recipient based on nominations community members submitted, Morley Bowman said Robson was recognized for being involved in those two service clubs and more.

“I don’t think there was any one thing that Tom did, I think it’s because he’s been involved for so long,” Bowman commented. “I think one of the bigger factors was this being the 150 and the emphasis being on the wars ending. And his heroics from that have shown up in the paper.”

Bowman said Robson has enjoyed getting involved in the community, which is something he passed along throughout his family.

Robson also gave back to the community by volunteering his time with organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, the Essex Food Bank, along with driving cancer patients to their treatment and appointments.

Robson was unable to attend the announcement ceremony on Saturday, but he will be recognized at a banquet open to the public in the fall. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Heritage Essex. An exact date for the banquet has yet to be determined.

Heritage Essex, which maintains the historic Essex Railway Station, the Essex Rotary Club, and Knights of Columbus partner to host this annual recognition program.

The Essex Citizen of the Year award has been given out to deserving individuals since 1978.