Tracey Stands in the House to Honour Local Hero and Veteran, Tom Robson

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Today I rise in this House deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend and community hero- Tom Robson. Tom was a WWII veteran who died yesterday at the age of 94 and he will be so deeply missed.

Tom joined the navy in Windsor on May 6, 1941 and fought in the Battle of Madagascar defending ports in South Africa, Malta, Sri Lanka, Mumbai, Kolkata and many more in the Indian Ocean. He spoke of the war, matter of factly.

He once told me “We were deep in enemy territory, laying mines in water laced with enemy traps, with U-boats travelling beneath us and air bombers flying over top of us”.

After the war ended, Tom was discharged and he returned to Windsor to reunite with his family. He knew the importance of community setting an example for all through his service in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 201 and the Knights of Columbus, Tom volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul and the Essex Food Bank. He also drove cancer patients to and from their treatments and appointments.

The people of Essex honoured Tom’s service last month at a dinner I attended where he was named the 2017 Essex Citizen of the Year!

Tom - thank you for your kindness, selflessness, courage, strength and friendship.You will be missed by all.