RIP Tom Robinson

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RIP Tom Robinson

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:30 am


12/30/10 - Vancouver broadcaster Tom Robinson died December 27. He was 91. He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Victoria) during World War Two, landed in Normandy in 1944 and saw action through Northwest Europe until the war ended. He joined CKWX in 1947, moving to CBC in 1950 as a staff announcer and was chief announcer from 1960 to 1967. Robinson was the first on-camera TV newscaster in Vancouver when CBUT went on the air in 1953. He retired from CBC in 1984. He distinguished himself outside broadcasting as the chair of the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee and was MC at the Victory Square ceremony every November 11th from 1962 to 2002. His death marks the end of the "golden" era of a coterie of highly respected and recognizable CBC Radio and TV news announcers in Vancouver.

Thanks to Gord Lansdell and Cam Cathcart for the information

post note: Tom lived a full and active life until the end holding a summer party at his Kerrisdale home every summer
including July 2010.
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