Service for Gordon "Punch" Robson - Sat Feb 16

    Photo by Brian Haller
A service will be held for Gordon Robson, better known as "Punch", at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Saturday February 16th, 2013 at 12 noon.

A Celebration of his life will follow at the Mayne Island Resort - 494 Arbutus Drive.

Finger foods welcome.

Following is the obituary published in the Victoria Times-Colonist:

Gordon Stanley "Punch" ROBSON

Passed away very peacefully in his life-long home at the Glenwood Farm on Mayne Island on Monday, January 28, 2013.

He was born in Victoria on August 23, 1921. His entire life was spent on the Mayne Island farm and his wishes were to live out his life there and his wish came true. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Mildred Robson (nee Page), his older sister Vera Greene and his older brother Fred Robson. He leaves to mourn his passing the future generations of Robsons; his nephew Don Frederick Robson and his children Sarah, Fred and Matthew and Dons' grandchildren Maya and Luke. Also his niece Carol May Robson and her children Lori and Kim and grandchildren Haley and Tej.

"Punch" was born into a British Columbia pioneering family. The original Robsons arrived on Mayne Island in 1867 and homesteaded in the rough and tough years into the depression and into the new century. They provided farm produce in many ways including a large orchard of fruit trees that sustained life and continues to bear fruit to this day. They raised pure-breed cattle and sheep and were known province wide.

During the 2nd World War Punch was a member of the Pacific Coast Rangers, co. 126. He was a member of the Mayne Island Fire Department and the Galiano Rod And Gun Club. The farm was always his priority. Punch had a many sheep dogs which were always called "Jake". These dogs were trained for precision sheep handling. Many medals and ribbons were won during exhibitions including the PNE for agricultural entries in many categories.

There is now an empty space in our lives as Uncle Gordy was our last elder and we will all miss him very much. Funeral will be on February 16, 2013 on Mayne Island at St. Mary Magdalene Church at 12:00 p.m. with a "Celebration of Punch's life" to follow at the Mayne Island Resort at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Hayward's Funeral Service, Salt Spring Island, BC.

1 comment:

  1. I would just like to pass on my heartfelt condolences to the family of "Punch". I have fond memories when I worked at the True Value and like clockwork "Punch" would be in doing his grocery shopping. A very independant man to the end. Thanks for always brightening my day Punch, you will always remain in my fondest memories of Mayne Island.

    Tim Dyck

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