New street name honours Colwood pioneer

First ever homeowner on Triangle Mountain also a distinguished veteran

A new street dedication on Triangle Mountain will honour its first resident, a veteran with a storied history.

The street, a dead end off of Demel Place, will be named Robson Place, after Robert “Robby” G. Robson, a veteran of two wars and the first resident to live on Triangle Mountain.

“We’re happy to honour him by naming the street after him,” said co-developer Toby Summers. “We tried to be as respectful as we could.”

After a 12-year career with the Canadian Forces, serving in Europe as a paratrooper during the Second World War and in Korea during the conflict there, Robson was searching for his dream property to settle on.

When he discovered the potential for Triangle Mountain, including its panorama view of Victoria Harbour, Robson knew he had found the spot. Starting in 1959 he designed and built his home with his own hands, the first on Fulton Rd. He ran power up from Sooke Rd. to the site and moved into his house in February, 1962.

“Colwood has always been our home, a community that we are very proud to be a part of,” said Brian Robson, Robby’s son, in a press release.

The street is located on the site of the original Robson family home, a first-growth cedar house which was carefully disassembled and moved to Savary Island, where it will be reassembled.

A viewpoint with a plague dedicating the site to Robson has also been installed on public property in the development.

The property is being developed by Fritz Karter, second owner of the Robson homestead, where he raised his family.

“Robby had a vision of a beautiful home and he realized that vision when he built a road up Triangle Mountain and his own home near the summit,” said Karger in a statement. “I am pleased to dedicate Robson Place to this Colwood pioneer who helped shape our community.”

Robson is scheduled to attend but not speak at a ceremony dedicating the street today, Thursday, Oct. 17. His health is declining, so his son was scheduled to speak on his behalf.

The development is 18-lots on four acres.

For more information on the life and military career of Robson, visit his website at paravet.ca.

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