This is an obituary for the house 2820 West 41st Avenue in Vancouver.
We have lost a big CHUNK of Vancouver’s History for another History to be placed in it’s place. There is something morally wrong with this! Where were all you Heritage conversationalists with your lists, votes, politicians, and army of city planers and developers from the City of Vancouver? ( Neighbours had only 2 days notice from the City to do anything before demolition began. )
OBITUARY for 104 years old Vancouver Historical house.
Address: 2820 West 41st Avenue
Sold: on February 20th, 2014
Status: DEMOLISHED on March 4th, 2014
First Owner: Herbert Beeman, Broker, Loan Manager for Ceperley Rounsefell Co. Ltd., Accountant for the Board of Trade, City Clerk, Author of “Some Adventures of Mr. Surelock Keys” sold in aid of the Organ Fund of St. Mary’s Church.
From 1954 to 2011 this property belonged to long-time CBC Radio and TV staffer Tom Robinson and his wife Jacquelyn. They had daughter Sal and son Tom Jr. Robinson. The Robinson home and lavish garden at 2820 West 41st Avenue was the location of the annual CBC 20 Year Association Garden Party up until 2010.
Tom had trained as a teacher but decided after a year that it was not his calling. Instead he took his love of words and authoritative voice to radio station CKWX. There he found both his career and his wife-to-be. Tom moved to CBC as duty announcer and was the first on-camera news reader when television came to town. In 1958 he was appointed Chief Announcer and he remained with CBC until his retirement in 1984. His on-air celebrity led to his involvement in several areas of community affairs. In 1961, as a member of Vancouver’s 75th Anniversary Committee, Tom designed the medals struck for presentation during the celebrations. His membership in the Vancouver Numismatic Society spanned four decades. Tom was called upon to be master of many ceremonies. In 1967 he presided over the dedication of the Museum/Planetarium site in Vanier Park and in 1968 he presided over the opening. He hosted the Brock House Summer Fair for many years. A very proud moment came in 1993 when Tom’s name was inscribed in Vancouver’s Civic Merit Book, in recognition of his 30 years of service with the Vancouver Remembrance Day Observance Committee. He went on to serve another ten years and was Master of Ceremonies at the Cenotaph every November 11 from 1963 to 2002. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. (Find more about Mr. Robinson’s long and interesting life –read here).
Tom and Jacquelyn spent innumerable hours tending their spectacular garden. Next to the house there was an in home bakery brick oven , gorgeous garden at the front with delightful flowers and beautiful garden oasis at the back with big glass green house.
Tom passed away in 2010 and Jacquelyn in 2011.
The property was sold in 2011 and after that house has changed hands several times through China, until a month ago (February 20th, 2014) the property was bought privately for $2.85 million by Trasolini-Chetner Construction Development. This developer worked out a deal with the city . Then on March 4th, 2014 they started demolition to make room for the “Dorothies” and feature eight-unit townhouses project on this lot under HRA protection. Now they ( TC’s developers) can start build their two new Dream FAMILY homes for 4,500-sq.-ft each where poor “Dorothies” were, waiting for slater since December 2012 and March 2013 .