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Canyon Lake History: Rob Caveney Park

Rob Caveney Park as it looks today. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

The small park situated between two homes and the golf course (hole 16) on Early Round Drive is named after resident Rob Caveney.

The park was dedicated to resident Rob Caveney on April 20, 1993, the same year he passed away. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Who is Rob Caveney? Rob and his wife, Jetsy, were longtime residents, avid golfers, and involved in several clubs in the community. Rob served on the POA Board of Directors, as president of the Men’s Golf Club and Travel Club, and was a longtime leader of the Tuesday Work Group.

According to Jetsy’s obituary, Rob was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when he decided to board a train and head to California after watching newsreels of Pasadena’s New Year’s Day parade. He became the drum major of the Pasadena Bull Dog Band and soon after met Jesty, who was the band’s majorette. 

Jetsy was on the 1938 Royal Court and went on to appear as a dancer in 22 major features, including “Show Boat,” Singing in the Rain,” and “Royal Wedding. 

Rob Caveney Park prior to the 2015 remodel. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Rob and Jetsy married in 1943. They moved to Canyon Lake in the mid-80s, after Rob retired as a high school principal for the Los Angeles School District.

In 1989, Rob, along with Carolyn Knight, then editor of The Friday Flyer, served as grand marshals of Canyon Lake’s Fiesta Day Parade.

Rob passed away in 1993, a few months after his 50th wedding anniversary. 

Rob Caveney Park as seen from the golf course prior to the 2015 remodel. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

After Rob’s passing, Jetsy married longtime friend Bud Aronson, who lost his wife to cancer. They relocated to Royal Oaks about five years later. Jetsy and Bud were married for 19 years, until she passed away at the age of 96 on June 28, 2015, just 16 days shy of her 97th birthday.

The POA was in the process of remodeling Rob Caveney Park when Jetsy passed away. The remodel was completed the following month, in August 2015.

Improvements to the park included new footing, playground equipment, a pathway, and a barbeque grill. A few years later, a fence was installed around the park. 

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