Eveson, Charles & Edna (Bowe) #260 *

Charles and Edna (Bowe) Eveson

According to family folklore, the marriage between Edna and Charlie was preordained. Charlie had already declared that “this is the girl I will marry” when Edna was only 14 years of age and a gallant, serious young Charlie stopped to fix her bicycle tire. And so it came to be.  Charlie and Edna were married during WWII on April 4, 1942 at St. Andrews Anglican Parish Church in the village of Skegby, Nottinghamshire, England.

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Elliott, Debra & Bob #977

Leaf 977 – Debra & Bob Elliott

Honoured by Nora Elliott-Coutts and Don Coutts

Thank you for purchasing a Leaf of Inspiration honouring Debra and bob Elliott.  Story to follow.


Elliott, Shirley & Dinty #667 *

Honoured by:

Sandy & Barry Elliott; Lynne & Tim Williams; Karen, Misha, Cassidy & Chris Williams, Beth, Sara, Ryan &Mike Williams; Jason Williams; Kerri Williams; Cora & Richard Hudebine; Jennifer, Emily, Kaylee & Richard Derstroff; Kristen, Christopher, Brooke & Jeff Hudebine; Elenore & Ken Grozelle; Norma & Gord Elliott; Shirley & Garry Hartwick; Jennifer, Avery, Harrison & John Harwick; Tracy, Sam, Elliott & Andy Hartwick; Jane & Bob Graham; Deb Elliott and Thomas Elliott; Mary Elliott; Louise Sargent; David, Katie & Ben Sargent; Dee & Dennis Risk; Kathy & Jim Elliott; Bob & Deb Elliott; Nora & Don Coutts.

Shirley W. (Caley) & J.C. Dinty Elliott

This leaf was presented to Shirley and “Dinty”Elliott on 20th February 2013 by a number of the Elliott family, to commemorate their 70th Wedding Anniversary, at a dinner held in their honour, at Churchill’s Restaurant in North Bay.  By way of thanks for this gift, we would like to present a story of our 70 years of happily married life—

Shirley Windsor Caley, the eldest daughter of Gordon Caley and Muriel Caley (Windsor), was born in the Civic Hospital in North Bay, ON, on 11th September, 1923, and lived at 236 Second Avenue, East.  She graduated from McIntyre Street Elementary (King Edward) School, and went on to Secondary School at North Bay Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, graduating as an honour student in Jr. Matriculation and Special Commercial.  She participated in the school’s activities and was a member of the Literary Society and the Students Council.  She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Church, and active in the C.G.I.T. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing stories.

Johnston Clayton “Dinty” Elliott, the second son of Chrles and Edna Elliott (deGuehery) was born in Chalk River, ON, on 23rd September, 1920 and the family moved to North Bay, ON in 1921, where Charles was the General Yardmaster for the C.P.R.  After graduating from Worthington Street Elementary (Queen Victoria) School, he attended N.B.C.I. & V.S., graduating with Sr. Matriculation.  Dinty was very active in Cubs, Scouts, the school Cadet Corps, photography, swimming, skiing and an active member of the 1st Baptist Church youth groups.

Our story is like the traditional romantic novel – boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy goes off to war, girl goes to work, boy returns to his home town, they get married, have a family, enjoy grandchildren, travel, retire, happily celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family!!

Back in the pre World War II years, the country had just come out of a severe depression, and most teen-agers were in high school, enjoying sports, dances, school activities, and life was good.  One summer, Dinty and several of his Boy Scout friends volunteered as Counselors at the North Bay Rotary Club’s Camp Tillicum for Disabled children, located on the South Shore of Lake Nipissing.  It happened that one of the Counselors received a letter from a classmate, Shirley Caley, and with some “persuasion” shared it with the rest of the Counselors.  Dinty was impressed by the letter and told another Counselor, Bruce Book, who knew Shirley,  that he would like to meet the girl.  About a month later, the two boys cycled down to Second Avenue East and Dinty was introduced to Shirley – under a lamp-post in the rain!  Thus started a beautiful and lasting romance!

After graduating high school, World War II was raging, life changed quickly.  Shirley was the first girl hired by the T7NO Railway General Office to replace men who had enlisted; in 1940 Dinty joined the 16th Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C., training in North Bay, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Debert, NS until 1942 when he was posted to the North Bay Military Hospital as administrator.  On 20th February, 1943 Shirley and Dinty were married in the St. Andrew’s U.C. Manse, and the couple moved to an apartment off Base.

Shirley resigned from the railway and on 14 April, 1944 their son Barry was born.  Life changes to a family story.

Dinty, now with the rank of Sgt., was discharged from the Medical Corps in December, 1945 after five and a half years of service.  He was offered the position as Office Manager for the Ontario Northland Boat Lines, a subsidiary of the Ontario Northland Railway, in Temagami, located about 60 miles north of North Bay.  In the spring of 1946 the family moved to a company cabin in Temagami, a very busy tourist, mining and lumbering community situated on beautiful Lake Temagami.  The ONBL was an important employer and business in the community, operating 26 boats to provide several thousand cottagers, tourists, camps with passenger and freight services.  Temagami and its people became very dear to our hearts, and we made many close friends whom are cherished to this day.

In the winter of 1948, Shirley became ill, and Temagami having no resident doctor, she had to spend several months living with her parents in North Bay.  She prematurely gave birth to our twin daughters, Karen and Lynne on 19 February, but unfortunately Karen lived only one day.  Lynne survived and grew up healthy and strong.  Temagami was a great place to raise our children, particularly with a love of nature and travel.

1955 was a year of change.  Dinty was appointed Temagami’s Postmaster, a position he held for 17 years, and thoroughly enjoyed his work serving its people.  It was also the year the family moved into their newly built home; bought their first car; and Shirley began work as a bookkeeper for Lorne Pacey’s Insurance Company.  All the family were deeply involved in community activities and organizations.  Dinty built a darkroom in our basement, and revived his long-time interest in photography – he became known as the town’s photographer, recording a variety of activities.

It seemed like no time, but actually 10 years flew by, and the children had finished school, and were out on their own. Shirley and Dinty felt it was time for another change, and in 1974 Dinty was promoted to Postmaster in Bracebridge, ON, then to North Bay to the Personnel Department of Canada Post’s Northern District Office, where he eventually became its Personnel Manager.  On moving to North Bay, the couple bought Dinty’s parents’ home on Lakeshore Drive on the shores of Lake Nipissing, did some major renovations and landscaping.  Ten years later, Dinty and Shirley spent a year in Ottawa where Dinty was on assignment with the Rideau Division of Canada Post before retirement to North Bay in 1984, ending a working career of some 38 years.

During all our married life our family loved to travel – our vacations always included travel to explore our country near and far.  When the children were school-age, we camped from coast to coast in Canada and the U.S.A. Our children still carry on the travel tradition, and have travelled the world over.  Shirley and Dinty have made excursions to the British Isles and Europe – our preferred mode of travel is by train, having crossed both Canada and the U.S.A. several times on lengthy trips each year.

Now, after over 70 years of happily married life together, and in our senior years, we find ourselves in a retirement residence, getting our travel enjoyment from viewing videos taken years ago, and watching travel films.  We still like to motor around this beautiful part of Ontario and enjoy our lives to the full, with the hope of more pleasant years together.

Elliott, Charles Martin #218

Honoured by Nora Elliott- Coutts & Don Coutts

Thank you for honouring Charles Martin Elliott with a Leaf of inspiration and for supporting your Community Waterfront Park project.  Story to follow.

Elliott, Zena & Johnston #217

Honoured by Nora Elliott-Coutts & Don Coutts

Thank you for honouring Zena and Johnston with a Leaf of Inspiration and for supporting your Community Waterfront Park project.  Story to follow.

Edmonds, Albert Henry “Eddie” *

Albert Henry “Eddie” Edmonds 1911-2010

Eddie Edmonds was a man with many talents who experienced numerous challenges. In the 1930’s he was a soldier with the British Royal Artillery and was deployed to Afghanistan and India. During this time there was a massive earthquake in Qatar, close to where he was stationed. Soon after returning to his home in London, England, Eddie married Lottie Bond. Since Britain was involved in World War II, Eddie joined the military once again in which he participated in the Battle of Dunkirk. After the war Eddie was employed as a sheet metal worker. In 1956 he and Lottie moved to Canada where they settled in Toronto. Eddie was an avid gardener and won many awards for his roses and spectacular sweet peas. He and Lottie also loved to camp and they spent holidays at Raven Lake in Northern Ontario. They were also very keen ballroom dancers. Lottie and Eddie moved back to Devon, England in 1971. They enjoyed their last years in Fremington, where he once again won many awards for his flowers, as well as his wine making. Whatever Eddie did he took it on with a passion. Eddie died in 2010 in his 99th year. He was the uncle of Judi and Greg Brewer.

Etmanski, Brian #114 *

Honoured by Current and Past Members of Gateway Harmony Company.

In February 1987 Brian Etmanski and three other men met in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church for an evening of singing. This was the beginning of “Gateway Harmony Company”, the men’s barbershop chorus in North Bay. The chorus grew in numbers with Brian singing lead. Brian possessed a great passion for singing and superior knowledge of music. It was natural that Brian quickly assumed the role of Assistant Chorus Director under the leadership of Bob Pyper. Following Bob’s retirement and move to southern Ontario Brian confidently assumed the musical leadership of Gateway Harmony Company as Chorus Director.

Brian was a high achiever in the world of barbershop. In addition to singing with Gateway Harmony Company Brian also sang with three other men in a top calibre quartet called “Mirage”. He also sang with the “Muskoka Music Men”, a chorus in Huntsville, and the Toronto Northern Lights, an award-winning Toronto chorus ranked second in international competition for several years. In recent years, he also directed The Baytones, North Bay’s female barbershop chorus, as well as the Muskoka Music Men.

Brian thrived on this active style of life, and gave his love and energy freely and generously to each and every member of his choruses. In coaching, his focus and expertise, coupled with a great sense of humour, moved all of us to greater achievement and successes in this wonderful style of musical entertainment.

Each and every one of the current and former members of Gateway Harmony Company recognizes Brian’s multitude of gifts, and is truly grateful for his legacy of leadership, love, kindness and friendship. We do, and always will, miss him. To this end we are uplifted to be able to recognize, and honour, the life and impact of Brian Etmanski – a true inspiration to all of us.

Everitt, Ed & Cheryl & Family #1101 *

Ed and Cheryl Everitt (nee Parisien) began their life’s journey together in 1974. Both originated from Ontario Northland Railway fathers with long standing family ties to North Bay. They were blessed with two sons, Travis and Riley (Annette) and three granddaughters, Tamika, Nyomie and Mya.

Hearth, home and family are very important to the Everitts. Supporting this worthwhile endeavour, where future generations can grow and play, reinforces their values and support of community.

To our Grandchildren:
May our grandchildren remember the laughter, joy and family gatherings with pride, and remember – we’ll be by your side.
Walk among the leaves with a smile on your face.
Listen to the wind and look up at a star.
Close your eyes – we won’t be far.

Love Gramma and Poppa