- I am very sad to report the passing of Dick Ward, founding member of
the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association and the The Fair at New
Boston, who left us Thursday night. I know many of us will miss good
company and jolly conversations with him. His contributions to the
preservation of history and to the grand pastime of re-enacting are
without question very great. We are much lessened by his passing.
Travel safely onwards, Dick -- we know there'll be an extra star
twinkling down on us over the field at George Rogers Clark Park on
Labour Day weekend. :'-)
- Dear List --
Many of you will remember potter Christina (Chris) Bell, who
participated in a number of events throughout Ontario over the past
several years. Unbeknownst to most of us, she had been bravely
battling cancer throughout that time. I am very sorry to have to
report that she lost that battle and passed away on Monday. She was
I will miss her in camp -- her ready smile and warm greeting made her
instant friends with everyone she met. Her thirst for knowledge on
all things historical seemed unquenchable, and she loved to dabble in
anything creative. She had recently taken up glass blowing and bead
making. She was very generous with her time and her knowledge. I had
not realized that she was a founding member of the Hamilton and
District Potters Guild.
She is survived by her husband Ron, who she clearly adored, as well as
four children and many grandchildren. If you would like to send
condolences, her email is sutherlandpottery@....
A remembrance visitation will be held on Friday, September 7th, from 2
to 4 pm in the church hall of Caledonia Presbyterian Church,
Caledonia, Ontario. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers,
donations be made to the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare
- Bert Summerhayes has asked me to let the 1812 community know that Nancy lost her fight with mesothelioma this morning.
Bert and Nancy are long time reenactors, most recently with the British Native Allies. Please forgive me if I am missing anything.
I held Nancy in the highest regard. I knew her as kind, generous and gentle lady and I will miss her.
I will post more information as I get it.
It's with sorrow that I must report that weaver Peg Kellins passed away on Thursday. She was active to the last -- was planning to come out to Stoney Creek this weekend, in fact -- and, as her daughter days, she passed away doing exactly what she wanted. She was in Newfoundland visiting family at the time of her passing, and the day before she left, she had gone out in a boat and touched a 3000 year old iceberg.
Her funeral is Thursday at 10:00 am - details here:
She'll be much missed.