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BBC documents the Mississauga Train Derailment of 1979
Witness, BBC World Service

November 11th 2013

BBC World Service program "Witness" documents the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment:

In Memory of a friend of Heritage
Benson A. Madill (1915-2013)

November 1st 2013

In memory of Benson (Ben) Madill (1915-2013)

Ben Madill (centre) receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award in 2010

In his 99th year passed away peacefully after a full and rewarding life on October 30th, 2013 at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, Ontario. Ben leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Tipping). He will always be remembered by his daughters Bessie (Alan) Harriston and Shirley (Jim) MCFarlane, Guelph and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Friends may visit at Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street, S., Fergus on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday 10-11 a.m. Celebration of Life Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Reception to follow. Family burial at Britannia Cemetery immediately following the reception.

Ben Madill epitomized a lifetime of giving and is fondly remembered and well respected in Mississauga’s heritage community. He regaled generations with his stories and knowledge of the “old days” of Britannia, of farming, of life in a one-room schoolhouse in the midst of what is now the City of Mississauga.

Ben’s extensive knowledge of farming techniques, including rope making and woodworking, were exceptional – equalled only by his love for sharing his knowledge with young and old. His passion for clocks – his former home at Britannia was literally filled with clocks – was a source of interest and humour for all who visited him. Ben was a long-time supporter of local history and heritage, giving tirelessly of his time, energy and enthusiasm over the years to the Friends of the Old Britannia Schoolhouse, Heritage Mississauga, his beloved Britannia United Church and Cemetery, and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), amongst many other organizations. From blue potatoes and hand-made toys to his wooden bicycle, Ben shared his enthusiasm for the world around him with all who knew him. Over the years at Heritage Showcase exhibits Ben could often be found assisting the Friends or displaying his own clocks, much to the delight of visitors.

Always humble, Ben has been honoured twice with awards from Heritage Mississauga (1999 & 2007) for his involvement in the community, and in 2010 Ben recieved the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ben’s memories of growing up and raising his own family in Britannia and of attending the Old Britannia Schoolhouse are recorded for future generations of Mississauga residents in three books:

Britannia School and School Farm ... and my school days
Family History and Memoirs of Benson A. Madill
Memoirs and Refelections of Benson A. Madill, Volume 2

Ben will be truly missed by all who knew him in Britannia, in Mississauga, and beyond.

“Live for to-day, but plan for to-morrow” – Ben Madill

The AVRO Arrow comes to Mississauga
Full size replica of the famed airplane at the International Centre

September 26th 2013

The only full-sized replica of the AVRO Arrow will be on display at the International Centre for Doors Open Mississauga 2013 on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Arrow replica will continue on display as part of the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show at the International Centre from September 30th until October 3rd.

In Memory of a friend of Heritage in Mississauga
Remembering Leonard Walsh (1956-2013)

September 3rd 2013

In Memory of Leonard Walsh (1956-2013)

Obituary: After a brave and valiant fight, “Lenny” gently passed at Trillium Hospital on August 28, 2013. He will be forever missed by his loving partner Maureen, brothers Ronnie, Kenny, Robert, sister Geraldine and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Gerald and Irene Walsh. Leonard was a real estate agent, musician, graphic artist, salesman, contractor and avid motorcyclist in his short life. His enthusiastic spirit touched the hearts of all who knew him. His kind and generous nature will always be remembered by those of us who were fortunate to have been graced by his remarkable love and friendship.

A celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the Funeral Home of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E., (one block west of Hurontario St.) Mississauga on Saturday September 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. Cremation has taken place.

Leonard Walsh was a true friend and supporter of heritage and history in Mississauga, particularly in his beloved home of Port Credit. Over the years Leonard volunteered his time in support of Heritage Mississauga’s "Haunted Mississauga" program, Doors Open Mississauga, and the Port Credit 175th Anniversary Celebrations in 2010. Leonard was a founding member of the Friends of Old Port Credit, and strong supporter of other local resident groups and initiatives. Leonard was the recipient of a Member’s Choice Award from Heritage Mississauga in 2011.

Leonard was a dedicated member of our heritage community and a strong supporter of the Old Port Credit Heritage Conservation District. His original song, Dundas Shale, as well as his enthusiasm for his community’s history, helped to bring history to life.

Dundas Shale:

Passing of respected local historian Lorne Joyce
Fondly remembered

August 28th 2013

Lorne Speers Joyce (August 11th, 1926 to August 24th, 2013)

Optometrist-Historian Lorne Joyce passed away on August 24th, 2013.

Predeceased by his parents Louis and Edith (Speers) Joyce, and his 3 brothers Samuel, Charles and Edwin. He leaves his wife Mary Elizabeth (Hutchison) Joyce and 3 children Shirley (Ron Lysen), Ottawa; Grant Joyce (Geannerise), Antigua W.l.; and Gordon Joyce (Cathie), Port Credit; and 5 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. Born and raised in the Port Credit and Bronte area, Lorne was Navy Veteran of WWII, an amateur Marine Historian and a local Optometrist. He was honoured with a lifetime achievement award recently by the Lieut. Governor. Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd., 128 Lakeshore Rd. E. (one block west of Hurontario St.), Mississauga, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Graveside service will be held at St. Jude’s Cemetery, Oakville on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. In memory of Lorne, please make a contribution to your local historical society or the A.J. Fisher Fund at the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo.

Lorne was a champion of local and marine history, with a particular passion for the history of Port Credit and all things nautical. Lorne regailed our community for many years with rich stories of Port Credit marine heritage, relaying stories of the days of the stonehooking trade, the runrunners, and the commercial fishery that once thrived out of the Port Credit harbour.

Lorne Joyce has lived and breathed the history of Port Credit all of his life; he grew up with an appreciation of the importance of remembering the people, places and events that came before us, shaping who we are today.

From its beginning in 1963, Lorne supported the Mississauga South Historical Society as a member, as Past President and member of the Executive, sharing historical information, stories, and folklore with its members and displaying the many artefacts and historical images from his personal collections. Lorne contributed his knowledge and experitse to several publications on local history. Lorne was also a proud supporter of Heritage Mississauga and the Marine Museum in Michigan.

In 1999, Heritage Mississauga recognized Lorne’s significant contributions to local history with the MHF Heritage Award. In 2006 Lorne recieved a Cultural Heritage Award from the Ontario Heritage Trust for outstanding contributions as a volunteer with a historical society, museum or historic site.

The heritage community of Mississauga has truly lost one of its beloved and respected alumni and Lorne will be truly missed by all who knew him.

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