November 11th 2013
Marian Gibson (on left) with Mayor Hazel McCallion, 2006
Heritage Mississauga was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Marian M. Gibson, a past president of our organization. Born in 1937 in Wales and a resident of Port Credit, Marian passed away on November 8th, 2013.
To those who knew her and shared her love of history, Marian was many things: a former teacher, for whom a passion for learning and sharing knowledge was evident to all who knew her; a free-lance writer keenly interested in local history; and a passionate volunteer extraordinaire. She was a valuable contributor to, and champion of, history and heritage in Mississauga.
Marian was an active volunteer with Heritage Mississauga since 1986, and with the Mississauga South Historical Society (she served on the MSHS executive as Newsletter Editor from 1988 to 2008). Marian was a frequent contributor (and proof-reader) to Heritage Mississauga quarterly publication, the Heritage News.
Marian contributed to her husband Eric’s book, Mississauga Moments, sponsored by MSHS. Marian contributed the chapter on the history of Port Credit to Heritage Mississauga landmark publication, Mississauga: The First 10,000 Years. Marian also wrote and edited Heritage Mississauga’s book In the Footsteps of the Mississaugas. Along with her husband, Marian gave many talks on local history and other topics to numerous groups in Mississauga and beyond.
Marian joined the Board of Directors of Heritage Mississauga in 1989, serving as President from 1992-1994 and 2002-2007. Marian worked with the Maanjidowin Committee to bring an aboriginal celebration to Saddington Park in Port Credit in 2005, and was a member of the Mississauga Arts and Heritage Plan Steering Committee and the inaugural Doors Open Mississauga Committee, amongst many, many other activities.
Visitations will take place at Skinner and Middlebrook (128 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit) on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral service takes place at the Skinner and Middlebrook Chapel on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at 11 am.
November 11th 2013
BBC World Service program "Witness" documents the 1979 Mississauga Train Derailment:
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
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.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zIBoVHmEIs