THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY


THE ANGLIN FAMILY STORY


PART 5.1

The Fifth Generation: John's (11) Great Grandchildren

The oldest child of John Anglin (1121) and Lottie was William Robert Douglas Anglin (11211), born in Battersea, ON in 1896 and married in 1922 to Blanche Carley. In May, 1918 he signed up for service with the Canadian Military.1 After Blanche's death in 1960 Douglas married Leah Ridge in 1961. For years, until his death in 1966, Douglas maintained a 400 acre farm mid way on the road between Lyndhurst and Morton. For a short time, beginning in 1930 he operated the Anglin Bus Line, a twice a day service between Westport and Brockville.

Their remaining children were Mildred (11212), born in 1898; Pauline (11213), born in 1900 and married in 1949 to William Sirett; and Joseph (11214), born in 1904 and married in 1926 to Ruth Frances Harris, born in 1904. Joseph died in 1945 and his wife in 1951 leaving three children and two grandchildren.




Wm. Woodbury Anglin (1122) and his wife Isabelle had three sons and two daughters. One son and the two daughters became teachers and another son married a teacher.

One of the sons, Wendell Anglin (11222), in 1933 married Gertrude Pearl Turnbull 2, the youngest of eleven children, raised on her parents' farm beside White Lake at Snowville on Manitoulin Island. They were the last couple to be married in the Snowville Presbyterian Church before it closed.

Wendell and Pearl Anglin on July 4, 1933,
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25 years later on July 4, 1958, at the same location,
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and another 25 years later at their 50th wedding anniversary, 1983
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Wendell and Pearl moved to Island Falls, between Cochrane and Moosonee, where he worked for the Abitibi Power and Paper Company at a hydro-electric generating station on the Abitibi River. In 1953, Pearl and her son, Robert, returned to Manitoulin Island where Pearl taught school in Carnarvon Township for three years while Robert attended high school in Mindemoya. Wendell remained in Island Falls for the three years until Pearl rejoined him in Island Falls and Robert continued his education at Pickering College in Newmarket, ON. Wendell and Pearl moved to Cardiff, On when he retired in 1962 and then to Ottawa in 1985. Wendell died in 1992 and Pearl in 2001, with her funeral in Nepean and burial in the Mindemoya Cemetery.

Their older daughter, Marguerite (11223), spent her girlhood on Manitoulin Island. A graduate of North Bay Normal School, she taught in Island Falls, a small community situated south of James Bay, where she met and, in 1938, married Harold Burrell, a hydro worker. Marguerite left teaching to establish a home with Harold and raise a family of three children: Tom, Alan (deceased) and

Marguerite Anglin (11223) and Harold Burrell
on their wedding day, 1938
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Elizabeth. They resided some 20 years in mid-western southern Ontario, first at Teeswater, then in Wingham. Marguerite, skilled in the arts of crocheting and dressmaking and a canasta player par excellence, was a respected leader in church and community life everywhere she resided. She died in 1963 and Harold in 1996.

Their younger daughter, Kathleen Anglin (11224), in 1930 married a provincial public school inspector, Jim Horton, after whom the J.E. Horton Public School, in Barriefield village, now a part of the City of Kingston, was named. Her death notice3 in The Kingston Whig Standard in 1999 gave the following information about her life.

J. E. Horton PS, Barriefield
photo, October 2007
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". . . Born in Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island, Kathleen attended North Bay Normal School in 1923 where she met Jim, her husband-to-be, then taught in Green Bay and Sault Ste. Marie before devoting herself to her family, church and community. Kathleen resided in Coldwater, Cochrane, Kirkland Lake, Bradford, Kingston and, for the past 19 years, in Toronto. Summering on Manitoulin Island, surrounded by a legion of relatives and friends, was a life-long joy. An active and loved member of the United Church of Canada wherever she lived, Kathleen was especially involved in the life and work of Chalmers United Church, Kingston, her spiritual home for thirty years. Caregiver to countless community and family members, and special friends to many New Canadians, Kathleen was also revered across the generations as confidante, counsellor and friend. Though faith, hospitality and concern for others were the hallmarks of her life, there were other noteworthy facets to her richly textured personality. Kathleen was an assiduous family historian, a delightful raconteur and a light versifier of wit and elegance. She will be joyously remembered for a unique graciousness that brought comfort and inspiration to so many throughout her life's long journey. . . "





The sons of Edward Duke Anglin (1132) and Annie were Edward Fletcher Anglin (11321), born in 1902 and died in 1923; John Briton Anglin (11323), born in 1906 and died in 1916; and Walter Ellis Anglin (11327), born in 1916, and married in 1945 to Minerva Kitt. They lived in Kingston where they had three children.

Edward Duke Anglin and Annie had five daughters. Martha Hester 'Essie' Anglin, (11322) was born in 1904 and married to Rev. Robert Boston in 1954; and Olive Maretta Anglin (11324) was born in 1909 and married in 1935 to Rev. R. Barkley Warren, a minister of the Free Methodist Church. They had three children, Ralph, Helen and Sherrill, born in 1938, '40 and '44. Myrtle Letitia Anglin (11325) was born in 1911 and married in 1925 to James Woodland. They had four children, Lois, 1936; Orland, 1940; Keith, 1945; and Donald, 1951. Lois married Gerald Donnell in 1954 and they had a daughter in 1957. Ruby Arletta Anglin (11326) was born in 1913 and married in 1957 to Arnold Phillips, after which they lived in Brockville. Cora Evelyn Anglin (11328) was born in 1920 and married in 1945 to Arthur Voteary, after which they lived in Shawville, Quebec. They had three children, Mary Anne, 1947; Shirley, 1950; and Marilyn, 1954.

Five sisters at the 1969 family reunion at Lake Ontario Park, Kingston:
(l to r) Cora Voteary, Ruby Phillips, Myrtle Woodland, Olive Warren, Essie Boston

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John Alexander Anglin (1135) and Florence Hall had three children, Irene (11351) was married in 1940 to George Eaton, and had 2 girls and 2 boys. Marguerite (11352) married Clifford Collins in 1955, and the third child, Ralph (11353) married Elsie Reynolds and had an adopted son.




Leonard Anglin (1192) and Bertha had four children. Phyllis (11921) married Clifford Willis, with whom she had two children and then in 1967 married William A. Clarke.

Donald (11922) served in the Canadian Navy during World War II in Gibraltar, escorting ships and supplies to the North Africa campaign. His chronic sinus headaches cleared up during this period as a result of the dry Mediterranean climate.

Returning home from Naval service, Don married Ruth Clark and, with a government assistance loan, bought his father's old farm at Gananoque where they continued the operation of a small diversified farm with crops, pigs, chickens and a few milk cows. Their milk was sold to one of the three cheese factories established by Don's grandfather, Thomas (119).

Don's sinus trouble returned in the Canadian climate and when a third son, Arnold, developed asthma they decided to leave Canada for the drier climate of Arizona.

March of 1952 found Don and Ruth headed to Arizona with their three young sons, Richard, Roy and Arnold. They stopped in Detroit to pick up a new Chevrolet sedan and upon arrival in Arizona purchased a house trailer. Over the next few years Don and Ruth established a major dairy herd which had grown to 370 cows by 1977 when Don sold the operation to his sons.

Joan Anglin (11924) graduated from Houghton College, NY, taught for 10 years at the Ontario School for the Deaf in Belleville, ON, and then spent three years after that at a deaf mission in Puerto Rico, before coming to a teaching position in Oregon. While there she met her first husband, William Wills, a Baptist minister with three children. After his passing in 1976 she married Richard Rowlands, a training instructor at the Portland Post Office, in 1983. Following his death from cancer in 1989 she married Earl Gosvenor. Between them they have 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. They are now both retired, active in Grace Community Church and enjoy travelling, having recently (in 2001) spent two wonderful weeks in Japan where they visited missionaries who are friends of theirs.




Lawrence 'Larry' Lloyd (11931), born in 1920 was the oldest of five children of Mabel and Lester Lloyd (1193). Larry died on January 9, 2013, predeceased in 2008 by his wife of 60 years, Knelda, and just two months after the death of his youngest brother, Philip. His death notice in The Kingston Whig Standard gave the following information: "She [Knelda] was his wartime sweetheart, and their life together took them on a series of trips and adventures which deepened their love for each other. Larry's travel memoirs are recorded in his book 'It Was a Good Trip'. Larry was a veteran of World War II, where he played a commanding role in the liberation of Holland, and made lifelong friends. He used his service benfits to return to Queen's University after the war, where he graduated with an Arts degree in 1947, and a B.Com degree in 1948. He later obtained his RIA degree from the Society of Industrial and Cost Accountants in 1962. These qualifications led to employment with prestigious companies in Cornwall, Montreal, and Ottawa. Larry retired in 1985, when he and Knelda began travelling in earnest."




Sadie (1194) and Allan Templeton Brown had two children. Stewart Anglin Brown (11941) was born in 1925 in Peterborough and educated at the Ontario Agricultural College and Michigan State University where he received a PhD in biochemistry in 1952. From 1951-1964 he was at the National Research Council laboratories in Saskatoon, except for one year at Cambridge University. He returned to Peterborough to join the faculty of Trent University when it opened in 1964 and retired from there in 1987. He gained wide international recognition for his research on plant metabolism. In 1986 he married Alicja Maria Zobel, PhD, of Warsaw, Poland, a botanist who had come to Canada earlier that year with her two children from a previous marriage, Aleksandra Maria and Margaret Anna.

Marjorie Elizabeth Brown (11942) was born in 1930 in Peterborough and graduated from Macdonald Institute, Guelph in 1950. In 1957 she married Albert Paul 'Peter' Adamek who was born in 1931 in Lower Silesia, then Germany, and who emigrated to Canada in 1954. They lived in Peterborough until 1967, and then in Ottawa, where he was employed by the Bank of Canada until 1986 when they returned after his retirement to live in Lakefield, near Peterborough. They have two children, Patricia Jane and Richard Paul.




Sam Anglin (1195) and Irene had four children. Doris (11951) married Bruce Beresford and lived in Toronto; Graham (11952), married Carolyn McKendry from Inverary in 1960 and continued to expand and operate the family farm near Brewer's Mills which had been the home farm of both his father and grandfather; a girl, Sylvia, who did not survive infancy; and Thomas D. (11954). After Sam's death in 1985 Irene lived in Gananoque and, as her eyesight failed, moved into the Carveth Retirement Home.




The Fifth Generation: Robert's (12) Great Grandchildren

Rob Anglin (1233) and Cora had two children born in the village of Odessa, Ontario. Violet (12331) attended Kingston Collegiate Institute, completing her Upper School Examinations in 1924. She then went on to Queen's University where she was an outstanding player on the Queen's women's intercollegiate basketball teams of the mid-twenties. After a gap in her university education she received her B.A. from Queen's in 1935. Following a brief period working for the Y.W.C.A. in Kingston she joined the staff of the Kingston-Frontenac Children's Aid Society in 1939. After a one year leave of absence in 1941 to attend the Montreal School of Social Work she returned to the Kingston CAS until 1944, at which time she was appointed Director of the Children's Aid Society of Prince Edward County in Picton. At a testimonial dinner for her in June of 1969 in recognition of her 25 years as Director of Prince Edward County's CAS tribute4 was paid to her by H. H. Dymond, Executive Secretary of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, in which he said,

Violet Anglin (12331), 1905 - 1994
photo June, 1969

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"This evening is but a milestone to mark a quarter of a century of dedicated service by the Director of the Children's Aid Society of Prince Edward County and the people of this community may well look with pride on the achievements of the Society under Miss Anglin's leadership over this long period. In serving the troubled children and families of this county, she has given of her skills without stint but of more importance still, she has given graciously of herself in order that the lot of others may be made easier and their problems lightened."

After her retirement in 1970 she continued to live for many years in Picton until her death in January, 1994.

Bob and Kay (Forth) Anglin (12332),
photo circa 1953

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Robert Anglin (12332), also educated at Kingston Collegiate Institute, married Kathleen Forth, from Forthton, near Brockville, in 1930 and had three children. During 1930 and 1931 he worked on the construction of the 'new' technical wing of the Kingston Collegiate on Frontenac St, prior to its opening in 1931. There was a period in the mid-1930s when he was out of work and just picked up whatever odd jobs he could find, one of them as a truck driver for the S. Anglin Co. As the Second World War approached in the late 1930s he worked for Anglin-Norcross (the 'Anglin' was Penrose Anglin, 1245, his father's first cousin) on the construction of some of the buildings at Vimy Barracks at CFB Kingston. A fall from the roof of one of the buildings injured his neck and shoulder. He was off work for a significant period of time but, fortunately, qualified for compensation during the period when he could not work.

Later, in 1939-1941, he worked, again for Anglin-Norcross, on the construction of the Aluminum Company of Canada's Kingston plant. He joined the ALCAN payroll when they took over the new plant from the building contractors in 1941. From then until his retirement in 1972, he was an employee in Kingston of ALCAN, finishing his career with them as a foreman in the Maintenance Department of the Kingston plant. For many years while at ALCAN he was very active as a member of the Carpenters' Union.

In 1950 Bob and Kay bought the outstanding property on Loughborough Lake on which they built their cottage. During the summer of 1951 and 1952 he and his father, Rob, and his son, Bill, along with any friends who were available, spent every moment in the summer working to put the road in the 1/4 mile from the Township's North Shore road to the site. Work on the actual construction of the cottage was begun in June 1953 and, again with the help of friends and family, the building was completed that summer. Over the remaining years, many of their friends and family had the opportunity to enjoy time with them at their beautiful cottage site on the north shore of Loughborough Lake, across the lake from Battersea.




In Sydenham, Frank Anglin (1234) and his wife, Belle, raised two daughters, Margaret (12341) and Constance (12342). Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's in 1952 and became a secondary school history teacher. She taught at Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls for 34 years, until her retirement in 1988. Constance received a B.A. from Queen's in 1953 and an M.Sc. from McGill in 1960. She worked for seven years as a chemist with the Food and Drug Directorate of the Department of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa. In 1959 she married Hugh Webster and subsequently had three children, Arthur (123421), Margaret (123422) and David (123423).




Will Anglin (1236) and Lulu had one daughter, Wilma Frances (12361), who graduated from Queen's University and taught high school for a number of years. Late in her life, Wilma married George Williams who died in 1963. Following his death, Wilma, childless, lived by herself on Avenue Road in Toronto until her death in 1986.




Mary Gretchen Alexander (12371)
1922 - 2009
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Lillian (1237) and Donald McCallum had a daughter, Mary (12371), born in 1922. Her death notice in 2009 gave the following background information about her: " . . . Mary was born in Watson, Saskatchewan, moved with her paretns to Vancouver, and became an adoption social worker in the Fraser Valley. She married Donald Alexander, who was with the Canadian Government Travel Bureau and they were posted in several large cities throughout the US. Mary had many life-long friends, loved to travel, was articulate and well-read, had a passion for writing, even publishing a book on Canadian artist titled 'Sybil Jacobson: Painting in the West'. She retired to her much loved family home looking out on Gilles Bay on Texada Island where she lived for many years, enjoying visits from family and friends. When her health declined, she moved to John Alfred Manor in Victoria to enjoy and have the support of family nearby. . ."




After her husband's death in 1921, Nettie and her two daughters lived mostly in Toronto.

Vera Sparling (12421) had graduated in household science from Victoria College in 1918 and married Harry Mews in 1926. They moved to Newfoundland where he was for a long time the mayor of St. John's. They had two children and three grandchildren. Vera spent her last years as an invalid and died in 1957, predeceasing her husband by twenty five years.

A website5 listing the mayors of St. John's gives the following about Harry Mews:

"H. G. R. Mews

Born in St. John's on 18 December 1897, Harry Mews, an insurance company manager, won a seat on Council in a 1943 by-election. Re-elected in 1945, he defeated [the previous mayor, Andrew Greene] Carnell for the mayoralty in 1949 and won re-election four times until his retirement in 1965. Mews provided strong leadership in guiding the city through its rapid demographic, physical and economic growth in post-Confederation St. John's. During his tenure, Council successfully dealt with the severe financial problems brought on by lost revenue sources, the result of federal-provincial taxing agreements Newfoundland had entered with its new federal government after 1949. His Councils initiated a slum-clearance program in the city's congested centre, pursued the development of public housing projects in various parts of St. John's, planned a large surburban (sic) housing development in the city's northeast area and undertook extensive sewer and water extensions. In 1957 Council assumed control of the privately owned bus service and subsequently operated it as a public concern under the management of the St. John's Transportation Commission. In the early 1950s, Mews established a secret fund, which by 1966 had grown to $2 million out of various service fees and city land sales; this fund was subsequently used to build on New Gower Street a new city hall which opened in 1970. In 1949 Mews unsuccessfully led the Progressive Conservatives against Liberal Premier Joseph R. Smallwood in Newfoundland's first provincial election. He died at St. John's on 6 January 1982."

Lillian Sparling (12422) was an accomplished violinist and played for many years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She married E. V. Thornborough, and, following her mother's death in 1947, they made their home in the Los Angeles region where, in her later years, Lillian was a semi-invalid until her death in 1963.




George Anglin (1243) and Edith, while living in Omaha, Nebraska, had two children, William Newton Angin (12431) and Frances Glidden Anglin (12432). At the time of their mother's death in 1908 their father's cousin, Gertrude Anglin (1272), went to their home in Omaha and brought the children back to Kingston for a time. They then spent some time on a friend's farm in the Canadian West.

Newton (12431) and his second wife, Gary, a high school teacher whom he married in 1930, lived in London, Ont, where he died in 1946 of complications following a serious car accident.




Bert Anglin (1244) and Nita had a daughter Ruth (12441), and two sons, Arnold (12442) and Gerald.

Ruth Anglin (12441), following graduation from the University of Toronto and an extensive career as a librarian, married Donald Baker of Vancouver, a distant cousin of her grandmother, Fanny Baker (124). Following Donald's death in 1974 she continued to live in Vancouver where she enjoyed the warm support of the British Columbia Baker clan. Her younger brother, Jerry, and his wife, Betty, flew west to help her celebrate her 90th birthday in September, 1992. Although badly crippled by arthritis she is an appreciative resident of Evergreen House, Lionsgate Hospital in North Vancouver, still maintains a keen interest in life and still purrs about "my beautiful mountains" which she can see from her window at Evergreen.

Arnold Anglin (12442), while a student at Queen's in the twenties, played football for one of Queen's Grey Cup Championship teams. Following his graduation, he became a chartered accountant for the Coca Cola Company and was sales manager for Coke in Havana after World War II. His wife, Helen Holmes, died in Havana in 1945 from a recurrence of tuberculosis which she had first suffered soon after their marriage in 1927. Left by her death with three children of one, seven and eleven years, Arnold met an American nurse, Erma Bonner, who was visiting Havana and they were married in 1946. She won the love and respect of all the children.

Arnold and Erma spent several years in Caracas, where Arn worked first for the Coca Cola Company and then started his own sales agency, eventually retiring for many enjoyable years in Florida.

Gerald Anglin (12443) had a 46 year career in journalism, including 27 years at Maclean Hunter, and, in 1983 was National Editor of Maclean's magazine.

Gerry's contribution to journalism was recognized by Kevin Doyle, editor of Maclean's, in his editorial6 of the April 15, 1983 issue:

"There is nothing at all ordinary about one key Maclean's hand who plunged into this week's cover story [Finance Minister Marc Lalonde's 1983 budget] with his customary cheerful professionalism: National Editor Gerald Anglin. In a 46-year journalism career, including 27 years at Maclean Hunter, Anglin has seen more budgets than many of his colleagues have seen summers.

Gerald and Betty (Barton) Anglin (12443)
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"As the finishing touches were made to the cover package, the people here [at Maclean's] for whom Anglin has been a trusted mentor and friend took time out to mark his retirement, five days after his 69th birthday. A wonderful human being who has never lost the common touch, Anglin evinced no lack of spunk as he headed off into the night. 'The way budgets used to be,' he recalled, 'the camera work was so bad, you couldn't tell whether a guy was wearing a checked suit or a striped one. Now a lens can read the bottom line.' This time Anglin was surprised by only one thing: 'Lalonde literally doesn't seem to know the power of television.' We shall miss the power of Jerry Anglin."






James Penrose Anglin (1245) and his wife, Florence, had five children: Frances, Mary, Jim, Jean and Bill. The accompanying photo was taken March 12, 1964, the last time the five siblings were all together.

The children of James Penrose Anglin (1245)
front (l to r): Jean Owen, Frances Oliver, Mary Sims
back (l to r): Bill Anglin, Jim Anglin
March 12, 1964
photo provided by Mary Knox (124512)

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A 2007 e-mail from Howard Anglin (1245331) says, in part, " . . . I certainly have a wealth of information about my grandfather James Penrose (12453) - a leading attorney in Montreal in the 1950s, a member of the rules of golf committee for the RCGA, the R&A, and the USGA (he frequently officiated at the Masters and donated a trophy to St. Andrews in Scotland - a silver beaver on a beaver pelt for the occasion of Canada's centenary - that I've seen in the clubhouse trophy case and is still contested annually) - and his wife, my grandmother, who has nearly saintly status in our family. . . When I was at McGill in the mid-1990s (I followed my grandfather and gr-grandfather there), I used to dine with my great-Aunt Jean (12454 - my grandfather's twin) at their home in Town of Mount Royal (next to the house my father grew up in) and her husband, Judge Owen, with my second cousin (their grandson) Trevor Pound (1245421), who was pursuing his masters at the time."




Edna Anglin (1247) and John Fletcher Shaw had three sons, the first died in infancy in Montreal in 1909.

The second, Robert Fletcher Shaw (12472), was born in Montreal and raised in Revelstoke, BC, where his father was the postmaster. His obituary7, written by Alan Hustak in the Montreal Gazette of March 24, 2001, gives the following information about him:

Robert Shaw (12472), 1910 - 2001
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" . . . Mr. Shaw enrolled in McGill University in 1929, expecting to obtain an engineering degree and return to British Columbia. 'That never happened,' he said. 'I got the degree in 1933 but I never made it back to B.C.' . . .

"Mr. Shaw learned engineering from the ground up. During the 1930s, he worked as a labourer and also worked as a steel-erector with Dominion Bridge. He was a foreman with Janin Construction and was a manager with the engineering firm Duranceau and Duranceau before he joined the Foundation Co. of Canada as an engineer in 1937. He rose through the ranks to become its president.

"In 1951, C.D. Howe, Canada's minister of trade and commerce, hired Mr. Shaw's company to amalgamate Canadian defence-construction contracts. Mr. Shaw did so well that he continued to obtain government contracts for public works. His company worked on the Distant Early Warning defence system in the Arctic and built military airfields for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Italy and Norway.

"But Mr. Shaw's biggest challenge came in 1964, when the Soviet Union canceled the Moscow world's fair, which had been scheduled for 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau made a successful bid to take it over.

"Mr. Shaw was named deputy commissioner-general of the international exposition and staked his and the country's reputation on the outcome. . . .

" . . . The fair, which opened April 27, 1967, expected 35 million visitors. By the time it ended 185 days later, more than 50 million had passed through its turnstiles. . . .

"After Expo, Mr. Shaw served as vice-principal of administration at McGill until 1971, a time of student unrest.

" 'He was a truly extraordinary figure,' said lawyer Julius Grey, who at the time was president of the McGill Student Union. 'He was not an academic, but he displayed extraordinary common sense during the McGill Francais riots. He had an extreme tolerance for the students, and he could empathize for the most radical, most marginal. I learned from him. And his personal courage, to overcome his son's death and carry on through Expo, was exemplary.'

"Mr. Shaw then went to Ottawa to become Canada's first deputy minister of the environment during the Trudeau years. In 1975 he became president of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He retired in 1985, and spent most of his winters at the family vacation home in Hawaii.

"Mr. Shaw was made a companion of the Order of Canada in 1967."

Robert's wife, Johann MacInnes, was also recognized by the Montreal Gazette for her contributions to Expo '67 at her death in September, 2005. In a long article 7 the writer, again Alan Hustak, gave her lavish praise:

"Johann Shaw ... was unexpectedly thrust into the role of official chatelaine for the Expo 67 world fair in Montreal and pulled off a staggering round of social functions with gracious, if sometimes steely Irish charm.

"French President Charles de Gaulle was so taken with her that the closest he ever came to an apology for throwing cold water on the centennial party with his Vive le Quebec Libre speech was to her.

"She died of pneumonia Thursday [Sept 22, 2005] at the Montreal General Hospital at the age of 93.

"'She was totally suited for the role of chatelaine. She was supremely generous, courteous, stylish and well dressed,' Krystyne Romer-Griffin, who was hostess of Expo's pavilion d'honneur at the Helene de Champlain restaurant, told the Gazette. 'She took the job seriously, but never herself. She was a model of discretion.'

"The daughter of a Toronto banker, Shaw was born Johann Alexandra MacInnes in Toronto, Dec. 9, 1911, and was raised in the Leaside area of Toronto. In the summer of 1935, she was working at the Manoir Richelieu in Malbaie when she met Robert Fletcher Shaw, who was then an engineering student at McGill and a dashing member of the university's water polo team. A statuesque woman, she caught his eye wearing a backless dress, which was then a daring fashion statement. Five months later, on Dec. 24, they were married in St. George's Anglican Church in Toronto so, as she once said, 'we could be together for Christmas.'

"Johann Shaw had intuitive good taste, collected antiques, and kept a tight rein on family finances. Once, when her husband bought a handsome dining room suite, she complained it was too expensive, cancelled the order, then negotiated a better deal herself, getting the dealer to throw in a mahogany folding table to boot.

" . . . It was often said by friends that 'Robert Shaw may have helped run Expo, but Johann ran Robert.'

"Three months before the fair was scheduled to open, the commissioner's wife, Therese Dupuy, got into a feud with her husband and refused to be seen with him as Expo's official hostess.

"The deputy commissioner's wife, Johann Shaw, was called upon to replace her.

"'She was charming, discreet, elegant and regal. She was not haughty,' said Diana Thebaud-Nicholson, who worked with Expo's director of operations. 'She made time for the little people.'

"As the fair's chief hostess, Johann Shaw outranked her husband on the protocol list as she greeted and entertained more than 50 heads of state that summer, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Princess Grace of Monaco. She was camera-shy, and there are very few pictures of her in her official capacity.

"She was present at city hall when de Gaulle fuelled Quebec separatist fervour with his Vive le Quebec Libre speech. When the speech ended, she sat her ground and refused to stand to applaud as everyone else did. As an expression of her displeasure, she pointedly stared at the president with her steely grey eyes. Later that evening at a state banquet, De Gaulle turned to Shaw and, perhaps by way of apology, told her with a hint of regret, 'Sometimes old men get carried away.'

"Although she said the exhausting round of official Expo functions was 'the most wonderful experience of my life,' her only regret was that her only son, Robert Jr., wasn't there to share the glory. A commercial airline pilot, he was killed at age 23 in a plane crash shortly before Expo opened.

"Once the fair was over, she slipped quietly back into being Mrs. Robert Shaw, was a volunteer at the Montreal General Hospital, and enjoyed spending winters with her husband in Hawaii. She was ill when they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary 10 years ago and was in poor health for a decade.

"'What was amazing about the Shaws was their courage, her relative optimism. Together, they were a couple that had a tremendous effect on people, tremendous savoir faire, who knew how to act and how to live,' said lawyer Julius Grey, who knew the Shaws after Expo when he was president of McGill's Student Union and Robert Shaw was McGill's vice-principal. 'She was active in helping students. Students in trouble could always find her a sympathetic ear.'

The third son, John Murray Shaw (12473), also obtained a university degree, in law at U.B.C, and married Phyllis McEwan They have two children, Murray Cameron Shaw (124731) and Lorna Jean Shaw (124732).








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Notes:


1. His enlistment papers are viewable at the Library and Archives Canada website listing the "Soldiers of the First World War".

2. Information obtained from an ancestry.com website, dated Dec 21, 2002.

3. The Kingston Whig Standard, December 6, 1999.

4. unpublished text of a speech by H. H. Dymond at the 25th Anniversary of Violet Anglin's appointment as Director of CAS of Prince Edward County, June 27, 1969.

5. from the website St. John's Municipal Chairmen and Mayors, 1888 - 1988 by Melvin Baker (c) 1988, originally published in the Newfoundland Quarterly, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 1, Summer 1988, pp. 5-11.

6. Maclean's Magazine, editorial column, April 15, 1983.

7. The Montreal Gazette, obituaries, March 24, 2001 and September 25, 2005. The entire obituaries of Robert and Johann Shaw are available on-line at the website, Wednesday-Night.com