I was born in a Salvation Army Hospital in Ottawa in 1941 when the family lived in Carp, now a suburb of that city.
We moved to Queenston Ontario in 1943 and all my many wonderful memories are of that "golden" period growing up in an old brown shingle house on the hill.
You can read and view more of these selected memories in “Beneath the Heights: Growing up at Queenston and Beyond”. Life in the small village was idyllic, or so the memories read now, with much care and love from both Mother and Dad.
We had wonderful days as kids, at birthday parties with our friends, visiting with relatives like Uncle Doug (Dad's oldest brother) and his wife Aunt Scottie.
But by the early 60s our days were numbered in the old house on the hill in Queenston.
The childhood years in the forties fifties soon passed and I graduated from high school in 1960 and began my first year at McMaster University.
In 1962 we moved from Queenston into Hamilton where in 1964 I graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton with
my best friend and fiancee Ann. We both began our teaching careers in Hamilton that same year. And we ended our engagement
In 1963 Mum and Dad moved into the first house they ever owned on Norfolk Street. In 1965 my brother Ralph got
married just down the street.
By 1967 I was living with Jay in Toronto and teaching at York Mills Collegiate. In 1969 after five years of teaching
high school English, we moved to sunny Florida where I began a Masters program in Educational Media.