Welcome to Buzz, our little place to do some important
First of all, best wishes
to Bruce Huff, our Off
the Cuff columnist who provides us with his most enjoyable sports
articles in every issue. Bruce had a stroke but is in recovery
mode and we hope to have him back, 100% well, very soon.
Get-well wishes also go out
to Karen Brown of Karen
Brown Antiques, that hard-working lady who has trouble sitting
still... all the best, Karen.
A big, warm welcome to our
four new advertisers:
Quinte Auction Service, a new online auction; The Vintage Crate,
a new store in Arnprior; The Codrington Country Sale; The new
Marmora Market at 1 McGill Street. Welcome aboard.
Buzz Briefs: If you are looking for a country auction,
there is one coming up in Trent Hills by Boyd Sullivan; Castle
Antiques in Haliburton has opened a new second location in Huntsville;
Spring has arrived - finally, so make note that many seasonal
markets have re-opened for the warmer months.
Name changes: The former
Almonte Antique Market
is now under new ownership and is called Almonte Antiques and
Collectibles. Vintage Market in Port Perry is now called Port
Perrys Vintage Market,.
We are working hard on recreating our Wayback Times website.
The revised site will be presented online on July 1. We hope
you will find it an enjoyable place to visit on a regular basis.
Use it to plan your antique-hunting trips.
A big welcome for two new
advertisers: The new
Aurora Antique Show, April 30 in support of the Alzheimer Society
of York Region, and the inaugural Orillia Comic-Con on May 21
at the Geneva Convention.
A reminder: The popular Torontos
Nostalgia and Vintage Toy Expo
and related auction are now at a new location in Pickering, at
the Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road.
Another welcome to two new
names for the WT: Mark
Oldfield, who covered the Kingston Cabin Fever show in early
February, and author Les Bowser, who contributed information
about the historical map we used on page one of our January/February
We will soon have an update regarding Southworks Antiques' big move
this year to a new location... stayed tuned.
The Westport Show is alive and well and living in - Westport,
of course. It will be held June 3 and 4.
We will be revising the Wayback
Times website in the
near future and hope to have it all set up for early summer.
In the meantime, keep visiting waybacktimes.com for articles,
columnists and events scheduling.
And, a fond farewell to John
Cosway, who is retiring
from the WT. He was responsible for thinking up this Buzz column
way back in 2006. Sincere best wishes in all your new endeavours.
Aurora will host a new show
April 30 in aid of the
Alzheimer Society of York Region. The 1st Annual Aurora Antique
Show will be held in the Aurora Seniors Centre, 99 John West
Way, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will include a silent auction.
Info: 289 380-0156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our newest advertiser: The new two-day Thamesville Sertoma
Club Antique Show & Sale to be held on April 29 and 30 at
the Good Shepherd Catholic School. We wish them the very best.
On the move: Southworks Antiques in Cambridge. Owner Laura Harding says
Southworks' home for almost 25 years is being re-designed for
an alternative purpose. It is business as usual for now. Stay
tuned for a move date.
The hunt is on for some antique
lamps stolen in the Brantford
area. See the Wayback
Times posting on Facebook for photos and details.
Welcome to four new advertisers in our November/December issue: The
Kingston Antique and Artisan Marketplace in Kingston; Mercatus
Events' new Nostalgia & Pop Culture Show & Sale in Picton;
Market in Cookstown and OldThings.ca,
a new website making its debut on Dec. 1.
Gery and Walt Wilson, organizers of the Bracebridge Show
held last August, offer their sincere thanks to all the vendors
and show attendees who made their first year as show organizers
a truly great one. They will be back next year for a show at
the same location Aug. 25 through to 27.
Farewell to the Midland Antique
Centre, which is closing,
but they will still have an online auction at MidlandAuctions.ca
All the best.
A big welcome to WT's newest
advertiser - Bayside
Antiques and Collectibles at 987 Old Hwy. 2 in Quinte West. The
Trenton/Belleville area store is near the new Pretty Old Things
Break-in at Karen Brown Antiques in Deseronto: Karen is asking anyone
with information about the break-in at her shop in the early
hours of Aug. 7 to call her at 613-396-6888 or contact the Napanee
OPP at 613-354-3369.
The Commons Market Antique
and Vintage Fest, a brand
new antique show, launches Oct. 2 in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Visit
It is farewell to the Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival
Antique and Nostalgia Show, held every March for almost 30 years.
Due to very tight restrictions to be imposed by the Board of
Education regarding usage of the small rural school used for
the show, its organizers have regretfully decided it is no longer
a viable option. The Maple Syrup Festival continues.
Another farewell: The Bobcaygeon Marketplace folks are
retiring and closing up shop. We wish them wonderful adventures,
good health and much happiness.
Muskoka Retro in Gravenhurst is moving to a new address around the
corner from the Gypsy Market Mews. Follow them on their Facebook
page to keep track of how the move is going.
A reminder that A&A Antiques recently moved to 8542 County Rd 2 (Hwy
2) in Napanee and their other shop, Mari-Anettes Shabby
Chic Painted Pieces & Antiques, has moved to 188 Main St,
This and That Flea Market on Taunton Road in Whitby has welcomed
Old Whitby into its weekend market. You can also visit Old Whitby
Antiques Art & Collectibles at their downtown Whitby shop.
In the market for an antique
market? The 4,000-square-foot
Main Thru Church Antique Mall in Orono, Ontario, is for sale.
The market, in a former hardware store, has been a going concern
for 15 years. Info: Call 905-983-9588.
Condolences to Bruce Huff, our Off the Cuff columnist, for the
recent loss of Carolyn, his wife of 61 years. She was 79. Carolyn
died at Marian Villa, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.
A fond farewell to Gabrielle Antiques in Bowmanville,
owned and operated by Claudette Thom for many years. Claudette
is retiring and we wish her and her husband all the best. Thanks
for being part of the WT for such a long time. Well miss
Another fond farewell to Gallery 59 in Morrisburg, which has
closed its doors.
A&A Antiques in Napanee is settled in at their new location,
8542 County Road 2 (Hwy. 2). And their new Mari-Anettes
Shabby Chic Painted Pieces and Antiques outlet at 172 Main Street
in Picton is offering monthly painting classes.
A sincere welcome to our new advertisers, Just South of
Seven Flea, Tweed, and Claires Dress Up Box, Belleville.
Thanks for joining us.
D.K. Stewart (aka The Brooklin
Antiquarian) is moving
from Manchester (near Port Perry) to Oakwood, just west of Lindsay.
We wish him all the best in his move to 1167 Hwy. 7, just down
the road from Country Sampler, 954 Hwy. 7.
After a decade of excellent
management by Bill Gerbrandt,
the Bracebridge Antique Show promoter has handed the reigns over
to Geri and Walt Wilson of Geri Wilson Antiques. The 32-year-old
show is held every August in the beautiful Muskokas. A fond farewell
to Bill, you will be missed.
Another change of the guard: Michel Hoss Bertrand of
Global Assets Solutions has announced Bev and Doug Jarvis
long-running Toronto Toy Collector Shows have been added to the
growing Global roster.
A fond farewell to Barbara
Brayshaw of Beaver House
Antiques & Collectibles in Beaverton. After 32 years,
this Beaverton landmark is closing its doors. The stately
Victorian home was stuffed to the attic and beyond with antiques
and collectibles gathered by Barbara and her late sister, Thelma
Willis. Barbara and Thelma were also enthusiastic promoters
of the annual Beaverton Antique Show every year in June. All
the best to Barbara in her new home. We will miss you very much.
Check out the Wayback Times' online Display
Advertisers Directory, which lists all of the websites and/or
e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for our regular and seasonal
display advertisers, show promoters, stores, markets, auctions
Obit: Earle Robert MacKinnon, retired
Bell Canada and partner in Brooklin Vintage Décor Antiques,
died suddenly at home in his sleep on Wednesday, February 22,
2017. He was 70. Earls interest in antiques began when
the family went to an auction in 1979 in Sussex, N.B. They ended
up buying a truck-load. Shortly after he met picker Larry Filmore
in Sackville, N.B. Larry was one of the top old-style pickers.
Earl attended auctions in Durham Region in the early 1980s. In
1981, he graduated from auction school in Iowa. He held auctions
in Brooklin and Port Perry from 1982 to 1986. In 1987, he started
doing antique shows and opened his first shop in Brooklin. Earle
and his then 13-year old son, Jeremy, also held a booth at Harbour
Front Antique Market. In 1988, they opened a store in Port Perry
and closed the shop in Brooklin. They closed the Port Perry store
in 2001 and father and son did shows together until opening Purple
House Antiques in Port Perry in 2012. It closed in 2015 when
the building was sold. Then it was back to Blooklin with Brooklin
Vintage Décor opening in June 2014. Son Jeremy continues
to operate it with great success. Earl will be missed.
Tom Logan, retired Loyalist
College professor and a greatly respected antiques dealer, died
Jan. 29, 2017, at Belleville General Hospital. He was 74. Tom,
who specialized in historical lighting, was always willing to
share his extensive knowledge with anyone who had a question.
He will be missed by many. Donations to the Alzheimer Soiciety
in Belleville would be appreciated.
Phil Arber, of Vanleek
Hill, Ontario, died Dec. 14, 2016. at Ottawa Hospital General
Campus He was 78. Phil was an active and well-known member of
the antiques community and will be greatly missed by all who
enjoyed his camaraderie. Donations can be made to the Phil Arber
Foundation for Vanleek Hill & Environs.
Obit: Neil Trembley, an avid London, Ontario, antiquer,
died Oct. 14, 2016. He was 79. Neil is survived by Ruth, his
wife of 58 years, four children and their spouses, and eight
grandchildren. While working as an engineer, he had refinished
furniture as a hobby and to help his wife with her "antique
picking" business. Rather than move with his employer to
the U.S. in 1970, he decided to take over her business as a full-time
dealer. Ruth says he really enjoyed finding Early Canadiana furniture,
stained glass windows and doors, old art glass, primitive tools
and fine china. There are items from the business in a few museums
and fine collections now. Neil enjoyed the associates he met
in the world of antiques and counted many of them as friends.
In 1996, he was told he could expect only five more years with
his bad heart. He maintained his determination to keep active,
enjoy the fun of buying and selling and interacting with people
and it kept him going for 20 years. He will be missed.
Don Grant, a veteran
sheep breeder widely known with his wife, Mary, as Eldonview
Farm antique show vendors, died Oct. 24, 2015, following a lengthy
battle with cancer and kidney dialysis. He was 82. Born in Bolsover,
Ontario, he lived his entire life there. He worked as CEO at
Eldon Township County of Victoria for 42 years. In private life,
he was a sheep breeder for over 50 years, He travelled extensively
to the U.S. showing and judging sheep in New York, Maryland,
New Hampshire and Kentucky, as well as many local fairs in Ontario.
For the last 20 years, Don and Mary were vendors showing a wide
variety of antiques and collectibles.
Obit: Derek Dalton,
longtime antique dealer and Toronto Postcard Club member, died
from cancer June 3, 2015, just shy of his 79th birthday. The
TPC member, who sold vintage postcards and antique paper items
online and at shows under the Barrie-based Derek's Collectables,
also had a passion for bridge, Scrabble, animals and gardening.
Derek Anthony William Dalton, a native of Croydon, England, is
survived by Sandra, his wife of 53 years; a son John and his
wife Cris; a daughter Alison Dalton-Osmond and granddaughter
Sarah. Predeceased by daughter, Janet, in April, 2014. Condolences
to family and friends.
Wayne Curtis, one of
Canada's most important collectors of Canadian antique postcards,
died from an aneurysm on April 28 at St. Michael's Hospital.
He was 85. The Oakville resident, a long-time friend and collaborator
of collector and cataloguer Mike Smith, will be remembered for
his kindness, knowledge and good humour. Wayne not only put together
one of Canada's great postcard collections, he eagerly shared
this collection, along with his extensive library, with any other
collectors interested in learning more about the hobby. Wayne,
who was a member of the Toronto Postcard Club and Vancouver Postcard
Club, is survived by his wife, Ivy. Our condolences.
Jessamy Johnson, a Wayback
Times contributing writer since 2012, has died from breast cancer.
Jessamy, a native of Bristol, England, worked as an editor in
England. Before moving to Canada in 2009, she was general manager
of Millers Publications, publishers of Millers Collectibles
Price Guide and Millers Antiques Price Guide. The Cobourg
mother of four, including triplets, also worked at Penguin Books
in England. Jessamy's freelance articles in the Wayback Times
focused on glassware. Condolences to her family from fellow writers
and Wayback Times staff.
Obit: Paul Murray, a former southwestern Ontario manufacturing
company owner whose second career was antiques, died Jan. 28,
2015, in his 90th year. His collecting interests were militaria
and scientific instruments in which he had expert knowledge.
He was a perfectionist who spent hours setting up his booth in
the living room of his home prior to a show to make sure it was
to scale and perfect. His advice and expertise were sought after
on many rare and unidentifiable items. A great loss to the business
and his many friends.
Obit: Donald Charles Corneil, longtime Little Britain auctioneer,
died suddenly Jan. 9, 2015, while vacationing in Florida with
his wife, Sheila. He was 73. His family was at his side at the
Regional Medical Centre Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida. Don
and Sheila held their first auction in the sales barn on June
27, 1975 Over the decades, Don earned a reputation as an honest
and fair auctioneer. His son, Greg, became a full partner in
the business in 1997. Corneil's Jan. 23, 2015, sale will be in
Don's memory. Our sincere condolences.to family and friends.
Read full obituary
Obit: Janice Loreen McKenna, formerly
featured with Vera Clark in the Wayback Times' Travels With Vera
and Friends. Janice died from cancer on November 1, 2014. She
leaves behind many loving family members and friends. We at the
Wayback Times were privileged to have had the pleasure of her
friendship and offer our sincere condolences to her family and
Obit: Alfred Walter "Fred" Spice,
former promoter of the Prince Edward County Crystal Palace Antique
Shows in Picton, died Sept. 16, 2014, at the Hasting Manor Nursing
Home in Belleville. He was 73. Fred and his wife, Freda, promoted
the show for years until his health forced him to retire about
four years ago. A celebration of life service has been held.
Donations to the Hospice Quinte, Hastings Manor, Christ Church
Belleville or charity of choice would be appreciated.
Obit: Mike Birkett, a regular fixture
at the Orono Antique Market since it opened three years ago,
died suddenly on July 3, 2014. He was 66. The Orono Antique Market
says Mike had a passion for all things glass and it showed when
he shared his knowledge with customers and colleagues. He was
extremely friendly, liked by all and always up for a laugh. Mike
will be missed by family, friends and customers. His wife, Arlene,
died in March of 2013.
Obit: Janet Dalton, former postcard
show promoter, died suddenly at her Fenelon Falls home on April
28, 2014. The self employed web designer and local travel booster,
was 48. Janet, affectionately called JD by friends and family,
was known as being passionate about antique and collectibles,
music, photography and the arts. Online condolences can be left
Obit: James Alexander Bisback of Jonny's
Antiques in Shakespeare, Ontario, died unexpectedly of a heart
attack on March 5, 2014, while in hospital. James was one of
the major dealers in fine ceramics and historic glass in Canada.
James and Jonny Kalisch began their antique business in Toronto
in 1964 and a few years later moved to the small village of Shakespeare.
He will be missed by many, including those who care about ceramics
and the decorative arts in general. (Bill Gladding photo)
Obit: Anna Louise Haney, well known in Prince Edward County
antique circles, died January 25, 2014, at Lakeridge Health in
Oshawa after brief illness. She was 83. The Stirling resident
often set up at antique shows as a vendor. Knowledgeable in the
business, she had a good eye for quality. Our condolences to
family and friends.
Obit: John Douglas Norris, teacher, antiques
collector, published author and Wayback Times antiques writer,
died January 21, 2014 in Toronto. See the tribute
Obit: Shelley Ann Robb
of Treasure Shelf Antique shows died suddenly as a result of
a fall at her home on November 30, 2013. Shelley, mother of three,
was 63 and was predeceased by her husband, Ian Robb, on August
6, 2013. We offer our sincere condolences to Shelleys family
for their two recent tragic losses. Our thoughts and prayers
are with them. Donations to the Hospital for Sick Children would
be appreciated by the family.
Obit: William "Bill"
Davenport, husband of antiques dealer Carol Davenport, died
suddenly Sept. 13, 2013, in their Norwood, Ontario, home. He
was 76. If you were fortunate enough to know Bill, you were familiar
with his ever-present smile and his kind good nature. Although
he was a frequent assistant to Carol, his wife of 56 years, at
the many antique shows they did through the years, Bills
passion was golf. When the retired CBC propsman disappeared from
an antique show, we all knew exactly where he was heading. We'll
miss Bills laughter and his jokes. Our deepest sympathy
to Carol and her family.
Obit: Peter Sperring, retired antiques
dealer and a friend of the annual Maple Syrup Festival in Warkworth,
Ontario, died suddenly on Sept. 28, 2013. He was 83. When Peter
and Fran, his wife of 55 years, were in the antiques business
they were known for their top-notch inventory and a willingness
to share their knowledge. As a Maple Syrup Festival volunteer,
Peter would serve up pancakes to the hungry masses at Sandy Flat
Sugar Bush before browsing the antiques on display at the Warkworth
Antiques Show, his clothes spattered with flour. Peter and his
assorted hats, great sense of humour and British accent will
be missed. Our sincere condolences to Fran and her family. Donations
to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
Obit: Ian Alexander Robb of Treasure Shelf Antiques died Aug.
6, 2013, at the Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford. He was
71. Ian was a devoted Lions Club member who gave freely of his
time and effort to his community and was honoured for his services
with many awards. He and his wife, Shelley, organized and ran
many antique shows in the western Ontario region and also the
Bracebridge Antique Show held each August. In Ian's memory, donations
to Lions Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family.
Visit Ian's condolences
Thelma Elizabeth Willis.
We are greatly saddened by the passing of Thelma Willis of Beaver
House Antiques in Beaverton. Thelma was 76 when she died from
cancer on Aug. 2, 2013. Thelma was genuine, hospitable and passionate
about antiques, Our condolences to her friends and family, including
sister/business partner Barbara Brayshaw. She will be missed
in the antiques industry. A memorial donation to the Canadian
Diabetic Association or a charity of your choice would be greatly
appreciated by the family. Visit Thelma's condolences
Sincere condolences to Vera
Clark-Kavanagh, our Travels
with Vera columnist, on the recent (2013) death of her
father, Allan W. Page. Mr. Page, a WW2 veteran, was a special
resident at the Sunnybrook Veterans Residence, which Vera recently
Obit: Arlene McGuigam,
a regular fixture at the
Orono Antique Market each weekend, died in March, 2013, at the
Bethell Hospice after a brief fight with cancer. She is survived
by her husand, Mike Birket. She will be missed by all.
Hoy, a longtime member
of the Canadian decoy collecting community, died Jan. 14, 2012,
in Durham Region following a brief battle with cancer. He was
80. The retired General Motors employee had a deep-rooted interest
in the works and life of legendary decoy carver Billy Ellis of
Whitby, Ontario (1866-1963). Grant's passion for decoys found
him on the hunt throughout Ontario, sharing his knowledge with
like-minded collectors. In the months before his death, Grant
provided a number of photos and information for an article he
co-authored called William M. Ellis and His Mail Order Decoy
Business. It was published in the July-August, 2011, issue of
Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine. Tim Potter Auction
Service in Odessa will be assisting with the disposition of much
of Grant's collection. Our condolences to the family.
Obit: William "Bill" Ross McGee of Lady Hawke Antiques in Woodstock
and a participant in Thornbury Antique Shows, along with his
wife, Carolyn, died Dec. 21, 2011, after a brief illness.
He was 68. Friends and fellow dealers say Bill readily shared
his knowledge about antiques and collectibles and always had
a good antiques story to tell. Bill, who worked for 41 years
at Timberjack as a systems analyst, will be missed. Our condolences
to family and friends. His obituary can be read here.
Condolences can be read and left here.
Janis Louise Glanville,
retired Scarborough school teacher and antiques dealer, died
Aug. 20, 2011, from cancer at the Lakeridge Health Hospital
in Port Perry. She was 61. She will be fondly remembered in her
many circles of friends. Janis enjoyed attending auctions and
second to that, loved to be entertained at casinos. We will all
miss her smiling face and gentle ways at the shows she and husband
Bob were often set up at (Prince Albert Antiques). Our deepest
sympathy is extended to Janiss family. Donations may be
made to the Scugog Memorial Public Library Expansion (Buy A Bookshelf),
or to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Madelyn Patricia Hughes,
known as Maddie in her very large circle of friends,
died Aug. 4, 2011, from cancer. She was 64. Maddie was
an antique dealer for many years, based in Prince Edward County.
She was always happy to share her vast knowledge and had the
most interesting collectibles to offer when she was selling.
The former eBay seller loved to research antiques and had a huge
library of research books. In recent years, she resided in Belleville
and worked at the Belleville Walmart. Our sincere condolences
to Maddies family and friends. Memorial donations may be
made to the Quinte Humane Society.
Obit: Donna Johnson, formerly of Donnas
Antiques in Carrying Place, died June 19, 2011, in Cobourg.
She was 80. Donna will be remembered for her depth of knowledge
and willingness to share it. She was a happy and amicable person,
with a wonderful sense of humour and an enormous love for auctions,
Swiss Chalet and McDonald's "Happy Meals" - she loved
the prizes. Our condolences to her husband, John, and family.
Obit: Roy Gray of Patriot Antiques in Orono
died April 26, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was 61.
His wife, Annette, says Roy, a quiet and unassuming man, was
a "straight shooter who lived and breathed antiques."
His presence will be missed at many antique shows and auctions,
as well as in Patriot Antiques, the shop he and Annette built
together. Annette says she will continue to run the shop. Our
Peter A. Sutton-Smith,
husband of deceased antiques writer/collector Barbara Sutton-Smith,
died suddenly of a heart attack in Penngrove, California, on
April 16, 2011. He was 84. Peter and Barbara, who shared
a passion for antiques, were married 58 years when she died in
April 2010. Peter, a British army vet and former co-owner and
editor of the Antiques Showcase magazine in Ontario, was an antiques
dealer for more than 35 years and promoter of the annual Bala
Antiques Show & Sale. He was also an authority on antique
china and furniture and co-compiler of numerous Unitts
Canadian Identification & Price Guides. A memorial service
is planned for June in hometown Orillia.
Obit: Irene Priscilla Markvart, a successful Ontario antiques dealer
for 35 years, died April 4, 2011, at Wellington Terrace
in Elora. She was 85. Her family says Irene was well known and
respected for her vast knowledge of art glass by dealers in the
antique shows she attended in Ontario and Quebec. She lived in
Trenton and Batawa for 45 years of her life. Our condolences
to the family.
Obit: Clarence LeRoy Tinline, a Toronto-born
auctioneer and antiques collector, died from prostate cancer
March 11, 2011, in Bowmanville. He was 65. Clarence wore
many hats over the years, but the antiques community knew him
for the antique clocks he repaired and collected, as an antiques
show vendor and from the auctions. He got his auction start in
the 1960s as a holder at Cliff Pethick's auction barn
in Hayden. After moving to Orono in the 1970s, he learned from
auctioneers Norm Maple and Frank Stapleton before
holding his own weekend auctions on Simpson Avenue in Bowmanville.
Survivors include his son, Adrian Tinline of Adrian Tinline
Antiques in Bowmanville. Our condolences to the family.
Obit: Harold Carlaw, founder of the
Memorial Military Museum in Campbellford, died Dec. 2, 2010,
at Campbellford Memorial Hospital. He was 80. Harold was an Out to Lunch
guest for a Peter Neilly interview a couple of years ago.
He told Peter the museum, with free admission, was a labour of
love launched after he retired almost 30 years ago. Our condolences
to the family.
Obit: Antiques dealer David
Mann died June 15, 2010,
after losing his battle with cancer at age 76. David and his
wife, Frances, owned and operated Cold Creek Antiques since 1990,
initially located in Frankford and then relocating to Grafton
in 2003. For most of his life, David was interested in antiques
and had a passion for architectural iron. In addition to many
long-time established customers, he was set up in a number of
multi-dealer shops and was frequently at auctions. David will
be missed in the antiques community.
Obit: James "Jim" Miller,
a highly respected collector and purveyor of vintage art, classic
automobiles and fine antiques, died from cancer on Nov. 25,
2010, at Stratford General Hospital. He was 58. Family members
say Jim's passion for history was shown through several preservation
initiatives in his community. Our condolences.
Obit: Ken Petro, well known in the antique community
for two decades, died Feb. 7, 2010, after losing his battle with
cancer. Over the years, Ken was active at Scotties Market in
Carrying Place, Bridgewater in Tweed, Quinte Antiques in Belleville
and at many local shows. He will be missed by all those who knew
tribute to John Norris, a Wayback Times writer, who died early
Larry Foster of Napanee, Ontario,
This is my personal tribute to John, whose friendship encompassed
John was a brilliant man who
taught drama, English and French at schools in Saskatchewan and
Ontario, latterly Toronto for many years. He wrote and had published
short stories, poetry and, of course, was known well in antiques
publications for many years both in Canada and the United States.
He enjoyed teaching, yet was
compulsively drawn to the arts.
Always a student and collector
of photography, contemporary art, Inuit art and his favourite,
folk art, John also was a student of the human condition and
would send me almost weekly tales of humanity and behavior of
characters in downtown Toronto where he resided.
Most dealers knew John only
as an impulsive collector, scurrying through shows stating, Ill
take it, when he spied a piece of his greatest love, folk
art. John adored the Christie Classic and Bowmanville. Those
were the shows that heightened his excitement to acquire, and
that he did!!
John haunted art galleries,
shows and markets for the thrill to calm a keen eye. His one-bedroom
apartment was chock-o-block like a gallery on steroids,
yet well organized. The art world grew there.
A personal anecdote: When I
left Cobourg in 2002, my home for 28 years, I had a three-day
auction and John was there. As I greeted him, he stood looking
at my home and the antiques placed about the yard with people
milling around. Tears were rolling down his cheeks. I exclaimed,
John, what is wrong? He said, It is sad as
your love of antiques and your history here is being sold, and
your life will never be the same, and he was right! It
was the only time I saw John cry.
John had a heart of gold and
a love of humanity. The demon of acquisitions will smite many,
including myself. John was helpless at times and had a folly
to spend without restraint, clouding his sensibilities at times.
I want all to know that John was honorable and any commitments
left undone were innocent of ill intent.
He never married, never owned
a car, nor did he smoke or drink. He was quite fond of some ladies
in the antiques circle. He signed off most of his emails to me
with hugs and kisses to Carol, my partner. He confided
explicitly to me and Peter and Helen Vernon. We were his extended
family. His encouragement and empathy were comforting to me on
John touched all the bases in
the world of art, photography, literature and antiques, particularly
folk art. He embodied great passion in a search as few I have
known and left aside fiscal balancing. He filled a room with
his enthusiasm and loved a repartee with many dealers.
Gone, but not soon forgotten,
is the abstract in the definitive. For everything, there is a
season - yet often the season is regretfully shortened.