Connie, beloved wife of Cliff Golas, passed away at Chapman House Hospice in Owen Sound, Ontario on Monday, May 21, 2018, two days before her 80th birthday.


     Connie enjoyed and loved being in the Canadian fine art and antiques business for over thirty years, where she and Cliff ran their gallery, produced an antiques magazine entitled ‘Georgian Antiques Digest’ for more than twenty years, and also  presented over forty winter and summer antiques shows in Thornbury, Ontario.


     She was the originator of Thornbury’s ‘Old Fashioned Xmas’, a yearly event which she started in the early 1980s and is still continued each year in Thornbury. She will be joyously remembered by the many friends that she made in this business and in the more than fifty years of living and working in Thornbury.


     Connie was also the very proud granddaughter of the professional British/Scottish footballer and WW1 war hero “Jimmy Speirs” who was the captain and overtime goal scorer to win the prestigious British FA Cup in 1911. Connie is pictured here wearing a replica of the jersey that Jimmy Speirs wore during his time with the Bradford City FC “Bantams”. This jersey was a generous gift from our British friend, Andrew Pickles, creator of the website,, dedicated to the memory and achievements of Jimmy Speirs. Her granddad Jimmy died from wounds received on the 20th of August, 1917 at Passchendaele and is buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery near Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.


Connie was dearly loved and  be in the hearts and minds of many forever.

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  1. Thank you so much Sandy for letting the Ontario antiques and collectibles community hear about Connie’s passing. Both myself and Connie have been very passionate over the years when it came to fine art and antiques.
    Connie will be sorrowfully missed by me, her husband, and I’m sure by many of the folks that she had contact with over the many seasons in the fine art and antiques business.
    Lastly, here’s a lovingly farewell to my beloved wife, friend and partner in this world. I can only hope that other couples in the antiques trade feel the same towards each other as we did.
    The world is always a better place when you add a touch of love to everything you’re involved with, don’t you agree.

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