The Milne/Smeed Connection

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Welcome Charlie John!

Charlie John Hornsby was born on Saturday, 22 July 2017 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Oxfordshire. He was born at 12:59 am and weighed 8lb, 1.5oz. Proud parents are Nikki Blagden Hornsby and Michael Hornsby.

Charlie John Hornsby

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

This week Elizabeth and I had a wonderful time on a nostalgic road trip to Southwestern Ontario.

In Listowel we visited with cousins, Wanda and Roy Bridge, Velma Hamilton, and Barb Smith who was accompanied by her lovely granddaughter, Joy. We also saw Sandie and George Arlein. Sandie was Elizabeth’s grade five teacher and George worked with Dad at Ontario Hydro.

While in Listowel we also did the rounds of our old haunts and some cemeteries as well.  On to Goderich to see the sun set into Lake Huron which we remember from camp and cottage days.  Of course we checked out the camp where the Listowel Recreation hosted Camp Aquatalah for many years. Some things seemed the same; some things were much changed. We were last there in 1965!

Last stop was Stratford where we made a brief stop at the Perth County Museum where a long standing mystery was solved. (More on that in another post.)  Before heading home we had lunch and a brief but enjoyable visit with cousins, Joan Rolph and Marg Illman.

The bell and cornerstone from the old school

The bell and cornerstone from the old school


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Roberta Hamilton

Roberta Hamilton (nee Mawhinney) died in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland on Sunday, 4 January, 2015 at the age of seventy-five. She is survived by her husband, Hugh, her son David, daughters Elizabeth and Heather, her sons-in-law and five grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Thursday, 8 January, 2015.