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CKCB o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.enterprise-bulletin 2006-07-14 published
CARMICHAEL was a legendary figure
By Shawn GIILCK
A Collingwood legend has left us.
Mr. Collingwood, William James Scotty' CARMICHAEL, died last week at 98. The former soldier, town councillor and sometime journalist was a tireless, passionate Collingwood advocate to the end, his daughter Nancy Liotta said.
CARMICHAEL was the eldest of three children. He was born “above a store on Hurontario Street” August 17, 1908. He first showed interest in story-telling, Liotta said, at his mother's feet. The CARMICHAEL family had immigrated to Canada from Ireland in the 1880s with his grandfather and namesake William. CARMICHAEL's mother, Mary Heslip CARMICHAEL, was also Irish and delighted in telling stories.
CARMICHAEL was the editor of the Collingwood Collegiate Institute yearbook, The Gleaner, during his high school years.
As a young man, he edited his own newspaper, but the Great Depression drove it into closure. For the next several years, Liotta said CARMICHAEL crisscrossed Canada and the eastern United States looking for steady work.
He quickly volunteered for military service in 1939 with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters at the outbreak of World War 2. He was married the following year to Anne BYRNES, who died in 1981. He “never stopped feeling her loss,” Liotta said. She was their only child.
In 1943 he was finally sent overseas and served as a scout. In 1944 he was injured by a grenade while on a mission. He subsequently contracted diphtheria from contaminated water and was sent to England for rehabilitation.
When he returned to Collingwood in 1945 he was appointed to a job at the post office. He worked there until 1972.
During that time, CARMICHAEL also worked as a freelance journalist for the Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper and the Toronto Telegram until its demise in 1972. After his retirement, he provided numerous stories to the Enterprise-Bulletin.
Former managing editor Ian ADAM/ADAMS recalled CARMICHAEL as an “encyclopaedia&rdquo of local sports knowledge and trivia.
That was an outgrowth of his long association with local minor hockey, both as a member of the organization and as a journalist covering the Collingwood teams. During that time, he also worked freelance for the CKCB radio station, where he provided colour commentary. Up until the early 1990s, he also provided vignettes to the radio station about local sports history that ran after the noon news.
“He was a bit of a character,” Liotta said. “He wanted to make it to 100, and came pretty close.&rdquo
CARMICHAEL also spearheaded the creation of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and was one of the first inductees.
He served as a municipal council member in the 1970s and 80s. In 1986 he was named the Rotary Citizen of the Year. He was also a recipient of the Order of Collingwood in the 1970s.
He is survived by his daughter, five grand-children and eight great-grand-children.

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CKCK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-06 published
MacDONALD, Robert K. " Bob"
'The world has lost a tremendous human being, a loving friend and humanitarian' (S. Jukes, 2 May 2006.) Robert K. (Bob) MacDONALD died May 1 at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington at the age of 78. A veteran Canadian broadcaster, 'Mr. Mac' was a retired Vice-President of Armadale Communications. An elementary school teacher by training, he began his broadcasting career in 1950 as an announcer at CFAR in Flin Flon, and later went on to work at CJGX Yorkton and CKCK Regina. At CKRC Winnipeg, he became General Manager, a position he subsequently held at CKOC Hamilton before being named as Vice-President at Armadale in 1988. During the course of his career, he discovered and trained many young men and women who achieved success in prominent positions across Canada. Bob was a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster's Half Century Club and a former president of the Central Canada Broadcaster's Association. He supported and held positions with several charitable organizations including the Arts Council and the United Way of Hamilton. He was a devoted husband to Margaret, cherished father to Sandra and Sara, and beloved 'Grampa' to Christopher. Bob was the 'little' brother of Max MacDONALD of Edmonton and of Glenn MacDONALD and Doreen MORISON, now deceased. He was a unique and special uncle to an extended network of nieces and nephews. Years ago, Bob had the opportunity to speak at length with Pierre Trudeau following a small gathering of broadcasters. Upon leaving Trudeau remarked, 'you are a very interesting man.' For family and Friends, this comment is so indicative of Bob's character and the fact that he never stopped learning, exploring, and helping others. His special humour, gentle nature and unique style will always be remembered with love by family and Friends. We wish to extend our deepest thanks to Gus and Anja SONDERMEYER, to a very caring and compassionate physician, Doctor Kathy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, and to 'Auntie Helen' (MacDONALD.) Bob so appreciated the visits of his many Friends who traveled from near and far to spend time with him during his recent hospitalization. We also want express our sincere thanks to the nursing staff of 5 South and special caregivers, Gabrielle, Uta, Lydia, and Marie. Family, Friends, and former colleagues are invited to a very informal open house in celebration of Bob's life at the family home in Burlington on Saturday, May 27th from 2-5 p.m. If desired, donations in Bob's name may be made to the 'Rebuilding Health in Rwanda Project' at the University of Western Ontario in London (c/o Foundation Western, Alumni Hall, London, Ontario N6A 5B9).

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