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About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

Nelson Doub Jr.

Doub: John Nelson Jr., a resident of Chatham, passed away peacefully at the L.H.S.C. Victoria Campus, London on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the age of 59. Born in St.Thomas, beloved son of Dorothy (Wilkins) Doub and the late Nelson Doub of Wardsville. John was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Chatham, and was a Real Estate Broker in Chatham. He was an avid outdoorsman, and a member of the Elgin County Beagle Club. Loving father of Chris Doub of Wardsville, Jennifer Loveday of Chatham, Jackalynn Machado (Albertino) of Chatham, Jessica Doub (Aaron Kalp) of Melbourne. A very proud grandpa of Owen Doub, Brooklyn and Mitchell Loveday, Hewson and Claire Machado. Dear brother of Bradley Doub (Kathy) of Wardsville, Paul Doub (Janice) of Wardsville. Also survived by the mother of his children Brenda Doub of Newbury, son-in-law Scott Loveday of Chatham, and several nieces and nephews. – See more at:


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See you at Glencoe Fair

Howard Vanderhooft urges us to mark this date in our calendar.  Have you ever thought about curling?  Beginners welcome.  Were you ever on the curling team representing GDHS?

February 14, 2015

11th Annual Funspiel at the Glencoe & District Curling Club

$ 100 per team for two 8-end games.

Two draws starting at 8:15 a.m. and 10:55 a.m.

Prizes for all.  Morning coffee, muffins.  Homemade soup & sandwiches for lunch.

For more information contact: Howard van der Hooft, (519) 289-5335

Submit registration to Howard at postal address RR4, 21720 Thames Road, Appin, ON N0L 1A0.

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Commencement 2013

by Marie Williams-Gagnon, Transcript & Free Press
For decades, Glencoe District High School’s graduates have travelled home early for Thanksgiving celebrations in order to attend commencement exercises. This year, however, due to a PA Day scheduled for October 11, the date of commencement was moved forward to September 19. Despite the change, the gymnasium was full of guests for the ceremony.
Following a processional and the playing of the  national anthem by the school band, opening remarks were offered by new principal Melanie Stanley who said she looks forward to working in a community “which honours academics and achievement.” Students’ council president Jacob Weber and vice-president Jordan Goddyn offered congratulations and best wishes. Thames Valley District School Board trustee Rob Campbell brought greetings on behalf of trustees.

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Rollie Villeneuve

Peacefully, with his family, at his residence in Glencoe, on Saturday, September 14, 2013, Roland “Rollie” Lucien Villeneuve in his 78th year.  Beloved husband of Lynda (Grant) Villeneuve.  Dear father of Roxanne (Dale) Mitchell, Lisa Moxam, and Peter (Lisa) Villeneuve.  Proud grandpa of Marisa (Adrian), Joshua (Shantel), Nicholas, Braden, Mikyla, Ariana and Micah.  Dear brother of Roger, Gabrielle Weston and Gisele Soucy and fondly remembered by his several nieces and nephews.

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Scott Patterson

Suddenly on Friday August 30, 2013, as the result of an accident, Scott Gordon Patterson of R.R. 3 Newbury in his 53rd year.   Scott was a born farmer.  He became the next generation to care for the land and truly loved his farming life.  He devoted more than 30 years to trucking sweet corn, making many life-long friends “in the corn patch”.  He owned and operated a snowplow truck for the MTO for over 25 years, clearing the way for travellers on the 401.  He was a faithful elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Wardsville.  Scott visited many ballparks in Southwestern Ontario, through his own days of playing baseball and then watching his daughters.  He was passionate about all of his activities – but most of all he loved all his girls. His competitive nature, sense of humor and hard work ethic will remain in the hearts of his family, as they cherish his memory.  They were truly blessed to have him in their life.

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Peter Simpson Memorial Award established

COPO Pete Simpson 1962 - 2014

COPO Pete Simpson 1962 – 2014

The class of 1980 has established the Peter Simpson Memorial Award,  to be awarded yearly in $300 increments.   To contribute,  make donation payable to TVEF (Thames Valley Education Foundation) and send to  Sharon Jobson, Box 35, Glencoe, ON N0L 1M0.
Peter Simpson Memorial Award
This award has been created to honour the memory of “COPO Pete”, a local and much-loved car racing enthusiast.  Pete and his family were all part of the racing team and scene.  This award can be presented to a student in his or her last year of high school who achieves the highest grade in a senior transportation technology course, achieves at a high level in a cooperative education placement in the automotive area, or who is offered an automotive apprenticeship as a result of successful school or cooperative education achievement.  The class of 1980 and Friends raised the money for this award in Pete’s memory.  In the event that Glencoe District High School closes, this award will go to a secondary student who lives within the boundaries currently served by GDHS.
Class of 1980 reunion

Class of 1980 reunion


Peter Simpson’s Obituary

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New Book about Schools in the district

The first edition of “Schools of our Heritage: A History of Schools of Southwest Middlesex Ontario” was launched at the GDHS 60th Anniversary weekend

This book was written and compiled by Gregory Bartlett, GDHS alumnus.
The material was sourced by Harold Carruthers and Lorne Munro.

To purchase a copy contact:  Glencoe and District Historical Society.  $20 per copy.

Congratulations for a great project capturing the history of our local elementary and secondary schools.

Glencoe & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 313, 247 Main Street,
Glencoe Ontario, Canada N0L 1M0
Tel: (519) 287-3897

Resource Room Hours:
Wed: 2:00-4:00pm, 7:00-9:00pm
Sat: 10:00-2:00pm
Or by Appointment

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COPO Pete Simpson Class of 1980

At the University Campus of London Health Sciences Centre, at 2:30 a.m on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, after a strong and courageous 3 month battle following a heart transplant, Peter Frederick Simpson “COPO Pete” of Glencoe, passed away at the age of 50 years.  Beloved husband of Vicky (Johnston) Simpson.  Loving Dad of Eric and his wife Sarah and Owen and his girlfriend Madison.  Dear son of Betty Simpson and Stewart Simpson and brother of Mary and Ross Snider and Marg and Mike Mueller and brother-in-law of Gary and Sherri Johnston.  Uncle to Mike Jr., Matt, Nik and Paige Mueller and Shawn Johnston.  Peter will be loved and remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and especially for his passion of muscle cars and the impact he had on the classic car community.


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Reunion Group Portraits

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Nigel Lockyer

Here’s another GDHS alumnus for the Hall of Fame.  Anyone remember Nigel Lockyer?

“Lockyer received his PhD in particle physics at Ohio State University, did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and then became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he began teaching in 1984. His career since then has been a busy one, including stints as head of a large particle physics experiment at Fermilab, near Chicago, called CDF (which co-discovered the top quark); Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Grant Selection Committee; Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s review committee; and member on a host of professional committees in the US.”

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