Frank Richter

RICHTER, Frank – Suddenly at Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll on Friday September 28th, 2012. Frank Richter of Thamesford in his 60th year. Beloved husband of Kate and dear Father of Shaun and Diana all of Thamesford. Dear brother of Gloria, Margaret, Rita, Debbie, Paul and Pam. Dear son of Norma and the late Paul Richter. Also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Obituary and notes to family.


All of Frank’s friends were delighted to visit with him at the 60th Reunion.  AND he took home the $300 50:50 pot!

Frank Richter and Joan Tanner at the 60th


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60th Reunion: List of Volunteers

Many names are missing from this list, but here are the names of many who worked to make the 60th anniversary such a great party: Continue reading

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The Band Spirit was a hit

May 19, 2012 at the Glencoe Curling Arena: great band.  Music for everyone!

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“She’s No Angel” by alumnus, Edward John Izrael.

I really enjoyed the reunion.  I did very well selling my brother Ed’s novel.  Thank you for the opportunity to share his book with the community. It was fun for me.  I got to see a lot of folks that I didn’t know until they introduced themselves.  Many signed a book for me for the memory.

The entertainment was beautiful, lots of fun. Meal was marvelous. I just loved the music. We stayed to the end of the dance and I sold more novels there.  Was that a party or was that a party?!

If any one wants Ed’s novel and pen just ask them to comment here and send me their name. I’d be more than glad to send it out. They are sellng for $10.00 now.   Yours truly,  HELEN ROSE EVANS

She’s No Angel” by GDHS alumnus, Edward John Izrael. Continue reading


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Reunion Sponsors

Many thanks to all the sponsors who supported the 60th Reunion in May 2012:

Appin Barbeque Service & Catering

Dave Gerber, Icemaker, donating ice for the bar.

Janet Muscutt, Producer, SMAK Dinner/Theatre.  Advertising.

Lori’s Weddings and Event Décor

Jim Macfie. Graphic Design,  60th Reunion Event logo.

Mary Vanderlinde.  Printall Services,  souvenirs and graphic design.

It’s About Time,  Tracy Harvie, desk-top publishing.

Samantha VanGeel.  Graphic artist, Golf Poster, T-shirt design.

Alicia Nelms, City Centre Archives   Decorating.

Amanda Keating.  Graphic design, GDHS Alumni crest design.

Louis Hofer, Graphic Design

Wardsville Golf Course

CHYX Media Management.  Advertising.  Place mats at the Villa Dining Lounge

Van Heck Funeral Home

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Reunion service

The gym at Glencoe District High School hosted the reunion church service with over 200 people in attendence.  The worship band from Bethel Baptist Church in Strathroy, home church to the Re:generation Centre, was pleased to be asked to help the people of Glencoe praise and thank God for the high school and the town.

Alumni Rev. Deb Dolbear-Vanbilsen gave a moving sermon “If you can’t do everything, just do something”. Representing the future of the high school was the Baker’s Dozen from Mosa Central Public School. Joining in the celebration was the flag group from the Re:generation Centre.

The Glencoe Ministerial combined services from local churches and everyone joined in to celebrate their faith and the 60th birthday of the school. Coffee and muffins were served after the service with some great conversation, thank yous and long good-byes.  Offerings were collected for the Benevolent Fund which helps families in need in Glencoe.

Janice Bueckert, Organizer

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A Community Proposal for the Glencoe Family of Schools

The draft document: A Community Proposal for the Glencoe Family of Schools has been written based on input from our previous community meetings. It is posted on the website under the Notice section. Printed copies are available at the Southwest Middlesex office.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm in the Glencoe Arena Auditorium for further discussion. After your comments, this  document will be proceeding through the Southwest Middlesex Municipal Council to the Thames Valley District School Board.
Comments on the draft document can be sent to until Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 4 p.m.
You are welcome to invite other community members, parents and neighbours to attend this meeting. Everyone is welcome.

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Larry Came! Who else!

Larry Davenport:

  • he was born in Glencoe Ontario in 1952
  • learned to skate on frozen ponds at the age of eight
  • when the Glencoe arena opened he went there almost 24/7
  • last one to leave the arena and would even get rides home from the caretaker
  • at 15 he played for the Chatham Maroons
  • in that season alone, he scored 31 goals
  • youngest player on his team
  • two years before that, he played for Alvinston and scored 17 goals in a single game
  • was scouted by TorontoDetroit, and even Chicago hockey teams
  • he was signed to the Toronto Marlies into the Junior Metro Hockey League
  • coach would be the great Toronto Maple Leafs goalie himself, Turk Broda
  • sponsered by the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • he totaled with 154 career points which is currently ranking 15th in the programs all-time history
  • 1970, he won the E. Ray Speare award
  • Larry was inducted into the Boston University Athletic hall of fame in 2008

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60th Reunion Golf Tournament Sponsors

Sunday May 20th, 2012, Wardsville Golf Course (,  18 Hole 4 person Best Ball Shotgun Scramble.

Don Cunningham: I would like to thank Susan Florian for volunteering to help me with the golf tournament on Sunday, plus Gord Leach and Robin Douglas for each finding several sponsors to donate prizes.  The sponsors who donated prizes were:

Tim Hortons

Good Life Fitness

Bob Martin’s Golf and Fashions, London

New 2 You Auto, St. Thomas

The Wine Station, St. Thomas

Geerlinks Home Hardware, St. Thomas

Alicia Nelms and City Centre Archives, Cash Donation

Jamie Pole, Big Flag Car Wash, Newbury and Glencoe Car Wash, Glencoe

Gary McRae, Western Fair District 

Karl Nevin

Mike Moore, GDHS

Rick Cowell, GDHS Alumni & Friends

Karen Hodgson, GDHS Alumni & Friends

Don Cunningham, Tournament convenor


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Southwest Middlesex welcomes

On behalf of the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex I am very pleased to welcome you back to Glencoe District High School.  It is an honour to be a part of the 60th anniversary of GDHS.

Southwest Middlesex will be full of smiles and laughter as we share fond memories of our school days together.  Catching up with those that we have not seen for some time will be a grand experience.

The volunteers who have made this reunion possible have worked very hard and deserve a pat on the back for making this homecoming possible.  Make sure that you enjoy as much of the reunion weekend as you possibly can with your former classmates.

We wish everyone a weekend full of family, friends and fun.

Doug Reycraft, Mayor, Municipality of Southwest Middlesex

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