|This may be:
student Mike McCall
Tentatively identified 19 Dec 2005 by Dick
Pearce, Judy Roney
Confirmed 24 Jun 2006 by Mike
From Mike: Walt McCall, my grandfather ran the Melbourne hotel in Simcoe
circa 1912-1946. My father was Tom C. McCall, ace Reformer reporter and catcher for the Simcoe Reformer Cubs baseball team. My
mother was Helen (Peg) Gilbertson. She died in 1957 and Tom departed this life two years later, in 1959. We were a family of
6 children, 5 boys and 1 girl. Our last home in Simcoe was at 101 Union St. which burned down around 1950 after we'd moved to
I attended Toronto's Malvern Collegiate and Ryerson Institute of Technology
then joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman, trained as a pilot and flew fixed wing
aircraft from the decks of HMS Illustrious and HMC aircraft carriers
Magnificent and Bonaventure. I instructed instrument flying at the navy's air station at Shearwater Nova Scotia
in the late 50s then flew helicopters for several years, eventually
commanding Helicopter Utility Squadron 21
with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After service at Staff College in Toronto
and at headquarters in Ottawa, I spent four years at NATO headquarters in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
in Brussels as the Canadian rep. on Air & Naval boards of the Military agency for
Following this stint I returned to Canada, resigned from the forces in 1979 and for three years ran the Simcoe Recreation Centre. Subsequent employment was at Seneca College where I was director of the Canadian
Forces Community College Program, from which I moved to Indal Technologies in Mississauga as a marketing manager.
I was subsequently self employed until I retired and moved to a rural property on the Bay of Fundy near Kentville, Nova
Scotia, and built a home where I now reside.
My first wife, Harriet Brissenden had six children, Michael, Carol,
Leslie, Thomas, Allison and Barry. This marriage ended in 1985 and in 1988 Georgette E. Currie became my companion. We
married in 2004.
From Mike on 29 Aug 2006: Margaret
Dimond (46-174) is a cousin of mine.