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  • PIDDINGTON | tidesoftadoussac1

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  • Carington Smith, Gordon

    Carington Smith, Gordon Back to ALL Bios ​ Gordon Carington Smith 1906-1974 Family, dedication to the Canadian Armed Forces, and Tadoussac, were the most important things in the life of Gordon Carington Smith. Gordon was born in 1906 in Quebec City to Robert Harcourt Smith and Mary Valliere Gunn Smith. He was the second of three sons. His older brother was Alexander (Lex) and his younger brother was Guy. They enjoyed a happy childhood growing up on Grande Allée in the English area of Quebec City. In 1911 the family purchased Dufferin House and so began the family love affair with Tadoussac. Following the family tradition, Gordon was educated at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, and the Royal Military College in Kingston, from which he graduated in 1927. He completed his engineering degree at McGill in 1929. Immediately, Gordon joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was appointed a Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery with which he remained until the beginning of the War, when he joined the staff of General Worthington and participated in the formation of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps at Camp Borden. On April 30, 1941, while on his way to England to begin his war service, Gordon’s ship the S.S. Nerissa was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland. He was rescued and proceeded to London. Gordon then served in the Italian Campaign and was twice wounded in action, once while second in command of the British Columbia Dragoons. He served in the liberation of France and ended the War at the Canadian General Reinforcement Unit in Britain. He returned to Canada and his first posting was in Halifax, followed by Kingston, Washington DC, and his final posting was in Ottawa. He received an Honorary Discharge in March 1959. Following his retirement, Gordon and his family moved to Halifax where he joined the architectural firm of Dumaresq and Byrne. He was a loyal board member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, the Royal Commonwealth Society, and the United Institute of Canada. In 1933 Gordon married Jacqueline Dumaresq of Halifax. They had two children, a son Arthur Harcourt Carington Smith in 1934, and a daughter Eve D’Auvergne Smith in 1939. Also, five grandchildren, Gordon and Christopher Smith and Donald, Janet and Ted McInnes. After family and career, Gordon’s main love was Tadoussac. Whenever possible he and his family would make the trip to Tad. He had sold his share of Dufferin House to Guy Smith in the 1930s so he and his family enjoyed many different cottages. His pride and joy, was his Cape Island boat, Penwa. He was never happier than being in Tad and spending time with his extended family especially his two beloved brothers. That was his heaven! Gordon died in Halifax on May 14, 1974, aged 68, and is buried there in Fairview Cemetery. Eve Wickwire

  • Russell, William Edward & Fanny Eliza (Pope)

    Russell, William Edward & Fanny Eliza (Pope) Back to ALL Bios ​ William Edward Russell and Fanny Eliza Pope (1849-1893) (1856-1936) William Edward Russell, son of Willis Russell and Rebecca Page Sanborn, was born in Quebec in 1849. As a child in Tad in his mid-teens, William (Willy) was a playmate of his neighbor, Godfrey Rhodes, Colonel Rhodes's son, and many of their teenage exploits are detailed in Godfrey's diary. Fanny Eliza Pope, wife of William Edward Russell, was born in Chatham, England, in 1856. Her father, Lieutenant Colonel James Pope, later became the commander of the English army stationed in Quebec and at some point, her and William Edward Russell's paths crossed and they married at Trinity Cathedral in Quebec in 1874 - Fanny being then the tender age of 18. William Edward inherited the hotel business from his father, Willis, but unfortunately, William was not much of a businessman and died practically insolvent 6 years after his father's death - leaving Fanny Eliza as a young widow of 37 with 5 children - at least three of whom (Florence Louisa “Nonie” Russell, Willis Robert Russell, and Mabel Emily Russell) continued summering at Tad. It was Fanny Eliza Pope's sister, Louisa Floriana Pope, that later had a profound effect on her goddaughter and grandniece, Ann Stevenson, future wife of the Rev. Russell Dewart. As Ann Stevenson relates in her book, “Nose to the Window”, “Louisa, or 'Auntie Totie' as she was called, was born in Malta in about 1852, where her father, Colonel James Pope, was stationed with the British Army . She was a tall, white-haired maiden lady, straight as a ramrod. When she died from a heart attack at the age of eighty, she still did her "daily dozen" and could touch her toes. She always wore black, with a big white scarf at her throat and several strands of robin's-egg blue and crystal beads, which she strung herself. At her waist she wore a reticule, which was a kind of hanging pocket of black moiré for her hanky and spectacles. In winter she wore black wool wristlets to ward off chilblains. Mum said that she had once been very much in love, but that her father had taken a dislike to the young man ‘because the back of his head didn't look a gentleman's.’ The relationship was broken off, and she never married. This absolute power of one's father to determine a daughter's life existed even into my own life. If the suitor didn't meet with parental approval, or if the chosen career was not conformable to what the parents deemed best, the necessary pressure was brought to bear until the girl gave in. Generally, the young man was told that his attentions were not welcome. To go against one's parents' wishes was more emotionally traumatic than to give in and simply suffer the loss. As the sole surviving member of the older generation, Auntie Totie was the arbiter of speech and manners. When the Dionne Quints were born and no one knew how to pronounce this strange new word, ‘Quintuplets,’ she announced that the accent should be on the first syllable. Like most Victorians, she idolized the Royal family, and it was she who always proposed the toast to the King at Christmas dinner. After she had said grace, we would all stand with her and say "The King! God Bless Him!" and drink to his health. However, because Auntie Totie's name was Pope, and because Mum was particularly fond of the tail of the turkey, known derisively in Protestant England as the Pope's nose, when Dad carved the turkey he would turn to Mum and say, ‘Nonie, do you want the Pope's nose? ‘ We would have to stifle our giggles with our napkins and try not to look at Auntie Totie. ” Louisa died in Quebec in 1934 and her sister, Fanny Eliza, died 2 years later in Toronto. Brian Dewart (with excerpts from Ann Stevenson Dewart’s writings)

  • Rhodes, Monica

    Rhodes, Monica Back to ALL Bios ​ Monica Rhodes 1904 – 1985 Monica Rhodes was born on April 7th, 1904, in Sillery, Quebec, and died in Montreal in 1985. Her father was Armitage Rhodes (born in 1848) and her mother was Katie von Iffland of Sillery, Quebec, the daughter of Reverend von Iffland and the second wife of Armitage Rhodes. She was the sister of Armitage (Peter) Rhodes and half sister of Dorothy Rhodes and of Charlie Rhodes. Monica’s father, Armitage, died in 1909 and a couple of years later her mother took her young family to England. She lived first in Caterham, Surrey, where she attended Eothen School, along with Imogen Holst, daughter of the musician and composer Gustav Holst. After the end of the First World War, her family moved to St Marychurch, Devon and finally, after her younger sister’s marriage, to Chiddingfold, Surrey. After her Mother died in 1938, Monica studied at St Christopher’s College, Blackheath to be able to work for the Anglican Church in Canada. She served as a Bishop’s Messenger in Manitoba. She was deeply religious and after she retired, she moved to the Town of Mount Royal where she was a member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Monica often stayed with her sister Dorothy, Grace Scott, and at Boulianne’s Hotel during the summer in Tadoussac. Monica is interred in the Rhodes family plot at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Sillery, Quebec. Michael Skutezky

  • Palmer, Noeline (Pixie) Winnifred Smith

    Palmer, Noeline (Pixie) Winnifred Smith Back to ALL Bios ​ Noeline (Pixie) Winnifred Smith Palmer 1902 - 1986 Pixie Smith, daughter of George Carington Smith and Winnifred Dawes Smith, was born the day before Christmas on December 24, 1902, and so, was named Noeline. She strongly disliked her given name because she linked it to the children’s nursery rhyme “Jack Spratt could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean”. Thus, due to her diminutive size, she came to be called Pixie. Pixie grew up in Montreal, attended King’s Hall, Compton, and then married Leonard Charles Dunlop Palmer (1898-1982). She and Leo moved to Ottawa in Rockcliffe Park and raised two children, George (1924-2019) and Linda (1930- ). Leo’s job with TWA involved taking care of visiting diplomats from around the world. Pixie was well known in the Ottawa community as a gracious hostess and wonderful conversationalist. Her creative decorations for their annual Christmas party even made the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. Pixie was also a very accomplished seamstress. Once George was grown, and following his career in theatre, Pixie often helped sew the costumes for The Ottawa Little Theatre Productions. She and Leo travelled extensively throughout Europe. Pixie devoted her life to her family, supporting her husband in his career and then caring for Leo after he retired and suffered from PTDS due to his wartime experiences. Pixie died in 1986, in Ottawa, and is buried in Beechwood Cemetery. Eve Wickwire

  • Rhodes, Col. William and Ann (Dunn)

    Rhodes, Col. William and Ann (Dunn) Back to ALL Bios ​ Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable William Rhodes 1821 – 1892 Anne Catherine Dunn 1823 - 1911 William Rhodes was born on November 29th in 1821, at Bramhope Hall near Leeds, in England. His father, also named William Rhodes, was a wealthy farmer and a soldier who fought for the British in the War of 1812 in Canada. The older William was a Captain in the 19th Lancers, the former 19th Light Dragoons, and married to a woman named Ann Smith. Young William was educated in France, and as a second son, knew that he was not going to inherit, so his father bought him a commission in the army. He entered the British army in May 1838 as an ensign in the 68th Foot (Durham Light Infantry). It was in August of 1841 that 20-year-old William Rhodes came to Quebec from England as part of a military posting, and served in Quebec from October 1842, to May of 1844. Quebec would have been an exciting place for English Canadians in those days, with plenty of balls and dinners. Although William Rhodes was only expected to stay for a few years, he fell in love with the land, the river, the people, and eventually with a young lady from Trois Rivieres named Anne Dunn whom he planned to marry. This did not sit well with his father back in England. The older William did not want his son to marry a colonial and pulled strings in the military to have him recalled. It became a rather long engagement because William Rhodes returned to England, but he insisted on coming back to the colony in 1847. He married Anne Dunn, after a 7-year engagement as promised, in the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec City, on June 16, 1847 and left the army with the rank of captain. Anne Dunn was from a family that had been in Canada for 80 years. Her grandfather was Thomas Dunn who had arrived in 1760, a year after Major General James Wolfe’s invasion. He was administrator of Lower Canada from 1805 to 1807, and again in 1811. Anne Catherine Dunn was the daughter of Robert Dunn, who had been assistant to the Office of Civil Secretary, and his wife, Margaret Bell. Her maternal grandfather was a man named Matthew Bell. In 1848, Captain Rhodes and Anne Dunn purchased the estate of Benmore on Chemin St. Louis in Sillery, where they settled and engaged in horticulture. The house remained in the Rhodes family for 100 years and still stands, although today it is part of a condo development after being added on to a few times. A farmer at heart, William Rhodes decided to become a “gentleman farmer” at Benmore. He soon was known for his experimental agricultural in that very fertile area, learning about what crops and cattle would best tolerate the Quebec environment. He raised pigs for a while, which was not a success. Then he built greenhouses and grew flowers, and that was an improvement. His roses and strawberries became famous. He was also known for introducing swallows from England, although this was not appreciated by many fellow farmers. In 1851 he co-founded the Association of Quebec Music. During the 1860s he got into business where he associated with Evan John Price and others, and engaged with them in exploration and mining in the counties of Wolfe and Mégantic. He was one of the founders and a director of the Union Bank of Lower Canada and of the Grand Trunk Railway. He was President of Company Warehouse Quebec and the Quebec Bridge Company which eventually built the first Quebec Bridge. In fact, he led a delegation on April 12th, 1888, that met with Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Charles Tupper to lobby for federal government funds to build the bridge. He helped to establish the Quebec and Richmond Railway and the North Shore Line, which later merged with the CPR. During this time, William and Anne produced 5 sons and 4 daughters over a twenty-year period and they were very eager that all of their children be educated and guided into a successful future. Rhodes was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and the boys were taken on lengthy camping trips in the winter with friends, often returning to Quebec City with sleds loaded with enough game to provision the household for two months. They would go hunting in the winter, north of Baie St Paul, living in tents, partly because Rhodes felt strongly that his boys should experience the lives of people who had very little. He wanted them to experience sleeping on the ground and living in harsh conditions for many days at a time, to help them appreciate how well off they were. One of his friends on these adventures was the famous Canadian artist, Cornelius Krieghoff, and Rhodes actually appears in one of his paintings, putting on snowshoes in a hunt camp. One year he brought home a bear cub to live at Benmore, which may not have impressed Anne very much. They had to release it when it got too big and frightening. The daughters in the family were not neglected in their education either. In one of his many letters to the family in England he wrote: “I appear to have a host of people teaching them, as the little girls have now music, dancing and French masters, to say nothing of sewing machines, pudding making and English writing. In fact, tuition and all its branches are the order of the day.” It was through his friendship with the lumber merchant Price family that William Rhodes first discovered Tadoussac. While the Prices were here on business, William Rhodes came to relax. Although a business man and politician at heart (he had been elected MP for Mégantic in 1854) it wasn't long before he was taking leadership here too. He built the anglophone community's first summer cottage and his friends in the Russell family, also of Quebec City, bought some of his land and built an exact copy right next door which still stands - the white cottage with the green roof, two houses past the schoolyard – now still in the Russell family and descended down to Susie Scott Bruemmer. William Rhodes's cottage would have looked exactly like that at first, but then he extended it to accommodate his growing family, and finally it burned down in 1932. It was replaced by the cottage that is there now, called Brynhyfryd (which means Summerhill in Welsh.) Robert Hale Powel was another friend who decided to build a summer cottage in Tadoussac. He bought the next lot, currently the Baileys, which in those days probably extended right through the school yard. Robert Powel came to Tadoussac from Philadelphia where he was an executive in the developing rail industry. It is said the three friends, Rhodes, Russell and Powel, frequently played whist together. Perhaps it was in the relaxed atmosphere of such a game that the opportunity was either offered or asked for that William’s sons, Armitage and Godfrey, move to Philadelphia to work in one of Powel’s rolling mills. The boys got experience like any other worker on the machine shop floors where the manual labour was hot and hard. They gradually moved up the ranks by learning every aspect of the trade until they became executives in their own right, as leaders in the rail business. William Rhodes was a man who worked hard and played hard. He and Mr. Russell were part of a group that built the original Hotel Tadoussac in 1864, and it was in a meeting in that new hotel that they committed themselves to build the Protestant Chapel in 1866. At the same time his son, Godfrey, kept a diary which records camping trips when they would row locally built Nor'shore Canoes up to Baie St. Etienne to camp and fish. Once, upon arrival, they realized they'd forgotten their food, so rowed all the way home to get it, and back again on the same day! The number of sea trout they caught in those days was measured in the dozens. But for all the forays out into the wilds, William remained devoted to his first and only love. He wrote of Anne that: “My wife takes a great interest in the settlement of the mankind about her and I find her a valuable assistant, in interpreting to me the characters of the young men I have to deal with. (…) Few women have performed all their duties to their children so well and so unceasingly as my wife”. William’s older brother, James, the inheritor of the estate in England, suffered from alcoholism and their father put all his money in trust to protect it from James’s misuse when he inherited. Late in life, the senior William asked his son to bring James to Canada and look after him, which he did until he died. In politics, Rhodes was the MP for Megantic from 1854 – 1857. Later, he joined the Mercier cabinet (December 7, 1888) as Minister of Agriculture and Colonization, and was elected Liberal MP for Mégantic in the Legislative Assembly in a by-election on December 27, 1888. He was defeated in 1890, however; it is thought partly because of his support for Mercier’s position which was that he vehemently opposed the execution of Louis Riel. William Rhodes was president in 1883 and 1884 of the Geographical Society of Quebec, and in that position, he advocated strongly for ice breakers in Quebec City to keep the waterways navigable during the winter. He was one of the promoters of Agricultural Merit, an organization created in 1890, also a Justice of the Peace, president of the Horticultural Society, and a Lieutenant-Colonel in the militia, although he was always known as Colonel Rhodes. For all his work in business and politics, it is clear that William Rhodes was a devoted father and, judging by photographs that have survived, he and Anne were lovers of their time with family in Tadoussac. One summer he wrote to a family member: “My family are all down at the seaside at Tadoussac. We are all together which is a great comfort, far preferable to having sons away in India or floating about the ocean on His Majesty’s ships.” The Rhodes had 9 children and over 30 grandchildren, all of whom spent significant time in Tadoussac, so it is worthwhile recording some of the descendants here. William’s wife Anne (Dunn) Rhodes outlived the Colonel by 20 years, and it is said that she was a sweet lady; however, with so many grandchildren she became a bit vague as to which child was which. Just imagine the struggle she would have keeping her descendants straight today! The oldest son was Armitage, and his daughter Dorothy (Dorsh) married Trevor Evans and their children are Phoebe, Ainslie, Trevor and Tim, producing 9 more Evans’, Skutezkys, and Stevens. Next was Godfrey, who bought the estate Cataraquai in Quebec. He had two daughters: Gertrude who died in infancy; and Catherine, who married Percival Tudor-Hart, and lived at the estate until her death in 1972. Godfrey built the Tudor-Hart cottage in Languedoc Park, here in Tadoussac. There are no descendants. The third son was William. His daughter Carrie would marry her first cousin, Frank. William and Godfrey had been sent to the United States to work in the railway business, so they lived in the US and William also travelled around the world. The fourth son, Francis, married a Quebec girl, Totie Le Moine, from Spencer Grange, another old house that’s still standing in Quebec – now the residence of the Lieutenant-Governor. Their two surviving daughters (of four) were Lily Bell and Frances, whom many of us remember fondly. The fifth son was Robert Dunn Rhodes who settled in the United States and had eight children who led to Rhodes, Johnson and Robes descendants who settled in the Boston area. The sixth child, and first girl, was Minnie Rhodes. She married Harry Morewood, an American, and they had five children including Frank Morewood who married his first cousin, William’s daughter, Carrie, above. It was Frank and Carrie who built Windward cottage in 1936. Their other children were Isobel, known as Billy, John, and Nancy as well as Bobby who had two sons, Frank and Harry Morewood. Finally, there was Nan who married Lennox Williams. Their children were: James, who was killed in World War 1; Mary, matriarch of the Wallace and Leggat families; Gertrude, who led to the Alexander and Aylan-Parker families; and Sydney, whose descendants include the Williams, Ballantynes, Websters, and Campbells. At this point there are many descendants of William Rhodes and Anne Dunn, and the remarkable thing is that no matter where they went to live, all over North America and beyond, most of them have come back year after year to the place that their ancestors loved: Tadoussac. Of course. Lt Colonel Willam Rhodes died at his home in Benmore, Sillery, on February 17, 1892, at the age of 70 years and 2 months. His death was quite unexpected. He had been well but took sick with la Grippe, and although under a doctor’s care, he died. After the funeral, celebrated in the Anglican Church of St. Michael, he was buried in Mount Hermon Cemetery, February 19, 1892. Sources: Quebec National Assembly Website Army’s Scrapbook (Transcribed by Frank Morewood) Alan Evans MORE PHOTOS at https://www.tidesoftadoussac.com/colwmrhodes-1821-92--anne-dunn-1823-11

  • Price, Coosie & Ray

    Price, Coosie & Ray Back to ALL Bios ​ Arthur Clifford (Coosie) Price (1900-1982) and Ethel Murray (Ray) Scott (1899-1987) COUNT THAT DAY LOST WHOSE LOW DESCENDING SUN VIEWS FROM THY HAND NO WORTHY ACTION DONE. Coosie was the 2nd of six surviving children of Amelia Blanche Carrington-Smith and William Price. His siblings were: John Herbert (Jack), Charles Edward, Willa (Bill) (Glassco), Richard Harcourt (Dick) and Jean (Trenier-Michel) (Harvey). Ray was the 2nd of four born to James Archibald Scott and Ethel Breakey. Her siblings were Harold, John (Jack) and Mary (Mimi) (Warrington). Coosie and Ray knew each other growing up - Coosie in Quebec City and Ray in Breakeyville. Ray was often included in Price Family parties in Quebec and Tadoussac. Coosie attended BCS and school in England. In 1924 he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada. A fine athlete he was on the RMC hockey team and won awards in other sports. In his final year he was one of four Company Sargant Majors. He then started his apprenticeship with Price Brothers. Devoted to his father, he was with him the day he died in a landslide in Kenogami. By chance he had been sent, at that fateful moment, to the mill to pick up mill plans. His father’s death would change the course of his life as well as that of his entire family and the Price Brothers Company. Ray, thanks to many things, including a charmed life growing up in Breakeyville, (amongst other amenities a two-floor walk-in doll house fully furnished with miniature wood burning stove, English china, porcelain dolls etc.) stepped into life with more than her share of taste, style and hosting skills. She also spoke French, a rarity amongst anglophones then living in Quebec. These qualities would lead my father to one day say, ’she sold more paper than I did’. In 1926 Coosie married Ray in the Presbyterian Church in Breakeyville. They could not be married in the Anglican Cathedral because Ray was a Presbyterian. Their first home was in Kenogami where Harold William was born, then Quebec City, where Edward Anthony (Tony), Harcourt Scott and Willa (Lal) were born. In 1933 Coosie, now in the bankruptcy courts with a wife and four children, left Price Brothers, moved the family to Ottawa where he worked for the Eddy Company until his return to Quebec in 1939. In spite of having lost their fortune, some of their happiest years were those spent in Ottawa. In 1939 Coosie was asked to come back to Price Brothers as Vice President. He soon became President, later Chairman and retired in 1965. In recognition of his philanthropic work, he was given a Honorary Doctorate from Laval University. When his great friend Mathew Ralph Kane died (having no heirs - his only son Robert was killed in WWII) he left a portion of his considerable estate to Coosie who immediately set up the Mathew Ralph Kane Foundation - a small foundation run, until recently, by the family. Coosie gave generously of his time and resources to many worthy organizations. In 1947 Coosie’s mother died. Fletcher Cottage was left to her two daughters (Willa (Bill) and Jean). They sold to their cousin Harkey Powell who later sold to Bill Glassco (a son of Willa). The Pilot House was left to the four boys. They drew straws and Charlie won. After a few years Charlie and Bea, now living in Victoria BC, sold to Coosie. (All sales were ‘token’ – happy to keep the houses in the family). Meanwhile, Coosie had built Maison Nicolas (1948). After renting the Pilot House for a few years Coosie gave it to his eldest son, Harold, complete with addition to accommodate his family. Coosie and Ray shared a love of entertaining. They did much of their business entertaining at the fishing Lodges - Anse St Jean and Sagard. Coosie was, by all accounts, a world class fly fisherman. Ray was more than accomplished and together the whole family spent much time at these two fishing Lodges. They also gave many memorable parties in their homes and on their boats (Jamboree 11, 111 & 1V). Two well remembered events: a party for Commander John Dawson (married to Joyce Price) and his officers off a Canadian Naval Frigate he had anchored in Tadoussac Bay; and a picnic/swim trip on Jamboree IV up the Saguenay with a child from almost every cottage. The latter was unusual only because they went missing for 3 days. A storm had washed out roads and taken down power lines. Word of their whereabouts could not reach Tadoussac. The calm voice amongst great distress was Bishop Lenox Williams who said, ‘they are with Coosie - they are fine’. They were ‘fine’ indeed and having the time of their lives at the Anse St Jean fishing cottage. Coosie’s day in Tad started with a round of golf with his cousin Harkey Powell and later Lewis & Betty Evans and, on a bonus day, Jim Campbell. When the Hotel decided to stop managing the Golf Course, Coosie was instrumental in putting together arrangements to insure its continuation. He had great affection and admiration for the local families and could often be seen chatting with the regulars gathered on the bench in Pierre Cid’s. Like his father he especially loved children and at house events could generally be found outside on the lawn orchestrating children’s games to the delight of all. Ray loved the beauty of Tadoussac and warmth of its community. A passionate gardener, she was challenged by the granite Maison Nicolas rested on but none-the-less managed a successful small patch of vegetables and flowers. Though she started life a stranger to the kitchen, she became a fine cook and was ahead of her time with her insistence on the freshest of everything – not easy in Tadoussac in those days. Her management of the galley on Jamboree IV was nothing short of heroic. She was always prepared to entertain the visitors who showed up at every port along the lower St Lawrence, and graciously accommodated a captain known for ‘casting off’ regardless of the weather forecast. A constant in their life was summer in Tadoussac. After retirement they spent winters in Sonoma, California with their daughter and family, spring and fall in Brockville with their many new friends who enjoyed golf, bridge and entertaining as much as they did, and, of course, summers in Tadoussac. It was ‘Coosie and Ray’ with everything - travel, fishing, boating, and all the rest. They shared a great love with family and many friends throughout their 56 years together. Lal Mundell 4/21

  • Carrington Smith, Jean Alexandra (McCaig)

    Carrington Smith, Jean Alexandra (McCaig) Back to ALL Bios ​ Jean Alexandra (McCaig) Smith 1903-1988 Jean, Mumsie, Aunt Jean, Grannie was born in Quebec in 1903. Her parents were John and Evelyn McCaig. She had 2 sisters, Ruth, born in 1908, and Ester, and one brother, William John, born in 1911. The family moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1911. Jean trained as a stenographer and early in her adult life she developed a love of travel. During the 1920s and 1930s she visited Vancouver, Honolulu, San Francisco, Berkeley, South Hampton and Brazil and settled finally in New York in the early 1940s. She was working as a stenographer in the Canadian Consul General/Trade Commissioner’s office when she met Robert Guy Carington Smith. They were married on December 12, 1945. For the next 20 years she travelled to, and lived in many of, the world’s capital cities and became a gracious hostess for Guy as he pursued his diplomatic career around the world. Upon Guy’s retirement in the early 1960s, they purchased a house in Brockville, Ontario and lived there until Jean’s death in 1988. Summers were always spent in Tadoussac at Dufferin House. Jean and Guy became the Tadoussac version of Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman from Driving Miss Daisy! Guy had purchased a black London Taxi which he named Gertrude. He was often seen in the front seat driving around Tad with Jean in the back regally waving to us all! Jean died in Brockville in February, 1988. Written by various family members

  • Carington Smith, George

    Carington Smith, George Back to ALL Bios ​ GEORGE CARINGTON SMITH 1870-1949 George (Tommy) Carington Smith was born in Quebec City in 1870. He was the fourth son of Robert Herbert Smith and Amelia Jane LeMesurier. He was a banker and spent most of his career with the Bank of Montreal. He married Winifred Dawes in 1899 in Lachine, Quebec. He had three children. His son, David Norman, died in infancy. His daughter, Winifred Noeline (known as Pixie), was born in 1902 and his daughter, Marion Sarah, was born in 1907. He died in 1949 in Montreal and is buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. Eve Wickwire