Mose Okilman–Anything to Add?


I am writing a play about Carleton Place and some of my characters are those that have passed on but still remembered today.

What do you remember about Mose Okilman? What were his favourite sayings? I know one is:

“never look at the puck” 🙂

So add your thoughts in the comments please.

from Linda MacFarlane
I looked after Mo Okilman in one of the homes many years ago in Almonte . A very pleasant man so kind who talked about Okilmans which I believe started with his parents in CP then he and his wife took over . Mo was well known in CP as I believe a hockey coach . It’s been years so I may be off on some detail but I remember him fondly . Never had children and had a picture of his wife always on his dresser . He said they never in all their years married had a fight or spoke angry towards each other . That’s what I remember about Mo . Always called my blonde daughter a toe head which he said blondes were called when he was young 😂


1.       Silver metal goblet with crossed hockey sticks on black metal base. “The Okilman Cup For Juvenile Hockey League

St. Andrew’s 1935″ — Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Black and white photograph of the IOOF hockey club – The Lanark Old Stars taken on February 17, 1954 at the Beckwith Arena. The team had played against the “Old Pros” in a hospital benefit game.    The men are wearing “C.P. I.O.O.F.” uniforms and hold hockey sticks.  Written in ink at bottom edge: “Feb. 17, 1954”.

Front row (l-r):  Wally Mace, Harry Paquette.

Second Row:  Pete Vallee, Lorne Potter, Dawson MacDowall, Arnie McDaniel, Aubrey Nesbitt, Eddie Nesbitt, Jim Houston.

Third Row:  Howard Little, Jack Bracewell, Watty McIlquham, Ike Smith, Taffy William, Bert Horton, Bill Doyle, Rusty White.

Back Row:  Ed Thake, Mose Okilman, Ross McDaniel, Mick McAllister, Lefty Muldoon, Frank Honeyborne, Raymond Edmonds, Jimmy Rutherford.

Photo from Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Dave WhiteI remember being very young and going in the store with my Mom and he would tease me, pretend he was going to throw me out of the store but I knew it was all in fun. He was such a nice man. Got my first hockey sweater there. It was a black wool knit Boston Bruins sweater with a turtle neck.

Marilyn WhiteThe goalie could be Lorne Potter. The three men kneeling on the right are Nesbit, Ed Nesbit and Jim Houston.

Donna Mcfarlane
13h  · 

This is a picture of Mose Okliman and Joan Whelan at the Leigh 10 yr reunion Mose worked at Leigh for awhile

Valerie SherrardHis wife Rita was a wonderful woman

Heather Mailey-FerrillMoses was a nice man and Rita was also. My mother and Moses attended school together.

Joan StoddartI remember Alex telling about his dad and Moses playing cards and smoking cigars .He would blow smoke in Alex’s face so the young lad would want to smoke

Liana GallantRita used to help my mom with really special Christmas baking. Peanut butter balls, each one iced with pale green and pale pink frosting. I remember them so well. I made them a few times after I left home, but they were way too much work!

Bruce GuthrieMy Grandfather Howard Little standing over a players shoulder on the left was a good friend in life of many of these players including Mo Okilman. Mo also played College hockey in the U.S.A. at Clarkson College now Clarkson University and his team photo hangs in the Cheel Arena at Potsdam N.Y. Jim Houston another good friend always brought my Grandmother Agnes Little fish that he would catch in the Mississippi Lake and he did this throughout his life. Great picture!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. Mose was a great guy with a wicked sense of humor and a big grin. I knew him from the store and later he worked at Leigh Instruments at the same time as I did. Loved to pull practical jokes on us girls.

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