Sitting on a Bench Outside Devlin’s Store Looking for Stories


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This is a picture of the Devlin family. Their family and store meant a lot to everyone in the area. Please leave comments on Facebook or WordPress of your memories so I can include them in the second book about Carleton Place I am presently compiling called: “I Found My Thrill on Dunlop Hill”.  Out in July

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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.

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  1. Linda – Devlin Collision – Almonte – 613-256-1723 – Steven Devlin – (owner) is one of the five sons of Evelyn and Mervin Devlin. The family was one of the most treasured families that grew up in Appleton. I am sure he would be proud to tell you about his family.

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  2. Hi Linda,
    My father-in-law Mervin gave me and his oldest son Jeff the only “talk” I got on the bench outside the store 38 years ago… He sat us both down on the bench after we told him we wanted to get married, and after some unconvincing conversation, he told us “Fine, but if you burn your ass you will have to sit on the blisters”😉 Jeff and I are still happily married and I miss both my in-laws tremendously. We have so many fond memories of that store, I don’t know where to begin! Actually we could likely write a book about the shenanigans that went on there 😍 I met so many great people at the store and I am looking forward to seeing the memories that are posted.


    • HI Lori, Merv and Ev, what great folks to work for 🙂 really enjoyed those teenage years working along side them, their boys and you girls(Lori, Brenda, Judy, and Fiona) and Cyndy Woods! Such a busy spot, the cottagers stopping in for their steaks on the way to the cottage, the deli, scooping ice cream, gas and chipstand. Hard working, Ev always happily doing what needed to get done. Sweet lady! Remember making Merv his favourite, a cheese, onion, mustard sandwich! Many a visits with Nanny and Poppa and Fay and Ray. Dreaded cleaning that chip stand at the end of the day but always a fun day at work:-) and agree, if those walls could talk, there would be many a stories, not necessarily G lol


  3. The owners prior to the Devlins were the Shackeltons. They were an English couple that had emigrated to Canada in the 1950’s with their two boys, Leon and Frank. I believe that Leon has passed away and Frank my be in the Toronto area. After they sold the store, I believe Mr. and Mrs. Shackleton returned to England.


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