In Memory of Mickey Pickup– Carleton Place Dominion Store


Last week Mike Kean wrote his memories of Carleton Place and he mentioned the following:

“Mike was actually head hunted and moved down Bridge Street to the Dominion Store at the corner of Bridge and Franklin because of  his experience. I asked him who the head hunter was and he said, “Terry Vincent was the man!” A lot of people in Carleton Place know him well as he was a real genuine person. The manager of the store was from Smiths Falls and his name was Mickey Pickup (no joke)”.

Last night Mike emailed me and said:

Linda, It is so strange. I just read the obituaries in the EMC. The manager of the Dominion Store that I was talking about, Mickey Pickup is in there. He passed away April 4th. I have never read the EMC online. Curious as to why now.

Well Mike, I always believe we get signs. Perhaps he was happy you mentioned him, so now we are going to pay homage to the man that once ran the Dominion Store on Bridge Street in Carleton Place. Now that we learned about Mickey Pickup last week is now thanks to Mike Kean- we will all remember his passing now.

Tip of the hat or glass to Mickey Pickup!


We might have never have met him, but here are some of the comments on his Obituary page:

“To Mickey’s family, my condolences for your loss. Mickey was a unique character, always smiling and laughing, always a story to tell. A generous man with a heart of gold, he was always giving something to someone in need. He was a friend to all and I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. I hope he found a great fish and chip place in heaven”.


“I worked with Mickey 35 years ago at Dominion Store. Mickey was the “Produce Manager”. He never looked like he aged and still moved like the energizer bunny last time I saw him”.


“We will miss seeing Mickey scurrying about in his backyard. We loved his, “How are ya?” greetings. He was a fantastic neighbour who had the gift of giving. We found magazines, tape cassettes and other items at our front door. He loved to help a friend and had enough resources packed away. He was a great dancer who knew how to have fun. We’ll see you in heaven. Love your neighbours”.


Obituary for “Mickey” Harold James Pickup

Peacefully at the Smiths Falls Hospital on Monday, April 4, 2016 in his 85th year. Beloved husband of the late Jacqui Pickup (nee Adams). Loving father of Judy Ligetfalvy and husband Les, Steve Pickup and wife Licia, Ric Pickup and wife Cathy, Kelly Pickup and wife Maureen and Randy Pickup and wife Teresa. Cherished grandfather of Leslie, Steven, Brenon, Juleya, Kyle, Tabetha, Krystal, Nicholas, Jennifer, Britney, Shawna, Stefanie and Mic. Dear brother of Nick Pickup and wife Ola and Robert Pickup and wife Diane. Fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

As per Mickey’s wishes, bio-cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a Charity of Your Choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls. Online condolences available at




Related reading:

Glory Days of Carleton Place–Mike Kean


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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