Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments

Trudi Dickie Clippings — Please Add Your Comments


I really didn’t know Trudi Dickie that well. All I know is she was a no nonsense smart woman that raised one heck of a great family and worked her tail off for Carleton Place. I will remember the first thing Trudi said to me in 1982 for the rest of my life.

Trudi came with Melba Barker to my home in 1982 to give my late husband and I a heritage certificate. She firmly shook my hand and told me mayor Melba Barker asked her to come with her because they heard I was trouble.

Trudi and Melba Barker broke out laughing and I just shook my head and laughed. Things have not changed in 2018– and I am so proud of these 2 women that were part of only 6 women to grace the council chambers of Carleton Place since 1901. I would like to think she would be smiling at all the women running for the October 22 election. This is for you Trudi!

Please add your comments and I will document them. Thank you.



Julie Sadler- Trudi talking to my Dad who was the town building inspector at the time

26993921_10155531580206886_8439161053264677222_n.jpgBen MacRae It looks like she’s putting a weiner on a bun


Penny Trafford— Trudie and Andy Dickie


Terry Latham Is that Trudy Dickie sipping tea?? Looks like her

Sylvia Giles Yes it is Trudy and Andy!!
Trudy and Andy on the right
Linda Gallipeau-Johnston


Linda – sorry didn’t remember this being so badly out of focus – someone on the street at the time took the pic. Trudy stopped in at my Mom’s on occasion and away they went walking.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 10 Jun 1980, Tue,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 3


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 15 Aug 1978, Tue,
  3. [Second] REVISION,
  1. Page 1 -

    Clipped from

    1. The Ottawa Journal,
    2. 18 Jul 1978, Tue,
    3. [First] REVISION,
    4. Page
    5.  -

      Clipped from

      1. The Ottawa Journal,
      2. 24 Jul 1979, Tue,
      3. [Second] Revision,
      4. Page 3 -  -  - September 1982
      5.  - 1982 Crew in Carleton Place
      7. Marilyn White My condolences to the Dickie family. Trudy. Was a treasure.
        Robert Mullan What a woman! My condolences to her family, (Marianne)
        Donna Lowe Ward-– So sad to hear this news. A wonderful, kind lady. Condolences to the Dickie family.
      8. Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


        It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

      9. The Man that Brought “Canada” Back to Carleton Place – Bill Bagg

      10. The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Place

      11. Where Did the 257 Telephone Exchange Come From in Carleton Place?


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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