This was written by Kris Brawden 2000
Britt Thurston, born in Otttawa was a former employee of Christie Biscuits and a transport employee. He served overseas in World War 11 and had lived in the Almonte area since 1952. Britt remembers delivering wheat from the grain elevator in Prescott to the Almonte Flour Mill and milk from local farms to the Ottawa market and in Almonte.
Britt’s most prominent memory was growing up in the Depression. His father had a job and they got by and there was never a problem. But, as he said people that did not have job– well it was tough. Britt owned property all over town, and was even the original owner of the property that was once the Double Deuce Rock and Country Bar and the antique furniture store. Britt Thurston believed that they began the flow of traffic out in that part of town.
Not only a successful businessman but he was also a humanitarian and a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society for man many years. The respected member of the community also worked for Reg Gamble for 13 years and was also with the Almonte Legion Pipe Band.
What memories can you add?
Obituary for “Britt” George Britten Alexander Thurston
Thurston – George “Britten” Alexander
(Veteran of WWII – B.A. Thurston Ltd.)
Peacefully in the Fairview Manor, Almonte on June 19, in his 91st year. Predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children Glenna (1973) and his second wife Charlotte (2011). Beloved father of Catherine Gallagher (Michael), Susan Thurston (Geoff Ribek) and Michael (Susan). Grandfather of Christina (Lin-Lee) and Patrick, Galen (Lesley), Kealey (Brendan) and Gemma, Samantha (Jared), Britten and Mallory (Coady) Great Grandfather of 10 wonderful great grandchildren. Britt was the son of the late Alec and Peggy Thurston and is survived by his brother and life time business partner Donald and his sister Jane. The family would like to extend their thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and PSW’s at the Fairview Manor for their compassion, love and wonderful care of Dad; especially those at the Old Mill Place Ward.