Hi Linda! Thanx for posting my comments! I am back researching my Kennedy family history. Ray Kennedy who ran Kennedy’s Taxi in Carleton Place, was my uncle. I just now discovered my gramp’s history too. I saved the page. He was Joe Kennedy who married a Maud Killeen, she died, then he married her sister Mary Killeen. I’d like to find some photos too!
Sandra Mailey I believe Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the boat rental business and the booth. She made the best hamburgers I had ever tasted!
Ted Hurdis definitely was a great place to go for a burger, fries, shake or whatever. It was the booth to everyone from town. Early on the road through the park ran right beside the front counter of the booth
Ray Paquette —Ray Kennedy and his wife operated the “canteen” in the 1950’s. In addition to the refreshments stand and boat rentals, you could buy live bait, minnows and dew worms for fishing using the rental boats. I believe that Dale Costello moored his “sea flea” there in the late ’50’s early ’60’s nad if he see this post he will make a comment. By the way, didn’t Ray drive a taxi in the “off season”?
Kevin Kennedy — it was called the booth my father and mother built it just after w.w.11 he built 32 row boats that he rented them out before the highway bridge was put in. mother run the both restaurant end of things . they stayed there until one of my older brothers near drowned then they moved to Francis street
Ted Hurdis ,Kevin Kennedy such a great part of our town history Kev. You should be very proud of what they did and accomplished , I hope you have some keepsakes it was a big part of our life back then.
Ray Paquette Kevin Kennedy I didn’t realize that your parents built it. I holds a special place in my memories of summers in Carleton Place as a youth. Did your father drive a taxi at any point or am I having a “senior moment”..
Kevin Kennedy–Yes he did he owned Kennedys taxi owned for twenty some years. My dad run it for years after the second world war. Linda there was a store he run sold hot dogs hamburger ice cream cones etc and he had about 50 row boats he rented out to all most 100 campers that stayed in the park then he made extra money when the carnivals came to town his name was Ray Kennedy thanks.
read more here–The Carleton Place Riverside Park Booth Etc. Etc.
Can we provide some memories or photos? Thanks!!
I worked summers at the booth during high school, met Stomping Tom Conners there when he came to rent a boat during his playing days at the Mississippi Hotel.-Karen McGee
Dan WilliamsIf you look you can still see the stone foundation of the dock. What I don’t get is there is no sign of the pier.
When Raymond Patrick Kennedy was born on May 17, 1914, in Carleton Place, Ontario, his father, Joseph, was 27 and his mother, Catherine, was 27. He married Dorothy Florence McNeely on June 1, 1949. He died on November 25, 1997, in his hometown at the age of 83, and was buried there.
1997, Thursday November 27, The Ottawa Citizen page D8
KENNEDY, Raymond Patrick
Veteran of WW II
Former Owner of Kennedy’s Taxi
In hospital at Carleton Place, Ontario, on Tuesday, November 25th, 1997, Ray Kennedy in his 84th year. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Florence McNeely. Loving father of Jim, Jack, Tim (Cindy) and Kelvin (Barbara). Dear brother of Cecilia, Celestine, Gerald, Edward, Pauline, Rockne, Marlene, John, Doreen, Joseph, Leo, Judy and Joanne. Predeceased by Jack, Margaret, Gerald, Walter, Clotida, Kenneth and Robert. Much loved grampa of Kris, Sara, Ryan, Travis, Darcy, Courtenay, Miranda and Rayanne. Great-grandfather of Maverick and Isaac. Resting at the ALAN R. BARKER FUNERAL HOME, McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Thursday form 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Rev John Bushby officiating. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family.