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It Would be Hard to Find a Finer Man than Ernie Trimble–Photos and Condolences

It Would be Hard to Find a Finer Man than Ernie Trimble–Photos and Condolences
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
2d  · 
It’s Photo Friday! In memory of Ernie Trimble, who recently passed away, we’re sharing this great photo of him with his vintage Ford. He’s all suited up to participate in the Carleton Place 150th Festival. (1969) Our condolences to the Trimble family. xo

I have known Ernie for a long time and when I saw this I started to cry. A kinder man you will never meet. He did our town proud….My love goes out to family… Linda

So I had to document Ernie for everyone to remember.

Linda Seccaspina
August 21, 2020  · 
Another Trimble from the dynasty.. A photo I always keep on my phone because it is someone my late husband Angelo and I have the greatest respect for. Ernie Trimble– sometime in the 70s.

Carleton Place Cruise Nights

16h  · So sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a regular at CP Cruise Nights and one of the nicest guys I ever met. Sending deepest condolences to Brian and Ross and families.RIP Ernie


Peacefully, at the Almonte General Hospital on Monday December 13, 2021, at the age of 93. Predeceased by his wife Doreen. Special friend of Lois Moore. Dear father of Ross (Rose Mary) and Brian (Debbie). Proud grandfather of Ashley (Joe), Alicia (Chris) and Brandon (Sarah). Great-grandfather of Riley, Borden and Reece. Survived by his brother Gerald and his siter Doris Porteous. Predeceased by his sister Marjorie Long. At Ernie’s request, there will be no visitation or service. Interment will be held at St. James Anglican Cemetery. For those who wish, a donation to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or St. James Anglican Church would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, Carleton Place.www.barkerfh.com
Published on December 16, 2021

Linda SeccaspinaThe Tales of Carleton Place
June 24, 2018  · 

My late husband loved this man and so do I. There is no bigger supporter of the Kings than Ernie Trimble. There is no one like Ernie.
Ernie and Lois at the St. James Spaghetti Dinner-Poto-Linda Seccaspina
KaE Photography
May 21, 2015  · 
Ernie Trimble (Deb’s Father in Law) & his fav player Andy Sturtz ( thanks Toby)

Toby Randell said-Andy Sturtz was from Buffalo and was likely the best player to play for the Canadians. Won player of the year honours for then entire Canadian Junior A Hockey League in 2014 I believe. Went on to Penn St. and briefly played in the Senators organization.

Kathy Davidson Echlin
KaE Photography
May 21, 2015  · 
Ernie Trimble (Brian’s Dad) driving his old Chev
So sad to hear about Ernie. I met him through Brian and Deb, my coworker. I took some photos of him one year while celebrating the CP Canadians hockey team. He loved his CP Canadians. I love this pic in his car 🥰Kathy Davidson Echlin

Casey FallakMr Trimble was such a wonderful and kind man. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Bob SherrardVal and I send our condolences to Ernie’s family

Ivor BayleyErnie was s good friend he always stopped by when the garage door was open he was always looking automotive items he also had a great sense of humour will miss his visits our condolences to all the Trimble family

Roy LayMy Condolences to the family.

Louise JeaysI met him once. He was nice.

Donna PoirierSincere condolences

Joanne Clarke-MacDonaldSincere condolences to Ernies family. He was well thought of throughout the community.

Cheryl DesarmiaCondolences to the trimble family. R.i.p ernie

Sandy Lathammy condolences to the family.

Sharon HenryOur sincere condolences to all of the family.

Toby Randell- Ernie used to watch me when I played Junior B. The man loved his hockey and was a regular at the rink for Junior A and Junior B

Sheila CoylesVery nice man sorry 2 hear about him passing now him all my life condolences 2 his family

Jennifer Fenwick IrwinI got a bit teary too…. 🙁 My condolences to the family.

Anne CramptonA very kind man, condolences to his friends and family.

Cindy LoftusCondolences to all the family

Marsha JamesCondolences to All of his family

Bonnie WoodHe was a very special man and will be deeply missed.My condolences to the family at this difficult time.

Brian DowdallA very down to earth person who always had the time to talk/ My Prayers to Ross and Brian.

Sherrie HumbyMy condolences to his family. Thinking of you guys. He sure was a sweet man and his family adored him too.

Rod BlackMy Condolences to The Trimble Family!

Donna Lowe WardDeepest sympathies to the Trimble family.

Jane CarnegieSo sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing… thoughts and prayers to Brian and Ross and families…at this difficult time..

Jeff LevesqueTrue story – I was 9, public skating at the “new” arena.I came off the bench after tying my skates and was immediately hit by another skater – forgot to look. To the ice I went and started to bleed.Mr. Trimble happened to be at the arena that day and came onto the ice to help. Not long after that he picked me up and took me to the hospital and stayed with me until my parents arrived. 9 stitches later and a day I’ll never forget.Nice man and very engaged in the Town and local sports. Condolences to the entire family.

Gladys BarnardMy condolences to the family

Calvin ChapmanMy condolences to the family

Kim ScottVery sad news. My condolences to the family. ♥️. Well Ernie , you can now continue your special visits with ‘Uncle Kenny’ ! He will be so happy to chat with you again ♥️ You sure were a big part of our childhood. May you RIP ♥️ Hugs to Ross , Brian and families XO

Sadie Scott FaubertOur condolences to Ernie’s family. Having lived on the 9th line most of my life, I along with my neighbours I am sure, appreciate Ernie’s cleaning up of the ditches. He will be missed

Karen ButtonKim Scott he sure was, Dad thought the world of him

Ted HurdisI often think of the time Brodie was in a heated playoff run with the Kings. He pulled two rivets in his skate and definitely didn’t want to break in new skates. Earnie Trimble to the rescue, he took Brodies skates home and repaired the rivets. Such a thoughtful guy and my son’s skates wouldn’t be fun to work on he never wore socks and to say they stunk would be an understatement. Lol

Mary Jane LancasterDeepest Condolences to his family.

John MorinCondolences to his family. I have talked with him when he showed off his vintage car.

Ron MacDonaldCondolences to the Trimble family. RIP Ernie.

Llew LloydIt would be very hard to find a finer man. R.I.P. Ernie.

Andy BowesVery sorry to hear

Nora PercyMy condolences to the family

Joyce GardinerDeepest to the family & to Gerald & Doris , also my sister Lois .

Dave WhiteBrian, so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing

Kevin DuffMy Condolences to the Trimble family very nice man

Evelyn Rintoul CampbellSo sorry to hear, my condolences to the family.

Joan SeabrookErnie was certainly a true Gentleman & loved by anyone who knew him! My deepest condolences to all the family!Joan Seabrook

Bev ShootsSo sorry to read this, our condolences to Brian, Debbie and family, he was such a sweet manRemember Ernie watching Brian play ball, make em be strikes 😊Hugs to the Trimbles 💞💞💞

Robert CarpenterMy condolences to the family

Elaine GauthierMr Trimble was a good neighbour. We bought firewood from him for a few years.

Christine CramptonSorry for your loss

Kevin Kennedymy deepest condolences goes out to the Trimble family…

Tom McGonegalMy condolences to the family

Lila Leach-JamesCondolences to the Trimble families!

Ken LockhartMy condolences to the family

Donald WaterfieldMy condolences to the Trimble family.

Kelly KellyMy condolences 💐 to the family – such a kind man!

Myrt BeggsOur sincere condolences to family & friends..Erie was a very special man❤🙏🙏

May TolsonI am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He & Doreen were such good friends of my Mom & Dad…Cecil & June Yuill….we have so many good memories of us all together. Not many of the Findlay working crew left. My condolences to Ross, Brian & Families.

Linda GreeneOur deepest sympathy to the Trimble family

Judy BeggsMy condolences too the family He was a special Man had many dances with him Hank 🙏🙏❤️

Roger RattrayOur Sincere Condolences to Brian ,Ross and family.

Holley GardinerOur Sincere Condolences to Brian ,Ross and family.

Bruce GuthrieI offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to Brian and Ross and the entire Trimble family.

Sue StewartSuch a lovely man, my condolences to all the family.

Janet KerryDeepest condolances to the Trimble families.

Sean-Mary O’BrienI spent a lot of time at the Trimbles when I was a kid and they meant a lot to me. My sincere condolences I send to Brian, Debbie, and Ross and their family.

Rick SchnauferMy condolences to the family. Sorry for your loss Brian and Ross.

Kevin LevesqueI’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to Brian, Ross and family.

Greg WrightCondolances to the entire Trimble clan.

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            Vintage Carleton Place King’s

Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian Files from  the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Brian is a native of Carleton Place and was born in 1955. The young man is a left winger playing his first season with the Carleton Place Kings. Last year Brian was with the Smiths Falls Junior A Club and found playing in  the Centennial Cup Canadian final a never-to-be forgotten experience.

This fall Brian was also involved in playing soccer for the Carleton Place High School where he is a Grade 12 student. The speedy left winger has found the Ottawa 67s the strongest opponent for the Kings this season.”They are a good skating club, but they don’t like to be checked” he explained.

Brian’s favourite pro player? Bobby Hull. “He’s the best player laced into skates. He’s big, strong, a good skater, and he takes the time to talk to kids”.

Another interest of Brian’s, outside of hockey is cars. At the moment he is the proud owner of a ’56 Pontiac and a ’29 Durant. His father also shares Brian’s passion sporting a ’31 Roadster with a rumble seat. (Author’s Note-Go Ernie!)

Brian has no definite plans for the future. Right now he is satisfied playing with the Kings.”We have a top team and a good club- we will give anyone a run for the first place spot,” he said.

Wonder what happened to him?:)

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place



Doug Gibson, who died at age 81 in 2011 was one of the founders of junior hockey in Carleton Place. Gibson was instrumental in launching the former Carleton Place Legion Kings hockey club.  He not only coached, but managed the team during their first years in the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League in the 1970s.  That team was to be the foundation for the Almonte Thunder  team, who then became part of the Mississippi Mills franchise.

In 1970 the Carleton Place resident was the chairman of a drive for funds to install artificial ice in the new arena, and his team found themselves raising only a total of $18, 823. 30. They desperately needed another $25,000, so they offered each contributor of $25 or more a chance for a trip to Britain donated by Branch 192 of the Canadian Legion.  They ended up raising the money, and the winner of the draw was Milton Saunders.

Gibson managed the team when the late Bill Griese Sr. was the head coach. Griese Sr. was said to be the most vocal coach the Kings ever had. Even though Doug wrote a letter to the editor of the Ottawa Journal in 1976 about no decency left in society, he put up with with the antics of Griese Sr. Yes, Doug could not handle profanity on television; but he would just sit back at the games and let Bill rant and scream while he coached. Doug also told Coach Griese to stop bringing in so many Ottawa players, and insisted they focus more on the local area boys.

Following that winning formula Carleton Place won five Valley championships in their Junior B history including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, their final two campaigns. It was important to Doug to make sure that each player knew who they were representing– that would be the Town of Carleton Place.




Doug is third in the back row- Carleton Place High School Football team 1947-1948- Photos from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

After stepping down from his position with the team, Gibson was still one of the club’s biggest fans and seldom missed a home game. Doug was married to his wife, Iona, for  over 60 years. Iona supported Doug 110% and used to work in the canteen selling hot dogs and drinks during the games.

Some will remember Doug as a stationary engineer at our Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital for 27 years, and when he died they lowered the flag to half mast. He was also a strong believer in our local service clubs and was a member of: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192, Carleton Place and a member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Club No. 396, Carleton Place. Last but not least, he also belonged to the St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 63 A.F. and A.M., Carleton Place.

Doug might have been a man of the community but he loved to fish for perch and pike. That man lovingly taught family members how to smack the fish on the side of the head to knock them out. To the fish and some he might have appeared tough,  but there is no doubt in my mind he always will be remembered as one of the great community leaders in Carleton Place with a heart of gold.

With files from the Ottawa Journal and The Carleton Place Canadian.


Carleton Place High School football team. Group of boys wearing “CP” sweaters, helmets, posing in grass. Written on reverse: “1947-48. Front Row left to right – Jack Hastie, Mike Findlay, Chris Findlay, Sandy McEwan, Doug Gueraud, Art Evoy, Gordon McNabb.

Back Row left – right

Delmar Dunlop, Bill Findlay, Doug Gibson, Don Napier, Murray Sadler, Doug Brown, Keith Hamilton, Eldon Bittle, Murray McRae, Ken Cook, Louis Levi”

Carleton Place Kings 1978— Who had a crush on Doug Wellman?



Photos from the Carleton Place Canadian files at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


Thank to Mary Ann Harrison we identified some of those Carleton Place Kings in 1978 this week. Even Rusty Knight who now works for the town was in that squad! Now, here are a few more shots of the fabulous 1978 Kings. I am sure by the looks of young Doug Wellman, he made the gals swoon on the benches. Stories?




Name those Hockey Players- Carleton Place Kings 1978


From the files of the Carleton Place Canadian from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumMary Anne Harrison

Hi Linda; You had a pic of an CP hockey team from 1978. Here are some of the players in no particular order: Rusty Knight, Bill Griese, Ken Code, Garth Scully, Jeff Herspt, Donnie Vaughn, Dave Mills, Peter McGregor, Steve Bryce,.John Hogg, Gary Raycroft, Pat Emon and Steve Baird-Thanks Mary Ann Harrison!



Logan Trafford

Hi Linda
I stumbled upon this post and since it is the 40th anniversary of this team/picture, I thought I’d add a bit more insight and perhaps you would consider re-posting it.
this picture would have been taken near the end of the exhibition season in 1978. There are about 1/2 dozen people in it who didn’t actually end up playing on the team that year. The final roster team eventually went on to win the league championship for the very first time. That picture is in the trophy case at the Arena.
There’s a couple of possibilities for a couple of players, but here’s the identity of most of the people.
L-R for each row:
Row 1 (G) ???, Geoff Herbst, Bill Grease (Coach), Rusty Knight, Morley Black (Asst Coach), Ken Code, Garth Sculley
2nd Row Gary Raycroft ?, Martin Puckett, Pat Emon, Steve Bryce, Pat Domenico (traded mid-season), Don Vaughn, ???, Marty Sheehan, Steve Baird, Peter McGregor
Back Row – ???, Logan Trafford, Doug Riopelle, Brian Graham, Bruce McBrian, Dave Mills, Mike Bertrand (traded mid-season), Gerry Barber, John Hogg (G)