Almonte lost a popular resident Friday night in the sudden death of Daniel Ensley Larocque at the early age of 44. He was. an enthusiastic athlete, a former member of the Almonte hockey team which reached its peak in the early 1930’s. An hour before the heart seizure which proved fatal, he had been on skates again playing a pick-up game in the local arena. It is thought that this exertion was too much for him and brought on his-untimely end. Danny, as he was better known to his friends, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Larocque, Almonte, and was bom in Darling Twp. 44 years ago. 20 years ago he married the former Jean Clarke of Ottawa and Almonte, who survives with one daughter and two sons, Diane, 14, Danny, 12, at home and Clarke, 18, of Toronto. Besides his parents he is also survived by three sisters and two brothers, Carmel (Mrs. John Kennedy) of Kinburn; Florence (Mrs. George Hourigan) and Alma (Mrs. Joseph Coady) both of Almonte, and George of Almonte and William of Lanark.
Mr. Larocque joined the Almonte volunteer fire brigade 18 years ago and worked his way up to be captain of the brigade, a position he still held at the time of his death. He was also a member of the local Legion, having served overseas during World War II with the Canadian armed forces. He started his hockey career 25 years ago when he played with the Almonte team when it was at the peak of its winning streak and he had been active in that sport ever since in one capacity or another.
When he was not refereeing a hockey game played by the younger generation, he was acting as time-keeper in the penalty box for the intermediate games. Following the town league game he played on Friday night, a short time before his death, he had made arrangements with the rink manager, Harry Nontell to give up playing and referee the town league games for the remainder of the season. During the Summer months Dan could always be seen playing softball, another of his favorite sports. In later years he took up curling in his spare time.
As a young man he was employed by Taylor Brothers hardware store for a number of years. In 1941 he joined the Army and went overseas where he served in England, Italy and other parts of Europe. Following his discharge he took over the delivery service of the Canadian Pacific Express office and he also transported the mail between the trains and the post office. After seven leirs in the employ of the CPE, he built a service station and lunch bar which he operated for a short time before selling out in the Fall of 1954.
On Sunday night the local firemen paraded in a body to the Comba funeral home and paid their final respects to th^jr captain. During the afternoon members of the local legion attended the largely attended funeral was held Monday morning to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for requiem mass at nine a.m., and thence to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rev. Maurice Egan, P.P., conducted the service.
The pallbearers were: Messrs Geo. Hourigan, Joe Coady, John Kennedy, Don Houston, Douglas Houston and Geo. Villeneuve. Among many old friends who attended the funeral from a distance were Messrs Wllmot Little and Jack Washburn of Temiskaming, Quebec.
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
TRIMBLE, Ernest “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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Upwards of 600 fans were present at ,the opening game of the hockey season when| the Almonte Bombers clashed with the “Old Professionals” on Tuesday night in the Almonte Arena. This was an exhibition game with the proceeds donated towards the Almonte Christmas Seal Campaign.
The score was 17 to 11 in favor of Almonte, and play was fast most of the time. Stars for the game were Hunter, Thibeau and McAuliffe to the Bombers, with several goals each and Syd Howe and Cowley sparked for the Old Professionals. The referee was Ed. Boileau of Ottawa.
The ice was very good, considering the short time that the makers had in having it ready on Tuesday night. Credit is due Jack Hudson and Stuart Tosh. Following the game, the ‘Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Canadian Legio served refreshments to the players. Miss Mary Shean, presidentelect of the Auxiliary, was convener. This was the Auxiliary’s donation to the Christmas Seal campaign.
Line-ups were: Professionals—Goal, Benny McDonnell; defence, John Wilkinson, Tony Golab; right wing, Larry Larocque; left wing, Ken Kilrae; centre, Connie Brown; alternates, flex . Smart, Syd. Howe, Bill Cowfey, Gordon Pranskie, Frank Lowrey, Bill Boucher.
Almonte Bombers—Goal, R. Kritch; defence, Art Dinardo, j v ‘ Hughes; right wing, S. Calagoure; left wing, F. Lombardo; centre, S. Imbesi; alternates, L. Goddard, L. Fletcher, M. Lavergne, B. Thibeau, I: McAuliffe, N. Ventura, R. Costantini, R. Hunter, C. McKenny, G. Wiley, A. Creighton.
December 25, 2020 · This photo is from the collection of historic photos Michael Dunn shares with me on Almonte.com — I’ve colourized it. The sign above the door reads ‘Almonte and District Community Centre Skating Rink.’
I did some digging through the Almonte Gazette archives and it appears the rink opened around January 1950. From the Gazette, January 12, 1950:
NEW SKATING RINK CREDIT TO TOWN IS VERDICT OF OPENING NIGHT CROWD Almonte’s new covered rink was opened to the public last Saturday night when a Rideau group hockey match was played on the local ice sheet between the Almonte Bombers and Carleton Place Red Wings. There were 1,100 paid admissions and most of the big crowd saw the fine new building for the first time.
For several years, Almonte has been without a rink and for many more, vain efforts were made to even get one started. The new building is located on Country Street, in Gemmill Park, next to St. Mary’s Church. Back in 1931 and 1932, when Almonte had a rink, they also had a smart hockey team that held their own in Eastern Ontario. For years the rink served its purpose until it was condemned a few years ago and had to be taken down. Since then Almonte has had no rink: and the citizens had to take a back seat when they picked up their papers and read that smaller towns and communities were building new community centres!
But in 1949, the Almonte Lions Club which was formed only three years, took on the tremendous task of getting the ball rolling.
Floyd Robert Donald Smith (born May 16, 1935 in Perth, Ontario). In 1954-55 Smith played junior hockey with the Galt Black Hawks in the OHA. He made his National Hockey League debut for the Boston Bruins, playing 3 games with the team in 1954- 1955. 1956-57 with the Hershey Bears AHL then called up to the Bruins for 23 games that year. Smith then spent 5 years with the New York Rangers organization with the Springfield Indians AHL, cracking the Rangers line up for only a 29-game stint in 1961. In 1963, Smith was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings. He scored an NHL career high 49 points during the 1965-66 season. At the 1968 trade deadline, he was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the 1970 expansion draft and served as the team’s first captain. Smith became an assistant coach with the Sabres in 1972. The next year, he was hired as head coach of the team’s top farm club, the AHL’s Cincinnati Swords. He won a Calder Cup in the first of his two year’s with the team. In 1974, he became Buffalo’s head coach, leading the team to a loss in the Stanley Cup Final in his first year. He also coached the World Hockey Association’s Cincinnati Stingers for the 1976-77 season and was Toronto Maple Leafs coach for the first 68 games of the 1979-80. He remained with the Leafs as a scout until being promoted to General Manager, a position he held for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons
Perth RememberedMy Father, Walter Bromley, managed Shaws for many years and one Christmas we got tickets from a clothing traveller to the Montreal Forum to see the Canadiens play the Red Wings. We caught the midnight train in Perth to Montreal and we were on our way to an amazing adventure. On game day Dad called Floyd at the hotel the Wings were staying and Floyd told Dad to bring us over to the hotel when the Red Wings were leaving for the game. We were sitting in the lobby and all the Wings players were there. I had brought pictures of the Wings with me and got autographs from them all. The big surprise was when I got a tap on my shoulder and looked up and there was Gordie Howe. It was an amazing experience for a young lad from Perth and will always cherish that memory. Still have all the pics with the autographs.
Bonny Dee HamiltonWe lived next door to the Smiths and they had a T.V. before we did. Mr. Smith would invite my grandfather over to watch the hockey games, it got very exciting when Floyd was playing. Even after we got a T.V. it was more fun watching them seeing their son play. He treated me well when he came home, never complained about me following him around.
Cathy HansenFloyd Smith arranged to have a hockey stick signed by Toronto Maple players for my brother Greg when the family went on a weekend trip to Toronto. Not sure what year it was but Tim Horton was one of the players that signed it. As I understand it, Floyd was with the opposing team that night but still had it signed by Greg’s favourite team. He always cherished this hockey stick and left it to cousin Tom when he died.
John ReidSometime in the early 1960’s I caddied for Dr. Walsh who played in a regular Saturday foursome with Floyd Smith, Jim Dicola and Alf Ashton. Quite a thrill for a young hockey fan!
Hi Linda would you have any photo’s of the old Lanark Skating Rink that was built in 1900 lasting until around 1960? I’ve attached what I think is the rink as well as the current Arena. Thanks James Laverance
Hello, I was given some pictures with some clippings of my dad who grew up on 244 William st. My dad Allan Trotman is back left in baseball and centre back with his glasses taped on in the hockey picture. Unfortunately there were no names in the pictures, wondering if you would post asking the people if they can name anyone, they would be all CP boys. Allan passed away in 1967. I don’t remember my dad (I was 5)and thought it would be nice if any of the comments could give me some stories
My dad Allan Trotman is back left in baseball- Photo– David Trotman
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Musem–July 10, 2014 -“Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican ChurchToday we remember “Butcher” Bill Bennett, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. Bill was a local icon – working in his family’s butcher shop, playing hockey for the Red Wings, and involved in many local organizations like the 100 Club, Curling Club and St. James Anglican Church. Rest in Peace Bill – we won’t forget you!
Buzz Williams was indeed on contract for the Detroit Red Wings.
The signature of ‘Baldy’ was none other than Carleton Place’s iconic Jack ‘Baldy’ Welsh. The back of the postcard wished a Horace Merrill a Merry Christmas. So who was Horace Merrill?
Horace Jefferson Merrill (deceased) was a Canadian senior single-blade canoe champion in 1904 and 1908-09. He was coach and captain champion of the Mile War Canoe from 1909 to 1911 and silver medalist ½ mile War Canoe from 1908 to 1911.
He was a member of the Cliffsides, first Allan Cup champions 1909. He Captained the Ottawa Senators hockey team. He was a defence man with the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) for eight seasons. Stanley Cup champs, 1919-20.
Merrill was an outstanding paddler in the decade 1902-1912. He was a member of the Rideau Canoe Club’s first war canoe crew in 1902.[3 Paddling for Ottawa Canoe Club(OCC) in 1904 he won the senior singles in the Canadian Canoe Association (CCA) competition. By 1906 he had switched to the New Edinburgh Canoe Club (NECC) and took second place in the senior singles at the CCA championship. In 1908 and 1909 he took the title as Canadian senior singles champion. In 1908, 1909 and 1910 he led the NECC war canoe crew to second place finishes in the half-mile Canadian championships. The crew came second in the mile race in 1908 and finished first in 1909, 1910, and 1911. In 1912 he served as rear commodore of the CCA.
Merrill retired to live and marry in Ottawa. He became the president of the Dadson-Merrill Press Company until his retirement from that business in 1945. He also served as a school trustee. In 1958, he suffered a stroke on an automobile trip to Florida with his wife, while driving through Cortland,New York, and was returned to Ottawa on December 19, 1958. He died a week later and is buried in Ottawa at Beechwood cemetery along with numerous other Senators players.
No story of Carleton Place would be complete without more than a passing reference to W. J. “Baldy” Welsh, famous Carleton Place paddler. In 1952 he was a young 89, “Baldy”, as even the school children called him was spry and extremely active for his age. Baldy Welsh used to stand in front of the Post Office where he once lived with one of his sons who was the caretaker of the building. He used to wear a silver Maltese cross, dangling from a silver chain fastened in his coat lapel. It was something that meant a great deal to him when he won the double-blade single canoe race in Brockville on August 6,1900. The man he beat was Billy Dier, Brockville’s strong man.
Baldy Welsh was also on a four-man canoe crew that won a cup given by Barbara Ann Scott’s maternal grandfather, Mr. Derbyshire, in 1898. In 1952 the canoe he bought 50 years ago was still in a shed not 50 yards from the Post Office. Baldy Welsh was proud of the fact that his three sons, Jim, Frank and Emmet , served the First World War and his four grandsons, Jack, J. D., Tom and William, all served overseas in the Second World War.
Besides being a great paddler in his day, Baldy Welsh also found time for baseball, hockey and lacrosse. He retired from the CPR shop in Carleton Place in 1929 after 22 years spent painting locomotives and tenders. About all he had to show for it was his long service pass but he made good use of it. He never missed a regatta and after some big sporting event in Ottawa, the sports writers usually included a line that said:
“Among those heard and seen cheering loudly at the game was Baldy Welsh of Carleton Place.”
The former paddler was born of Irish stock and his father came from Tipperary, his mother from Cork so Baldy Welsh was Irish and make no mistake about it. He was a natural to play a leading role in “My Wild Irish Rose,” staged by the local Carleton Place dramatists in 1920. Baldy’s eyes lighted up when he recalled how he played the part of Colum McCormack, a prosperous farmer of County Kildare, and how he led a male chorus in a bonafied show-stopper.
Baldy Welsh was modestly proud of a story written about him in the Ottawa Citizen by Austin Cross, back in 1945. He discussed the old stone schoolhouse (Central School) on Bridge Street, and recalled the day in 1870 when it was opened.
Before that, he said, he went to the old frame school across the “school lane.” Half of the old school was moved to a corner a block away on Victoria Street where it is now a terrace dwelling. Baldy, of course, liked best to tell of his paddling- prowess of years ago.
It was February of 1923, and over 1200 people jammed the Carleton Place Arena, as Carleton Place toppled them by 3-1. Arnprior unleashed a terrific attack, but Carleton Place fought back and maintained a terrific bombardment on the visitors nets. It was because of a beautiful combination effort on the part of Squirrel Arters and Buzz Williams, withBuzz passing to Arters at the goal mouth.
It was the largest crowd ever packed into the local Carleton Place arena, with Arnprior bringing down a large number of supporters with a special train having been chartered for the event. The first period unfolded a sensational battle with each goalie being called on to make many saves. However, Carleton Place exhibited a wonderful fame in the second period. Buzz Williams, stellar centre man, put the game on ice with two beautiful goals. It was the hardest fought game ever witnessed on local ice with Moose and Squirrel-– excuse me– Squirrel Arters and Buzz Williams combining for the last tally.
Detroit Olympics Statistics and History
Leagues -> IHL -> Detroit OlympicsThe Detroit Olympics were a Minor Professional hockey team based in Detroit, MI playing in the International Hockey League from 1927 to 1936. The team played in the Olympia Sports Arena.
Following the 1935-36 season, the Detroit Olympics franchise was transferred to Pittsburgh, becoming the Pittsburgh Hornets in the newly created International-American Hockey League.