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Basil Flynn of William Street

Basil Flynn of William Street



 Darla Fisher Giles Photo

Mr Basil Flynn. A great neighbour who was very kind to us William St kids in Carleton Place

Basil is son of John Flynn and Barbara Hudson. He died in 1998. He was married to Mary Downey who was born in 1907 and the daughter of John Downey and Velma Way of Carleton Place.

Margaret Martin Basil was a wonderful, kind caring neighbour to everyone living near him on William St.

Matt Thrasher– Lots of fond memories of Basil. He was my grandparent’s neighbour. He was a great neighbour and friend to them. And wasn’t afraid to tell me off when I was up to no good

Krista Lee- That is what I remember most about him was he missing a thumb…he told me his family was so poor that they made the kids stand in the garden as scarecrows and one day when it was his turn a big crow flew down and bit off his thumb.. I was amazed!!

Chrissie Lancaster Remember him well he used to come up to our cottage all the time. He would buy us chocolate bars and put them in a brown bag and we would put our hand in the bag and what we grabbed is what we got. He used to drink with my Dad until he quit. Lots of memories with him and his wife Mary till she passed.

Wanda Lee-Morrison– Basil was a kind and funny man

Joanne Taylor We lived across the road from him when he passed away in the ice storm he was a really nice man.



Photo from Matt Thrasher’s Collection

Basil on the right helping pour the foundation at the 262 William st renovation in the early 80s.–The photo below is 262 William prior to renovation. The white geese on the river behind Basils were brought there by Basil I’m pretty sure.




A shot from the back..

Different angle but this was after a couple major renovations..


Janet MacDonald
Thank you for posting these comments and story about Basil Flynn and Mary Downey. We do not know much about either of them. John Downey’s parents are my 3x great grandparents. John’s brother, Andrew (my 2x g grandfather) left Ontario in the 1880’s and moved to Manitoba. John’s brother, William (Autumn’s 2x great grandfather) moved to Saskatchewan. My friend/relative and I have been trying to find out what happened to Mary for awhile now. We were very happy to hear that her life became happier after all her tragedies in the 1930’s. Does anyone know when Basil and Mary were married? We would love to hear more about Basil and Mary. They sound like wonderful people. Basil sounds like quite the card.
Thank you again for posting these wonderful stories of Basil and Mary.
Janet and Autumn





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I am fairly sure this is John Downey, 1843 – 1919.  He was also a shoemaker and lived in Huntley.  I believe this is his first wife, Margaret Dorning.  Margaret died in 1900.  When John married Velma Way in 1903, he was living in Carleton Place.  John and Velma had a daughter Mary in 1907.  Mary married George Edgar Swinburne in 1926.  Their two children, had both died by 1932 and it appears that George Edgar had left by 1930.     It was very satisfying to find out via your site that Mary had married to Basil Guy Flynn and would have had a happier later life.

Thanks for this great service of connecting people and information.

Autumn Downey,  related to Janet MacDonald who corresponded with you about Mary and Basil.

 - Deaths FLYNN, Garfield At his home 171 Munro...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  08 May 1978, Mon,  First Edition,  Page 33


 - Marie Guerard Is July Bride Rev. Frank Corkery...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Jul 1949, Sat,  Page 14


 - ttiz is'- is'- f s ' MB, AND MBS. Carleton...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Apr 1955, Mon,  Page 18



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)




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The Continuing Curse of William Street in Carleton Place

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