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Remembering Daniel Ensley Larocque

Remembering Daniel Ensley Larocque

January 1955

 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.

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Lest We Forget —- Brian Costello — Remembering Remembrance Day


After a battle with cancer, former mayor W. Brian Costello passed away on Dec. 15 in hospital.

Costello, 67, held the mayor’s seat for three terms until handing the reigns over to Paul Dulmage. He was warden of Lanark County in 1987, then again in 1999. He passed away with his family by his side at the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital.

Well-known in the community as a historian, story teller and active member of the community, Costello was named Honourary Colonel of the 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) RCA.

A Carleton Place street was named Costello Drive after the former mayor, sealed with an official dedication which took place on April 24, the wedding anniversary of Costello and his wife Heather. Costello Drive is home to the future site of the potential new hospital, which the historian said meant a lot to him at the time of the spring dedication.

In October 2009, Costello hosted the 143rd anniversary reception for the 42nd Field Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish) RCA during one of the annual training sessions in Carleton Place. The festivities were initially to take place at his home, which he called Cossy Cove, but were relocated to the town hall auditorium due to weather uncertainty.


Costello was a frequent visitor of Carleton Place council meetings, often to speak about upcoming military events or to introduce Margaret Harmon, daughter of Roy Brown to the community during her visit.

Costello’s book, A Nursery of the Air Force: The Story of the Carleton Place Great War Airmen and the Brown/Richthofen Saga, was published in 1979.

Visitation will be held at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Masonic service will take place at the funeral home at 6 p.m., and a legion service will take place at 9:15 p.m.

The funeral service will take place Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.

Costello leaves behind his wife Heather, as well as their children Leslie, Michael and Matthew, and grandchildren Kaitlin, John, Meghan, Kendra, William and Drew. His is survived by his brother Bernie Costello, and sisters Claire and Christine. For those who wish, donations can be made to the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.



Brian with J.A. Patterson mid 70s at Riverside Park

from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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In Memory of Barbara Lanthier



Barbara Lanthier was 46 when she died. She was a much-loved Carleton Place resident who owned her own hair salon, The Clip Joint on Bridge Street. I thought her shop was in this building pictured above, but it’s not. But, it made me think of her. Barb was a hard-working, popular woman whose smile filled the room. As some one told me, she was someone you always saw at the hockey arena on weekends and was everyone’s friend.

She tragically passed away in 1994 and I am not going to dredge up the past– as the family has been through enough. All I know is my sons loved her, and I want everyone that knew her to remember her today. I will never ever forget her because she had a huge impact on my life. Only one or two know why, but I owe Barbara Lanthier a great deal. I looked at that picture, and it seemed like yesterday that I walked in the door with my kids to get their hair cut. I can still see her as clear as day standing in the back right hand corner cutting someone’s hair. In fact I can still hear her voice saying hello. Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Barbara Lanthier will have a place in my heart forever.

Photo above: The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Photo Below by Shawn Lanthier

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