Below is Feb. 10, 2013 mirror of Bill Banner's Collins Radio Canada Page.

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THE GALLERY

"A general collection of photos mostly of interest to those who worked at Collins Radio".
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The gallery is under continuous renovation...Stay tuned!

 
An early gathering at the Legion.
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25 year club meeting at the Eason's garden, Scarborough.
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The Integrated Communications Control System(ICCS) group. Circa 1980.
(Photo provided by Henry Kliewer)
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Engineering department, 1989
(photo provided by Irene Shishis)
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Payday - before direct deposit!
(photo provided by Irene Shishis)
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Christmas 1985
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Childrens Christmas party, 1978
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Some photos of monthly meetings held at the Legion. Come & join us.


Our founding host and Chairman was Nat Perry who passed away January, 2005.


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Scenes from the plant.......


Jim Nickolau on the test line.
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Bermondsey Ave. Receiving Inspection (George Perrin).
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    Sad to say, George passed away April 2006 in his 82nd. year


Harry Macqueen's annual meetings.......

          For 50 years Harry Macqueen has hosted an annual retreat for numerous fellow Collins Canada employees and their friends, at his cottage "Log Haven" on Koshlong Lake near the town of Haliburton This 50th celebration was also the last one as the cottage now has a new owner.

In Tony Stauder's words:
          "We had a wonderful time which included refreshments, good food, horseshoe and water games and in the evening playing poker and euchre.
          We always looked forward to the horseshoe games because everyone of us would like to beat Harry. He was terrific. Generally, we had partners and everyone wanted to be Harry's partner. You were almost always guaranteed a win. Of course some years he didn't win and that made it all the more exciting".

          Here's a photo of the celebration group taken by Norm Dickinson. Harry provided everyone with a souvenir cap embroidered with "50th ANNIVERSARY, THE COLLINS GANG -- KOSHLONG LAKE".

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And now the Maestro himself:

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          Harry is certainly to be commended for his perseverance in keeping the activity going for all these years. Some years there were 35 40 attendees. He has been a great contributor to the camaraderie among the many Collins workers.


Profile: Fred Worsley, "Golf Buddy",

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          Fred joined Collins "back in the fifties", advancing through various departments - Receiving Inspection, Prduction Coordinator, Final Test and Union Representative, until he joined the Croven Crystal Company.

           Croven was the supplier of quartz crystals that were critical components for our radios such as the ARC-552. Fred served as Quality Representative and then Production Manager at Croven so he was still actively asociated with Collins and has been a very welcome alumnus at our monthly meetings. One of his many interests is golf

          By the way, Fred and yours truly both attended East York's Danforth Park Public School at the same time (circa mid 1930's), so our "history" goes back even much further than the Collins era.

           In the last few years Fred has been involved in coaching a long time friend and avid golfer Jim Crawford who went blind a couple of years ago at age 78.

          Fred encouraged Jim to join the "Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers" (OVIG) and this has succeeded in turning Jim's mood from utter depression into one where he really looks forward to every day that he can get out on the links with Fred as his eyes and coach. This has certainly given Jim a very large, and important part of his life back.

          Here's a photo of Jim preparing a drive on the course, guided by his coach, Fred.

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          Last year they played 2 games at the Toronto Hunt Club, a prestigious private club on Kingston Rd. The Club provides free golf for a foursome of OVIG members each Monday after 4:00 P.M. The members pay for the cart only.

          Here's the July, 2008 foursome, which includes Fred, the "sighted" member/coach.

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        The coaching program was interrupted by Fred being hospitalized with a mild stroke but he recovered very well and things have now got back to "normal". Jim just celebrated his 80th birthday in late August of this year (2009) and is "rarin' to go"


 

REUNIONS

Over the years a few reunions have been organized. Here's a sampling of photographs from them


Embers 1994 (photo courtesy of Irene Shishs)
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Embers 1997 (photo courtesy of Irene Shishs)
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The following 2003 reunion photos were provided by Bill Eason


The crowd
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Feast time!
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THE COLLINS CRAFTSMEN

Fun Ship
Mike Fothergill's Fun Ship

    A digression: - In addition to Mike's interest in aircraft, amateur radio, and many other activities, Mike has recently taken up motorbiking under guidance by his partner, Melody Gaunt.

    Here's a photo of the pair. Mike's machine is a Honda CBF1000 Sport touring.and Melody's is a Kawasaki Ninja 500.

 


RAY SALTMARSH

     Ray passed away on July 16, 2009 at 83 years. He was a regular at our monthly meetings and constructed magnificent model ships for many years:

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The famous Bluenose

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Another of Ray's masterpieces

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View astern

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View from under - better view of superstructures


Geoff McDonald is also an avid craftsman, building various operational model steam engines as well as pursuing an extensive interest in Astronomy:



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Photo by Geoff using his home-made telescope

Geoff is still active in Astronomy down under in Australia!


ARNOLD FERGUSON
(1923 - 2004)     Arnold Ferguson was a craftsman interested in the early days of prarie farming and related farm machinery. In this vein, and among other things, he built a number of small scale replicas of the water-pumping windmills that were part of farm life:


Arnold with three-bladed windmill
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Model of typical water-pumping windmill.  

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One of Arnold's towers in front garden of a farmer friend in Hanley, Saskatchewan.

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Another example of Arnold's craftsmanship

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Arnold's craftsmanship knew no bounds!


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