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Contact Donald or Verna (Sam) Pidgeon
Mailing Address: PO Box 1083,
Pictou, N.S. BOK 1HO
Monday to Saturday inclusive from 8 am to 10 pm
by appointment or by chance - NOT Sundays or Christmas Day
We have now installed a new
24-HOUR AUCTION INFORMATION HOTLINE -- 902-485-3333
This line does not reach us directly, will not ring into the
office or residence & no messages can be left at this number.It
is designed for one purpose only--to keep you informed of all
current auction information, so that if you are en route and
need time or place of an auction or directions how to get
there--call this line; if you are in doubt whether an auction
will go on due to weather conditions, call this number; if you
want to hear a general list of the items in the current auction,
call this number--all current auction information will be kept
up-to-date on this line & you can call any hour of the day or
night for information
Thanks to Norman Babcooke for this great candid shot of the girls
THE THREE AMIGOS
NICKERSON has kept our auction books and other paraphernalia in
shape since the early 90's having had
a long banking career earlier. Her capabilities
are limitless. She is always bantering with Donnie and keeps him
in his place. She
was a New Brunswick girl but a couple years after marrying Wayne, she
to Foxbrook Road near Westville (70's) since he was employed with
retired). They have two grown boys who are out on their own now.
with us during his high school years in the mid-90's.
Centre: MARGIE ANDREWS has been with us since around 2005 and
knows her is aware of her great work. She knows everybody and
nothing goes on
from here to Halifax she doesn't know about. She is a real asset to
She resides in Kemptown with her husband Bill (a real character--will
keep you in
stitches). Her both sons are now in University. Her older
son, Ryan, worked for us
in his last school year. Margie is involved in everything in the
particular, very active with the challenged young adults. Her
group was involved
in the Special Olympics in 2010 and won the gold. Other than
working the auctions,
Margie is also employed in the school system with challenged children.
Left: DEBBIE THIBODEAU just started with us a couple years
ago. She's the "Gal Friday"
She rides "Shotgun" when the Jewelry & Money are being displayed.
She fills in for
any of the girls when they need time off or just plain need an extra
hand when things get
heavy. She does the recording when I (Verna) am beginning to fade
after hours of writing.
And she generally keeps an open eye to everything going on.
Nothing passes her! She's
an old banker, too. Deb resides in Truro with her husband, David.
Both are retired, but
Debbie loves to come out to the auctions.
Brylin's from Debert and has been with us for about two years, in Grade
10 at 15 now and he's already a wheeler and dealer behind the scenes and
well on his way to pursuing a related career. This is the real
Brylin in this picture--usually serious looking--always thinking--always
planning his next move.
Cody has been with us since fall of 2014 and is in Grade 10. He's
a real happy-go-lucky but a caring young fellow. He's got his
Drivers Licence now and got his first deer this year (2015).
Hunter hails from Scotsburn and has been with us since the spring of
a real scholar and loves books, but loves his wheels, too.
His cute little smile is his winning accent. He is in Grade 12 and
plans to go to Community College in the fall.
Ben is from Scotch Hill and is in Grade 12. He's originally from England
and sometimes people are really surprised to hear the English accent
from a young fellow. He's been around a lot with us this summer
and really found out what hard work was when we did the farm
auctions--so he's off to University this fall. Watch for "Ben" on
his licence plate, girls.
Cameron has been with us on and off since summer. He's the last
one hired on, so he only gets the holiday work and special times at
Kemptown. He is from New Glasgow and in Grade 12. He was
just accepted for Acadia for next fall. He's a real winner--always
a big broad smile for everyone--he'll go far in business.
Some details on our "old" Staff:
Jalysa was with us since fall of 2014 and and into the summer of 2015.
She got herself a car
and a job now where she can get more hours to keep that car going while she
school. Here she is shown when modelling
some hats for us in an auction
"Malone" as the boys called him, worked for us here and there during the
summer of 2015,
but also works at
his grandfather's farm. He's big into skidooing.
Most people at the auction knew him as "Ralph". Everyone knows how bad Donnie is with
names & when Tyler first came with us,
Donnie couldn't remember his name at first and
called him "Ralph"....it
stuck and even Tyler says, "That's okay, I kind of like it--it's my
He was with us for nearly two years--now completed his Grade 12 and is
now working full
time with Sobeys near his home in Debert.
Katie completed her schooling in 2014 and is now employed
full-time--still loves to drive and
is living at home with her parents.
Logan worked with us for several years and finished schooling in 2014.
He is now employed full-time and still enjoys hunting. He lives in
West Branch now.
Kathleen is the cute little one with big dimples when she smiles.
She is 20 now, completed High School and a one-year course and now has full
time employment in New Glasgow.
Shown below at her graduation.
Janet worked with us on and off over the years when she was in
University. After graduating, she taught school in England for two
years. Now she teaching the Inuit children up North. When
she's back here, she lives with her family in Durham. She just got
married and is shown here with hubby.
Fran has worked with us on a part-time basis for several years.
She can turn her hand to anything from chopping wood (she does her own) to
seamstress work. She now works full time at Glenhaven. She
resides in Durham with her daughter, Kathleen. Shown here at her
DANA FRASER was with us over 5 years until he finished his schooling in
2009. He was a born hunter and loves the woods. He worked out
west on the Windmills for several months and now is in the States working on
Here's a true to life picture taken of him with his pup a couple years ago.
CHRIS FRASER worked for us for over 2 years from 2008 to 2010. He
is now working towards his Mechanical Degree with McCullochs in Blue Acres
and he's a Daddy now.
RANDY SKIDMORE started with us in the late summer of 2010. He
finished High School in 2011 & took the Mechanical Course in the Community
College and now working as a Mechanic in Truro.
Photo taken when he and his family were vacationing in the Dominican
COLIN FRASER worked with us for over a year in 09 and 10 and a couple
months in 2011. He resides with his family in Loch Broom and also is
very interested in the mechanical line. Good luck in
whatever you pursue, Colin.
COLTEN JESSOME worked with us for a year beginning in the summer of 2010. He's
now working out West.
MATT LEES started with us in the spring of 2007 and worked with us on
and off for 6 years. He was always big time into skiing. He has
now completed his engineering degree and is working in the Truro area.
DARCY ROSS was with us for about a year and just recently met him while
at a local home improvement place where he is still his happy-go-lucky self.
TYLER READ (yes, that is the correct spelling) Tyler worked with us for
three years and in 2007 finished school. Last time we heard from him,
he was working out west.
RYAN ANDREWS finished work with us the fall of 2006. He
went to Dalhousie University, having won scholarships there through his
involvement in "Reach for the Top" where he and his team won cross-Canada in
2005. He was out for a couple years and now understand he is back in
TY REDMOND was with us for a couple years during high school. We
understand he completed his training and is now gainfully employed in this
area, but we have not hear from him for some time. He's a real nice
kid and we hope he does well.
MEGAN SULLIVAN was with us during her high school years in the late
90's. We understand she is doing great, completed University and now
working in Ontario. We we so pleased to hear from her every Christmas.
COLIN ROSS worked with us for several years in early 2000. He
worked our West for several years and last thing we heard he was back here
taken further courses.
DONALD "DUCK" CAMERON was with us for several years in early
2000 also. He too, was working out West for several years and is now
back here taking further courses. And he's a Daddy.
CAMERON MACDONALD was with us for several years & finished schooling in
2008. He was working out West and was shot in a freak drive-by shooting in
Calgary. He went through several operations and then moved back to
Pictou. It is with great sorrow we announce that Cameron was in a car
accident in Caribou and was killed at the age of 24.
worked with us for about three years until he completed Grade
12. He is now employed in Calgary. He was a quiet young fellow--very
nice and polite...always did his work well.
MIKE ROLFE completed High School and immediately moved to Calgary.
We understand he's doing very well out there. Photo was taken of Mike with our
grandnephew James McCaffrey, after Mike's KO at the Boxing Match; also
a photo of Mike and Donnie there too.
MAX RUSSELL was with us in the mid-80's for several years. Max is now living on Gabriola Island in
the southern gulf islands of BC with his wife Gail & son, Robert,
where they built a house and own an Accounting & Business Service.
worked with us for a short while when he was in High School
back in the 80's. His big dream was to become an RCMP officer, but in
those times, there was an overload, so he had to settle for another vocation
after getting further education. He has been out in Calgary gainfully
employed for the nearly 20 years, but we just heard great news from his
overjoyed mother, Joyce, who also worked for us years ago when we owned the
Consulate Restaurant. About a year ago when Charles heard of the
shortage now in the RCMP, he took the longshort chance and went to see if
they would accept him at the age of 39. He started their rigorous
26-week training course early last year and in the 17th week, his
mother-in-law died. Even though he knew he was not able to leave the
training program without losing his place, he felt it was necessary to go
back to the funeral with his wife in the Philippines. By the time they
got back to Canada, 2 weeks had lapsed and he could not continue the course
as planned.. However, they agreed to keep him on if he would do
the 26 weeks of training all over again which he did. He made it!
His mom went out to the graduation ceremony in 2009. Constable Charles
Bond is now stationed in a small town in Alberta. We hope to get a
photo of him in his red coat here.
Following is an e-mail rec'd from Charles 10/24/09:
"HI Don and
It has been at least 20 years since I worked for both of you. It is "scary"
how time flies! I am happy to hear both of you are still doing so
well. My mom told me she still keeps in contact with the both of you. Thank
you for giving me my first job and being such great friends to my mom, dad
and myself. Much appreciated!!
I have been living in Alberta since 1997 in a town called Morinville about
30 minutes to downtown Edmonton. It is a quiet town very similar to Pictou.
I have been married for almost 3 years now to an "AWESOME" woman name Grace.
I met her almost 4 years ago and I am happily married.
I am a RCMP officer in Athabasca, Alberta since Feb/09. It is a good job as
every day is not the same. Anyway take care, we hope to come home next
summer. I would like to see the both of you for sure!!!
MAXINE MACLELLAN worked with us for the short time in the
80's....we understand she is involved in nursing and is now married with
children living in the Scotsburn area. Last account from her was to
the effect that she and her husband adopted a little Chinese baby.
copy of the E-mail received from Maxine's Husband
(Melvin). We actually employed Melvin also when he was young, but that
was in another capacity, "The Consulate Restaurant" in Pictou, which we
opened in the early 80's and sold around 1985 (as we were wearing out doing
both jobs and had to choose--the choice was the Auction business) And,
yes, we certainly do remember Melvin very fondly.
Hi Verna (and Donnie),
I stumbled upon your website while doing some research on the Hermit of
Gully Lake. I ended up reading through the whole site and enjoyed it very
much. I saw my wife's name, Maxine MacLellan, on the old staff list and
thought I'd send an update. By the way, I worked for you at the Consulate as
a busboy when I was 16, so I, too, am a former employee of yours (although
not of the auction)! Maxine does indeed work as a licensed practical nurse
at Valley View Villa in Riverton. I work for the Department of Community
Services as a social worker. We have 3 children: Genesis who is a girl aged
7, Gabrielle who is a girl aged 4 and Garrison who is a 17 month-old boy. We traveled to China in June of 2005 to adopt Gabrielle. Our other two
children are biological. We are in the process of adopting an infant son
from Ethiopia to complete our family. We hope to travel to Ethiopia in the
Spring to bring him home. We live in Sundridge just outside Pictou.
On behalf of Maxine and myself, I would just like to say that we both have
many fond memories of working for you and Donnie. I remember that you
trusted me enough when I first started that I actually even made out my own
paycheques! That meant a lot to me. I remember having lots of fun with
Donnie in the kitchen. I still tell people stories about him
exploding houseflies in the microwave! A young person's first job is so
important as it sets the stage for the rest of their lives and you two have
left a great impression on so many young people.
I will attach a picture of our family. Bye for now,
Melvin Frosst 11/08
SHELDON MACLEOD who was with us for about 6 years in the 90's
completed his University Training graduating with a Bachelor of Theology
degree. He was Pastor in the Glad Tidings Church in Moncton for about
7 years and has now attained the position of Registrar with the Atlantic
Baptist University there. He enjoys his position there feeling he is
able to help young people choose the right path in life. He resides in
Moncton, Sheldon's desire from the first day we met him was to
preach and he has certainly attained that position. He preached at Camp
Evangeline in Debert (PAOC) this summer. Donnie & I had a chance to go
on Friday July 22/11 and he really is a good preacher--first time we've
heard him. After the service, the lady in the seat beside me leaned
over and said, "Isn't he a great preacher"....and I heard myself say
something I hated my mother doing when I was a kid and had attained
awards--I leaned back over to the lady and said, "Oh, we know Sheldon--he
worked for us for years when he was in school & university & he's a good
friend..." and on and on--just so proud of Sheldon's achievements...because
after spending many years working (and having fun) with all these kids that
we employ, they become like our own & we care so much what they do with their lives. Not just a good preacher,
but Sheldon is a wonderful person all around--so caring and loving.
And to boot all that, he is still handsome (tall, dark & handsome). He
had his three kids with him for the week--his oldest boy is 13 and near the
height of Sheldon, his 11 year old girl is a little sweetheart, but we never
saw the little fellow--there's so much going on for kids at Camp, he was out
doing something. Here's a photo of Sheldon & Donnie taken after the
service at camp:
Here's a copy of the E-mail received from Sheldon
(rec'd in 2004) before he became Registrar at ABU:
"Hi Donnie & Verna:---A
website, how times have changed!
Well, let's see how things have changed with us. We have three kids
now. Anthony is 6, Christine is 4 and Graeme is a year and a half.
I feel old.Theresa is studying to be a teacher and will be done at the end of this
year. She's a busy student, mom, church worker and lots more.
I'm working on a Master's Degree and working as the Associate in Moncton
Church still (7 years now, 1 year longer than I was with you guys, but only
half the enjoyment).
We don't get home much, only a couple of times a year. I may as well
live in Africa. Oh well, we enjoy the work and our family.
Periodically I get updates from those around home about you guys. I
hope things are going well for you, I'm sure that you both are still working
like crazy. What else is new?
Be sure to tell Donnie I think of him often. He's been more of a
father figure & influence on me and my ministry than anyone else has.
He'll be glad to know that I call Anthony "Boy" all the time & have shown
him, feed my kids from the drive-thru at McDonald's, drive by houses in
Pictou County and say "Did that one", often say "You're not gonna let a
woman get away with that" to guys, and make sure to figure out people and
church things for what they really are. All good things he taught me,
except for the McDonald's.
Anyway, a night home with Theresa calls, so I'm going to go. Have a
great summer. If you are up this way, give us a call--we'd love to
hear from you. Blessings, Sheldon"
KATHY LEADBEATTER worked with us during the late 90's and we understand she
is presently employed at Michelin on contract.
DARCY TINGLEY formerly from Durham who worked for us during the
latter half of the 90's completed his university education and is now
employed in Calgary. His parents live across from us and keep us up-to-date
on his doings.
Letter received from Darcy:
"Hello Verna and Don,
How are things?
I stumbled upon your webpage yesterday, just checking it out. I think I
will update you.
I still live in Calgary....the nicest city in Canada. We don't get as much
as that dirty white stuff you guys call snow here. For the past 2 years I
have worked for an On-line Pharmacy. The second largest in Canada that
employs 100 people. But recently the industry has come under attack and the
Canadian federal government wants to shut it down. If the government puts
restrictions on the pharmacy the company is already planning to move
operations overseas. They recently purchased several pharmacies in
Australia and Europe. So with all this happening I decided to look for
other employment because I'm not sure how much longer my job will be around
and i don't really want to move overseas. I still use you guys as references
so be prepared.
Other than that, I'm not married...yet. Its starting to feel like it.
So that's my life in a nut shell.
I still see Colby often, he's bigger and stronger than before. He gets up
every morning at 5 to work out...can you imagine!! I'm a toothpick compared
to him. Got to go.
Cheers, Darcy Ph 403-607-5541"
Jan 2011--Haven't heard from Darcy for ages--spoke with his father and tells
us Darcy's been married now for a couple years and gave us a photo of him,
his wife, Horn Ou & their Twins. Can you believe this is the Darcy we
knew--all settled down with a family:
MICHAEL COLBY (or just "Colby" as we knew him)--the real big fellow
who worked with us in the late 90's up to 2002 is now living in Calgary
where he had been employed on the oil rigs. Colby is only in his early
20's but we understand he was experiencing some heart irregularities so he
came off the oil rigs. Last thing we hear about he, he was coming
along good physically & back into the exercise & work.
TROY NICKERSON, who was with us in the late 90's is now back from
University and living in Pictou County in his own apartment. He now has
full-time employment with Michelin and is working his way up the ladder
there, having recently been given a much higher position and, of course,
much higher income.
BUDDY MACINTOSH worked with us in the late 90's. Many of you
will remember his graphics at the auctions about that time. His desire
was to be an art designer and eventually do contemporary comic books.
Buddy could turn his hand to anything artistic. Finally, in his mid
20's, Buddy went to College and received a degree in Art..... but once he
got a taste of knowledge, he obviously desired more.....he thereafter
went to University part time where he is now studying
Psychology. Best of luck, Buddy--you had the ability to go far--you aimed
big and you are making it, in the face of much adversity. (we well
remember how the teacher in his school told him he would never make anything
of himself--power to you Buddy!!!)
VERNA LLOYD, who worked with us for years in the 80's and early 90's in the
clerking department, is now retired and resides in Westville with her
husband, Danny.. Verna and Danny have remained two of our best friends
over all the years. We are glad to still see them both at the
auctions on occasion.
ANDREW AUSTIN who worked with us for about 5 years in the 90's
has his Masters Degree in History and is teaching in Northwest Territories
where he resides with his wife, daughter & twin boys. Andrew loves
hunting and fishing so is getting his fair share of it there and on the last
letter received from him after their daughter was born, he was teasing
Donnie about the big fish up there.
DAVID DEMETRE who also worked with us for about 5 years in the 90's is
now a Surveyor. The last we heard on David, he was back working in
Pictou County. We often see David driving around in his truck with his
TYLER WILSON worked with us in the mid 90's and decided he did
not want a paperwork position for life and trained to be a Welder.
For some time he was working in Boston making very high wages, so that he
was since able to come back to Pictou County and purchase a home in the
Scotsburn area; and we understand he is employed in construction welding
around this area now. We understand he is now married with a new baby.
TIM WILSON, Tyler's brother, worked with us in the late 80's.
He is now in a Management Position at Shaw Subaru in New Glasgow.
NATALIE SAWLER, who was with us in the early 90's, is married to Shaun
Romano. They've got two children now and live in Lethbridge where he
is a pastor and she is heavily involved in church work.
NIVEN SAWLER, who was also with us in the early 90's, is now a Pastor
and last we heard he was preaching in California. He married a young
lady from Florida.
APRIL STEWART (our niece: the little blonde in the kilt--as she is often
remembered--mid 90's) in now a Chartered Accountant doing exceptionally well
with a Halifax Firm and traveling all over Canada in her line of work.
April has been transferred out to Calgary in 2008 with the same firm and did exceptionally well
there, however, moved back to Nova Scotia when her mother took ill in
2010.....still with the same firm. We attended her wedding in August
2010 and here she is--absolutely beautiful still at 29:
DANNY STEWART (our nephew) worked with us in the mid-90's for a while and went on
to be a Welder. He is now employed with a construction firm in Pictou.
SCOTT WATSON, another from the 90's staff, was married in
South Carolina where he and his wife are still residing. He has
computer training so is probably involved in that line there. Some of
you may remember him by the name "Sailor".
Letter received from Scott: (2008)
Hey Donnie and Verna,
It sure has been a while. Too long in fact! I stumbled upon your website
and thought it best to write you a little email. I am glad to see things
are going well for you (well I hope they are going well).
Things are going very well for me here in Columbia, South Carolina. I was
married in 2004, and since then me and my wife Tami have had a Daughter who
was born on November 8th 2006. We have a nice little house
here, 2 dogs and a picket fence. Who would have thought huh? Currently I
am a stay-at-home Dad, and part-time home renovator. I am still awaiting my
paperwork to legally work in the US, but doing fine nonetheless.
I just wanted to tell you how great it was to be employed by Pidgeon
Auctions while I was a teenager, I know if it wasnít for you 2 I would have
been getting myself into trouble. I just wanted to let you know how much of
an impact you 2 had on my life, how much you have taught me, how much
everyone who I worked with taught me. I feel that I am a better person for
it. Even though I havenít seen you guys in years, know that you are still
in my thoughts, and I wish you all the best in the world!
I am attaching a picture for you guys to see of my family. I just want to
thank you again for your love and support over the years. Best Wishes,
RYAN WATSON, Scott's brother, we understand, is gainfully employed in
this area. We recently met him when attending his grandfather's
funeral.....he's really quite cute with his little beard, bought a house out
the country, has a nice girlfriend and is doing well.
MARK HILL, who was with us in the early 90's, is now a Chartered Accountant
and working in Western Canada. We understand he is married to a nice
girl from out that way & has a child now.
JIMMY MORRISON, who was with us for several years in the 80's is living in
Halifax where we understand he is employed in computer work.
GLYNN STEWART (our nephew) on our staff in the early 80's resided
in Calgary with his wife, Caroline for several years. In his early
50's he was struck down with heart problems and died.
Photo at his wedding with brother Tim & Uncle Donnie
TIM STEWART, (our nephew) on our staff in the early 80's, always loved to cook
and, of course, became a chef. He now resides in Halifax.
Photo above with brother Glynn & Uncle Donnie--that's when Donnie had hair.
BETH MACKENZIE, who worked with us in the late 80's is now
married and residing in the Valley. Beth had a beautiful voice and even composed
many songs. We understand she is still using her talent in that area.
AL LANGILLE, worked for us in the 80's....one of the Pictou boys. Just
caught a photo of him working on the PEI Ferry in July 2011:
GORDON MACKENZIE (or "Moose" as he was known in those days) worked in
the early 80's with us. He was a big fellow and comical too. We
are told he now lives in New Brunswick where with his wife and family where
he is employed in the computer line.
JONATHAN MASLOW, on our staff in the late 80's married a girl in Texas and
to our knowledge is still living there soaking in the sun and gainfully
RALPH YEO from Halifax worked with us in the 80's and later went on
to complete his Theology degree in Maine. Last time we were in contact
with him, he was a Youth Pastor in the Valley area.
AARON GUNN (or "Tiny" as we called him) was employed with us in the
90's--he's the one who wore size 16 shoes and stood 6'6" and carried a sofa
by himself above his head. He is now a big truck driver and last time
we heard, he was operating those big trucks that haul the huge logs off the
mountains (3 to a load) out in British Columbia.
ROB WOLFE who was with us in the early 80's completed his University
training in Antigonish and apparently settled down there with his wife and
children. We were so pleased to receive this
e-mail from Rob July 2010 (often wondered how he was doing):
"Hi Donny and Sam:
Was just on your website and checked out the "Old Staff" page. I guess I now
belong in that category!
I am currently living and working in Antigonish. After working with
you folks, I finished my music degree, went on for an education degree and
two masters degrees. Not bad for a high school dropout! I currently
teach and am Guidance Counselor at a local High School and teach part time
in the education faculty at St. F.X. I have three grown kids,
all doing well, a fashion designer, a gym teacher in training and a budding
business tycoon. (need any videography done?!?) I always remember with good
feelings the two summers working (and living in) "The Consulate" as a waiter and all the auctions
in various homes and halls in northeastern Nova Scotia. I learned a lot
about furniture and human behavior and take many good memories with me, like
carrying pianos down the rickety stairs out of old third story apartment
houses and helping save a woman's life by giving her the Heimlich maneuver.
(She sent me a thank you card with $5 bucks in it, remember?) Anyway, thanks for the memories and the start in life, you folks were a
blessing and I appreciated the care you extended to me and all your staff.
See you at an auction soon. All the best, Rob Wolf"
AARON PATRIQUIN was employed with us in the early 80's. He
is married with children and the last time we heard from him, he was pastoring at a large Wesleyan
Church in Ontario.
The VAN HARDINGSVELT BROTHERS - we had lost tract of them since they worked for
us in the late 80's. One of them turned up at an auction in Cape
Breton in the summer
of 2009 with a very pretty wife and a couple lovely children. They are
living in Ontario
and were just driving through Baddeck on a trip through Cape Breton and saw
the signs for the auction. He had told his wife he worked in the
auctions when he was younger
and decided to take her in to see what an auction was like--only to find it
was us doing
the auction and there he stood, big as life, in the doorway--beaming with a
big smile. I recognized his face but couldn't put a name to him--he
had to tell me--over 20 years
later and he was still as handsome as ever. I am afraid to write his
first name as I
always got their names mixed up....they were both about the same age when
worked for us and we would always call them "the" VanHardingsvelts.
MATTHEW STROLTZ formerly from Halifax worked for us in the late
80's and after graduating, we are told he went into demolition work in the
City. Later he moved to England where we are given to understand he is
working in a Public Relations capacity.
JOE STROLTZ, Matthew's brother, also worked for us in the late 80's.
We understand that he and his wife now reside in Vancouver where is is
heavily involved in Worship Leadership.
CORY was the little fellow that worked for us in the late 80's who
always wore red braces and a white shirt. We understand he completed his degree in
Theology and thereafter pursued his calling and went on to India as a
Missionary which was always his dream. Its been years since any of us have heard from him.
MATTHEW LEBLANC also from out late 80's staff pursued the Ministry
and is said to be a pastor in Northern New Brunswick now.
GERALD KENDRICK was formerly from Halifax & worked with us in
the late 80's. Last thing we hear from him, he too was a Youth
Minister. We heard he and his father are starting a new Christian
Radio Station in the Halifax area sometime in 2011
Until now, I just didn't have
what it took to do a writeup on three of our old staff. Rita is one of
them. She worked with us for over 15 years through the 90's and into
the new century. Needless to say, we had become very close to her.
Anyone who was around the auction scene at that time will still remember her
hollering "SLIPS" (that was before we had a bell to call for the
updated slips to be taken to the clerks). Rita was a very caring
family person who loved working and going around the countryside with the
auction business. She resided in New Glasgow with her husband.
It seems strange to remember this, but she was the only person I can ever
knew who could just flip through hundreds of slips at a time and find one
certain thing in them immediately. Rita was suddenly taken with cancer
several years ago.
This is the another person I was unable to do a writup on until now.
Russell was a sweet kid who worked for us in the 80's. He was a really
loving and caring young man who had everything going for him and was in a
fatal car accident later in the 80's. He will always be remembered.
NOTICE TO OUR "OLD" STAFF
We have lost tract of the whereabouts of many of our "old"
staff, but would sure like to hear from you all. If any of you
happen to read this, please advise us of your place of
residence now, occupation, wife and family (if applicable);
and a photo would be nice....several of our regular
auction-goers ask about our "old" staff from time to time
and we would like to keep them posted on this page.