Enjoy a look at some of the fine artistic talent of Sussex area, and other New Brunswick, painters in Portraits of New
Brunswick Painters. Hampton photographer James Wilson teams with NB Museum curator Peter J. Laroque and Saint John gallery
owner Peter Buckland for this look at the stories behind the canvas.
Jack Bishop painter
Matt and Mark Bishop Rothesay brothers who have helped create the award
winning children's show, This is Emily Yeung
cooking personality on French Food at Home
, on Food Network Canada
Deb Carr fibre artist
Ron Davis wood sculptor
Kjeld Deichmann potter
Keith Eldridge painter, calligrapher
Linda Homenick potter
Tony McGarigle songwriter, music columnist
Pat Mercer visual artist
R H Nicholson, Rev. painter Bio "Painter
and man of God" by Jean Irving 1983
Phil O'Donnell songwriter (co-writer of Montgomery Gentry's Back When
I Knew it All)
Patricia (O'Hagan) Stout painter
Jamie Roach photographer
Fred Ross painter, mural artist
Katie Swift actress studying with National Theatre School
Sheila Watters visual artist, mixed media
1920 to 25 Sussex Amateur Athletic Club hockey; member NB Sports
Hall of Fame
Lesley Armstrong builder in the figure skating community; NB Sports
Hall of Fame; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Margaretta Bayley a pioneer in women's golf (Sussex Sports Wall of
Murray Carr baseball; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Charlotte Ranch Standardbred horse farm, home of leading Standardbred
stallion Knightly Blue Chip
Mark Fawcett snowboarder
Mike Gallagher of Hampton Chef de mission for Canada's
equestrian team to the 2004 Athens Olympics; the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, July 2007; and the 2008 Summer
Olympics in Beijing, China.
Bob Geilan endurance
Doug MacAfee the first NB resident to accomplish the rare feat of
being part of the 1964 NB/PEI junior and Willingdon golf teams; hockey player
Cecil McGarrigle golf; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Christian Meier First NBer to compete in Tour de France; Olympic
cycling hopeful for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Peter Myers curling rink 1985 Canadian champions
when Myers, third Bill McCready, second stone Murray Myers and lead stone Richard Sullivan won the Royal Canadian Legion title
over Ontario with a 7 win, 1 loss record at the Sussex Golf and Curling Club. Peter and his father, Murray, were the first
father and son team to ever win a national Legion championship. The team is a member of the Sussex Sports Wall of Fame.
Ron Harvey Jr. golfer; he is a member of the Sussex Sports Wall of
Fame. Among his accomplishments are 2001 New Brunswick provincial champion, 2001 East Coast Junior champion, 2001 Atlantic
Junior Champion, 2000 and 1999 provincial runner up.
James Howe cyclist; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
19-year-old left handed pitcher
Joe Lamb hockey player; member NB Sports Hall of Fame; Sussex
Sports Wall of Fame
Alan MacGowan curler; member of NB Sports Hall of Fame
Andrew Miller champion high jumper; member NB Sports Hall of Fame
Zan Miller track and field; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Don Mockler curling rink Mockler, third Jack Mann, second stone Murray
Myers and lead stone Frank Duke were 1986 provincial senior mens champions. They were undefeated 7-0 at the Moncton Beaver
Curling Club that February.
Charlene Parlee leading Canadian archer
John Perkins Western riding coach
Tanya Phillips archer
Quigg speed skating; NB Sports Hall of Fame member
John Ryan basketball; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Pierre Turnbull archer
Bart Yerxa hockey
Jan King "Island Magic"
Joan Clark attended high school and began her working career in Sussex
Kelly Cooper "Eyehill"
W. Harvey Dalling "The History of Sussex Corner (1984)"
Dorothy Dearborn several New Brunswick-themed titles
Patricia J. O'Hagan "Sussex Vale 200" (c. 1983)
"Shadow Child", "The Hatbox Letters", "The Captain's Wife"
Winnifred Thomson "Knocks at our Door", helped co-ordinate the Spirit
of Sussex series; died Aug. 8, 2001, at 85 years
* This area is known for the depth of its fiddling talent. Learn more about the men and
women who set toes tapping in Gary Copeland's excellent book, Fiddling in New Brunswick, the History and its People.
To order a copy, contact Gary Copeland, 53 Arthur Street, Moncton , NB E1C 9Y1
Tel: 506-859-9284; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This wildly popular country music singer was born in Sussex
champion fiddler; Maritime Fiddle Champion; inducted into New Brunswick Country Music
Hall of Fame (Fredericton, 506-472-7194) in 1991. Has played on Parliament Hill at Canada Day celebrations; helped found
the NB Old Tyme Fiddle Orchestra and has been teaching the fiddle for more than 20 years.
Ken Greer guitarist with Tom Cochrane's band, Red Rider, is originally
Joan Kennedy country music singer originally from Gagetown area
Aaron Kyte Actor/singer originally from Quispamsis. He will play
Gilbert in the popular Gilbert and Anne production in PEI this summer.
Debbie McMillan champion fiddler
Eugene Morris fiddler
Eve Sakell singer and Highland dancer
Ian Sherwood Down with the Butterfly band member
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Patricia Allen -- The first female chairperson of the New Brunswick chamber
Oliver Arnold teacher at first Sussex school
Proud producers of such Maritime staples as King Cole Tea, Barbours peanut butter and a wide range of spices
Hugh McMonagle Hugh McMonagle, the youngest son of Anne Scott
and Cornelius McMonagle, was born at Sussex Vale, Kings County, New Brunswick in 1817. On 16 December 1837 he married Margaret
Roach (d. 1859). Following Margaret's death, in 1860 he married Mary McArthur. His marriages produced no fewer than 9 children,
namely, William, James R., Hugh R., Elizabeth, Beverley, Margaret J., Carrie, Walter, and Maude.
The McMonagles settled
at Upper Corner near Sussex, where Hugh engaged in farming and raising thoroughbred race horses. As well, he operated a stables
and an inn known as Sussex House. Hugh McMonagle also became involved in provincial politics, being elected to the House of
Assembly of New Brunswick in 1856 as a member for Kings County. He died 12 October 1889 at Upper Corner, Sussex, New Brunswick.
(information from the NB Archives)
J.D. O'Connell aka "The Picnic King" and "Summer Santa Claus"
leader in the development of hardy plants suitable for the North American climate
internationally renowned landscape designer specializing in sustainable projects
Sussex and Studholm Agricultural Society North America's oldest agricultural
association, dating back to 1841
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Alfred J. Brooks Senator
George B. Jones, Minister of Customs under Prime Minister Meighan
George Leonard, a founding member of Pleasant Valley
Edwin Vail, Kings County representative
Albert W. White, Speaker of NB Legislature, and MP
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Eighth Hussars (Princess Louise's) Regiment
Canada's first cavalry unit
A river class naval frigate built at the time of the Second World War and named after the Sussex area
"The death of Russell C. Hubly took place at Sussex Corner
and added another name to the roll of heroes who gave up their lives for the defence of the flag in South Africa. The deceased
was the youngest son of Rev. A.M. Hubly, rector of St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church at Upper Corner and was in his
25th year. He was born in Halifax, but when young his parents removed to Moncton, and later to Sussex where they
have resided for the past 15 years. He received a common school education and after attending Normal School received a first-class
license but, shortly afterwards received a superior license. In his chosen profession he was very successful and had his life
been spared he would no doubt have taken a leading position among the educationists of the province. Mr. Hubly was in charge
of the superior school at Hampton when the trouble in South Africa broke out. Nothing could prevent him from enlisting and
in November of 1899 he joined the first contingent becoming a member of "G" company. Early in the campaign he contracted phthisis,
but continued in the field through the early part of the march through the Orange Free State. When he got to Bloomfontein
he was ordered into hospital. In July 1900 he was invalided to England where he remained until September sailing for home
on that month and reaching here on October 2nd. Since then he has been gradually sinking and the end came not unexpected.
The deceased was one of the best types of young men which
our country produces. Honorable and upright, clean in character and unimpeachable in morals, his life might well be taken
as an example by many. He was a sincere Christian and lived up to his belief, facing the slow approach of death with a calmness
and fortitude truly admirable. His literary ability was very marked and was shown in his book "G" Company or the Every Day
Life of the R.C.R., which was considered by competent judges the best of its kind written on the war by a Canadian. His letters
to the Kings County Record from the front were always interesting and showed that his inclinations were literary in character.
Death is at all times sad but particularly so in this instance.
In the prime of life with his whole future before him, he met the end, not on the battle field where the exiting joy of strife
robs the grim spector of its hideousness; but in his home surrounded by his family where each day marked the approach of the
inevitable. He will be missed and mourned by all who knew him. His parents and the other members of the family have the heartfelt
sympathy of the community in which the Record joins.
Col. H.M. Campbell, commanding the 8th Hussars
completed arrangements by which the deceased will have an impressive military funeral, Major MacDougall commanding Capt. Oliver
Arnold, Lieut. Ralph Markham, Lieut. H.R. Emmerson and 40 men of the 8th Hussars, of which the deceased was a trooper,
will be in attendance. The 74th Regt. Of Infantry will furnish the band as well as a firing party and a large number
of the officers and men will also turn out. The Newcastle field battery will convey the remains to the grave on a gun carriage
in military form. The funeral took place at 2:30 pm Thursday."
(From the History of Sussex Corner (July 1984), edited by W. Harvey Dalling)
was the much loved horse mascot of the Eighth Hussars (Princess Louise's) Regiment. She was named after Princess Louise
, the regiment's namesake. The mare and her daughter are buried near the Hampton cenotaph.
Born in Mount Middleton in 1904, he joined the RCMP at 19 years old. He helped create the
NB Provincial Police Force in 1928, before moving on to the NS force two years later. When RCMP took over the NS force in
the 1930s, Nicholson started a career as an inspector, later moving on to Saskatchewan. He would become the first Maritime
commissioner of the RCMP, and described by many of the force's members as the best commissioner it has had.
He is part of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of the British Empire. After
his death on Mar. 22, 1983, he was buried in the RCMP cemetery in Regina.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Lockhart, a much respected commander of Sussex
detachment, later Community Policing officer for J Division. Retired from RCMP in summer, 2008.
Warrant Officer David Pickett, originally of Coles Island, is
prominently featured in a painting used on Canadian Forces public relations material regarding the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
"A third resident of Sussex Corner who brought honour
is James Wade, born in England in 1909, the son of Mr and Mrs. Robert Wade. He attended the Village Elementary School and
graduated from Sussex High in 1928.
A pioneer in the early days of flying, he was a bush
pilot in the North and he served during the Second World War as a ferry pilot flying military planes to Greenland. Also, he
pioneered private plane flying and was K.C. Irving’s personal pilot for several years. He was best known for his many
mercy and rescue flights. Before 1943 one could read of airmen rushing serum through the night skies to a critically ill patient,
or airmen braving angry weather hurrying a passenger to the bedside of a dying mother or wife, but even among such illustrations,
the following feat of Jimmy Wade in Greenland stands out like a brilliant light.
Three times he safely landed his amphibian plane on a "dime-sized"
spot of open water in the frigid river, where moving ice-floes and bobbing cakes of ice constantly threatened to crumple the
craft, and every time he managed to take off again without mishap – a demonstration of resourcefulness and know-how
that won the unreserved admiration of fellow fliers. With other aviators he stayed on the job until after Christmas, despite
lack of rest, until he was certain that all survivors had been brought ashore.
Once, before this hazardous rescue mission, he spent three
months, including Christmas, in the Arctic wastes, trying to find his way to civilization after being forced down on a rescue
flight. These two deeds perhaps symbolize the real spirit of Christmas as truly as anything that has happened in Canada.
A green field in ice, an ice-floe off Greenland, drifting
ice in the St. Lawrence River and his residence with his family in Saint John were all "home" to him. He received two distinguished
awards for his flying ability. One was the British Empire Medal; the other, the Distinguished Flying Medal for deeds which
few others would even try.
In recognition of this outstanding man, the Bicentennial
Committee of Sussex Corner had a commemorative monument mounted and set in place on the Sussex Corner School grounds. Ceremonies
were held on June 6, 1984, when the unveiling was done by Captain Wade’s widow (the former Florence Lillian Mingo) of
Charlottetown, PEI, and his sister, Mrs. Ronald Bell, Peterborough, Ontario.
Outstanding guests included Mr and Mrs. K.C. Irving and Mr.
Henry Irwin, Deputy Minister of Transportation.
He died at his home in Saint John in January, 1974."
(From the History of Sussex Corner (July 1984), edited by W. Harvey Dalling)
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Don MacVey historian
John Candy garden enthusiast and naturalist
Leo Forbes left a legacy of $1 million to the Town of
Sussex in 2004 for community projects
businessman and community supporter
Ruby Gray tireless volunteer whose accomplishments
include serving as deputy mayor of Sussex, the establishment of the Little Jackie Fund for children with orthodontic challenges,
and the launch of the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser in Sussex.
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