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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.
Alyson Scott fibre artist

Jack Bishop painter
Matt and Mark Bishop Rothesay brothers who have helped create the award winning children's show, This is Emily Yeung
Jim Boyd, stone carver
Winston Bronnum sculptor
Darren Byers  wood carver
Laura Calder  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
Andrew Giffin  muralist
Fred Harrison muralist
Linda Homenick potter
John Hooper  sculptor   Works: Credo Sculpture, Hampton   Terry Fox statue, Ottawa   Market Square clock, Saint John
Kathy Hooper sculptor, painter
Sue Hooper painter, visual arts

Lars Larsen wildlife artist
Mary Majka  naturalist (of Mary's Point)
Tony McGarigle  songwriter, music columnist
Pat Mercer visual artist
Alison Murphy  fibre 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)
J.O. Pennanen  illustrator "Lollipopsicles"
Patricia (O'Hagan) Stout painter
Beth Powning photographer, author
Jake Powning swordsmith
Peter Powning sculptor
Jamie Roach  photographer
Fred Ross  painter, mural artist
Brent Rourke maker of Shaker boxes
Katie Swift  actress studying with National Theatre School
Carol Taylor painter, sculptor
Amy Carpenter Tonning fibre artist
Sheila Watters  visual artist, mixed media
James Wilson photographer
 1920 to 25 Sussex Amateur Athletic Club  hockey; member NB Sports Hall of Fame
Amadeus Mozart Ara-Li  Three-time North American champion Lippitt Morgan Horse
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 Fame)
Murray Carr  baseball; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Charlotte Ranch  Standardbred horse farm, home of leading Standardbred stallion Knightly Blue Chip
Mike Eagles hockey player; 2005 NB Sports Hall of Fame inductee; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
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 horseback rider
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
Aaron Johnson  19-year-old baseball player drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers 
Jay Johnson  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.
Chauncey O'Toole  rugby player
Charlene Parlee  leading Canadian archer
John Perkins  Western riding coach
Tanya Phillips  archer
John Quigg  speed skating; NB Sports Hall of Fame member
Melanie Robillard  curler (2008 World curling champion)
John Ryan  basketball; Sussex Sports Wall of Fame
Pierre Turnbull  archer
Bart Yerxa  hockey
Jan King  "Island Magic" series
Joan Clark  attended high school and began her working career in Sussex
Kelly Cooper "Eyehill"
W. Harvey Dalling  "The History of Sussex Corner (1984)"
Karen Davidson "Jewelweed"
Dorothy Dearborn  several New Brunswick-themed titles
Elaine Ingalls Hogg  "When Canada Joined Cape Breton", "Historic Grand Manan"
Gretchen Kelbaugh "Lollipopsicles"
Jennifer McGrath Kent "Chocolate River Rescue"
Walter Mallery  "Gros Morne Justice"
Patricia J. O'Hagan  "Sussex Vale 200" (c. 1983)
Beth Powning "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.
ISBN 0-9688105-0-0
To order a copy, contact Gary Copeland, 53 Arthur Street, Moncton , NB E1C 9Y1   Tel: 506-859-9284; email: sharsc@hotmail.com
39 Toes  Celtic music
Julian Austin This wildly popular country music singer was born in Sussex
Winston Crawford Canadian 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.
Chris Cummings  country music singer
Jimmy Flynn comedian
Ken Greer  guitarist with Tom Cochrane's band, Red Rider, is originally from Norton
Brandon Jones  singer (2006 Canadian Idol contestant) from Quispamsis and proud member of the KidSing program!
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.
Cyril MacNeil singer with Men of the Deeps choir
Debbie McMillan champion fiddler
Eugene Morris fiddler
Gary Morris host of the popular Valley Jamboree
Shanklin Road  St. Martins (Formerly Black's Mountain)
Eve Sakell  singer and Highland dancer
Three Season Ant  Christian rock
Ian Sherwood   Down with the Butterfly band member
Tim Steeves  comedy writer for the Rick Mercer Report on CBC
Gerry Taylor traditional music columnist
Steve Waylon   country music singer
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Business leaders
Patricia Allen -- The first female chairperson of the New Brunswick chamber of commerce
Tom Anderson  Offered first farm vacations in Canada; founding president of Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick; founder of Sheep Breeders Association of Canada
Oliver Arnold  teacher at first Sussex school
Barbour Foods  Proud producers of such Maritime staples as King Cole Tea, Barbours peanut butter and a wide range of spices
Dairytown Products  Makers of the best butter in the world
Arthur Goold  Strong supporter of many community projects ranging from the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta to the Princess Louise Park Show Centre, the Sussex and District Chamber of Commerce and the JCI Sussex Valley. Owner of the oldest business in Sussex, Goold's Nurseries, which has been serving the area for more than a century.
George Leonard community leader
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"
Bob Osborne  leader in the development of hardy plants suitable for the North American climate
Jim Sackville  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
Bev Harrison, Speaker of NB Legislature 1999 - 2006
John Peters Humphrey  co-author of the UN Declaration of Human Rights
George B. Jones, Minister of Customs under Prime Minister Meighan
George Leonard, a founding member of Pleasant Valley
Frank McKenna Former Canadian ambassador to the US
Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley  Father of Confederation
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 
HMCS Sussexvale  A river class naval frigate built at the time of the Second World War and named after the Sussex area
Milton Gregg   winner of the Victoria Cross
      "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)

Princess Louise 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.
Marjorie Underhill, mother of Sir Phillip Grant-Suttie
Pilot Capt. Jimmy Wade of Sussex Corner
       "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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Community Service
Dr. Edward Broomhead  longterm medical practitioner
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
Mary Majka   driving force behind creation of Mary's Point bird nature preserve (Bay of Fundy)
Mitchell Franklin, St. Martins  philanthropist and businessman
Art Goold  businessman and community supporter
Richard "Dick" Gorham, Gorham's Bluff   
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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