Wedding Bells: Gordon McLean and Megan Corns

Written by Harold McNeill on June 28th, 2016. Posted in Tim Hortons Morning Posts


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Gordon and Megan share a moment while cutting their cake.
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Hello Old Friends and New,

What a great four days at the Jasper Park Lodge with the Corns/McLean extended families and friends. It seems only yesterday Roy, Maggie, Dan, Ben, Megan, John, and Alison (then just two years old) moved in next to our home in Victoria, British Columbia. Over the years the Corns family filled our lives with many fond memories and after attending the wedding of Megan and Gordon it is clear the friendship will extend for many years into the future.        

While much has changed in our neighbourhood since the family moved to Edmonton, we still hold fond memories of the kids and that basketball hoop at the end of our cul de sac that was in constant play. Today a hockey net has replaced the hoop, but the laughter of children that brought so much joy to our hearts in the past, continues to this day.

The visit to Jasper also again reminded us of how small the world has become. It only took a few hours of getting to know the other guests to realize that more than half of those present were either born, lived, studied or worked in countries other than Canada and those countries spread to the four corners of the earth. This group is another reminder that building bridges to the four corners of the earth will serve us much better than building walls.

More amazing still is that many of those I met are now living and working in communities in or near cities and towns where I spent much of my early life (e.g. Vermillion, Turtleford, Westlock, Edmonton, Fort McMurry, Red Deer and dozens of other places etc.). For that matter one family from Edmonton lives no more than a stones throw from the home in which my family lived in 1949 at 12237, 95th Street, a time when Edmonton boasted a population of 137,000 and our home was on the very west edge of the city. Today the next block is now the Yellow Head Highway. Link: McNeill Family in Edmonton

Because so many of the family and friends attending the wedding were from other parts of the world, the best I could do to capture the memories was to keep the shutter clicking as we filled the days with fun and laugher.   Because I could not keep up with all the names, I have placed a selection of photos on an open Facebook Page and hope that each of you will take a few moments to list the names of those you recognize (including yourselves of course). With the Corns on one side and the McLean’s on the other, we should be able to tag almost everyone.

Over the four days I learned a bit about many of you as we spoke of people, places and careers in which our lives have intersected. I am hoping we can connect on FB or by email as a means to remain connected in the coming years as you can be sure Lynn and I would love the opportunity to show you around Victoria and the Vancouver Island. Also, because Lynn and I have been known to occasionally venture forth into this wide world, you never know when one day we may land on your doorstep.

Please take a moment to add your name into the Facebook Page and if you wish to send a friend request to my regular FB Page, you can be sure I will accept.   If you prefer email that also works as a means of keeping in touch.

With respect to photos, I will link them to other in our family who live in your cities and towns and who you may one day run across. Comments in specific photos will explain the background as I remember.

I hope that those of you who have travelled so far for the wedding will have an opportunity to enjoy other parts of Canada before you return, and for those who have taken up residence in Canada, that you will find it a welcoming and loving place to begin a career and perhaps a family.

As Megan and Gordon began their married lives it is clear they will be surrounded by many good folks who are working hard to make this world a better place and who will form the backbone of their family and friends base.

All the Best,

Harold, Lynn and Family

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Harold Email: lowerislandsoccer@shaw.ca
Cell: 250-889-1033

Lynn Email: lynnmcneill@shaw.ca
Cell: 250-893-1033

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  • Harold McNeill

    August 21, 2019 |

    For those who followed the earlier post about the cost of ICBC Auto insurance coverage in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (linked in comments) here is another follow-up article.

    This article again confirms earlier assertions that public-private insurers such as that which ICBC provides, is among the best in Canada in terms of rates and coverage. A link is provided in the original story.

  • Harold McNeill

    August 16, 2019 |

    Many thanks for reviewing the article Elizabeth. There are so many areas of our society in which populism carries the day, although I think what is happening with the ICBC is that groups having a vested interest in private insurance would dearly love to dislodge ICBC from their preferred position. That being said, I think was a good move to have only portions of the insurance coverage in BC being held by ICBC and other portions being made available through private enterprise.

  • Elizabeth Mary McInnes, CAIB

    August 15, 2019 |

    It’s a breath of fresh air to see a resident of British Columbia look to review all the facts over believing what is reported in the news or just following along with the negative stigma of the masses. Your article truly showcases that with a little reform to ICBC’s provincial system – British Columbia could be a true leader for other provinces in Canada. Very well written article!

  • Harold McNeill

    August 13, 2019 |

    August 13, 2019. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), a private enterprise group not unlike the Fraser Institute, is again on the campaign trail. They state ICBC rates are the highest in Canada, but, thankfully, Global BC inserted a section indicating the Insurance Bureau cherry-picked the highest number in BC and the lowest numbers in AB, ON and other Eastern Provinces. If you take a few minutes to check reliable sources you will find BC rates, are the lowest in Canada.

  • Andrew Dunn

    May 14, 2019 |

    Thank you so much for all your help thus far Harold, aka. Tractor guy! I could not have done without you!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 25, 2019 |

    I find it interesting to contemplate how a small community evolves in general isolation from the rest of the world. We have a similar situation in the northern communities in Canada to which access is limited. The inclusion of the world wide web and mass media has changed things, but these communities are still left pretty much to their own devices when it comes to personal interaction.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.