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 McNeill

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Rick,
    Great to hear from you and trust all is going well. Our family members are all doing well but it must be pretty tough for a lot of people. I had once heard you were going to do some writing but never heard anything further. I would be most interested, but do you think the OB News have archives back to that time. Any link or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Did you keep copies? Regards, Harold

  • Rick Gonder

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Harold
    About 22 years ago I spent several weeks going through the OBPD archives. I wrote several stories that were published in the OB News. Feel free to use if they are of value to what you are doing.
    Keep this up, I’m enjoying it and it brings back memories.

  • Harold McNeill

    April 12, 2020 |

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a chance to read. I decided to update these stories by proofreading as there were several grammatical errors in many. Hopefully, many of those glaring errors have been removed.

    Many of the stories carry a considerable amount of social comment regarding the way the criminal justice system is selectively applied. Next up involves a young woman from near Cold Lake, Alberta, who was abducted by an older male from Edmonton. Her story is the story of hundreds of young men and woman who have found themselves alone and without help when being prayed upon unscrupulous predators.

    Cheers, Harold

  • Susan

    April 8, 2020 |

    Great read, Harold!…and really not surprising, sad as that may sound.
    Keep the stories coming, it is fascinating to hear them.
    Love from us out here in the “sticks”, and stay safe from this unknown predator called Covid.

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    Statements like this appear to be simple fear-mongering. As was the case in the past, people who commit criminal offences, as well as other forms of negligence while driving, may well lose their insurance coverage and in all likelihood would be sued by ICBC to recover costs of the claim. (Link here to Mulligan’s full conversation on CFAX radio)

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