By Ken Hirter
On July the 8th 2017 I had the pleasure to take in the North Ender’s Reunion Picnic which is an annual event held for the past twenty plus years for residents past and present of Hamilton’s North End.
This year’s event was held at the Macassa Bay Yacht Club with its beautiful view of the bay. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon as the older generation and newer generations met and reminisced on yesterday’s past in Hamilton’s North End.
The wonderful Ed Stewart and Alice Perniac were on registration and they made me feel most welcomed that day. I thank you.
Mr. Ed Stewart designed the North End Breezes logo in 1971. Thanks Mr. Stewart for introducing me to the wonderful people that I met that afternoon.
Memories were plentiful that afternoon as old friends came together and shared their history and stories of Hamilton’s North End. “Hamilton’s Best Kept Secret” is a common reference for this neighbourhood.
This year, The North Ender of the Year Award was presented to the delightful Myrtle Stickle (nee Judd). The Judd family home was on Wood Street and Myrtle, her two sisters and he brother lived there for many years attending Benetto School. Myrtle spent a lovely afternoon sharing with her childhood friend. The food was plentiful as were the drinks as fun was had by ALL.
I would like to thank Mr. Jim Davies for bringing in the many vintage photographs he has collected over the years that are reminiscent of the history of Hamilton’s North End. It was touching as two old classmates recalled memories of their 1950 grade eight class photo at Benetto School. They say memories last a lifetime and that was evident with the people gathered there. These can be filed as “Cherished and Treasured Memories and wonderful life moment’s. Mr.John Nagy has shown his commitment with his involvement with this event for the past 25 years.
In ending this write up I must say how touched I was when the grandparents and great grandparents shared many a story and a history lesson of Hamilton’s North End.
Those who do not live in the North End may not understand that even when people move on and no longer live there, they carry their love for Hamilton’s North End in their hearts and memories.