Charles Andrew Guy
Charles Andrew Guy, a long time resident and businessman of Brockville, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tues., Feb., 16, 2016. He was 89.
Charles was born in Inkerman on Oct. 14, 1926 to John Wylie Guy and Iva Sophia (nee Fawcett). He attended a one room schoolhouse for his elementary education in Inkerman and boarded in South Mountain for high school.
A member of the famous Inkerman Rockets for one year, Charles maintained a special friendship with coach and former teacher, Lloyd Laporte.
In the fall of 1942, he and another boy from Inkerman, Angus Hurley, boarded a train and headed west to help with the harvest during wartime. They landed in Fillmore, Sask. and were housed in a bunkhouse still standing over 50 years later on a revisit.
Being raised on a dairy farm, when an opportunity to buy a farm in Brockville or Ottawa became available, he purchased a piggery operation in Brockville on Chemical Road in September of 1947; a place he would call home for the next 68 years.
Charles married Kay on Oct. 7, 1947 in a quiet, private service with only their two mothers as witnesses.
Charles added a hennery operation a short time later, which became Kay’s responsibility. Along with Lawrence Lalonde, they were instrumental in the introduction of Landrace pigs into the Canadian market. He was a member and officer of the Federation of Agriculture in Leeds County for many years.
In the early 1960s, a passion for flying became a reality when, as a member of the newly formed Brockville Flying Club, he received his wings from the initial flying instructor Willie Neelan.
During this time, Charles began purchasing property in the South Mountain area. He saw a business opportunity and began cash cropping corn. He became a distributor for Pioneer Seed Corn, and he and Kay enjoyed a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Hawaii with other distributors.
In the summer of 1964, Charles, along with partner David Berry and promoter Ralph Hurley, founded Highland Golf Course on the property directly east of his piggery and hennery operation. In the ensuing years as the popularity of the game increased, it was decided to cease his farm operation in Brockville and expand to 18 holes, which opened in the summer of 1970.
Charles enjoyed hunting, and fishing in his younger years. He enjoyed trips to Northern Ontario for moose hunting as well as deer hunting trips with special friends. From his fly-in fishing trips in Northern Quebec to tuna fishing off Newfoundland, salmon fishing in Michigan and British Columbia, to fishing at Great Bear Lake or in the Gulf ofMexico for grouper and snapper fishing, he enjoyed the camaraderie with family and friends as well as the trophy or catch.
He spent many winters in Florida, where he was able to relax, enjoy more time with friends, and even find time to golf.
After receiving treatment for prostate cancer, he formed a tournament committee, donating his course and raising funds for prostate cancer research. During the 12 years the tournament ran, more than $610,000 was raised and split between Kingston and Ottawa Cancer Centres.
As that committee ended, Charles saw the need to support the local hospital, and another committee was formed to support the unfunded Cardiovascular Rehab Program with the help of the Civitan, Kinsmen and Lions Clubs. Over the past five years, they were able to raise approximately $325,000.
He leaves behind his wife, Kay (Hurley), and his children, Carol Dunn (Garry) of Brockville, and Cathy Thomas (Robert) of Mallorytown. He was a loving grandpa to his four-legged grandkids Knickers, Muffy, and Sophie.
Charles was predeceased by his parents and brother, Ralph. He is survived by sisters-in-law, Geraldine (Ralph) Guy and Billie (Frank) Yates. as well as nieces and nephews David, Bryan and Cheryl (Davies) Yates; and David and Heather Hurley. He is also survived by several cousins.
Visitation and funeral took place at Barclay Funeral Home on Sat., Feb. 20. The service was conducted by Rev. Kirk Perry of Brockville Wesleyan Church. The pallbearers were Chris Guy, David Guy, Blake Fawcett, Bob Mustard, Sheldon McCarthy, and Michael McMahon. The honourary pallbearers were Jim Fairfield, Paul Fournier, John Ross, Jack Gorman Alex Stillwell, and Shep Laporte. Interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville followed the service.