Famous Windsorites

Famous Windsorites

Welcome to the Famous Windsorites portal. This unique database was started in November 2015 to help WPL better serve our customers. As library staff answer customer questions about famous Windsor residents we have posted our research on-line to share with the entire community. This is an ongoing project, we are adding 2-3 biographies weekly. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all the great people who have called Windsor, Ontario home, but it is a start.

We would like to thank all of the people who have contributed to our database and if you have a famous Windsorite you would like to see added to the portal, please contact our local history expert Tom Vajdik at tvajdik@windsorpubliclibrary.com or call 519-255-6770 ext. 4434.


Howard Douglas McCurdy Charles Brooks Ken Lewenza, Sr.


Iain Baxter& Jeff Lemire Kenneth “Ken” Saltmarche


Salvatore Ala Herb Colling Marisa De Franceschi
Marty Gervais Barbara Gowdy Spider Jones
Robert Knuckle Alistair MacLeod Eugene McNamara
Carl Morgan Nino Ricci Stanley Scislowski
Anna Maria Tremonti Paul Vasey

Athletes & Sports

Joanne (Bouw) Berdan Reno Bertoia Hank Biasatti
Melissa Bishop Bob Boughner Bill Bowler
Mike Brkovich Stubby Clapp Jay Justin Clarke
Dennis Fairall Ron Fellows FORD V-8’s Basketball Team
Adam Graves Art Grundy Frank Hayden
Ed Jovanovski Rick “Chico” Kehoe Walter Kowalski
Bill Larochelle John Loaring Siro Martinello
Kylie Masse Brandon McBride Noelle Montcalm
Gerry Ouellette Robert R. “Bob” Panasik Bob Probert
Joel Quenneville Warren Rychel Larry Shreve AKA Abdullah the Butcher
Mary Spencer Dr. Andrea (Page) Steen Dave Steen
Eli Sukunda Misty Thomas Joe Turner
John Upham Kelly-Ann Way


Art Cervi Colm Feore Angus MacInnes
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Sophie Nélisse David Sobolov
Christian Vincent

Government Officials

 Cecil Jackson Hon. William Kennedy, P.C.


The Dodge Brothers Yves Landry Tommy Lasorda
Mike Lazaridis Gordon McGregor Moise “Mose” Menard
Hiram Walker Felix Watts

Law & Order

Milton “Whitey” Benoit General Isaac Brock Patrick Brode
Michael Callan Francis Wilfred Chauvin Harry Low
Ralph Mayville Tecumseh Major Fred Albert Tilston
George William Wiley

Library Community

John Muir Dr. Peter R. Frise Fred C. Israel

Musicians/Music Producers

The Chantones Garth Hudson Jack Scott
Skip Spence The Tea Party Rosalie Trombley
Shania Twain Tamia Washington (Hill) Alexander Zonjic

Notable Buildings, Things and Events

The Detroit-Canada Tunnel Devonshire Lodge aka the Low-Martin House FRED (Bookmobile)
Justice (the dog) Tornado – 1946 The Joseph Turner Memorial Cup
Windsor Arena AKA “The Barn”


Father Paul A. Charbonneau Sister Lenore Gibb John Howie McGivney
Louis Lawrence Odette Anthony (Tony) Toldo Norman Clifford Young


The Hon. Charles Eusebe Casgrain Elizabeth Shaughnessy Cohen Joe Comartin
The Hon. David Arnold Croll Drew Dilkens The Hon. Herb Gray
Paul Edgar Philippe Martin Jr. Paul Joseph James Martin Arthur John Reaume
Howard Russell Pawley Albert (Bert) Weeks


Biblioasis Black Moss Press Chris Edwards & Elaine Weeks (Walkerville Publishing)
W.F. Herman Mary Ann Shadd

Women’s Firsts

Marguerite Gignac Ruth Kerr Pat Noonan