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.
Pat Noonan Maynard “Sam” George


Iain Baxter& Frances Gage Jeff Lemire
Christopher Rees Kenneth “Ken” Saltmarche


Salvatore Ala Henry Bibb Barnet Braverman
Patrick Brode Herb Colling Christopher Paul Curtis
Marisa De Franceschi Marty Gervais Martin Gibala
Barbara Gowdy Wayne Grady Susan Holbrook
David Hunter Hubel Spider Jones Robert Knuckle
Alistair MacLeod Eugene McNamara Shawn Micallef
Irene Moore Davis Carl Morgan Veronique Perrier Mandal
Charlotte Bronte Perry Nino Ricci Emily Schultz
Anna Maria Tremonti Reverend William Troy Paul Vasey

Athletes & Sports

Meghan Christina Agosta Joanne (Bouw) Berdan Reno Bertoia
Hank Biasatti Melissa Bishop Bob Boughner
Bill Bowler Mike Brkovich Stubby Clapp
Jay Justin Clarke Tyrone Crawford Tie Domi
Dennis Fairall Ron Fellows FORD V-8’s Basketball Team
Adam Graves Art Grundy Frank Hayden
Ed Jovanovski Rick “Chico” Kehoe Ruth Kerr
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 D.J. Smith Mary Spencer
Dr. Andrea (Page) Steen Dave Steen Eli Sukunda
Misty Thomas Joe Turner John Upham
Tessa Virtue Kelly-Ann Way


Steve Bacic Matthew Bendo Art Cervi
Dorothy Collins Colm Feore Angus MacInnes
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Dave Merheje Sophie Nélisse
Oliver Platt David Sobolov Christian Vincent


Doug Bergeron Henri Breault The Dodge Brothers
W.F. “Bill” Chisholm Alex Deans Yves Landry
Tommy Lasorda Mike Lazaridis Gordon McGregor
Moise “Mose” Menard John Paul Reddam Hiram Walker
Felix Watts

Law & Order

Milton “Whitey” Benoit Francis Wilfred Chauvin Michael Callan
Harry Low Judge Bruce MacDonald Detective Alton C. Parker

Library Community

John Muir Dr. Peter R. Frise Anne Hume
Fred C. Israel Reginald Brian Land Angus McGill Mowat

Musicians/Music Producers

The Chantones Emilia Cundari Marguerite Gignac
Garth Hudson Jeff Martin Jack Scott
Skip Spence The Tea Party Rosalie Trombley
Shania Twain Tamia Washington (Hill) Daniel Wnukowski
Alexander Zonjic 222 333

Notable Buildings, Things and Events

Abars Aeolian Organ Ambassador Bridge
Art in the Park Canadian Periodical Index City Hall – 2018
The Detroit-Canada Tunnel Devonshire Lodge aka the Low-Martin House FRED (Bookmobile)
The Great Canadian Flag Project Hiram Walker Statue/ Roundabout International Freedom Festival
The Joseph Turner Memorial Cup Justice (the dog) Metropolitan Store Explosion
Paul Martin Building Peche Island Spanish Flu Epidemic 1918
Sandwich Fire Hall Streetcar #351 Tecumseh and Brock Statue/Sandwich Roundabout
Tornado – 1946 Tornado – 1974 Windsor-Lasalle Tornadoes 2016
Willistead Manor Windsor Arena AKA “The Barn” Windsor Flood 2016
Windsor Flood 2017 Windsor Hum


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


Joe Comartin The Hon. Charles Eusebe Casgrain Elizabeth Shaughnessy Cohen
The Hon. Herb Gray Hon. William Kennedy, P.C. Paul Edgar Philippe Martin Jr.
Paul Joseph James Martin Howard Russell Pawley

Politicians (Mayors of Windsor)

Joseph (James) Hall Beattie – 2nd George Bennett – 19th Thomas R. Brophey – 23 th
David Burr -30th Henry Clay – 10th The Hon. David Arnold Croll – 18th & 21
John Davis -4th Drew Dilkens – 34th John W. Drake – 6th
Oscar Ernest Fleming – 1st Eddie Francis – 33th John W. Hanna – 8th
Frederick L. Howell -11th Michael D. Hurst – 32th Cecil Jackson – 17th
Arthur W. Jackson -12th Elizabeth Kishkon -29th D. Willis Mason – 3rd
John Millson – 31th Frank J. Mitchell – 16th Michael J. Patrick – 24 th
Arthur John Reaume -22th William C. Riggs – 26th James H. Shepherd – 9th
James Fariar Smythe – 5th Charles R. Tuson – 13th Frank Wansbrough -27th
Solomon White Town of Windsor) Albert (Bert) Weeks – 28th John Wheelton – 25th
Ernest Samuel Wigle – 7th & 20th Herbert W. Wilson – 15th Edward B. Winter -14th


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


General Isaac Brock Ralph Mayville Stanley Scislowski
Major Fred Albert Tilston George William Wiley