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
Kenneth “Ken” Saltmarche


Salvatore Ala Henry Bibb Barnet Braverman
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
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 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 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 Sophie Nélisse Oliver Platt
David Sobolov Christian Vincent


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

Law & Order

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

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

Notable Buildings, Things and Events

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


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


George Bennett Thomas R. Brophey David Burr
Henry Clay Joe Comartin The Hon. Charles Eusebe Casgrain
Elizabeth Shaughnessy Cohen The Hon. David Arnold Croll Drew Dilkens
Oscar Ernest Fleming The Hon. Herb Gray Michael D. Hurst
Cecil Jackson Hon. William Kennedy, P.C. Paul Edgar Philippe Martin Jr.
Paul Joseph James Martin John Millson Michael J. Patrick
Howard Russell Pawley Arthur John Reaume William C. Riggs
James Fariar Smythe Albert (Bert) Weeks John Wheelton
Solomon White Ernest Samuel Wigle Herbert W. Wilson


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


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