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 our local history, we post our research on-line to share with everyone. This is an ongoing project. We add biographies on a regular basis and by no means is this an exhaustive list of individuals who have been associated with the area, but it is a start.

We would like to thank all of the people who have contributed to our database and if you have an individual 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.

Activists

Charles Brooks Maynard “Sam” George Ken Lewenza, Sr.
Howard Douglas McCurdy Jack Miner Pat Noonan

Artists

Iain Baxter& Daniel Bombardier (DENIAL) Julia Conlon
Joseph DeAngelis Frances Gage Jeff Lemire
Christopher Rees Kenneth “Ken” Saltmarche Lee Rabideau
Yelena Simone

Authors/Writer/Journalists

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 Heidi L. M. Jacobs Michael Januska
Spider Jones Robert Knuckle Owen Laukkanen
Alistair MacLeod Eugene McNamara Shawn Micallef
Irene Moore Davis Carl Morgan Mary Ann Mulhern
Veronique Perrier Mandal Charlotte Bronte Perry Nino Ricci
Emily Schultz Mary Ann Shadd Vanessa Shields
Robert Earl Stewart 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 Al Delaney
Tie Domi Pat Drouillard 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 Budd Lynch
Man O’War vs Sir Barton Siro Martinello Kylie Masse
Brandon McBride Noelle Montcalm Gerry Ouellette
Robert R. “Bob” Panasik Kyle Prepolec Cathy Priestner Allinger
Bob Probert Joel Quenneville Brett Romberg
Warren Rychel Larry Shreve AKA Abdullah the Butcher D.J. Smith
Mary Spencer Dr. Andrea (Page) Steen Dave Steen
Eli Sukunda Misty Thomas Adam Trupish
Joe Turner John Upham Tessa Virtue
Kelly-Ann Way Luke Willson Ron Wilson
Windsor Spitfires Wing & Lowe

Entertainment/Actors

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
Kortney Wilson

Inventors/Entrepreneurs

Doug Bergeron Henri Breault The Dodge Brothers
W.F. “Bill” Chisholm Alex Deans Karolyn Hart
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
Rev. Joseph Oswald Leslie Spracklin Tecumseh

Library Community

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

Musicians/Music Producers

Jeffrey John Burrows The Chantones Emilia Cundari
Laszlo Gati Marguerite Gignac Susan Haig
Ritchie Hawtin Matti Holli Kelly Hoppe
Garth Hudson Jeff Martin Jack Scott
Skip Spence The Tea Party Rosalie Trombley
Shania Twain Tamia Washington (Hill) Daniel Wnukowski
Windsor Symphony Orchestra Alexander Zonjic

Notable Buildings, Things and Events

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

Philanthropists

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

Politicians

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 Jagmeet Singh
Eugene Whelan

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

Publishers

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

Veterans

General Isaac Brock Ralph Mayville Stanley Scislowski
Ralph Earl Scofield Thomas Simpson Major Fred Albert Tilston
George William Wiley