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
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 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
Budd Lynch 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 Wing & Lowe  


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 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

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

Notable Buildings, Things and Events

Abars Aeolian Organ Ambassador Bridge
Art Gallery of Windsor Art in the Park 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” Windsor Flood 2016 Windsor Flood 2017
Windsor Hum Windsor-Lasalle Tornadoes 2016 Willistead Manor
Windsor Salt (K+S Windsor Salt) “Windsor Style” Pizza


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