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The Village of Lawrencetown celebrates and honours the following residents

for outstanding service and dedication to their community. 

It is commitments such as these that make our community strong.

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Floyd Wilson

1916 - 1984

  



 

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Dr. James Barkley Hall

1843 -1928

 


 

 

 

 

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James "Fred" Frederick Healy

1935 - 2011

 



 

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Charles "Charlie" Whitman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matthew Pembleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gertrude (Phinney) (Young) Beattie

1909 - 2006

 








 

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Major James A.H. Church

1883 - 1967

 

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George E. Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Wesley Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floyd Wilson served his community in the following ways:

He was a firefighter for twenty-nine years.  Helped in the establishment of the “Fireman’s Restaurant”, the Swimming Pool and worked every year at the Fireman’s Canteen during Exhibition week.

Floyd was superintendant of the Baptist Church Sunday School for many years, spearheaded the construction of the Christian Education Building, was a Choir Member, sang in the Men’s Choir and was also a Deacon.

He was on the Board of Trustees for Lawrencetown School, was a member of the Annapolis County Municipal School Board, coached Little League Baseball and was Past Master and Treasurer of Evangeline Lodge #94 AF AM.

He promoted and secured membership in the formation of the Beaver Fruit Company (later Co-operative) and was employed there for forty-six years.

Floyd Wilson was a Commissioner of Oaths and from time to time was a trustee of funds for families who needed guidance with family income.

Floyd’s contributions to his community were exemplary and it is with pride that his name appears on the Wall of Honour.

Inducted June, 2011

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James Barkley Hall received his early education in Lawrencetown.  Graduated from Acadia University with a B.A. in 1873, M.A. in 1877 and a Ph.D. the same year from Boston College. 

Dr. Hall was a world traveler.  He served for several years as principal of the Provincial Normal College in Truro. 

Dr. Hall never forgot his Lawrencetown roots.  Many of the houses in the village today were constructed by James Hall or his father, John Hall.  His knowledge and experience greatly benefited the citizens of this community.  Some of his many contributions are as follows: 

Opened a High School in 1876, in the Whitman Building (present day Pharmasave). In 1919, offered Adult Schooling in the vestry of the Methodist (United) Church. 

Served on a committee that worked on a plan to build an Agricultural Facility to be built in the Lawrencetown area.  As a result, the Demonstration building was constructed in 1917. 

Initiated the United School Exhibition, which led the way for the first Annapolis County Fair and Exhibition, which began in 1927. 

Set up a trust fund, which eventually led to the creation of the “Survey School”.  The Dr. J. B. Hall Memorial Library, COGS, NSCC, is testimony of James Barkley Hall’s dedication to vocational training. 

Lawrencetown is proud to have Dr. Hall recognized as an early leader in the growth of its community, as a member of the Wall of Honour.

Inducted June, 2011

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Fred Healy has made outstanding contributions to the Village of Lawrencetown. They include the following: 

Served fifty plus years with the Lawrencetown and District Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD). 

Served as Fire Chief for twenty years, 1967 - 1987. To date, Fred has the record for the longest serving Chief in this department. 

He held the following positions during his tenure with the department: Director for the Maritime Fire Chief’s Association, Director for the Western Nova Scotia Fire Fighter’s Association, Annapolis County Director for the Fire School, and President of Annapolis County Fire Services. 

Served as a Lawrencetown Village Commissioner for nine years.

Fred volunteered for the Progressive Conservative Party for fifty years (1960-2010).  During this period he served thirty years as Ward Chairman for Annapolis East. 

Fred moved to the Village in 1959 and joined the LVFD in 1961. To this day he is still active as a volunteer with the Fire Department. Fred is truly appreciated for his dedication to the village and is an excellent choice for the Wall of Honour. 

Inducted June, 2011

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Charles Whitman has made outstanding contributions to the Village of Lawrencetown and its residents. They include the following: 

Served sixty plus years with the Lawrencetown and District Volunteer Fire Department.  For several years he was Deputy Chief. 

Charlie served as Chairman of the Lawrencetown Pool Committee for four years. 

He served as a Lawrencetown Village Commissioner for twenty-one years. 

Sponsored Lawrencetown Minor Hockey teams for ten years and Broomball teams for five years.

He helped build two fire halls in Lawrencetown. Charlie served as Co-Chairman of the Building Committee of the newest fire hall, completed in 1977. 

Volunteered in the planning, fund raising, and construction of the Exhibition Youth Arena, 1969-1971. 

Charles, known as “Charlie” to many, is a lifelong resident of Lawrencetown. He joined the LVFD in 1948, retiring in 2008. This long service, as well as other volunteer endeavours, makes Charlie an excellent choice for induction into the Wall of Honour. His dedicated service is greatly appreciated.

Inducted June, 2011

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Matthew “Matt” Pembleton has made outstanding contributions to the Village of Lawrencetown.  They include the following: 

Served fifty plus years with the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD), having joined in 1960. 

Treasurer of the LVFD for thirteen years, 1967-1980. 

Treasurer of the “Last Outdoor Rink” in the village. 

Matt volunteered in the planning, fundraising and construction of the Exhibition Youth Arena, 1969-1971. 

He was a member of the 1952-1953 Bridgetown Hawks, winner of the 1953 Nova Scotia Intermediate “B” Hockey Championship. 

For his hockey accomplishments, Matt was inducted into the Bridgetown Sports Wall of Fame, 2010. 

Matt has lived in our village since 1952.  To this day he is still active as a volunteer with the LVFD.  The community is truly grateful to have him as one of its citizens and is an excellent choice for the Wall of Honour. 

Inducted June, 2011

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Gertrude Phinney, daughter of Horton and Florence Phinney, was born in Lawrencetown, on January 18, 1909. After graduating from Acadia with a Bsc in 1932, she taught Home Economics in Lawrencetown, married and raised a family.. 

Gertrude was a gifted athlete who played Tennis, Basketball, was a Gymnast and a dominant Track and Field athlete.

Following are Gertrude’s accomplishments:

1926 - Dalhousie Basketball, Atlantic Champions

Ÿ1927 - Track and Field, won 5 titles, setting 4 records at Maritime Championships

1928 - Dalhousie Basketball, Atlantic Champs; Track and Field, won 6 titles, setting 4 records at Maritime Championships, won National 220 yard event, tied World 60 Yard Record, chosen for Olympic Team. (Her father would not allow her to attend, said too strenuous for ladies)

1929 - Track and Field, won 7 Maritime titles, setting 1 record; at Dominion Meet,Montreal, 1 Gold and 3 Silver medals

1930 -Acadia Basketball, Gertrude scored 38 points in 53-8 win

1931 - Acadia Basketball, undefeated season, Tri Province Champions

Gertrude was the Canadian Track Champion in 1927, 28, and 29 in 60, 100, and 220 yard sprints, hurtles, and broad jump and qualified for the 1928 Olympics by winning the 220 yard sprint at trials in Halifax, and was an original inductee into the N.S. Sports Hall of Fame.  We are proud and very pleased to induct Gertrude (Phinney) (Young) Beattie onto our Wall of Honour.

 Inducted June 2012

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Major James Church created the Village of Lawrencetown boundary and began the original NS Land Survey Institute where he was the Chief Instructor and First Principal from 1949 to 1963.

He obtained funding from the J.B. Hall Trust and convinced the Nova Scotia Government to build the institute and worked tirelessly to gain international recognition for the courses at the school and the graduates.  He paved the way for what is now the Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Sciences. 

Major Church served in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars and his accomplishments are recognized and recorded in a biographical sketch titled “A Life Worthwhile” by James F. Doig. 

We are proud and very pleased to induct Major James A. H. Church onto our Wall of Honour.

Inducted June 2013


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George E. Thompson has made outstanding contributions to the Village of Lawrencetown and its residents. They include the following: 

Served 51 years with the Lawrencetown Fire Department, 15 years as radio operator. 

George joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112 in 1992; He served as President for 4 years, Building Chairman for 15 years and Wreath Chairman for the Poppy Campaign for the last 6 years. He also volunteered as a bus driver for the Veterans for 15 years. George received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2009, the highest award given to a Legion member. This was for his work and determination on erecting monuments to commemorate Veterans in Fairview and Whitman Cemeteries.  

George spent many hours helping to build the Lawrencetown Youth Arena and volunteering as Minor Hockey Coach and Scoutmaster. 

In 1997, he introduced the Student of the Term Awards at Lawrencetown Consolidated School, this program continues today. 

We are proud and very pleased to induct George E. Thompson onto our Wall of Honour. 

Inducted June 2014 

 

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George Wesley Grant served for 28 years in the Canadian Army before retiring to the Village of Lawrencetown.  During his time here he has held many volunteer positions in the community, including 4H, Scouts, and various school activities.

George joined the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112 in 2005; in the past 12 years he has served as President for 3 years, and has held the continuous position of Service Officer.  While serving with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112 George has been able to help a large number of veterans receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  As a result of this he received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation on July 25, 2016.

George continues to be a valuable member of our community.

We are proud and very pleased to induct George Wesley Grant onto our Wall of Honour.

Inducted June 2017

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I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community,

and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

~ George Bernard Shaw

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