Kenneth Jorgensen

George Kerr writes:

The Toronto Star has the notice of Ken’s passing.  I was speaking to him on Sunday and new his situation was serious, but we had a good chat.

Ken was a Cub & Scout at the 58th Toronto Group under the Leadership of Gwen & Fred J. Finlay.  He maintained his interest in Scouting till the last, as in our chat on Sunday.  I first met him as a member of the HSR Staff in 1950 and 1951.  He went on to be the Area Commissioner, Etobicoke Central Area and later Deputy  Regional Committee to Bert Page.  He was also in the 1980’s on the Regional Special Events Committee.  Training was his first interest as a member of the GTR and Ontario Training Teams which many Scouters were the benefactors of his Courses.

During the years Ken & I kept a close friendship, despite being his “Field Exec” for several years.

Toronto Star: Peacefully after a courageous battle at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Ken Jorgensen of Doe Lake was in his 79th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Andrea Hansen. Dear father of the late Philip, Randy (Sue), Eric (Carol-Ann) and Andrea’s daughter Laurie (John). Loving grandfather of David, Sarah, Emma and Peter. Ken was an active volunteer in Scouting, a retired Housing Manager for Metro Toronto Housing Authority and a member of Corona and Connaught Lodges AFAM. He also helped Andrea establish and was chairman of Strings Across The Sky Foundation, which empowers high-arctic and remote community youth through music. The family will receive visitors at the Opatovsky Funeral Home-Dempster Chapel, 210 Ontario Street in Burk’s Falls on Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. A service to celebrate Ken’s life will be conducted in the chapel commencing at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011. Pastor Richard McQuillin and Corona Lodge officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Strings Across The Sky Foundation ( or Hospice Huntsville ( would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at


Gone Home – Roy Hockings

HOCKINGS, Roy – Peacefully passed away at his home on November 4, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Olive. Loving father of Cliff (Rochelle), Dave and Pete (Gemma). Cherished grandfather of Jessica (Jake), Ashley (Jeff), Ian Jiouey, Jay Jay and Jelique. Proud great- grandfather of Sydney and Tyler.

Roy who was a professional Scout Executive for the Greater Toronto Region, served as Camp Administrator in 1972 and 1973 and Camp Director from 1974-1979.

Member News

Tara (Neal) McNally (90) and family have gone to China and she writes, “We are settled in Shanghai now. We are located in Pudong, Shanghai. We arrived on May 16th and will be here for approximately 2 years. Declan will be starting at a bilingual school in August (YCIS – Yew Chung International School of Shanghai).”

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mary Edna Rosevear, the mother-in-law of Peter Zurawel (67-71) in November of 2009.

Keith Watt’s (66-70) Morning Bay Vineyard ( is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary all this summer on Pender Island, BC. July 3 is the big 5th Anniversary Birthday Bash with barrel and tank tasting, music, Pender Island lamb and other delights. Then Saturday, September 4 is the Fifth Annual Winestock Music Festival. Details on their website.

Member News

Congratulations to Jodie and David Wynne (90-91,93) on the June 26, 2009 birth of their daughter Daphne Elizabeth Wynne 7 lbs 12 oz.

Congratulations to Sarah Parks-Quinn (98-01,03-05,07-08) and Colin Quinn (95-98) on the June 29, 2009 birth of their second child Gavin Douglas Quinn 8 lbs, 6 oz!

Allan Haley (97-00) has left Scouts Canada to become a Park Warden with Ontario Parks.

We regret to announce the passing of Doug Ross (68-70) at his home on May 22, 2009. Doug was the first Rifle Range instructor at HSR.

Barry Hardaker (79) reports that he just completed 32 years with Scouts Canada as a professional Scouter and still visits HSR at least once a year.

Member News

Congratulations to:

  • Grant Lafontaine (88) who married Terri Newman on May 28, 2005.
  • Gordon McLean (95-98, 00) who married Lauren Therien (00) on September 9, 2005.
  • Corey Plater (95-96) who married Nancy Cleaver on October 1, 2005.
  • Dave Cummins on his engagement to Rev. Linda Martin. Their wedding is scheduled for September 16, 2006.

Our sympathies to F. Bruce Ryan (54-55) on the passing of his wife Shirley (Fink) Ryan (55-56) on December 17, 2006. Shirley was a former Food Supervisor for the Camp Kennabi HQ staff.

Welcome to new Alumni members Dean Janowski (02-05) and Ian Hancock (04-05).

Member News

Congratulations to Greg Taylor (91-95) was married in October – Alumni present (besides brothers Dave and Kent) included Kevin and Alicia (nee Matier) Bell, Mark Purcell and John Stephens.

Gone Home: Don McLean (53, 59-61) former Scout Executive, Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director, passed away in November 1999.

Jamie Mertons (91,93) is engaged to be married in Espanola in February 2000.

Member News

Gone Home: It is with sadness that we report the passing of former HSR Staff member Ray McVeigh in Brampton, brother of Barry McVeigh (68-70) and James McVeigh (60-63) and father of John McVeigh (98). Ray had been ill for several months but was able to visit John at HSR last summer. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Congratulations to Andrew (88-94) and Jennifer (nee Gumbley) (90,93) Blackburn on the birth of their daughter Alexis Leigh at 4pm Tuesday Dec. 2, 1998. Baby weighed in at 7 lbs. 11 oz. and both mom & baby are doing very well.

Congratulations to Greg Taylor (91-95) on his recent engagement to Amy Cartagenise. The wedding day is set for October 1, 1999.

Congratulations to Kevin Bell (89-93) who was hired in September as the Camp Ranger of Goodyear Memorial Scout Camp, Orangeville. the camp which was first developed by Lakeshore District and then Greater Toronto Region is now operated by Central Escarpment Region. All the best to Kevin!

Congratulations to Colin Quinn (95-98) who was announced at the recent Alumni Weekend as the first recipient of the HSR Staff Alumni Bursary! Colin as been an IT, Survival Instructor/Outtripper for two summers, and this summer was Waterfront Director. Colin will be attending Humber College in September ’98 in the Firefighter Preparation program.