It is with great regret that we record the passing, on Tuesday, March 1st, 1983. at St. Catharines General Hospital, of Reynolds Taylor "Scotty" McCannell. Services were held on March 7th at the Lynn Funeral Home in Midland, with interment later at Midland's Lakeview Cemetery.
"Scotty" was one of eight children (two survive him) of the late Capt. and Mrs. James McCannell. His father was a man of considerable lake shipping experience, having served aboard the vessels of the old Bradley fleet, operated by Capt. Alva Bradley and Morris A. Bradley of Cleveland. For many years, Capt. McCannell was master of the passenger steamer ASSINIBOIA and commodore of the Canadian Pacific Railway's lake fleet.
R. T. McCannell was originally from Port McNicoll and lived for many years in Toronto. After retiring from the service of Ontario Hydro, he moved to St. Catharines and was an avid observer of marine activity along the Welland Canal. Over the years, he amassed an invaluable collection of marine material, including many rare documents and photographs collected by his father.
"Scotty" McCannell was Member Number 49 of the Toronto Marine Historical Society and served for many years as a member of our executive committee. He greatly enjoyed sharing his collection with the T.M.H.S. members, and his material frequently found its way into our programmes as well as onto the pages of "Scanner". Of particular note were his contributions to our history of ALGOMA, ALBERTA and ATHABASCA (February 1974) and our account of the loss of MANITOULIN and ASIA (October 1982) . The wealth of information that he provided concerning the building and arrival on the lakes of KEEWATIN and ASSINIBOIA will soon be incorporated into a special feature for this publication.
Those of us who knew "Scotty" were indeed privileged to have done so, and we shall all miss him. We extend our deepest sympathy to his brothers, Lindsay of Guelph and James of Port McNicoll. With the unanimous approval of those present at our March Meeting, the Toronto Marine Historical Society has made, in memory of "Scotty", a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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