Darrel grew up on the shores of Georgian Bay, spending much of his time at his grandmother Violet’s house, known to all as “Gram”. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and never-ending woodlands, it was the perfect place for a little boy to grow up hunting, fishing, and wood crafting with his dad.
Gram and her husband, known as Con, were married December 17, 1955. Con served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and acted as security detail for some of Canada’s most important dignitaries including Prime Minister Trudeau. His untimely death in 1988 was a devastating shock to the family. Gram spent the next 17 years at the shore without Con.
Her unique property is right on the water, at the end of a long dirt road, which was unable to be completely plowed during the snowy Ontario winter months. Her only option was to snowmobile out for her grocery shops and family visits, and she continued to do this well into her 70s.