Res­i­dent posthu­mously in­ducted into Wall of Fame

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - LIFE - SUB­MIT­TED

The Ra­mara Wall of Fame Com­mit­tee is proud to an­nounce that on July 10, Ra­mara coun­cil posthu­mously ap­pointed the late Clarence Steele to be in­ducted into the Ra­mara Wall of Fame.

Clarence Aubrey Steele was a life­time res­i­dent of Ra­mara Town­ship. He served in the Sec­ond World War as a Sergeant in Eng­land, North Africa, Si­cily, Italy and was wounded at Or­tona. At the end of the war, Steele re­turned to ev­ery­day life, build­ing a fish­ing char­ter guide busi­ness for 53 years on Lake Sim­coe, Couch­ich­ing and sur­round­ing waters.

He also served on the Mara (now Ra­mara) Fire Depart­ment in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties for 30 years (24 years as fire chief ) at Fire Sta­tion 2 in Ather­ley. He molded the depart­ment into a pro­fes­sion­ally run vol­un­teer depart­ment be­fore his re­tire­ment in 1993.

His first love, how­ever, was fish­ing. His fa­ther in­tro­duced him into fish­ing when he was a boy. He caught a 43-pound muskie, and was hooked. Over the years, Clarence saw a de­cline in the lake wa­ter qual­ity and he be­came very alarmed. He con­sulted with coun­cil­lors, MPPs and made a pre­sen­ta­tion to the pub­lic meet­ing held for com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als in Oro-Me­donte in 2004. His ef­forts were rec­og­nized by the coun­cil of the day and they nom­i­nated Steele for the On­tario Her­itage Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment; a part of Her­itage Com­mu­nity Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram, which rec­og­nizes ex­em­plary her­itage con­ser­va­tion

in their own com­mu­nity. Steele was nom­i­nated by coun­cil be­cause of his ad­vo­cacy of nat­u­ral her­itage with re­spect to preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of fish­ing and fish habi­tat as well as the preser­va­tion of Lakes Sim­coe and

Couch­ich­ing, said Ra­mara Mayor of the day, Tom Gary.

Steele also holds the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada Medal for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice.

To­day, Lake Couch­ich­ing and Lake Sim­coe are a great part of the tourism in­dus­try for Ra­mara and all com­mu­ni­ties lo­cated ad­ja­cent to it.

Steele was also a mem­ber of the Ather­ley Hunt Club, and was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Oril­lia Con­ser­va­tion Club.

The cer­e­mony will take place in the Ra­mara Town­ship Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 2297 High­way 12, in Brechin on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. as part of the coun­cil meet­ing.


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