Hall of Fame cov­er­age praised

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, Mar­garet Caldbick’s cov­er­age of the 40th Sports Hall of Fame in­duc­tions ( The News, Aug. 22) was ex­cel­lent and the most com­pre­hen­sive I have seen from the be­gin­ning in 1979.

The late ven­er­a­ble An­gus Hoey McDonell saw my pre­sent­ing an oil por­trait of late Lloyd Kennedy at the Dun­ve­gan museum, 1978. Of course we all know and hon­our his “Sports in the Glens” over a 71-year en­durance.

An­gus wrote very com­pli­men­tary of the por­trait; Lloyd seen hold­ing up his caber he in­tro­duced at the first High­land Games in 1948.

He asked me to be­come the artist for the Sports Hall he was ar­dently plan­ning for in­duc­tions in 1979. I com­plied ea­gerly and 14 years of por­traits be­gan -- to 1992.

Dur­ing that span of years and in­duc­tions, he brought me the pho­tos to work from, climb­ing over the farm gate -- up the long hill of drive­way as though a “young ath­lete.” In 1964 we had bought a 100-acre 1857 log farm home on the Dornie Road, 4th Con­ces­sion.

An­gus told me his mother’s peo­ple (Macmil­lan) had first set­tled there in that very home.

From that rev­e­la­tion, we felt the Macmil­lan name presided over my “Fales” -- at the property.

An­gus asked me to de­sign the tro­phy he would present to our “Cabers of Glen­garry” ath­letic club, sev­eral of lo­cal Games ath­letes founded, my­self proudly in­cluded.

He paid the tro­phy cost and later started it should go to the Sports Hall fi­nally. Our club was in­ducted Au­gust 19, 2015 as many will re­call. The tro­phy went in­stead to the High­land Games com­mit­tee.

I had done 78 por­traits of ath­letes and one of the com­mit­tee with An­gus separately done, with six in­duc­tions per sea­son; 1979-1992; 80 works.

Af­ter An­gus had passed on, it was when my com­mit­ments to Mon­treal art gal­leries in­creased, so I de­clined fur­ther Sports Hall work and Deb­o­rah Kerr took over.

I was mainly con­cerned to have An­gus see his dream of a sports hall to ma­te­ri­al­ize. He had been like a sec­ond fa­ther to my mind, as I told him. We sold the farm in 2002. I am glad to see Jim Hill’s in­sti­tuted “Young Ath­letes Ta­ble” con­tin­ues on. Splen­did! Dou­glas Fales, Mon­treal

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