Hall of Fame coverage praised
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