THE SINGING COW­BOY

Our Canada - - Commemorating Our Men And Women In Uniform - Glo­ria Aikens, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Re­count­ing Dad’s wartime ad­ven­tures

Ninety- four years ago was born a man of very high stand­ing in the eyes of many, es­pe­cially mine. My fa­ther, Edgar Chevrier, was born in Rour­get, Ont., on May 1, 1924. At the age of 18, he joined the Al­go­nquin Reg­i­ment of the Cana­dian Army where he be­came a sergeant, and even­tu­ally a mas­ter sergeant.

Dur­ing the war, he was sta­tioned in Hol­land, France and Ger­many. He never talked much about the war—four years is a long time to spend in a dark place. When he wrote home, though, there was never a word of dis­cour­age­ment, only cheer­ful­ness. As well as serv­ing in the army, Dad was also an en­ter­tainer in the Cana­dian Army Show. He per­formed in a band called the Arkansas Trav­ellers and played guitar. He en­ter­tained at many events and his younger brother Bert ac­com­pa­nied him. A much-re­quested

song was “The Lit­tle Shirt My Mother Made for Me,” which their younger sis­ter Aileen would dance to.

Sadly, dur­ing this pe­riod of time, his younger brother Bert was killed in ac­tion.

Af­ter the war, Dad be­came a heavy duty diesel me­chanic and worked at Al­goma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He loved sports and was in­volved in hockey as a trainer for the Soo Falls Do­rans ju­ve­nile hockey team and was an as­sis­tant coach for the Soo Cana­di­ans. He also played soft­ball.

He con­tin­ued to en­ter­tain, singing and play­ing with Don Ram­say’s Ram­blers. He was also known as “Al­goma’s Singing Cow­boy.”

Dad passed away in 1971 at the age of 47.

Above: Glo­ria’s dash­ing fa­ther Edgar Chevrier.

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