Dedicated vet remembered
Four people will be inducted into the Glengarry Agricultural Wall of Fame April 26.
Carmin Howes will be recognized while Benoît Duchesne, Dr. Brian MacNaughton and Carman Rowe will be posthumously honoured during the induction dinner at the Metcalfe Centre in Maxville.
Members of the Agricultural Wall of Fame who will have tickets to sell are Robert D. MacDonald (613-525-3471), Dougal MacLeod (613-525-2327), Warren MacIntosh (613-527-5355), Jack Fraser (613-527-2572), Ray Howes (613-528-4320), Clark McCuaig (613-347-2653), Walter McIntosh (613-528-4694), Carolyn McRae (613-347-2698) and Sharon McDonell (613-347-3981).
has been publishing biographies of the four inductees in the past few weeks.
This week we profile Dr. Brian MacNaughton (1954- 2014).
Dr. Brian MacNaughton was born onto a Williamstown area dairy farm on Aug. 12, 1954.
He first entered the one-room school on the 4th Con. of Charlottenburgh Township in 1960, graduating from Char-Lan D.H.S. as an Ontario Scholar in 1973. He studied for three years in the Science program at Guelph University, followed by four years at the Ontario Veterinary College.
He worked his first year following graduation (1980) with Martintown vet Jim Alguire and then went into practice on his own for the next 33 years, first in a rented house, then out of his home on Maple Road and then a clinic he constructed on Hwy 34 in 1999.
Renowned as a mixed animal veterinarian located in South Glengarry, with a nation-wide recognition for his specialty in dairy cattle, his practice encompassed clients across several counties, from the St. Lawrence River to the 417 highway and the Québec border to Ingleside.
A former president of the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners, Dr. MacNaughton was also the recipient of that organization’s Vet Service Award in 2013 for, “outstanding service and dedication to the Ontario bovine industry.”
Dr. MacNaughton tragically died of cancer in Sept. 2014, yet his clinic still operates today under the guidance of his wife Yvette (née Lalonde, married Jan. 19, 1974), who partnered with him throughout all of his endeavours, combined with having three daughters, one who died as an infant.
Incredibly loyal to his friends and community, Dr. MacNaughton understood the personal pain of tragedy, and despite his busy professional life, was always at the wake or funeral for anyone who suffered a loss.
His calm, caring manner, combined with a great sense of humour were admired by all of his clients, whether they be dairy farmers or dog owners.
Retired dairy producer Micky MacDonald from Williamstown once quipped that, “you used to hope a cow would get sick, so you could have a visit with Brian.”
He worked incredibly long hours, always cheerful, with his family recounting how he would often, “leave in the middle of a family meal to treat a cow with milk fever.”
Brian’s professional contribution to the dairy veterinary sector is so admired by his peers across the nation that they have set up a Brian MacNaughton Achievement Award.
The forming of a national organization, always on Dr. MacNaughton’s radar, is now a reality with giving out this award. “He understood that a national voice would be beneficial for bovine vets and their profession, for the dairy and beef cattle industry and for associated agribusiness,” reads the citation calling for the 2018 nominations for this award.
FULL PLATES: Hearty meals were served up at the North Glengarry Fire Department’s Station 2 Spring Breakfast held at the Apple Hill Community Centre Sunday. In addition to pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, hash browns, beans and toast, diners also received a fire prevention message from Sparky, who reminded them to check their smoke alarms. A small army of volunteers put on the repast.
Party Bridge April 1: 1) Stewart MacDonald, 2) Steve Helle, 3) Anna Meredith. Tuesday Afternoon Pairs April 2, Section A N/S: 1) Gracia Seguin, Claudette Drouin, 2) Judy Bradacs, Anna Meredith, 4) Elizabeth Marjerrison, Jim Campbell, 5) Fred, Gisèle Lefebvre. Section A E/W: 1) Steve Lassner, Gregor Doll, 2) Gail Wells, Nicole Tourangeau, 3) Nicole Landriault, Lorraine Lemire, 4) Don Darling, Gordon Snook.
The late Brian MacNaughton