Ded­i­cated vet re­mem­bered

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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.

MEGGIN ROBERTS PHOTO

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

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