~ December 2009 Edition
~ Contributing Editor Don Sherwin~
If you have an idea for an activity you think other Probus members might enjoy, please talk to Mary Kilgour or Glen Pettinger.
Management Team Notes
Self-introduction ~ Ellen and Jim Dean
The Deans, four-year residents of Perth and more recent members of Probus, gave us an interesting sketch of their lives as veterans of the Canadian Navy. Jim was born in Hamilton, but was raised on a farm near Newcastle, where his school was so small that he was both first and last in his class. At the age of 17, he left high school to join the Royal Canadian Navy, but soon found to his chagrin that he was prone to seasickness. Nevertheless, he headed to sea in a variety of ships, but along the way, met a Navy Wren by the name of Ellen, and they were married in Oakville in 1963. Ellen was born in Tillsonburg, and went to high school in Brantford and Woodstock before joining the Navy herself.
Shortly after they were married, they both left the Navy and moved to Preston, Ontario, where their son was born, later moving to Jim’s hometown of Newcastle. However, the siren call of the sea got to Jim, so in 1967, he rejoined the Navy and the family moved to Halifax. Ellen got a job with Revenue Canada, Taxation, while Jim served as a marine engineer, and went from ship to ship with the occasional onshore posting, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During this time the couple adopted a young niece.
In 1990, Jim was posted to NDHQ in Ottawa, while Ellen also transferred with Revenue Canada. In 1995, Jim retired from the Navy, after over 33 years of active service in which he saw much of the world and made many friends. For the next five years, he worked with a private company on military contracts, then in 2000, retired. After a fortuitous encounter with Perth, they decided to build a bungalow here, which they did in 2005.
Ellen finds that Perth “fits them like a hand in a glove”, and they have made many new friends here. She has become involved with the Perth Museum, Historical Society and local Legion, while all Jim asks for is to live long as a “permanent vacationer in residence”. We hope they do.