Bobby Orr And The Phone Book
January 19, 2011 in Bobby Orr, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Uncategorized Tags: Bobby Orr, Bracebridge, Bucko McDonald, Doug Orr, Gordon Lightfoot, John MacWilliams, Orillia, Parry Sound, Paul Rimstead, Roger Crozier, Roy MacGregor, Sundridge, The phone book
I came across this while rummaging through boxes in preparation for another contest I’m going to throw at you.
Years ago my dad had this old 1959 Orillia and area telephone book hanging around his house which he was planning on tossing out until I asked him if I could have it because I knew Gordon Lightfoot’s family home is listed in the pages.
Turns out there are others too.
Paging through the Orillia section, I see the GM Lightfoot household at 283 Harvey St., and young Gordon, who would be about 20 when this phone book came out, had moved out of the house the year before. I used to have a couple of buddies who also lived on Harvie St, and my dad worked for awhile at a dry cleaners in Orillia with Gordon’s father.
The book also has listings of the area surrounding Orillia, which includes Parry Sound, and I found Bobby Orr’s family home which you can see at Doug Orr, (his dad) on 21 Great North Road. Bobby’s grandfather, Robert Orr is also listed at 67 River. Bobby would be about 11 at the time of the phone book.
Searching further, I went into Sundridge and found Bucko McDonald on Main St. Bucko had not only been a star in the NHL in the 1930′s and 40′s with Detroit, New York, and Toronto, but also coached Bobby Orr in squirt and peewee in Parry Sound. Bucko decided to make the young fellow a defenceman even though Bobby was small and had great skills up front. When dad Doug questioned Bucko about this odd decision, Bucko told him “Bobby is born to play defence.”
Sundridge is also where my mother came from.
Also listed in the pages of this old phone book is the Roger Crozier household in Bracebridge, writer Paul Rimstead’s dad’s farm outside of Bracebridge, the family home of respected Canadian writer Roy MacGregor in Huntsville, (who played minor hockey against Orr and the Parry Sound team), and John MacWilliams’ home in Huntsville.