Dad often told stories of “The Dirty Thirties” and killing gophers with a homemade slingshot because “you got 5 cents a tail for them.” (Not sure if he was right on the price, sounds a bit high for the times.) Dad was a great athlete, as were all the Mealys.As a teenager, he was hired as a ringer in baseball, loved to play hockey, and then in later years began to curl (his team out of Flin Flon even went to the Brier, but “we lost the first game and were sent packing”) and was also an excellent golfer well into his 60s.Dad’s abiding passions were carpentry, woodworking and gardening.
You never saw someone be so rough with a plant and then it would just grow like wild for him.
(He believed strongly in planting with warm water and even had an outside hot water tap installed at the cabin for that purpose. ) Dad moved up to Flin Flon around 1950 to take a job with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting .
He married our mother, Helene Dubois, a few years later and we girls, Aleta, Rena and myself, Michele, came along.
Their marriage did not endure, unfortunately, and Dad remarried many years later, in 1979, to Audrey Mearns.
Audrey lived in Winnipeg, working for Air Canada, so they flew back and forth until Dad retired.
But he then put his foot down and told Aud she had to buy a house or he wasn’t moving to Winnipeg, “I need somewhere to do my carpentry and I’ve already built two houses so you have to buy this one yourself.” So Aud bought a house.
And Dad loaded his saw into the trunk of the Monte Carlo and roared down to “his sweetheart.” They were married for 20 very happy years, during which time Dad built a lot of benches, picture frames, and beautiful cradles for all the grandchildren and nieces and nephews coming along.
All the while, he and Aud travelled the world and hosted a lot of rip roaring family dinner parties.
I debated on posting these photos, but then I figured that I might as well since I have them. I am sad to admit that I had to look up his name because I couldn't remember it.
Jimmy Mc Culloch was a member of Wings from 1974-1977. Since he was in the band in 1976, he was the guitarist that toured with Paul, Linda and the rest of Wings on the American Summer tour, so a lot of fans had access to him for photos.
Now I have to confess that I am not a big Wings fan.