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13th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic



The 13th  Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic took place on October 1, 2014 at the Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario.

  It was bit of an overcast day but the beautiful scenery and casual, fun atmosphere made for a great day out on the course with industry colleagues, peers and customers.

Once again, we had great support from the management team of Home Hardware with Terry Davis, Joel Marks and John Dyksterhuis and a number of buyers attending the event.

The Memorial Golf Classic is held on behalf of the hardware and housewares industry and honours stalwarts from the industry who have recently passed away.

2014 Honourees

Ray Ceolin

Ray passed away peacefully on October 20, 2012, in his 76th year at his home in Orangeville with family by his side. He was the dearest husband of Donna and loving father of Anthony, Stephen (Cheryl Anne) and daughter-in-law LeeAnn as well as proud and loving Nonno of Ashley, Jonathan, Kayla and Katie and great-grandfather to Norah. He is lovingly remembered by his brother Leo (Marie) and their family and his sister-in-law Sharon Sharp (Lloyd).

Ray was born and raised in Toronto and attended St. Michaels College. Unfortunately, he had to leave school early to assist his family with support and was unable to graduate. This was the beginning of one of his core character values which was to accept what life presented to you and make the most of the opportunity.

It was at this time that he became employed at Dominion Stores. He took the most entry level position in the mailroom he could and set about making the most of his opportunity. Bringing hard work, a bright smile and personality, a love of people and a steely resolve to ride TTC to and from work every day, he succeeded. Ray worked his way up the corporate ladder and progressed to a buyer position in the General Merchandise department. It was here that he learned the art of the buyer –seller relationship and he loved it.

This however was not his biggest achievement at Dominion stores, but it was the tall, attractive woman he found in the Real Estate department, his future wife Donna. Married in 1960 they had two sons, Anthony who went on to work with his Dad later in life and Stephen who has worked with Recochem for the last 19 years.

In 1970, the lure of the “other side of the desk” attracted Ray and selling was going to be his career. Together with his brother Leo, they formed Phaeton Imports and settled into a successful agency business representing many hardware and housewares lines including Bow Plastics, Royal Tools, Plus Mark Gift Wrap, Alliance International and S Marino Manufacturing to name a few.

To those who knew Ray his approach to business was simple. “Remember this one rule he used to say…. this is and always will be a people business. Treat all those you meet in business and in life with honesty, compassion, empathy and always make them feel important."

Ray retired in 2002 and enjoyed shuttling around his four grandchildren, Ashley, Jonathan, Kayla and Katie to numerous sporting events and after school jobs in Orangeville where he had made his home for 39 years with Donna. One of his lasting impressions on his grandchildren was his love and support of them and to make sure you always show up for work 15 minutes early!

Tom Ross

Tom passed away peacefully on June 26, 2014 at the age of 83 at the Ian Anderson House in Oakville, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Marg, and their devoted children Tom (Lynn), and Karyn Beck (John). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Greg, Kaitlyn, Adam, and Andrew and his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Laverne and Della, his sister Barbara, and his and Marg’s special son, Gregory.

Raised in Hamilton, Tom and Marg moved to Oakville in 1963 to raise their family. Tom enjoyed a successful professional career beginning in pharmacy and then serving for 33 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Retail Hardware Association (CRHA), for which he was honoured to receive the Pinnacle Award from the Canadian Society of Association Executives in 1989. In 1999, Tom was inducted into the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame.

During his years at the CRHA, Tom maintained a close relationship with international affiliates and sister organizations. He was involved in many research projects and industry surveys helping independent hardware dealers to become more profitable. He also championed the cause on behalf of his members on legislative issues, such as gun control, Sunday shopping, and metric conversion. Tom developed many lasting friendships with people across the country and around the world, who will share in his loss.

Bruce Webster

Bruce passed away peacefully, after a struggle with cancer, at Hospice Wellington in Guelph on September 13, 2013 at the age of 62 years. He was the devoted and beloved husband of Mary-Ann Webster. Loving father of Kirsten (Steve) Roach of London, Alyssa (Kevin) Slack of Ajax, Meredith (Mike) Furlong of Seattle and dear step-father of Dan Gallagher of Toronto, Debbie (Manny) Acacio of Aurora, and Wendy (Mike) Gallo of Montreal. Loved Poppa of Emily, Chloe, Ashley (Anthony), Michelle (Mike), Jessica and Michael. Big brother of Maureen Baker and brother-in-law of Phyllis (John) Fraser.

Bruce spent most of his career in the home improvement industry. He worked at many companies, including being a buyer at Homecare and Cashway. He then joined TSC Stores as a senior category manager, and finished his career as a product manager at Home Hardware Stores in St. Jacobs. Bruce was passionate about his work, and enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the industry. His wonderful sense of humour and acts of kindness will always be remembered.

Past Honourees

Chris Hrushowy - Mike Pullen - Jim Ypma
Bill Caldwell - Brayl Copp - Ed Hardison - Stuart North
Joseph Kuchar - Shelly Lush - Jack Pountney
Christof Vanooteghem - Ian Hay - Trygve Husebye - Bernie Carpenter
 Don McDonald - Les Groves - Bob Hilton - Doug Straus

Mel Boshart - George Giles - Ed Barnes


Golf Competition Winners

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #1
        Russ Stockall

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #2
        Scott McDonald
        Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters.

Prize sponsored by 3M Company Canada
 In Memory of Bob Hilton
CHHMA's Maureen Hizaka presenting

Prize sponsored by Onward Sales & Marketing
In Memory of Ed Barnes
Peter Stojanov presenting

Longest Putt Hole #4
Chris Dawdy
Northern Marketing & Sales

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #5
Scott McDonald
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters

Prize sponsored by IPEX Inc.
Steve Barker presenting

Prize sponsored by Philips Lighting 
CHHMA's Maureen Hizaka presenting

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #8
        Don Mair
        MTD Products Limited

Closest to the Pin (3rd Shot) Hole #9
  Steve Allgeier
Home Hardware Stores Limited

Prize sponsored by Henkel Canada
Shelly Mlynarczyk presenting

Prize sponsored by Envirogard/Rainfresh
Scott McDonald presenting 

Longest Putt Hole #10
  Doug Campbell
             Dahl Brothers Canada Ltd.                  

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #11
Mike Wilson
CHHMA Past Chairman

Prize sponsored by Rust-Oleum Canada
Doug Whaley presenting

Prize sponsored by McDonald Sales
In Memory of George Giles & Don McDonald
Krista Hamilton presenting

Longest Putt Hole #14
Bryan Gilbart
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters

Longest Drive (M & L) Hole #15
Shelly Mlynarczyk
Henkel Canada
Don Mair
MTD Products Limited

Prize sponsored by Shop-Vac Canada
 CHHMA's Maureen Hizaka presenting

Prizes sponsored by Helen of Troy

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #17
Scott Wilson
Jarden Branded Consumables Canada

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #18
Vaughn Crofford


Prize sponsored by Home Hardware Stores Limited
In Memory of Doug Straus & Bruce Webster
Presented by Terry Davis

Prize sponsored by Recochem Inc.
Presented by Peter Laing

Draw Winner for Foursome at Blue Springs
Bryan Gilbart
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters

Draw Winner for Two Reclining Deck Chairs 
Steve Finlay
Imperial Manufacturing Group

Draw Winner for His & Her Duffel Bags
Ray Riendeau

Magtar Sales Inc.


Dinner & Silent Auction

After the golf, a dinner and silent auction was held to raise money for the CHHMA scholarship program and we would like to thank the numerous companies that donated items for the auction and all the individuals who bid on them.

CHHMA President Vaughn Crofford discusses the day and the career of Tom Ross.

Stephen Ceolin talks about the career of his father Ray Ceolin.

Joel Marks from Home Hardware speaks about Bruce Webster's time in the industry and at Home Hardware.

Home Hardware's Sue Benner passes on words from Bruce Webster's family.

Finally, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity and helping to make this event such a success: 


3M Canada Company
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters
Helen of Troy
Henkel Canada
Home Hardware Stores Limited

McDonald Sales & Merchandising
Onward Sales & Marketing Limited
Philips Lighting
Recochem Inc.
Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada
Shop-Vac Canada Ltd.

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