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14th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic


The 14th  Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic took place on September 30, 2015 at the Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario.

  Attendees from the industry enjoyed a sunny and pleasant Fall day on the scenic course with colleagues, peers and customers.

Once again, we had great support from the management team of Home Hardware with Paul Straus, Ray Gabel, Joel Marks, 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.


2015 Honourees
David Fry


David passed away on May 30, 2015, survived by his wife Peggy, daughter Catherine and twins Jennifer and Jonathan, and 5 grandchildren. He was born in 1944 and was raised on the Kingsway now called Etobicoke.

A lover of sports, David played highly competitive baseball and football. He was a pitcher in baseball and received a non roster farm team tryout invitation with the Minnesota Twins and even got to share a hot tub with Harmon Kilibrew! Unfortunately, he blew his knee out which ended his career.

David gave back to the Kingsway minor baseball and later Oakville hockey by coaching kids for many years. Among the people David coached was Ken Dryden. He knew the Dryden’s as they lived in the same area.

David’s first full-time job was in 1960 off loading trucks of linoleum and poly foam. He was later promoted to the order desk in 1962 and then to sales with his first territory in 1965 selling poly foam to the furniture industry in Toronto.

In the early seventies, David went to work for General Signal Corp. where he sold small appliances. Among their products were the Iona stick vacuum and Mr Coffee. David eventually became National Sales Manager.

David joined Shop-Vac Canada in 1977 as National Sales Manager and later became General Manager in 1987. He pioneered Shop-Vac into Australia and South East Asia in the early 1990's.

David retired on June 30th, 2009.

David was a true gentleman and was a big supporter of the CHHMA attending many events over his career.

Most of all, David loved his family and friends and sacrificed many personal vacations so his kids could be highly active in competitive sporting and go on to University.

He will be sadly missed by his many friends from the industry.

Ted Kennedy

Ted passed away peacefully at the Mississauga Hospital with his family by his side on May 26th, in his 82nd year. Ted is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Marie (nee Williams), his four boys Terry (Robyn) (Marianne), Stephen (Gabriela), Keith (Anne), Rick (Jennifer), 10 grandchildren, a great- granddaughter and his sister Lyn (Dick) Mullen.

Ted grew up in Toronto, living in Islington where he attended Etobicoke Collegiate and the University of Toronto. He played football for the Varsity Blues followed by two years with the Toronto Balmy Beach Club. Ted moved to Vancouver, B. C. where he joined the J. C. Wilson Company (Abitibi Price Corporation). In 1963, he was transferred by the Price Wilson Company to Mississauga, Ontario. Ted continued his career holding executive positions with companies including; Rubbermaid Canada,
Lee Jeans (VF Corporation), Canadian Corporate Management, Federal Industries, Emco Distribution Ltd., Molson Companies and Laidlaw Corporation, in addition he served on the Board for several Canadian corporations. Ted loved every minute of his working career, but his greatest joy was his family of whom he was extremely proud.

Ted was active in the CHHMA during his time at Rubbermaid, serving as Chairman from 1975-76.

Ted enjoyed his summers with the Williams, Kennedy clan at the family cottage on Gull Lake and his winters playing golf at Bears Paw Golf & Country Club, Naples, Florida. Ted was an avid outdoors and sports enthusiast and member of Caledon Ski Club, Caledon Trout Club, Nut Island Hunt Club and Dixie squash club.

Geoff Somers

Geoff passed away peacefully at Mount Sinai Hospital with his beloved wife, Jamie (Joan Alice McIndoe) and his family at his side.

Geoff was loved dearly by his four children, and four grandchildren; Geoff Jr., Chris (her daughter Anna), Susan (her daughter Jenn), and Michael (his wife Lucy and their children Maxine and Benjamin).

Geoff leaves his cherished younger brother, William Somers (wife Sally, deceased); and William's sons, Sandy, Tony and their families.

Geoff had a long career in the Canadian hardware/housewares industry but his first job after school was as a bank teller at Yonge and St. Clair. He left, he said, because it was too boring, much to his father's disappointment.

In 1951, Geoff started work at the Radio and Parts division of Anthony Foster & Son. This building is still on Church Street near Dundas and is now part of Ryerson University (a little touch of Toronto history).
Around 1958, he became the Canadian Rep. for Lewyt Corporation, the New York company that designed and owned the patent for the Lewyt Vacuum Cleaner. By 1963, Shetland Manufacturing on Hanna Avenue under Jim Shaw was making the vacuum. In 1966, production was moved to Brampton and in 1968 back to Toronto where it joined with Proctor Silex which then became Proctor Lewyt.

In 1970, Geoff, now 40, started his own company called Somerset House and was soon joined with his partners (Don Gregory, Lawrence McLean in Montreal, Don Sissons (replaced by Bill Amy) in B.C. and the last to join Bob Wallace). The company had success with many small kitchen appliances and Toastess products including the Lewyt vacuum which was being manufactured in Montreal.

His namesake Somerset House and his many partners in the business were respected industry wide. The Somerset House business model was a unique and successful way of incorporating varied personalities and product lines under one umbrella. When Geoff and his Somerset partners decided to go their own ways in 1992, the spirit lived on in USM, Somcan and Sombec.
After that Geoff introduced the Betty Crocker Line of appliances to Canada.

In 1994, Geoff formed a new company called Lewyt Group Limited. Geoff loved vacuums more than any other product. To see him at a trade show sucking up anything was a sight to behold.
While unsuccessful in his attempt to resurrect a new Lewyt line due to factory quality problems, Geoff was very successful in marketing Table-Mate, a product designed, patent-owned and manufactured by Doug Soper.

In 2002, when most people have long retired, Geoff started anew with Howard Franklin and Jack Liao to form Wentworth Corp. Geoff’s enthusiasm and energy lifted everyone around him. He had found his new loves Tablemate and Silicone Bakeware. He became a kid again; playing with his new toys.
Geoff was the "balls to the wall warrior" – the lion. He could not wait for Chicago Housewares show each year to show off the new stuff-and boy did Wentworth have stuff. Geoff never said no to anything! It was the land of Oz and Geoff was the Wizard behind the screen.

Everyone loved Geoff and recognized his unique enduring qualities. Speaking of enduring, as Geoff approached his eighties he was still making 5 and 10 year plans and never missed a day in the office.
Even in the last year when much of the time he was not well, Geoff would call in every few days to see how things were going.

What is it that we remember when we think of Geoff? I think everyone who knew him very well would agree that it was his sense of humour. He was the kind of person that would make everyone laugh so hard that they’d end up crying.

All of us hope we can leave a legacy and Geoff left a legacy of smiles and great never-to-be forgotten memories.


Past Honourees

Ray Ceolin - Tom Ross - Bruce Webster
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
Mike McClennan
Home Hardware
Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #2
Paul Albany
Paul Albany Sales
Prize sponsored by Dahl Brothers Canada
In Memory of Trygve Husebye
Thomas Husebye presenting

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

Closest to the Keg Hole #3
David Gilbert
Conair Consumer Products

Longest Putt Hole #4
Laurie Ball
Home Hardware

Prize sponsored by Envirogard/Rainfresh
Prize sponsored by IPEX
CHHMA's Vaughn Crofford presenting

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #5
Bryan Gilbart
Closest to the Line Hole #6
Chris Everett
United Sales & Marketing
Prize sponsored by Philips Lighting
CHHMA's Vaughn Crofford presenting
Prize sponsored by McDonald Sales
Masco Canada
In Memory of George Giles & Don McDonald
Krista Hamilton presenting

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #8
Brian Straus
  Home Hardware 
Closest to the Pin (3rd Shot) Hole #9
Sue Benner
Home Hardware       
Prize sponsored by Henkel Canada
Brian Linke presenting

Prize sponsored by Magtar Sales
Glenn Beattie presenting
Longest Putt Hole #10
Shelly Mlynarczyk
Henkel Canada
Longest Putt Hole #14
Scott Macdonald

Prize sponsored by KS Solutions
Sales & Servic
Rick Kenny presenting
Prize sponsored by Shop-Vac Canada
In Memory of David Fry
CHHMA's Vaughn Crofford presenting

Longest Drive (Ladies Men's) Hole #15
Louise Wilson & Dave Dureno
                                               LOCK Search Group
Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #17
Frank DeLuca

Wilton Industries Canada

Prizes sponsored by LOCK Search Group
Paul Huffman presenting
Prize sponsored by Home Hardware
In Memory of Doug Straus & Bruce Webster
Joel Marks presenting

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Men's Hole #11
Mike Zuk
Home Hardware
Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Ladies Hole #11
Shelly Mlynarczyk
Henkel Canada
Prize sponsored by Special Supporter
Golf Series

CHHMA's Maureen Hizaka presenting

Prize sponsored by Special Supporter
Golf Series

CHHMA's Maureen Hizaka presenting 
Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #18
Michael Richter
BSH Home Appliances
Prize sponsored by Recochem
Peter Laing presenting
Draw Winner for Foursome at Blue Springs
Mitch McLauchlin
Wilton Industries Canada

Draw Winner for Titleist Golf Balls
Peter Stojanov
Onward Sales & Marketing

CHHMA's Vaughn Crofford presenting

Prize supplied by Recochem
Paul McCartney Concert Tickets
Live Auction Winner

Mike Wilson
Past CHHMA Chairman

Jonathan Bernier Autographed Jersey
Live Auction Winner
Peter Stojanov
Onward Sales & Marketing
Tickets provided by LOCK Search Group
Paul Huffman presenting
Jersey provided by KS Sales & Service
Rick Kenny presenting

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.

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


Dahl Brothers Canada Ltd.
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Treatment
Henkel Canada Corporation
Home Hardware Stores Limited
KS Solutions Sales & Service Inc.
LOCK Search Group
Magtar Sales Inc.
Masco Canada Ltd.
McDonald Sales Inc.
Onward Sales & Marketing Ltd.
Philips Lighting
Recochem Inc.
Shop-Vac Canada Ltd.
Special Supporter Golf Series

We would also like to thank Philips Lighting & WD-40 Company (Canada) Ltd. for providing a
product giveaway to all attendees.

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