Re: Sterling Cecil Porter of Springhill


Thanks. You¹re correct, it was Ralph Henwood; fat fingers syndrome kicking
in again.


On 28/09/11 3:19 PM, "Deborah & Bliss Brown" <debliss@...>

> David,
> Reading this item certainly brought back some memories for me; these two men
> lived at the corner of our street and both were customers of my paper route.
> In those days I could throw a baseball from my father's property into each of
> the Porter and Ross yards (today I can't throw one 50 feet). I do not believe
> in 2011 there is any trace of these two families in Springhill.
> As a point of correctness if it matters to anyone, one of the pallbearers
> would be Ralph Henwood rather than Ralph Renwood.
> Thank you for posting this; such an important time from my youth .......bliss
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Winter
> To: nscumber
> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:06 PM
> Subject: [nscumber] Sterling Cecil Porter of Springhill
> Springhill Record, Thursday, November 13, 1958, pg. #5; Reel #3218
> Double Funeral For Brother-in Laws
> Sterling C. Porter - Robert J. Ross
> A double funeral for two men who grew up together and eventually married
> sisters, worked together and eventually died together in the No. 2 mine
> disaster of October 23rd, was held from one of their homes on Saturday,
> November 8.
> The joint funeral of Sterling Cecil Porter, 37, and Robert James Ross, 36,
> was held from the home of the latter, 16 Black River Road, with the Rev. W.
> Maurice Knickle of All Saint's Church and Lieutenant Bruce Harcourt of the
> Springhill Corps of the Salvation Army jointly officiating. Hymns were: "In
> The Garden" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". Interments were made in
> Hillside Cemetery. Pallbearers for the late Mr. Porter were: Douglas
> Rushton, Harry Rushton, Laurie Wood, Fraser Moss, Basil Dixon and Ralph
> Renwood. Pallbearers for the late Mr. Ross were members of the Canadian
> Legion: Herbert Guthro, William Totten, James Fraser, John Moore, Harry
> McKay and Douglas MacDonald. At the graveside of the late Mr. Ross, his
> comrades of the Canadian Legion conducted their service, with "The Last
> Post" being sounded by Bugler Horace Buck.
> A native of Springhill, Sterling Porter was born February 3rd, 1921, the son
> of Victor and Fauline Porter. After being educated in the local schools, he
> entered the employ of the Cumberland Railway and Coal Company, later
> becoming a miner. On November 26, 1937, his marriage to Olga Sterling of
> Springhill took place here; they have five children. He was an adherent of
> the Salvation Army. Sterling Porter took great interest in sport and would
> often travel considerable distances to watch such events as boxing matches.
> He also took an active part in sports, as was evidenced only this year by
> the fact that he took over the management of the Springhill Softball team
> which completed Nova Scotia's Senior "B" playoffs. But it was perhaps in
> sport that would enable Springhill's youth to participate that he showed his
> paramount interest and energy. In the first year of Little League baseball
> in Springhill, Sterling piloted the Iron Dukes to the Little League
> championships, and he also guided a local team that achieved repeated
> success against the Moncton team that went for in the Maritime playoffs. Had
> it not been for the fact that a first-year team in Little League is not
> permitted to participate in playoffs, Sterling would no doubt, have been the
> proud manager of a team which would have achieved honors in the Maritime
> Championships. This would have given him great pleasure, for he was
> exceptionally fond of children; typical examples of his fondness was
> demonstrated could be often seen in the countryside around Springhill, for
> if one ever encountered Sterling Porter in the woods during a fishing
> season, one would be sure to find him in the company fo his two boys to whom
> he was teaching the art of angling. In the same manner, he was highly
> competitive in sport, Sterling Porter was recognized in general as a man who
> would stand up for his rights or for what he believed was right.
> His untimely passing will be mourned by his many friends and by the
> surviving members of his family; his wife; his three daughters and two sons,
> Mrs. Wilfred (Marilyn) Colburne and Fay (17) both of Woodstock, Ont.; and
> Lorraine (15), Buddy (13) and Wayne (10), all three of whom are home; one
> sister, Mrs. Charles (Helen) Hopkins of Sackville, N.B.; and five brothers,
> Fred of Toronto; and Victor, Randolph (Bud), Raymond and Hollis, Springhill.
> (Didn't copy the list of floral tributes, etc., or the obit of Robert James
> Ross)
> Source: Dave Winter, 28 Sep 2011
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