I was born and raised on a farm in Renfrew County near Renfrew. I attended RCI, and after high school went on to Ottawa Teacher’s Collage. I began my teaching career in Eganville in 1966 (where I continue to live) and started taking university courses. I received my BA from Ottawa University in 1974.
Beginning in high school I started playing in country bands and continue to play to this day, also performing in various senior homes and at the Renfrew Hospital.
I am married to the former Kathy Swant of Eganville, and have two children, Robert Hamish, and Megan. Both are married with children of their own.
In 2003 I was asked to join a working group to promote the founding of a new local radio station whose mandate was to promote heritage music in Renfrew County and beyond. I worked with the group and I was elected as its first president.
I stayed until I knew the station was going ahead as the monies were now in place to finance it, and CRTC was on board. It was a proud moment when I first heard it air, as I knew the hours of work we had put into it finally came to fruition.
In 2011 I was invited to join the board again, and I accepted the invitation.
Long live the music of the Valley!