PHOTO GALLERY
Those who have gone
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This category contains photo memories of Toronto Optimists, Seneca Optimists and Optimists Alumni members and staff who have passed away. If we have a few shots for a particular individual, there is an album under their name. If we only have a single shot, the photo is included in the 'We Remember' album. A corresponding category called 'We Remember' can be found on our main website under the History section. A separate web page exists for each individual. Each page contains a photo and a few words about that member.

ALBUM

# of photos

We Remember

43

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Mr Baggs

Alan 'Daddy' Baggs, Founder of the Optimists.

'Baggs was the kind of man everyone would naturally call 'Mister.' He commanded respect and led by example.'

8

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Al Lavigne

Al played baritone in Optimists until, I believe, 1963. Al Passed away Dec 16 2000.

4

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Al Miller

5

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Al Morrison

During the late 50s and early 60s Al marched with the Toronto Optimists and, later, with the Canadian Commanders. He also instructed a number of corps in the Toronto/Hamilton area. Most recently, Al played mellophone in the Alumni Corps. He passed away on March 24th, 2006.

7

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Andy Henderson

3

1/3
Bernie Beer

2

1/2
Bogo Avsec

5

1/5
Brian Byrne

13

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Carol Munro

12

1/12
Clare Reid

6

1/6
Dave Barrett

2

1/2
Dave Byrne

Dave played Contrabass in the Toronto Optimists around 1965-66

2

1/2
Don Chisolm

3

1/3
Doug McPhail

Doug was with the Corps from inception. He played soprano, wrote wonderful field shows and was a close friend of Barry Bell.

3

1/3
Doug Shearer

3

1/3
Evert Botterweg

4

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Gary Corbett

Gary played soprano in Toronto Optimists from 1959 through 1965. Most recently he's been playing lead soprano in the Alumni Corps. Gary passed away on May 5th, 2006.

7

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Glenn Copp

3

1/3
Henry Beben

Henry had been involved with the Optimists from the very beginning. He was a member of the Boy Scout Band that began it all, then Opti-Corps, the Toronto Optimists and the Optimists Alumni. Henry was also a former Corps Director of the Optimists Alumni and was instrumental in the corps obtaining it's uniforms. In addition, Henry was a key organizer of every Optimists' reunion from the 1980s up until 2008. Henry passed away on September 30, 2016.

4

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Len Perrin

7

1/7
Paul Thompson

6

1/6
Rick Robida

6

1/6
Ron Chong

23

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Ronn Skip Prokop

6

1/6
Sam Grosvenor

3

1/3
Scott Cumming

2

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