The 2003 Hedley Reunion

Although the attendance was not as great as that of last year’s picnic, the weather was perfect, and the blue of Lake Huron as inviting as ever.  The 27 people who attended the 2003 Reunion were descendants (and spouses) of Mervin, Meldrum, Fred, Edwin and Eldon John (Jack) Hedley, all of whom were grandsons of John Henry Hedley. Participants had a wonderful day of greeting one another again, visiting, basking in the sunshine, swimming, taking photographs, browsing through family history books and photos of earlier picnics and locating their families once more on the branches of the family tree. The high point of the day for many was the fabulous lunch which has become one of the most “looked forward to” features of the Hedley reunions.

 We were delighted to welcome back six members of Meldrum’s family. Dave and daughters Ashley and Courtney of Windsor made it a weekend, camping beside David’s trout pond and even  braving the chilly waters of Lake Huron for a dip. Dave’s brother Bill of Chatham and sisters  Beverly Lemon and Lesley Hedley of Windsor also joined them for a swim in Lake Huron. We are delighted to hear that Beverly has a new grandson, Randy Aussant, born in August of 2002, a brother for Karna and Alec.

A first-time visitor to the reunion was ten-month-old Ethan Hedley Hart who threw himself enthusiastically into the spirit of the day and enjoyed meeting and being passed around among his new-found relatives and digging in the biggest sand box he had ever seen. His sister Kendra, nearly three, also had a wonderful day playing with the “big girls” Rachel and Melissa. Other “regulars” came from as far away as Owen Sound, Guelph, London and St. Thomas.

Many of the participants at the reunion sadly missed the presence of Clarence Hedley who died on March 15 of  this year. Clarence was the last of the generation of Hedleys who were grandchildren of John Henry Hedley and Margaret Florence Johnston. As long as most of us can remember, Clarence and Zilla, who died in 1997, were always present and  played an active role in our reunions.

We also wish to extend our sympathy to Betty (Hedley) and Jack Carrick on the loss of their daughter Annetta Jacqueline (Carrick) Resch of Calgary in November of 2002.

Jacquie Emerson


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