I was born in Glasgow in 1946, migrated with my parents to Canada in 1957, moved to Guelph in 1971, retired from the regularly paid workforce in 2015 and haven’t died yet. When I do, I will be survived by a wife, three sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, three brothers, and an abundance of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.
Before retirement, I worked as a community coordinator for two housing co-ops in Guelph, but not at the same time. I also worked as a communications director, a workplace health and safety training program developer, a maintenance mechanic millwright, a dry cleaner, an A&W burger cook, a prefab house builder, and a few other jobs.
For most of my working life I belonged to a union. In various jobs I belonged to the United Electrical Workers (UE); the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); The United Auto Workers (UAW); the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW); and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).
I belong to the New Democratic Party of Canada and consider myself to be an advocate for peace, social justice, democracy and socialism. My interests now are in writing about things that occur to me, photographing the world around me, and playing Scrabble and darts.
You’ll find some of the words and images in here. I hope you enjoy consuming them as much as I enjoy producing them.