Archie of White Rock, formerly of Ontario, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 7, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Archie was born to Frank and Mae Carnahan of East Linton, Ontario on January 1, 1923.
He had a long career as a teacher and school inspector in southern Ontario and then as an administrator in the Ministry of Education of Ontario, where he worked in the area of curriculum development, specializing in Geography and History until his retirement in 1978. He was known as the “Father of Geography” in Ontario’s Education System and began the International Teacher Exchange Program in Ont.
Archie was also well known in Owen Sound and surrounding areas as one half of standardbred horse racings’ ‘Frank and Archie Carnahan Stables’, until Frank’s death in 1984. Frank and Archie owned, trained and raced harness horses well known to race track officials, harness racing practitioners and harness racing fans in southern Ontario, including names such as Cardinal Chips, Gammie Brook, Billie Grattan and Lady C. Grattan.
Archie moved to White Rock in 1991, to assist with childcare of two grandsons, and quickly became an active community member. He taught Bridge and directed Wednesday afternoon Bridge at the Upper Town Centre for several years, was a former Chairperson at the White Rock Senior Centre and an active member of White Rock United Church.
Archie will be forever missed by his partner Anita Martin, daughter Jane (Randall) of Surrey, B.C., sons Tom of Surrey, B.C., Wayne (Jean) of Los Angeles, California, Bradley (Cheryl) of Orillia, Ontario, grandchildren; Dylan, Erik, Karina, Tye, Gray, stepgrandchildren; Giles, Emma and Anita’s children; Joel, Carrey and Teresa and her grandchildren; Jeremy, Tiera, Desirae, Anthony and Jaden.
Archie was predeceased by his wife Amy (nee McCutcheon) in 1972 and by his sibling Marjorie, Frank, Beverley and Betty Mae.
He is survived by his sisters Joyce of London, Ontario and Lynn of Burlington, Ontario, stepmother Marnie of Owen Sound, Ontario and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends.
A memorial service and internment was held in Owen Sound, Ontario on May 8, 2004. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to a charity of choice.