Agricultural Hall of Fame

Middlesex Hall of Fame

Western Fair District is pleased and proud to serve as the home for the Middlesex County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

“History is made up of People - People who are part of events - Events that have developed the Province. Therefore while we are grateful for the things - the artifacts - in a museum, it is only right and fitting that we honour those men and women, who provided the dynamic, effective leadership which transformed our Province from forest wilderness to becoming a model of modern efficiency. Such were the people who did not live for self alone, but for the betterment of all mankind. There can be no better objective and no greater achievement.”

William A. Stewart

The Hall Of Fame is sponsored by Libro Financial Group.  

Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame
Announces 2015 Inductees

For immediate release February 5, 2015 – (London) – The Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, founded in 2000, recognizes the history and tradition of agriculture in Middlesex County. The primary objective of the Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize those who have demonstrated unselfish achievements within the realm of agriculture and service to the rural community in Middlesex County and beyond. In 2015, Tom Bradish and Roy Jewel will be honoured at a Hall of Fame Luncheon during the Western Fair Farm Show.

TOM BRADISH (born in 1943) – Tom was born in London, Ontario, and raised at the edge of the village of Glanworth, on the family farm. He attended S.S. 14 Westminster, followed by Wheable Collegiate in London. Tom’s parents, William & Jessie Bradish, had a dairy farm, where William also bought and sold many Holsteins. Tom came home to the farm in 1960, after which his younger brother Ed went to Ridgetown College for his diploma. Tom went to Guelph to pursue his diploma in agriculture from 1965-1967, and returned to work on the farm. Tom and his wife Helen have two daughters, Cheri & Kelly, and a son, John. Since 1961, Tom has been involved in growing vegetables for processing, including peas, green beans, squash and sweet corn. Along with the Fergusons and the Cuddys, he is one of the founding partners of Strathroy Foods, which became Carrier Foods, and was purchased by Bonduelle Foods in 2007, a family-run business from France. Now farming with his son John, Tom’s company Glan-R-Vest harvests approximately 20,000 acres of vegetables for Bonduelle’s Ingersoll and Strathroy locations. The harvesting keeps 25-35 employees busy from June to early October and stretches from Chatham to Tillsonburg and north of Ilderton to Port Stanley in the south. Tom’s agricultural involvement includes the hosting of the 1985 IPM (International Plowing Match), Co-Chaired (with Doug Reycraft, Glencoe) the 2002 IPM Tented City held in Middlesex, and in 2003 was the Vice President of the World Plowing Match at the experimental Research Farm in Guelph. He has been an Alumni Association Rep. at the University of Guelph. He has been heavily involved in the community through coaching, as a founding member of the Glanworth Optimist Club, member of the Glanworth Oddfellows. Tom has also been a Conservation Authority representative with Upper Thames and Kettle Creek. In addition to his farm, family and business life, Tom is an avid collector of antique tractors. Tom credits his accomplishments to the assistance of his wife Helen, who has worked with him and supported him on many projects over the years. Not one to seek the spotlight, Tom has gained the respect of his peers by working with others for the betterment of agriculture, both locally and beyond.

 

ROY JEWELL (1912-1993) – Roy Jewell was born and farmed in Dunwich Township, Elgin County, but his personality and reputation were well known throughout Southwestern Ontario. He began his career in journalism during the depression as a writer for the Family Herald. Intrigued by investigative reporting, Roy Jewell went on to anchor CFPL-London’s first farm radio program, “The Farm Page”, which ran for 31 years. When London got its first television station in 1953, the “Roy Jewell Farm Show” became the first regularly scheduled farm television program in Canada. As a regular contributor to the London Free Press and editorial columnist to the Western Ontario Farmer, he kept his urban and rural readers informed of current agricultural events and trends. Reflective of the diversity of his interest in agriculture, he sat on many commodity boards and was a member of several agricultural associations and fair boards. Always seeking to expand his knowledge of research, production and marketing, Roy Jewell organized agricultural tours for local farmers to many destinations around the world. In the community, he was an active member of his church, the Masons, the Chamber of Commerce, Drama Club and Highland Games in Dutton. Roy Jewell was honoured for his involvement and commitment to local, provincial and national agricultural production, marketing and communications organizations. Roy Jewell was a founding member and Fieldman for the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture and wrote the history of the organization’s first 25 years. In 2014, the Federation celebrated its 75th year in Middlesex County. Roy was inducted in the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1994, sponsored by the Middlesex County Federation of Agriculture. “History is made up of People – People who are part of events – Events that have developed the Province. Therefore while we are grateful for the things – the artifacts – in a museum, it is only right and fitting that we honour those men and women, who provided the dynamic, effective leadership which transformed our Province from forest wilderness to becoming a model of modern efficiency. Such were the people who did not live for self alone, but for the betterment of all mankind. There can be no better objective and no greater achievement.” William A. Stewart

The induction ceremony will be held in the Carousel Room at the Western Fair District on Wednesday March 4th, 2015 at 11:30am. For tickets or further information please contact Hugh Fletcher at (519) 666-1572.
  

The portraits of these men will be displayed with the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees in the lobby of the Western Fair Agriplex.

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For More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame
Hugh Fletcher, Chair
Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator

hughfletcher@sympatico.ca (519) 666-1572
mfa4h@bellnet.ca (519) 457-8444

ARCHIVES

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
  

Name
 
Year Honoured
Biography

Cuddy, Alfred McInroy

  2000 Biography
Broadwell, Charles E.   2007 Biography
Earley, George Graham   2007 Biography
Edwards, Alice Catherine   2009 Biography
Riddell, William Keith   2000 Biography
Stewart, William Atcheson   2000 Biography
Grieve, William Richard   2001 Biography
Hutton, Ken and Dora   2001 Biography
Laidlaw, George Wallace   2001 Biography
Filson, Hugh   2002 Biography
Hughes, John (Bert)   2002 Biography
Whale, I. B.   2002 Biography
Dixon, Andrew   2003 Biography
Long, Gerry and Renie   2003 Biography
Twynstra, Peter   2003 Biography
Frank, William C.   2008 Biography
Gates, Marion   2006 Biography
Guest, Emily Jane   2005 Biography
Hardy, Clarence Alfred   2005 Biography
Lewis, Fred   2004 Biography
McDonald, David   2005 Biography
McGugan, Evan   2009 Biography
Patrick, Joseph H   2008 Biography
Pretty, Dr. Kenneth   2007 Biography
Robson, Tom E   2006 Biography
Saunders, Sir Charles Edward   2004 Biography
Shore, Hardy & Robert “Bob”   2008 Biography
Stewart, Alex M. & John A.   2006 Biography
Switzer, Dr. Clayton   2009 Biography
White, George   2004 Biography
Zavitz, Dr. Charles   2010 Biography
Prestage, Robert “Bob” A.   2010 Biography
Strybosch, John   2010 Biography
Ferguson, Ralph   2011 Biography
William, Weld   2011 Biography
Heard, Richard   2011 Biography
Bedggood, Robert   2012 Biography
Carling, Sir John   2012 Biography
Saunders, William   2012 Biography
Beck, Sir Adam   2013 Biography
The Herbert Family (Bill, Ruth & Jack)   2013 Biography
      Biography