Hall Of Fame

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

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.

A yearly induction ceremony is held every March.  For further information or to give ideas on who would be a good candidate please see contacts below.

The induction ceremony will be held in the Carousel Room (Slots Building, 2nd Level) at the Western Fair District on Wednesday March 6th, 2019 at 11:30am.The portraits of the Middlesex Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees are on display in the lobby of the Agriplex at Western Fair District. The Hall Of Fame is proudly sponsored by Libro Credit Union.  

For Tickets & More Information Contact:
Middlesex County Agricultural Hall of Fame

Hugh Fletcher, Chair
 (519) 666-1572

Lucia Lilbourne, Coordinator
 (519) 457-8444



Colonel Robert McEwen 

COLONEL ROBERT MCEWEN (1855-1937) – Born in Westminster Township, Robert became well-known for excellence in a number of livestock endeavors.  He began a draft horse breeding program using a foundation of Clydesdale mares from Scotland.  Under his farm name Alloway Lodge, Robert developed and exhibited his purebred Southdown sheep flock, as well as a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle.  In exhibiting his stock, Robert was successful at provincial, national, and international shows. He was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers.  Colonel McEwen was a Director of the Western Fair from 1912-1936, and a founding member of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, serving on the board from 1922-1935.  In 1961, McEwen was one of the twelve initial inductees selected for the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. 

Colonel Robert McEwen

Willibrordus & Suzanne Heeman

WILLIBRORDUS (1933-2017) & SUZANNE (born in 1936) HEEMAN – Bill & Susan purchased a 25 acre farm east of London in 1963. What began as a “half acre patch” of strawberries on Nissouri Road soon grew to five acres, and continued to expand for the next several years. By 1995 Heeman’s had strawberries, raspberries, shrubbery and garden plants.  In 1997 the operation underwent a major expansion adding 11,000 square feet of greenhouse growing space.  Now, the third generation of the Heeman family has over 70 acres of berries, and state-of the-art greenhouses.  Bill and Susan continually strived to meet the needs of their customers, as well as providing mentorship to other local producers.  They were committed to sharing their knowledge and passion for plants and innovations, with a vison for the success of their business and the industry.

Bill and Suzanne Heeman

Jack & Bea Phillips

JACK (1928-2002) & BEA (1935-2010) PHILLIPS – In 1958 Jack, his father William and three other livestock dealers opened the Denfield Sales Barn. This enterprise has now been serving the community for over 60 years, providing farmers, abattoirs and packing plants a location to buy and sell livestock. The Phillips family continues to be an integral part of agriculture in Middlesex; with many members involved in business and the community.  The Jack Phillips family is being recognized for their impact on the livestock industry in Middlesex County.

Jack and Bea Phillips



Year Honoured

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
Seelster Farms and Van Bussel Family   2013 Biography
T. Alex Edwards   2014 Biography
Peter Lewington   2014 Biography
James Murby   2014 Biography
Tom Bradish    2015 Biography
Roy Jewell   2015 Biography

Arthur Blashill

  2016 Biography
Dorinda Greenway   2016 Biography
Kenneth Patterson   2016 Biography
Richard Albert & Henry Noel Gibson   2017 Biography
Dr. Donald Guest Grieve   2017 Biography
Meredith Robb   2017 Biography
Duncan Campbell   2018 Biography
Jack Campbell   2018 Biography
John Campbell   2018 Biography
JJ Johnson   2018 Biography
Colonel Robert McEwen   2019 Biography
Willibrordus & Suzanne Heeman   2019 Biography
Jack & Bea Phillips   2019 Biography

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