Team Legends

Life and time march on, but memories last forever. Team Cornwall has been blessed to have some amazing members over the years, members who are now ambassadors in the heavens. Their legacy is a strong one, serving as examples for the ambassadors of tomorrow.

AssalyGeorge George Assaly
Assaly started Jay-Gee Shoes in 1946 with his brother Joe and soon became a vocal advocate for community development in the city’s downtown core.
Before he died of cancer on March, 2007, at the age of 81, Assaly owned and managed his family store, while actively promoting the city’s tourism efforts and local events.
He was named Cornwall’s citizen of the year in 1978, served on several local business improvement committees and recently founded Team Cornwall.
“He worked really hard for this community and downtown. He was always on this block,” said Langstaff, the current owner of her father’s business, Jay-Gee Shoes and Clothing, “He knew everyone. Everyone on the street knew him.”
“Some people used to call him the mayor of Pitt Street,” Edna Assaly recalled with a smile. “Everybody used to tell him their problems (and ask his advice) because he’d been here for so long.”
WarnerNorm Norm Warner
Norman Warner, who passed away in 2014, was a significant business leader in the city and area, and a respected politician.
Warner spent one four-year term in the House of Commons, leading to one of his most notable efforts — an attempt to land an international banking centre for Akwesasne.
But Warner’s most long standing contribution to the community was his acumen for the insurance business. Norman Warner Insurance Brokers wound up setting up three offices in SDG, as well as in Cornwall.
Most recently he ran a consulting business that specialized in Chinese commerce opportunities.
Warner was influential in civic affairs, acting as president of both the Cornwall and Area Insurance Brokers and the Cornwall and District Chamber of Commerce and director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
In later years he became an accomplished senior runner, completing 10 marathons and three ultra-marathons, among dozens of other races. The Cornwall Multisport Club recognized him as its male runner of the year for 2010.
PoirierPhilCard Phil Poirier
Cornwall has lost a piece of its history as Phil Poirier passed away in 2014 after a long illness. He was 68. Phil was the owner of Poirier Business Machines before taking office as Mayor of Cornwall for two separate terms: in 1988 and in 2003.
He was a kind and generous man who cared greatly for his community, very giving of his time, knowledge and information. He was also an avid advocate of Cornwall.
ClearyJohn John Cleary
Cleary, one of the most well-known and successful local politicians, was born in Cornwall, Ontario, and was educated at St. Lawrence College. Elected as a councilor in Cornwall Township in 1972, he became the township’s deputy reeve in 1974 and its reeve in 1976, serving in the latter capacity until 1987. He was chosen as warden for his region in 1983, and also served on the regional conservation authority from 1974 to 1987. In 1987, Cleary was elected to Queen’s Park, and remained undefeated until his retirement. He spent most of his provincial career in opposition, serving as the Liberal’s agricultural and rural affairs critic. John died on October 7, 2012 at the age of 80.
Jim Brownell, also a former councillor and Liberal MPP, said Cleary was both a family friend and a mentor to him.
“In politics, John was a true gentleman, always going about his work in a sincere and gentle manner,” he said. “Underneath the gentleness, though, there was a spirit of determination and understanding of what was just and fair. He was a true constituency man, and constituency issues were above all else.”
KanebGeorgeCard George Kaneb
George T. Kaneb, founder of Universal Terminals died at his residence on Tuesday, March 28, 2006, aged 88 years. He was a distinguished member of our community. A former C.C.V.S. graduate, who went on to post-secondary education at both McGill and M.I.T., in 1991 he established a $1000.00 scholarship, which is presented to an outstanding graduate accepted to study Natural Science or Engineering at a post-secondary university. In 1995 he received a Lifetime Achievement award for Business Excellence. He is also a member of the Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in Tennis: “George Thomas Kaneb, born March 28, 1918, was one of the best tennis players to develop during the period of the 30’s and early 40’s when tennis was really booming in Cornwall”, reads the website, “He won the Cornwall and District Open Singles title in both 1938 and 1939. Paired with brother, Nick, they won the Open Doubles these same two years.
In 1940, while furthering his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, he was a member of their team competing against the Ivy League Universities and other New England Colleges. It was a rarity to find a Canadian good enough for this caliber of competition. Playing hockey for MIT, he was chosen for the All-New England All-Star Team and lead the league in scoring.
He was also a fine senior softball player, and one of the best curlers in Cornwall, playing on several Championship Teams.”
Ron Martelle was a proud member of Team Cornwall and a former Mayor of this city. He died in 2001. More information coming soon.
ConnollyPaulCard Paul Connolly
Paul Conolly died on August 28, 2008 at the age of 56 years old. More information coming soon.
RandlettDougCard Doug Randlett
Doug Randlett died on June 16, 2011, aged 56. He graduated from Queens University and Dalhousie where he earned an MBA. He was as a financial broker and the 1st Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the executive of Cornwall’s Heart of the City and a partner at Shoeless Joe’s.
Paul Lefebvre of the Best Western Parkway Inn & Conference Centre and 2nd Vice President of the chamber had the following to say: “Doug was a true gentleman and will sincerely be missed at the chamber. My deepest condolences to his family”.
Rick Shaver, President of the Chamber said: “I am at a loss for words to describe the shock I feel over this unbelievable event, Doug was a friend and business colleague to many of us and a most active member of our Board. To say he will be missed is an understatement and on behalf of the entire Chamber, I would like to express our deepest feelings of sorrow to his wife, Dr. Mary Jane Randlett and to his family”.