Categories: Royal Canadian Air Force.
Occupation: Pharmacist WWII: RCAF, Navigator Other: Well known landscape painter
2 Jan 1920: Born at home (now) 46 McMurray Street, Bracebridge, 3rd son.
Darling of Grandma Heard and Auntie May (Heard) McLean, and Auntie Bea (Beatrice) Heard.
Attended Bracebridge Public School.
He and all siblings attended St. Thomas Anglican Church and Sunday School.
Summers - trips to Grandma Heard's cottage on Cameron Lake, Fenlon Falls. Often fished with Great Aunt Gussie (Augusta) Burtchaell.(1860-1942, wife of BBB). Had a long love for fishing (fly fished, and tied own flies)
Later often fished with friend Bill Elliott and Norm Lyndon (Big East River)
Loved to skate, member of BB Figure Skating Club. (on outdoor rinks, ponds, and Dunn's by the Hunt's Hill bridge)
1929- age 9: sever case of pneumonia sent him to hospital. While recuperating at home a nurse saw him drawing and encouraged him to continue. (She also kept the bedroom winter open in the winter to kill the germs.)
At 12 years he decided that his ambition was to become an artist.. He often used old cigarette boxes and window blind squares. (Probably why he preferred birch panels.) Started copying old masters. A copy of a Thomas Sully (An American artist, 1783-1872) of a boy in a straw hat, painted on a piece of window blind is extant.
Joined Jack and Virginia (siblings) working the soda fountain during the summers at the Manitoba St. drug store.
Attended Bracebridge High School
I recall him telling me (JE) he spent a summer in Quebec, learning the language. (He may have known a girl).
Early in life, Lawren Harris saw his art work and observed and critiqued it.
Broke leg in motorcycle accident. (Jack also had one) One day (last day of school?) he was going down Queen's Hill on Manitoba St., a car coming up the hill to turn onto Dominion St., hit him and broke his leg. He was in a cast for a month. (the girl driving the car said she had a dream the night before with her in an accident.)
At one time had an old Model T touring car with "Ferdinand the Bull" painted on the side (shared with friends)
Although his true passion was landscape painting he was chosen (as he had the best marks in school) to take over the family drug store. He attended the University of Toronto's College of Pharmacy for the term 1939-40.
20 Nov 1940 - Joined air force. Attested at Toronto, for duration of war (age 20 yrs) - HT 5 - 4-1/2", medium completion, blue eyes, brown hair.
He would have spent time at the Manning Depot, Toronto (2-4 weeks?) receiving preliminary drill and training. This would have been followed by Initial Training (5 weeks?), entering as Aircraftsmen Class2 and graduating as a Leading Aircraftsman. (Pay went from $1.30/day to $1.50) Then on to Air Observation School (8 weeks - 12?) learning aerial photography, elementary navigation and armament. (Possibly at Regina or Pearce, Alberta; Prince Albert; training in Ansons)
Attended #2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan 
Next came Air Navigation School, a month of intensive training (Trenton? New Brunswick?). Then joining the Overseas Pool.
6 Oct 1941 - beginning of active service; Sergeant Observer.
Posted to No. 16 OTU (Opeational Training Unit), Upper Heyford, using Hampden medium bombers 
9 March 1942: his Hampden he was , shot down (possibly an intruder); baled out of the burning aircraft. (Later proudly wore Cattipillar badge with red eyes). . "Bob said he was so busy making certain he didn't land hard on his other leg that was broken before, that he landed hard on the other leg and broke it instead." He became a member of the catifpillar club. His legs bothered him for the rest of his life. (Sent letter home to parents, mentioned in local paper.)
- during war he also burst an ear drum flying at high altitude.
While in England met Edna Kitchener; married 2 Jan 1943
26 March 1943 - end of Active Service
Discharge 30 August 1943, confirmed at Rockcliffe, Ottawa, ON (2 years, 284 days) Rank AC2 (R83521) Para 392(12) KR "Having become unsuitable for Special Duties as Air [Service]man and having regard to his attitude and ability being unsuitable for any other Air Force service"
Conduct Very Good, qualifications Moderate Drug Apprentice - address Box 557, BB
He returned to Canada with his wife, Edna, aboard the Queen Mary. By regulations they were separated for the duration of the voyage.
They lived at house at Lake Side Camp (house 1704, 17 Lakeside Camp) for a year and a half.
12 Dec 1943, a daughter, Heather May was born.
In 1945 he is listed as an employee of P. Bryce, and living at 1271 Landsdown.
He returned to the College of Pharmacy for 1945-46. from which he graduated.
14 April 1945, Pharmaceutical Journal, Toronto
1945 - first exhibited at Carroll's Fine Art Gallery, 759 Yonge St. Toronto (joint show with Stuart Clifford Shaw.); 6 April 1945, presented "Autumn Elms, England" to Ont. College of Pharmacy.
Graduated College of Pharmacy.
Mentioned in letter, March 1946: writing his final exams, and will graduate if successful. "He says he can hardly wait till then, and get out of the city + get home to Muskoka." He will go into the store and stay here.
1980-81 - taught a night class at BMLSS
1986 - elected Assoc. member of the Pastel Society of America (already a member of the Pastel Society of Canada)
1990 - retired
long time illness with pulmonary fibrosis, had to use an oxygen tank with increasing frequency
21 Feb 1994 - died at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, after several days illness (went in for a routine operation), funeral 25 Feb at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Milford Bay. Rev. Raymond Porth, eulogy by Gilbert Scott.
-Buried St. Mark's Cemetery on the "Butter & Egg Road", between Bracebridge and Port Carling. Marker a large pink granite bolder. Inscription "His beautiful paintings of his beloved Muskoka will live forever."
(Four painting commission for Algonquin Park not completed.)
1999 Norah moved to California. Irwins organized a sale. (Art work donated to BB Library.)
1999- Artist in Canada, A union List of Artists' Files, National Gallery of Ottawa, 199. Cyndie Campbell, Sylvie Roy.
31 Aug. 2000 - article by Diane Rimstead, "The Everetts: Loyalists, Painters and Horsement", Muskoka Sun.
2001 a collector released a bunch of works
26 July 2001, article by Alyson Snelling, "Muskoka Artist's Work Comes to Life in Exhibit", Muskoka Sun.
22 Nov 2002 - Jan. 2003 - series of six articles by Ted Currie "Portrait of the Painter, The Seasons of Robert Emerson Everett", Muskoka Today
-Norah cremated, memorial service in Bracebridge, ashes interned next to Bob
"Obituary", The Herald Gazett, Wed., 2 March 1994, A11
Patricia M. Boyer, "I knew him when...", Herald Gazette Thursday, 30 Nov. 1977
Robert J Boyer, A Good Town Continues: Bracebridge 1915-1999 (Town of Bracebridge, 125th Anniversary Committee, 1999)
Robert C. Britnell (comp.), "Robert Emerson Heard Everett (1920-1994)" - a collection of photocopies of newspaper clippings and other items, 1994
Ted Currie, "Portrait of a Canadian Painter: The Seasons of Robert Emerson Everett", five part series in Muskoka Today, November 22, 2002 - January 2003
Robert Jason Everett, "Portrait of a Canadian Painter: The Seasons of Robert Emerson Everett (Part 6)", Muskoka Today, November 22, 2002 - January 2003
Diane Rimstead, "The Everetts - Loyalists, Painter and Horsemen" (Part of "Rimstead's Muskoka People" series , The Muskoka Sun, Thursday, 31 August, 2000
Additional notes from Suzanne Yeager Everett, and misc. memories.
Allyson Snelling, "Muskoka artist's work comes to life in exhibit", The Muskoka Sun
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