Bob Everett

Bob Everett

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Bob E. Everett
Born 1920s.
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Father of [private daughter (1940s - unknown)], [private son (1940s - unknown)] and
Died 1990s.
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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 [1]

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 [2]

Code: JS

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.[3]

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.

obit 2 March 1994, Herald Gazette.

-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 died

-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


  1. . Opened on the 28th of October, 1940 near Mossbank, Saskatchewan, No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School was one of the first of the major B&G schools to open. The school closed on the 15th of December 1944, having trained 2,539 bomber-aimers and 3,702 air gunners.... A rock cairn was constructed at the golf course to pay tribute to the men and women who served at No. 2 B&GS. The base was as large as a small town and featured five aircraft hangars, barracks and other living quarters for several hundred men and women, a parade square, administrative buildings as well as such amenities as an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court, theatre, an open-air skating rink and two ball diamonds. Students received classroom instruction at Mossbank as well as extensive in-flight training. Exercises included bomb drops over Old Wives Lake on targets representing German submarines. The students frequently made trips into Mossbank where they frequented “the Hostess Club,” which was set up in the local Masonic Lodge. This proved a popular social spot throughout the war. All that remains of the old school are the gun butts, the hangar pads and the abandoned and crumbling airfield, which still sees the occasional crop-duster plane. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, who conduct training over Mossbank, have even been known in the past to use the airfield on occasion. (
  2. Formed at Upper Heyford on 8 April 1940 from the No 4 Group Pool , which comprised No's 7 and 76 Squadrons, within No 6 Group, to train night bomber crews equipped for which it was equipped with Hampdens and Herefords. It was transferred to No 7 Group on 15 July 1940 until 11 May 1942 when No 7 Group was renumbered No 92 Group. It converted to Wellingtons in April 1942 and from March to December its HQ moved to Barford St John whilst runways were laid at Upper Heyford. It disbanded on 1 January 1945. "Traces of World War 2: RAF - No 16 OTU website:
  3. Letter from ____ [Everett] to Viginia (Everett) and John Olafsen , Bracebridge, Ont., 27 March 1946, in Everett Family Scrapbook, complied by Susanne Everett<ref> Joined father at pharmacy. Got work painting truck panels. Otherwise, kept painting as a hobby. He took an active interest in the Royal Canadian Legion, including using his artistic abilities to create a large copy of the organization's crest. He was active in resurrecting the skating club that had become defunct during the war. On a number of occasions he gave talks on the subject of art, sometimes creating sketches as he talked. Following the war a War-Time Home development was created on Aubrey Street (east of the hospital). The family moved into #2. Although there were other families already in residence, his was chosen to be the first "official" recipient. In a public display he was given the keys on Thursday, 21 April 1949. For three days the home was open for tours from two to five p.m. [When provided with an on-line copy of the town newspaper Heather said she remembers many people "traipsing through the house" and was pleased it was not just youthful imagination.] 1950- organized a sketch club that met weekly (Mrs. Ed Thatcher, Miss Norma Reid); also 1950s show at Eaton's College St. c1958(?) purchased lot at 97 Quebec Street, built most of the house himself (some help laying foundation (Norm Lyndon for level?) and Hans ___ for some of the built in cabinets. Receipts from the drug store from 1960-61 list phone number "12", then "5-2151"; selling: Laura Secord Candies [very rare outside their own stores]; Elizabeth Arden, Yardly and Ayer Toiletries; Chanel & Caron Perfumes; Canary and Pet Supplies. c1961 - moved to Burmuda to work in the pharmacy in St. George 1961 - elected to Board of Education 1961-1965 - taught evening painting classes, Bracebridge & Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. 1964 - member Ontario Institute of Painters (OIP formed in 1958) c.1968 - father retired after 50 years in the business 1970 - Edna died 1970 - educational painting trip to Jamaica. 1971 - Carell's Book moves into vacant Drug Store 1971 - re-elected Chairman of the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Association 25 Nov. 1972 - at S.S.J.E., Bracebridge: married Norah Aida Chiarelli (nee Bouiglanger) a war bride he met in Massachusetts while holidaying. Her youngest son, Peter (1963?-)moved in with her. 197? - toook an educational painting trip to Portugal. 1973 - sold the drugstore, but continued working. Later worked at pharmacy across the street. This allowed him to spend more time painting. Indeed, often selling them before they were finished. Later Gravenhurst sanitarium; resident Pharmacist, Muskoka Centre, Gravenhurst. mid-1970s - sold house on Quebec Street, move to Milford Bay (by 1976). 1974 - elected Vice-President Ontario Institute of Painters. 1975 - elected President of Ontario Institute of Painters He had a number of shows and notable sales in 1976 through 1983. <ref>17 May 1976 - two paintings, an oil and a pastel sold at Southby's, Toronto; 29 Nov. 1976 - on Monday evening hosted show at Muskoka Paint Centre and Art Gallery. heavy snow led to poor turnout; Gar Lewis of CKVR televised. Show lasted for a month, featured in an article Geraldine Coombe, "Muskoka Past and Present"; 23 Dec. full page picture of "Brandy Creek" in third section of Herald Gazette. February 1977 - one man show at Scott's of Muskoka. Disastrous opening night. Wrote a letter to owners apologizing. In 1977 produced two prints for Algonquin Park- Bill Davis attended the presentation. 24 Aug 1978 - show at Muskoka Art, with 6 other artists. 16 Aug 1979 - Muskoka Art show, with 7 others. 1980 - Dofasco purchased a 1980 "Winter, Peninsula Lake".; 14 Aug Muskoka Art with7 others. In the 1980s gaining respect in the art community. Late 1980s friends with Doug and Orla Irwin of the Framing Place and Gallery, Huntsville. Invited Bob to prestigious show at Grandview in 1988. 11 Oct 1983, article in Oshawa Times Newspaper regarding an exhibit at Studio 925 Gallery, Whitby. In 1987, the Speaker of the House, Hon. John Fraser, acquired a large canvas for his Ottawa office. </li></ol></ref>

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