George L. Cassidy Bursary Fund

This fund was orginally established to celebrate the life of George L. Cassidy through memorial donations.

George Cassidy's accomplishments could easily fill many lifetimes. He was a beloved figure in the area. A brief summary of his life cannot touch on all his accomplishments and the affect he had on those who came within his sphere.

Drawing and illustrating were early interests. An opportunity to paint with A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven fame influenced the style of his paintings. He came north to Cobalt as a high school teacher and fell in love with the north. He served during the war years, first as a member of the Algonquin Regiment, then from 1950 to 1954 as Commanding Officer of the Algonquin Regiment, and from 1954 to 1958 held the position of Commander of the 16 Militia Group, eventually achieving the rank of Brigadier-General. During his stint with the armed forces he was a teacher at Cobalt High School. From 1949 to 1971 he held the position of Princpal of Haileybury High School, when he wrote and produced many operettas. He painted throughout his life, and was generous in contributing art work for special events and charitable activities. He authored two books, among them, "Arrow North", the history of the Temiskaming area.

Income will provide a bursary for a graduate of Temiskaming District Secondary School who lives in the Haileybury-Cobalt area.

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