Herbert & Ramona Dickinson Fund

Lorne “Herbert” Dickinson’s bequest of over $65,000 will assist the Englehart & Area Community Fund to put over $2,500 in grants back into the community each year. These grants will support, social, educational, medical or recreational projects in Englehart & area. The bequest comes from the estate of the late Lorne “Herbert” Dickinson who died in 2008 and whose wife Ramona (Arnott) died in 2007. In his will he left bequests to a number of charities including the Englehart & Area Community Fund, CNIB, Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Herb and Ramona both grew up in the Englehart Area and though his work with the Ontario Northland Railway took him to North Bay for a number of years, when they retired they returned to Englehart. Herb was a veteran of World War II. He participated in the allied landings in Sicily, where he was wounded. He later transferred to the Western European Theatre where he met up with his brother George aka “Buster” in Holland. Upon meeting, Herb told Buster “see, I told you I was going to come over here to help you win the war.”

After being discharged from the military, Herb returned to Englehart where he found employment with the Ontario Northland Railway as a fireman on the steam locomotives. He later qualified as a locomotive engineer.  During this time, he met and married Ramona Arnott.

During the 1960’s, Herb transferred to North Bay and operated locomotives for ONR until his retirement. After retirement, Herb and Ramona moved back to Englehart. They were a quiet couple. Herb was an avid fisherman and loved to tangle with the Wendigo walleye or trout in the Beauty Lake area.

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