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|In 2000 came word of two special bequests to the Society from two very special long-time members.
Dr. "Mac" Collins
Everyone has the warmest of
memories of both Mac Collins and his wife Ruth, who always seemed inseparable
despite their own individual accomplishments. Mac passed away in late 1999
at the age of 95. As well as a distinguished career in several fields in
agricultural research, his warmth, enthusiasm and energy was a great
asset to the Museum.
When Bob Landon passed away in his late 80's in 2000, Simcoe and Norfolk County lost a renowned fount of knowledge for both local history and natural history. A supporter of the Historical Society for more than half a century, Bob was NHS president for 1968-1969 and a generous donor of Landon family heirlooms to the Museum. His memories of the historical lore of the community were legendary, as was his gift for warm, witty story-telling. Bob was one of our community's great volunteers, active with the Norfolk Field Naturalists, Simcoe Horticulture Society, Norfolk County Fair Board, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, and much more. He was recently honoured at Citizen of the Year for the Town of Simcoe -- an outstanding man who made a difference to his Town.