Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 2, 2016

Photograph of the Week. Bob Turner and Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde Cornwall Canada.

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Left to right:  Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde, unknown, and Cornwall Recreation Director Bob Turner.

Newsy Lalonde (Oct. 31, 1887 to Nov. 21, 1970) was the man often referred to as the top Cornwall and district athlete of the past century, and Canada’s best lacrosse player for the first half of the 20th century,.  Newsy received his name by the fact he worked as a lino-type machine operator for the Cornwall “Standard.” was a member of both the Canadian Hockey and Lacrosse Halls of Fame.

Bob Turner, was a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters and Chicago White Sox, he gained notoriety and popularity a Canada’s first black municipal director in Cornwall and North America.  Turner died suddenly in 1962 at age 35.

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The “Bob” was originally called the Memorial Centre, in memory of Cornwallite’s contribution to World War II.  It was renamed the Bob Turner Memorial Centre, after Turner died suddenly.

The Bob was designed to be the “hub” of local sports, and leisure activities and had rooms for the Cornwall Teen Arts Council and the Cornwall Arts Council to meet and display their works, under the direction of Alex McColl.

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The interior of the “Bob”, now torn down.

The Cornwall Community Museum archives has numerous photographs and documents available for viewing and research during our opening hours.  Admission to the museum is free.

 

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Responses

  1. Thank you for the memories. Bob was the best. Newsy was a a memory to,

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  2. Also, Lalonde wasn’t simply referred to as the top Cornwall and district athlete, he was named Canada’s best lacrosse player for the first half century (1900-1950) and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    • Robert – thank you for your correction, I will make the changes now.

      • Thank you, for making the corrections. I’ve seen hundreds of photos of Newsy, but never that one!


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