Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | August 11, 2016

O.C.O.T. Boys’ Club Cornwall donation to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame.

scan0047The following photographs were donated in memory of Joe “Skip” St. Denis to the SD & G Historical Society and are now being turned over to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame for research, display and safe-keeping.



Maurice Leger and Ernie Chisamore.

scan0050Chief Giroux, Magistrate Bergeron and Chief Hunter, Cornwall.

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Camp kitchen crew


scan0053OCOT heading to Kiw Lanc camp 1949-07_WM

OCOT heading to Kiwinis Lancaster camp July 1949



  1. My Grandfather , Henry Larose was one of the originators of the OCOT, When he died, the boys band from the OCOT led his funeral possession. Attached is the newspaper article . He died on June 19, 1942, he was also recognized in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame as a sports Builder in 1969.

    Community’s Final Tribute to Henry LaRose:
    Funeral an Impressive Ceremonial

    Headed by the O.C.O.T. (Our Citizens of Tomorrow) Boys Band, of which he was one of the organizers, and its manager, the funeral of Henry LaRose was held Sunday afternoon from his home, 334a Pitt Street, to St Columban Church and Cemetery. The band was under the direction of C.H. McCarroll and consisted of present members and others who have graduated to adult bands. Mr. LaRose died Friday morning following an illness of only a few days, his death coming as a shock to the community.
    Also in the cortege were fellow members of Ontario Council. No 755, Knights of Columbus: the Holy Name Society of St. Columban Parish: members of Cornwall Athletics Commission: the O.C.O.T. Women’s Auxiliary headed by their president, Mrs Arthur Heard: members of the O.C.O.T Executive, all wearing the O.C.O. T, crests and mourning badges. Also in the cortege, which extended over several city blocks, were members of the city council, city, township, and provincial police forces, business and professional men and citizens in all walks of life. It was an impressive funeral, one of the largest seen here in some time, and was a fitting tribute to the memory of one who had rendered much valuable services to the youth movement in his native town.

    Service at Church
    The Liberia was sung by Rev. J. M. Foley, pastor, who also officiated at the graveside service. In the Sanctuary were Right Rev. Mgr. A. McRae, V.G. St Andrews West; Rev. M.J. O’Brien, Rev. John R. Donihee and Rev. John E. Gault, S.F.M., Cornwall. Rev. Frances Lefebvre the hymn “Pray for the Dead”. Mrs C.J. Fleck presiding at the console.
    Honorary pall bearers were members of the Knights of Columbus, James E. Tallon, Dr. W.B. Cavanagh, S.G. Lawson, John C. McGregor, George F. Bergeron and E.J. Cleary..
    Active bearers were Harold Donihee, Floyd LaRose, Alfred Charlebois, Charles Loney, A.J. Andrews and Albert Lavigne.
    During the time the body rested at the home, members of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society , marched in a body to the residence and offered prayers for the repose of his soul and extended sympathy to the widow and members of the family.

    Those from a Distance
    Attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. John Hance, John Hance Jr. and Arthur Hance, all of Herman N.Y. Fred Hance of DeKalb Junction N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hance, Governeur N.Y. ; Christian Benz one of the organizers of the O.C.O.T. Boys Band and its first director, who motored from Adams, Mass. with Mrs. Benz and daughters, Miss Catherine Benz and Miss Mary Benz, to pay respect to an old associate. Mrs. Joseph LaRose , Mrs E.D. Clements , son and daughter, Carson Clements and Ruth Clements, Charles Gadbois Jr., Gordon Gadbois, all from Montreal P.Q. Mr. and Mrs. James Legault, Ogdensburg N.Y. Pte. George Hance of the veteran’s home guard St. Helens Island, Montreal.
    The room where the body lay was filled with floral tributes from relatives and friends, a silent evidence of the esteem in which Mr. LaRose was held and the regret felt about his death. The family received many telegrams, letters and cards of sympathy from distant points as well as from local and district friends.
    The Requiem High Mass was sung by Rev. John R. Donihee, at St Columban’s Church at 8:30 o’clock Monday morning and was attended by many relatives and friends.

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