The 18th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic took place on October 2nd at the scenic Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario.

Although the weather was a bit cool and rainy, the hearty group of attendees enjoyed breakfast and a round of golf on this always enjoyable course with colleagues, peers, and customers, while remembering industry friends who are no longer with us.

The CHHMA runs this event on behalf of the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry as it honours people from the industry who have recently passed away.  The 2019 honourees were George Bolton and Fred Sanders who both passed away earlier this year.  And, as always, all previous honourees are acknowledged as well: 

Les Coleman
David Deyell
Bob McKerlie
Michael Caplan
Walter Hachborn
Jack King
Peter Lynch
David Holden
Leonard Lee
Warren Parr
David Fry
Ted Kennedy
Geoff Somer

Ray Ceolin
Tom Ross
Bruce Webster
Chris Hrushowy
Mike Pullen
Jim Ypma
Bill Caldwell
Brayl Copp
Ed Hardison
Stuart North
Joseph Kuchar
Shelly Lush

Jack Pountney
Christof Vanooteghem
Ian Hay
Trygve Husebye
Bernie Carpenter
Don McDonald
Les Groves
Bob Hilton
Doug Straus
Mel Boshart
George Giles
Ed Barnes

After golf, more attendees joined the group for an excellent dinner. Glenn Beattie from Magtar Sales spoke about George Bolton’s career in the housewares industry while Bryan Gilbart (Envirogard/Rainfresh) reflected on Fred Sanders time working with Emco Faucets and his famous joke telling.  Both of these gentlemen were known for their friendly demeanours and sense of humour, they will be remembered fondly by many industry friends.

Finally, prizes were handed out to all the golf hole competition winners and a couple of lucky draw winners.  We would like to thank the following companies who sponsored holes and donated products and gifts as well as everyone who attended and helped support this special event.  Money raised from the day will be donated to the Canadian National Autism Foundation (


Dahl Brothers Canada
Groupe SEB Canada
Henkel Canada
Home Hardware
IPEX HomeRite Products
KS Solutions Sales & Service
Magtar Sales
Onward Sales & Marketing
Renin Canada
Special Supporter Golf Series (John Bonis)