ABOUT ANAF Rockwood
History of Rockwood 303
Rockwood has a long, proud and colourful history
dating back to early 1948, when a group of local veterans first met
to discuss the possibility of forming a unit of The Army, Navy, and
Air Force Veterans in Canada. The required 100 signatures were
obtained from veterans living in the area and a Charter was granted
to the Unit by Dominion Command on December 01, 1950.
The first meeting was held in the Harrow United
Church Hall, and Cliff Dusang was elected as the first President.
The meetings continued to be held there until Harrow Church offered
to sell the church hall, an offer quickly and gratefully accepted. A
loan from Dominion Command and Shea’s Brewery enabled purchase of
four lots at the corner of Lorette Avenue and Wilton Street.
Volunteers now came into their own, preparing a foundation, moving
the building onto the site, and renovating the inside for club use.
Without the efforts of those stalwart gentlemen, and the Ladies
Auxiliary who provided them with sustenance and encouragement there
would be no Unit today.
Their tradition prevails to this day, as
all activities of the Unit are dependent for their success on the
efforts of Volunteers. By 1963 the membership had grown, and
expansion was proposed in 1964 a new addition was added on the south
side connected to the old hall, with a large hall downstairs.
Construction was not over, further expansion was undertaken in 1969
the old church hall that had served us so well was sold and became
part of a children’s camp in Beasuejour, a new addition was added in
it’s place with cocktail license and another large hall in the
basement. This was opened On May 01, 1970 . The next time you visit
the Unit I would urge you to raise a glass in tribute to those who
made a dream come true.
Today Rockwood 303 is the place to
A fitting tribute to to the founding
members, and to those who have followed in their footsteps.
Clifford Dusang, James Stobie, B. Holm. Paul
Shannon, B. McFayden, M. Kelly, B. Aitenhead, J. Charbonneau,
W, Grahamn, H. Thorlakson, E. Taylor, J. Low, Mrs Margaret
Mrs V Low, J. Low