Grand Bend 1976

Originally posted: September 12, 2010

A few weeks ago I was digging through some old boxes in the basement looking for something, don’t remember now what it was.  I came across a stack of old slides, including this one, from a Grand Bend camping trip.  I’m pretty sure this was 1976.  I thought it would be worthing posting it here, for two reasons:  First – look at all that hair.  Second: I had forgotten that Dennis Horn was with us.  Dennis passed away earlier this year, and it seems worth remembering that he was part of our lives way back in those summers.

Dennis Horn – Brian Phillips
John Clemes – Sean Gorman – Bill Sheard
Jim Tiessen – Glenn Curtis – Stuart Brannan – Rob Tanner

HORN, Dennis W. Of Elora, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in his 54th year. Beloved son of the late Walter and Vera Horn and beloved stepson to Marg Horn of Guelph. Dear brother of Marty (the late Bill) Grinwis. Dear uncle to Jennifer (Shawn) McGirr and the late Billy Grinwis. Great- uncle to Katelynn and Samantha. Friends will be received at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Monday (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.). Memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. (Reception to follow in the Wall-Custance Family Reception Centre). Memorial contributions to the Guelph Humane Society would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of Dennis W. Horn in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm.

2 thoughts on “Grand Bend 1976

  1. Stuart – I came across your Grand Bend photo today and clicked on it just out of curiosity, remembering some ‘grand bend fun in the sun in the ’70s’ myself, and recognized each of the long haired CCVI hunks. But was shocked and saddened to see the reason for your posting. I left Guelph in 1978 upon graduating and haven’t been back since (and am not a big social media user) — but have never forgotten my dear friend Dennis Horn. He was like a big brother to me: a fixture in the drama club and at our dining room table for years. Dennis used to treat me to a trip to Stratford Theatre each year for my birthday — it was our annual date. He helped teach me to drive and was one of the best jive partners a girl could ask for, although he did throw me into his basement ceiling a few times while practicing our moves in the little house on College Ave. I also remember his wonderful laugh, how we grieved together as teens when his mom died, and how he used to decorate the most amazing Christmas tree. Each year, I still try to replicate his unique style of branch lighting — from the inside out! It somehow doesn’t soften the shock to hear that he passed two years ago, and I’m still left wondering how, but will make sure to put the hand-made ornament that he made for me over 35 yrs ago, in a special place of honour on our tree this year. Jan Staples

    1. Thanks Jan for your thoughtful, and very touching, memories of Dennis. That’s how I decorate our tree too. I didn’t realize that it started with Dennis.

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