1966 Fair President
(November 22, 1913 – May 5, 2008)
By Marion Allman
Wally Reesor was born on Nov. 22, 1913 in Cedar Grove. He was the youngest of 5 children in a busy, contented, farming family. He lived most of his life on Cedarouge Farm, in the hamlet of Cedar Grove, as a dairy farmer.
He was proud, yet humble of the many contributions he made in his rural community. These included the Junior Farmers, Cedar Grove Community Club, Zion United Church, Cederarena and of course, Markham Fair. He dedicated 35 years of service to Markham Fair. His contributions included being a member of the Board of Directors. and president of the Fair in 1966.
Throughout his life he had a strong work ethic. Wherever there was work to be done, Wally would be there to help. "Hard work never hurt anybody" was certainly one of the mottos he lived by.
He was committed to the Markham Fair "family". He took great pride and spent long hours preparing for the exhibits that were his responsibility. These included the apple display and the heavy horse pull.
One of his most cherished memories of the Fair was on Friday, October 4, 1957. It was announced over the PA system at the Fair that Wally Reesor’s wife, Elsie had given birth to a baby boy. Wally, of course, was busy at the Fair that day.
Wally was a friend to all. One of his favourite pastimes at the Markham Fair was strolling through the fairgrounds, shaking hands and chatting with all his friends, neighbours and relatives.
For the past 5 years Wally had lived in Huntsville,Ont. with his daughter Marion’s family. He passed away peacefully at the Bon Air Nursing Home in Cannington on May 5,2008. He is survived by his three children Raymond, Marion and Bryan.