Ken McPhail

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A chance meeting at a country dance cemented a lifelong relationship between Ken McPhail and Cecillea McClave. The couple has enjoyed 65 years of marriage and to prove it they have procreated 12 offsprings. Six boys: Leonard, Alex, James, Angus, Jerry and Andy. Six girls: Judy, Kathleen, Elaine, Linda, Janet and Sandra (deceased).

The couple resides in a sprawling, 10-room, old-fashioned farm house situated on County Road 18 east of Lunenburg.

Ken graduated from the now-defunct Harrison’s Corners School and then dedicated the rest of his life to farming and milked 28 cows. The milk produced was transported to Baxter’s cheese factory in Lunenburg.

His farming activity followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Angus McPhail, and his father, Allan. Ken rounded out his working days at Parks Canada

The spry octogenarian, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday, has no specific hobbies but enjoys puttering around the barn and grooming his award-winning team of Belgians. Ken said that when he curries the show horses, he reflects on the days when he paraded them past the judges and won prizes at the county fairs. Also in his memories was the thrill of riding his sulky drawn by his favourite pacer, “Kelly Cass,” to victory at local race tracks such as Avonmore and Newington.

It was not always roses for the retired farmer, as he recently recovered from a bout with cancer. “Feel good now,” he said, standing up from his easy chair. “Besides the horses, I don’t do much of anything,” he added as I exited. “Don’t hold much with all these wars and killings, “Just not right!”

Organizations: Corners School, Parks Canada

Geographic location: Lunenburg, County Road, Avonmore

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