Gary Rourke

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Gary Rourke

Gary was born in Ottawa and moved to the Seaway Valley in 1983 where he now resides.

After graduating from John A. Macdonald high school, where he excelled in track and field, he attended Algonquin College and spent five years as a student there and also served as apprentice at Auto-Ranic, an Ottawa garage. He received his mechanic’s licence in 1984.

After toiling for Toyota and Nissan, in Cornwall for some time, Gary bought the Causeway Garage from previous owners, Gord Piche and Clayton Distell. He leases the east portion of the building to Roger Compeau who rents out transportation vehicles. “You can expect the unexpected when you’re in the mechanical trade,” Gary said. “I remember when a gentleman had his car towed in because it wouldn’t start. On investigation I found a squirrel stuck in the air intake. The car I could fix; the squirrel I couldn’t. “To be a mechanic, you almost have to be a journeyman,” he went on to explain. “It might be best to apprentice in the bigger dealerships rather than the small roadside garages as there is so much to learn and you need to keep up with the contemporary techniques as cars change quickly. “A mechanic’s work is fulfilling, but becomes more so when you own your own business. I don’t regret my choice of trades.”

In 1985 Gary married the former Dianna McCurdy. Dianna worked as a chemical engineer at Domtar until it closed. Shortly after she secured the position of manager at BASF in much the same capacity.

The couple have two children, Shannon, 17, and Dylon, 14, who attend Rothwell-Osnabruck high school in Ingleside.

Organizations: Algonquin College, Auto-Ranic, Toyota Nissan Domtar BASF

Geographic location: Ottawa, Seaway Valley, Cornwall Ingleside

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