Our History

(10) Members of the Whitney-Crysler families and the Munro Family and others who were members of the parish resulted in the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission generously consenting to this unique plan of re-construction, even though it would cost over $171,000.00, more than double the appraised value of the building. The fact that Trinity Church was a “memorial” church probably saved it from demolition.

The architectural firm of Burgess & McLean, Ottawa was selected for Trinity Memorial Church on July 19, 1955 to prepare an appraisal of the Church for Ontario Hydro. The appraised value was determined to be $85,000.00. Next the present location was selected and tenders were advertised by Ontario Hydro. Mr. K. Candy, Chief Architect for Ontario Hydro called a meeting at the Jowett residence on July 11, 1957 and the contract was awarded to the firm of John Entwhistle, Contractor, of Cornwall with the lowest bid of $132,611.00. All costs were borne entirely by Ontario Hydro. George Jowett was then asked to serve as the project supervisor for the church restoration to scrutinize sketches, plans and contracts, make reports to the Architect, oversee construction and work with the builder and Ontario Hydro. Things went well at first, until an unfortunate fire, which completely destroyed the building on the church site which contained the plans, records, and tools.

The last service in Trinity Memorial Church was held on September 21, 1957, the church furnishings were recorded and removed to safe keeping at the Jowett home, and demolition began soon after. The pipe organ, which was one of the first installed in a church in Upper Canada was donated to the Ontario-St. Lawrence Parks Commission for preservation in Upper Canada Village. Each stone was carefully numbered during the dismantling. The newly re-constructed Church was completed in October 1958 and the Consecration Service took place at 8:00 p.m. October 15, 1958. Later two blocks of land directly north of the church yard were given by Ontario Hydro. This land was designated on the development plan for Riverside Heights as the site of the proposed shopping centre. Mr. Jowett’s final report was full of praise for the Bishop, the Officers of the Diocese, the representatives of Ontario Hydro, the Architects, and especially for Mr. Entwhistle, the builder. There can be no doubt that George Jowett deserved a great vote of thanks as well.

Attention can now be shifted to the future of the Cemetery. The questions were more difficult to answer for a variety of reasons. The questions asked were: (1) Do you wish to retain the layout of the Church grounds, keeping all the historic monuments? (2) Are you in favour of granting the desire of the Ontario Hydro Commission, the privilege of moving the Pioneer headstones, and the monument of Sir .I.P. Whitney, into the Ctysler Memorial Park? (3) Do you wish to retain a Church cemetery? (4) Would you prefer to follow the modern trend which inclines to a Church without a connected cemetery? (5) Would you be in favour of joining an Anglican section in the proposed interdenominational cemetery to be located in the St. Lawrence Parkway?