Apr 27, 2015

A Blast From the Past! ~ Fall 1979 ~Halton Hills Pentecostal Assembly "Canada's Indoor Camp Meeting"

  • Every Wonder What Your Community of Halton Hills was like 36 years ago? ...Let's take a look in the archives.

A bit of history uncovered in Georgetown (April 28/2015)

Independent Free Press
Sign installers uncovered a bit of history today (Tuesday) when installing a new sign on a Main St. S. building in Georgetown.  Currently  and just to the right of this former old "HERALD" building is "Yong's" Chinese Restaurant.
The Georgetown Herald sign was revealed after peeling back the layers.
The Georgetown Herald opened in the 19th century and moved to this Main St. location in 1952. In the late '70s-'80s it moved to its last location on Guelph St., near Mill St. The paper was closed by the Thomson Newspapers chain in 1992.

  •  ...Remember, this was very much during the "analog age" ....way before PC's and the internet were invented.
  • Prime Minister Joe Clark had just been sworn in as Canada's Youngest Prime Minister.
  • President Jimmy Carter was the then-current President of the USA.
  • The Georgetown "Herald's" slogan was ..."The big paper with the big circulation read first by everyone! ... Reaching more than 13,650 homes in Halton Hills!"
  • I recently ran across archived pages of the "Georgetown Herald" from Oct 3, 1979 and you can view them here online at the following link:  Georgetown Herald ~circa Oct 1979

Here is the "Thanksgiving Week" ad for our church (GCF), then known as "Halton Hills Pentecostal Assembly", "...Canada's Indoor Camp Meeting!"  

Angus Nicholson (1940 to 2011)
  • I knew Pastor Angus Nicholson before he pastored Georgetown, so this is particularly memorable for me to review.  Pastor Angus was from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and every inch an evangelist.  I never grew tired as a teenager to visit his church.  With a twinkle in his eye and a joyful grin he would walk over to the piano and mount it like he owned it.  In a minute the crowd would be warmed up with his smile, and worshipful, heartfelt often toe-tapping music, during which, his hands would be just flying around the keys. The place would explode into lively worship & praise before preaching. 
  • Angus suffered with dementia (Alzheimer's disease) in the last decade of his life. If you are not familiar with dementia, suffice it to say that it's effect include attacks on the brain causing severe memory loss and confusion.  Surprisingly though, the internet contains some "piano footage" of him during this "confusing [dementia]" time of his life just prior to his death.  His command of the piano here is slower due to his age and dementia, ...trust me here he is just a shadow of what he once was, however you can hear he still plays very well.  He blessed audiences all across Canada with lively preaching and worship usually leading singing from the piano as an evangelist. 
  • A family member recorded him and he apparently was not aware that he was being recorded: 
  •  Here is the Link: [Elderly ~ in his early 70's] Angus Nicholson playing the piano "A man and his piano"
  • Obituary ~ Rev. Angus NICHOLSON
    Reverend Angus Nicholson born in Sydney Mines, N.S., March 28, 1940. Surrounded by his loving wife Rose, daughters Bonnie(Al), Tricia (Bryan), and son David. Also surviving are his eight grandchildren. A great brother and uncle with a large circle of friends began his heavenly journey on October 21, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hosanna Evangelistic Ministries at 308-A34313 Forrest Terrace, Abbotsford, B.C., V2S 7L2. 


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