Kincardine citizens create memorial to honour Charles Mann



By Barb McKay


A group of Kincardinites have compiled a collection of memorabilia to honour the memory of former Kincardine mayor and Second World War veteran Charles Mann.


Mann served as mayor of the Town of Kincardine for 14 years and was a well-known and respected figure in the community. He died in January 2017 at the age of 94.


Keith Davidson and several members of a committee that compiled the memorial attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to present the collection, which is beautifully displayed in a large frame. The memorabilia includes a Kincardine tartan blazer featuring the Town of Kincardine crest, which Mann wore as mayor; the Town of Kincardine mayoral chain (on loan from the municipality); Second World War service badges, including the Devil’s Brigade; photographs of Mann, including one of him receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from the United States Congress on behalf of his regiment; and write-ups detailing Mann’s military and community service.


Davidson spoke passionately about what Mann meant to the community and how proud he was to call him a friend.


“We are all here tonight because we have two things in common,” he said of the committee. “We all love Kincardine and we all loved Charlie Mann…He was dedicated to make Kincardine a better place and he was a loyal friend to all.”


Davidson said he can remember on the day Mann died – Jan. 28, 2017 – he turned on CTV national news. As news anchor Lisa LaFlamme was signing off she noted that it was a sad day because Canada had lost Charlie Mann. It spoke to how well-respected not only by those who knew him in Kincardine, but by Canadians familiar with his service to his country.


Davidson said Mann dedicated himself to so many aspects of the community, including his church, the Kincardine Legion, the Masonic Lodge, his family and friends, and of course, his beloved dogs.


The committee is leaving the placement of the memorial to Eadie’s discretion, but Davidson said the hope is that it will be placed at the Legion. Eadie said she would take that under careful consideration.


“We all miss Charlie and it’s a special remembrance,” she said.