When I was a young girl, I was a guest from time to time on Simcoe Island with my parents, to visit Bruce Orr and his family. They had a fantastic cottage there on the beautiful shore on this jewel of an Island.
Bruce’s family had owned the land for a long time and actually his ancestors had been lighthouse keepers there since, I believe, the light houses were built. When I was a teenager and learning to paint he asked me to paint a photo of the Simcoe Island lighthouse for him. I tried, but I did not have the skills to do it.
Over 30 years later, I can paint quite a lot better, so I thought I would give it another shot. It is still difficult to paint because of the roof lines. Finally, at long last, here is my best shot. I hope you can see it from Heaven Bruce, it is just a little 8×10
(Special thanks to Colleen Murphy who gave me some great tips for photographing the water in this image. I am sure you will agree that this is a much clearer capture than the first version which I have since removed)
This is a genealogy link to the Orr family and this lighthouse.
A beautiful painting. How interesting that I found this link today as I was just taking pictures of the same lighthouse last Sunday with my family. My husband and I met each other on Simcoe Island about 14 years ago, it is a very special place and I think your painting captures that. I will be looking for your work in future.
That is a great painting, I would love to have a copy. I miss Grandpa Bruce
One of my best friends on Simcoe (my wife and I own a cottage there) is Bruce Orr’s brother Bill. We have other good friends who currently own the cottage next to the lighthouse. I’m going to share this information with both of them. Bill is now the last Orr on the island and remembers very fondly the days that you talk about in your letter. Thanks for sharing your memories and your painting.