Bio: I am the first firefighter writer in Canada of fiction. I was born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. My life took a detour while backpacking the world, forcing me to live in Australia for over a year (I was broke when I got there). But continuing on, I did meet my wife on a freighter in the South China Sea.
I’ve worked a lot of jobs from paperboy to grocery clerk, sales rep and iron worker, mink ranch hand and assembly lines, freelance astronaut (no offers) to boilermaker apprentice, delivery driver, and career firefighter and officer. I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, lived through the 1979 Grenada revolution (on honeymoon with Gloria), and swam with a marlin in Honduras. I’ve also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band and was a fastball catcher for many years in the Edmonton Men’s Fastball League. I’ve raised three children, all university grads, and occasionally do home renos.
32 of my years were spent with one of the best fire rescue services in the world. Edmonton firefighters are dedicated, courageous, and compassionate. They have never ceased to amaze me in their conduct, courage, and abilities. Any problem from the bizarre to hazardous is resolved. They don’t need “no stinking TV shows!” about them. Because of them I became a better man. I was promoted to an officer and became a senior captain, a huge challenge mentally and also physically for my age. I retired in Jan. 2010 as a senior captain. I live in Beaumont, AB with Gloria, an artist. Edmonton Fire Radio.
I write, travel (see some pix in Lost in Translation tab), do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, and read voraciously; books like those in the column on the right side. The last few years have been wonderful for traveling: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Beijing, Seoul, Kelowna, Toronto, Detroit, Dominican Republic, Niagara, Banff/Jasper, Mexico, and Phoenix. We visit Toronto a few times a year to see our grand daughter Bronwyn (clever girl) and in 2013, grandson Finnley. I expect to keep sticking pins in the world map. Gloria and I bought an ass-kicking 5th wheel last year and it’s onward ho.