Oshawa Metropolis Council proclaims Aug. 1 a civic vacation in honor of Col. RS McLaughlin

Colonel Sam McLaughlin, Canada's most famous automobile pioneer, posed at his Oshawa mansion in September 1971, a few days before his 100 birthday.  (He died the following January.) Star photographer Harold Barkley was invited to take pictures of Colonel Sam and decided to photograph him with one of his early cars.

The City of Oshawa has proclaimed the Aug. 1 civic holiday in honor of the late Colonel Robert Samuel McLaughlin.

In Oshawa, civic holiday is celebrated to mark the contribution of Col. RS McLaughlin to the Canadian automotive industry.

The industrial pioneer played a vital role in the lives of Ontarians, as well as of all Canadians.

He contributed significantly to the medical care facilities, recreation, literature, culture, science and education of Oshawa.

His philanthropic interests were as widespread and varied as his business endeavors.

He donated many major gifts, bursaries and scholarships to educational institutions and made major contributions to institutions in health care, recreation, literature, arts and culture, and science.

In 1952, he established the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation which continued to fund various charitable purposes until its completion in 2002.

McLaughlin served the Ontario Regiment (RCAC) commissioned as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel from 1921 until 1931 and as Honorary Colonel from 1931 until 1967 — Canada’s longest serving ‘Honorary Colonel.’

This year, McLaughlin’s family home, Parkwood Estate, is offering a 10-day basement tour.

People can catch a glimpse into the service areas of the historic site, including the family vault, the central clockwork system and the elevator engine room, among others.

Visitors can enjoy the one-hour tour of the basement from Saturday, July 30, through to Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10:30 am to 5 pm

Book your tickets online for $15 per person by visiting the Parkwood Estate’s website.

The country’s finest and last remaining grand estate is at 270 Simcoe St. N. at the corner of Adelaide Street in Oshawa.

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