He was a Canadian icon who told it like it was and told it simply.
“The good old hockey game is the best game you can name, and the best game you can name is the good old hockey game.”
Stompin’ Tom Connors, who had to bring a piece of plywood to stomp on after a bar owner yelled at him for ruining the stage with that big boot heel keeping time, now has more plywood associated with his name.
This time it’s saws and hammers breaking up the plywood as they build him a memorial at Skinner’s Pond, Prince Edward Island.
They are restoring the one room school he attended and are providing a space for others to sing and for you to come and buy gifts and food.
I wonder if the French Fries will be called Bud’s Spuds.
They plan to officially open it, appropriately, next Canada Day.
Much has been written about the man and his music, but the line that will live forever in my memory, is the day he passed away, and 630 CHED’s Ed Mason began the story with “Stompin’ Tom Connors has kicked the plywood bucket”.
I’m betting Tom loved that line as much as we did.
See you at Skinner’s Pond.