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Reelin’ in the Years

Posted by Cleve Mortelliti On September - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

(Thanks to Barry Wallace and his blog “Camera on King”, for some of the photos and King City history referenced here.  If you have not had a chance to visit Barry’s website, you really should.  I find his look back on King and his photos, both new and archival to be inspiring – Barry you inspire me to pick up my Camera!).


I don’t think it is unusual or wrong to lament the change that is taking place in King City.  From the vantage point of my childhood, I certainly do.  But I have to remind myself that like many of our new residents today, that I too arrived in King City at a time of change.  My family moved to King City from Kleinburg when I was 8 years old.  It was 1972.  York County (now the Region of York) had just finished widening  Keele Street and King Side Road to 4 lanes each, gutting both roads by removing the canopy of hundred year old sugar maples that lined them – changing the character of old downtown King City forever.

main street king looking south  i believe

The King City Lion’s Arena had just opened its doors. I played defense on a tyke hockey team sponsored by Kingmark Homes – one of the new home builders in town.  We won the championship that year, the year of the  Canada Russia Summit Series.

1972-1973Paul Henderson

I lived on Dufferin Street just south of the King Road back when it was a gravel road all the way to Major McKenzie.  My old house is still there but its been bought by a developer.  He’s cleared all the trees and I expect the place I grew up in will soon be demolished.  I learned to Ski at Honey Pot where Eagles Nest is located now.  I went to Doris M. Patton School on Keele Street (where I was taught by Carson Bice), which was also a gravel road north of that old school.

Carson Bice

Photo by Barry Wallace – for more visit cameraonking.blogspot.ca

I remember Marty’s Barber Shop which was located where the Hunt Pub is now below Hogans Inn, and Peter Boyd’s GM Dealership which was Doc Gordon’s Garage before that. This now the site of the Shoppers Drug Mart.   And of course the Fountain Esso – when it actually had a fountain.  First opened by Harry McBride in the late 1950’s, and now owned by the Siarkas Family since 1974.

harry mcbrides esso at dufferin and king road in 50s

I think that for many, a feeling of security and well being is derivative of the permanence of places where fond memories were formed, and that the rapid and transformative change that occurs through growth upsets that sense of security as the demolition of old buildings and the transformation of old places in effect erases the basis upon which those memories were formed.  Its a though a part of us, is taken from us, and this I think is why change caused by rapid growth, at least in part, is difficult for some to accept.

The tendency to look back and reminisce on fond memories in the places we call home is natural, and visiting those places, just to know that they still exist can be comforting.  For me, King City has been that place for most of my childhood and all of my adult life, and it is now the place where my kids are also growing up.  It’s a place they appreciate now as much as I did as a boy.  It is the place of their childhood, as it was for me,  but in a different time.  This is their time.

In my heart, when I see my friends’ parents and old hockey coaches, I still feel like that teenaged kid hanging out with my friends in Town, but now watching my teenaged kids doing the same thing, I realize that for quite some time now, I’ve been Reelin in the Years.

Reelin in the Years, By Steely Dan. Released 1972

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My name is Cleve Mortelliti and I am the Councillor for Ward 1 in the Township of King, Ontario – Canada. I love this Township. King City has been my home since 1972. From 2004 to 2006 I had the privilege to work as an Engineering Administrator for the Township of King. But my overriding desire to make a real difference and to have a more positive, impactful influence on the shape and form of the development wave that is coming to King, led me to leave my employment with the Township and declare my candidacy for Councillor of Ward 1 (King City, Snowball, Kettleby). At approximately 10:00pm on November 13th, 2006 I was truly thrilled to learn that the residents and ratepayers of Ward 1 had bestowed their trust in me to serve as their councillor for the next 4 years . In the successive 2010, and 2014 elections I was re-elected by acclamation. It remains my honour and privilege to serve King.

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