From "A Dorman Arrangement"
By Karl Sack
Charles Ernest (Charlie) Dorman was born on the 24th of March 1904 in Montreal, son of James William Dorman and Isabella Marriah Fackrell. He was the 7th son of the 7th son and was named ‘Septimus’. The ‘7th son of the 7th son’ is supposed to have healing powers. This proved to be true during Charlie’s lifetime. Charlie joined the St. John Ambulance Brigade (Lieut-Colonel Herbert Molson Division No. 50) on the 29th of October 1940 at the age of 36. He was an active member and saved numerous lives in the Montreal area during his 19 years of service. All of his service time was volunteer work.
Charlie worked at many jobs from Butcher to Mortician to Insurance Salesman at Prudential. During the 1930's Charlie worked at the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal. In the early 1940's he worked for Elmhurst Dairy Limited as a milkman also in Montreal. In the mid 1950's he worked as an 'Assistant Medical Officer' for the Department of National Defense at Lake St. Peter in Quebec at the radar base near Nicolet, Quebec. He was also a sports trainer for the Montreal Police Department (1945 - 1949) and for Loyola College (1949-1950). Charlie was very outgoing. He knew a lot of people. According his brother Frank Dorman, Charlie was also nicknamed ‘Squirrel’ because he was nuts!
Here is an article that appeared
in the St. John Ambulance Newsletter section 'People You Know':
Charlie had a very
colourful career. He also delivered milk at
Dairy; bread; and coal. The
Verdun honoured Charlie in 1942 for his heroic efforts during the
at the Palace Theatre on Egan Avenue. In the mid 1950's he posed
for a picture as the St. John Ambulance Poster as one of "Canada's Finest
- In the Service of the Public." Charlie was well known in Montreal. If
you said your last name was 'Dorman', people would immediately ask if you
were related to Charlie!
Submitted by Karl Sack ................great nephew (From his book "A Dorman Arrangement")
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