November 11th Remembrance Day: Meet Frank Baddeley
"Frank Baddeley, 73, has long been a fixture in the downtown core, selling poppies for Remembrance Day annually for 35 years. Poppy sales to benefit Canadian war veterans begin the last Friday in October and run until Nov. 10. On Nov. 11, Royal Canadian Legion members who sell the lapel decorations are busy at the parade and the wreath ceremony, so very few poppies are sold.
Baddeley gets up at 5 a.m. to pick up his fellow poppy vendors and drive them downtown. He is at the corner of Peel and Ste. Catherine Sts. every day at 7 a.m., knocks off for breakfast at 9:30 and is back at his post from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"I've pinned poppies on midgets, on dogs with little scarves and on baseball caps for kids," Baddeley said.
He has a special trick to get the poppies to stay put: He bends the end of the pin, dangerous work with the sharp end.
"On cold days when I can't feel my fingers, I donate a lot of blood," he said with a laugh"