November 11th Remembrance Day: Meet Frank Baddeley

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    "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"

    craigmunro, maywaskind, -wiseguy-, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. isayx3 64 months ago | reply

      very cool post...thanks for posting the info on him. You know i always loved the idea of a series like this

    2. Bim Bom 64 months ago | reply

      A brave man indeed!

    3. FLEECIRCUS 64 months ago | reply

      girl!!!! this is an excellent piece!
      Good job sharon and frank!
      Need to get myself one of this cute poppies!

    4. Sandman5 64 months ago | reply

      Great story and tribute...
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    5. Witty nickname 64 months ago | reply

      Always remember...

    6. 64 months ago | reply

      A very good portrait. I love old peoples faces. They are great story tellers.

    7. -wiseguy- 64 months ago | reply

      An original ...

    8. bitzcelt 64 months ago | reply

      Great portrait and wonderful story, we owe these guys a lot.

    9. Res_Ta 64 months ago | reply

      What a great portrait, thank you for this.

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