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These historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events are made possible through the continued support of Lougheed Funeral Homes as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Then & Now: How a business boy wonder from Sudbury became Canadian Tire CEO at age 33

Then & Now: How a business boy wonder from Sudbury became Canadian Tire CEO at age 33

Dean Muncaster credited for modernizing — and some might say revolutionizing — the retail chain
Then & Now: New book laments loss of heritage buildings including Sudbury's landmark post office

Then & Now: New book laments loss of heritage buildings including Sudbury's landmark post office

Cochrane Block, the old post office and the Nickel Range Hotel are gone now sadly, a lamentable fate the happens to far too many heritage buildings in Canada, history writer Vicki Gilhula says
Then & Now: Strangely, many local place names honour men who never set foot in Sudbury

Then & Now: Strangely, many local place names honour men who never set foot in Sudbury

The men who lent their names to Capreol, Garson, Creighton, Rayside, Falconbridge and Blezard Valley never actually visited the communities that bear their names
Then & Now: Deadly rail accidents near Sudbury some of worst in Canadian history

Then & Now: Deadly rail accidents near Sudbury some of worst in Canadian history

A 1906 train crash in Azilda killed 12 people; a 1910 derailment in Nairn Township killed 63
Then & Now: Meet the pioneer women Skead and Azilda are named for

Then & Now: Meet the pioneer women Skead and Azilda are named for

In a time when women’s contributions were relegated to the household, Katherine Skead Bell and Azilda Bélanger left their mark on what would become Greater Sudbury
Then & Now: A tale of how two Nickel City men became titans of Canadian industry

Then & Now: A tale of how two Nickel City men became titans of Canadian industry

High-flying Robert Campeau and the more reserved Paul Desmarais both grew up on the rock and went on to become fabulously wealthy and influential
Then & Now: Meet the Nickel City’s pioneering power couple

Then & Now: Meet the Nickel City’s pioneering power couple

Thomas Ryan served three terms as mayor of the Town of Sudbury when it was little more than a railway camp, while his wife, Helen, was one of Canada’s first female physicians
Then & Now: Remembering ‘rebel’ Diane Marleau, still Sudbury's longest serving MP

Then & Now: Remembering ‘rebel’ Diane Marleau, still Sudbury's longest serving MP

Raised on a shoestring by a single mother in Kirkland Lake and once called the ‘Margaret Thatcher of Sudbury’, Marleau was an MP, a cabinet minister, a defender of public health care and skilled politician
Then & Now: Remembering W.E. Mason, Sudbury’s very own Citizen Kane

Then & Now: Remembering W.E. Mason, Sudbury’s very own Citizen Kane

The legendary owner of The Sudbury Star and The North Bay Nugget was certainly divisive, loved by some and feared by others, died childless and left his considerable fortune to charity
Then & Now: This is the downtown corner where Sudbury as we know it was born, but you wouldn’t know it

Then & Now: This is the downtown corner where Sudbury as we know it was born, but you wouldn’t know it

Downtown takes a lot of criticism, but stand on nearly any corner in the heart of Sudbury and you are surrounded by the Nickel City’s rich history — and it’s about time we celebrate our storied past before it’s forgotten