Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Reginald Hooton[1]

Male 1901 - 1967  (66 years)


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  • Name Reginald Hooton 
    Born 13 Nov 1901  , Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1919  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    machinist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-341633 
    Died 12 Dec 1967  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 15 Dec 1967  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I341633  Generations
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 

    Father Ernest Hooton,   b. 15 Jun 1871, Bozeart, Northamptonshire Co., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1961, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Clara Rebecca Spriggs,   b. 1874, Lavendon, , Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1958, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married CALC 26 Dec 1897  Wollaston, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F248753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah "Sadie" Walton,   b. 1 Nov 1902, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1975, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1919  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Evelyn Patricia "Evie" Hooton,   b. 9 Aug 1923, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1998, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Leonard Albert "Len" Hooton,   b. 1929, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 2004, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F248897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Reginald Hooton, Prominent Ayr Sportsman Passes Suddenly - The community was shocked on Tuesday by the sudden passing of one of its best known sportsmen, Reginald Hooton, who died of a heart attack during the supper hour. He had returned home from work in Paris in his usual good spirits and was preparing to take his evening meal when he was stricken. Mr. Hooton was in his 67thyear. He was born in Northamptonshire, England, and came to Canada with his parents as a boy. His father, the late Ernest Hooton, was a railroad section man, and before coining to Ayr the family resided at Blandford Station, Woodstock and Toronto. For a number of years Mr. Hooton was employed at the Hecker - H-O Company, until it ceased operations at the outbreak of World War II. He subsequently worked in the carpenter shop of the John Watson Mfg. Co, Ltd. for a lengthy period, and latterly at Penman's in Paris.

      Mr. Hooton's career in sports was quite remarkable in the fact that at an age when most men are giving up active participation, he was just commencing. His initial undertaking was the organization of a juvenile hockey team here about 1942, which competed as Ayr's first O.M.H.A. entry with clubs from Galt, Hespeler and Preston. As the team grew older, it entered the O.R.H.A. under the traditional name of Ayr Vics, still under Mr. Hooton's management. Its best year was in 1949 when the Vics won the league title, and were eliminated in the O.R.H.A. play downs by Bright, who went on to win the title. Had it been possible for enthusiasm to win for Ayr, Reg's would have taken the championship without difficulty. About the same time Reg, as he was known to every hockey and softball enthusiast in the area, decided to put Ayr on the softball map. Although he had competent hands to help him, Reg's almost sacred devotion to the cause was the major factor in the phenomenal success of the game here in the early '50s. He gathered about him a team of talented youths, drilled them with determination and convinced them (Continued on Page Two) they were the best - and he proved it. But just having a top team was not sufficient for Reg. His next move was the installation of floodlights at Victoria Park ball field, a project which he attacked with a dedicated zeal, along with the rest of the team. The installation was completed in 1950, and the Ayr Vets team began to blossom. With Reg at the helm they won the O.R.S.A. Championship during a period when the calibre of the softball was at its highest peak. Crowds of 800 - 1,000 were not uncommon at important home games is Ayr. But this was not the only world to conquer for the great competitor. In the early 1950's he was one of the organizers of the Tri-County Softball League, which eventually became the Inter City Fastball League. At that time the loop consisted of Ayr, Guelph, Galt, Orangeville and Moorefield. Reg fielded a strong team for the few seasons Ayr entered the loop, and again filled the seats at Victoria Park. Probably the compliment Reg would have appreciated most was that his Ayr Vets were the best in the village history and that the camaraderie and team spirit are still referred to by former members with nostalgia. Besides his team activities he was an ardent fisherman and a pigeon fancier of some note. Surviving besides his wife, the former Sadie Walton, are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Cromwell (Evelyn), RR 3 Bright; a son, Leonard, of Fort Erie; a sister, Mrs. Irwin (Norah) of Ayr; and a brother Sydney Hooton of Brantford. Six grandchildren also survive. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2: 00 p.m. from the Bruce B. Smith Funeral Home, Paris, conducted by Rev. N. A. Tilford of Christ Anglican Church. Interment will be in Ayr Cemetery.

      The Ayr News Dec 14 1967 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S2556] News - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr News (1897- ), Obituary of Clara Rebecca Spriggs - Hooton - 6 Nov 1958, pg 9.

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 25527 (1919), Reginald Hooton-Sadie Walton.
      Reginald Hooton, machinist of Ayr, Birth Place: England Age: 21 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898 Father Name: Ernest Hooton Mother Name: Clara Spriggs Spouse Name: Sadie Walton, residence Ayr, Spouse's Age: 18 Spouse Birth Place: Ayr Spouse Father Name: Norman Walton Spouse Mother Name: Carrie Holiday Marriage Date: 18 Nov 1919 Marriage Location: Waterloo, Galt

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Hooton/ In Loving memory of/ Reginald Hooton/ Nov. 13, 1901 - Dec. 12, 1967/ his beloved wife/ Sarah Walton/ Nov. 1, 1902 - May 22, 1975

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Nov 1901 - , Northamptonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - machinist - 1919 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Nov 1919 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Dec 1967 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 Dec 1967 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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