Braidwood, Gwendolyn

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Braidwood, Gwendolyn

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  • Lazier, Gwendolyn

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1905-2007

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Gwendolyn Braidwood was born in Belleville on June 28, 1905, the daughter of Stephen Dunbar Lazier and Florence May Lingham. She attended St. Agnes School in Belleville, Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Belleville Collegiate and Ontario Business College in Belleville. Gwen Lazier achieved fame when she responded to the request of the Belleville mayor, W.C. Mikel to ride a horse to Washington, D.C. to advertise the 140th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists in the Quinte area. She delivered invitations in towns all the way to Washington, offering one to President Calvin Coolidge on the White House grounds. Her ride was recorded in newspapers in Canada and the United States. Gwen Lazier later worked as a stenographer in Toronto and married Jack Braidwood after the Second World War. They retired to the Quinte area in 1965. Gwendolyn Braidwood died in Belleville on October 5, 2007.

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Death notice appears in The Intelligencer, October 13, 2007, on page B10.

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