Remembering Boom Boom (Canon Tony Hitsman)

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Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Tony HITSMAN?  Srsly, Boom Boom?

For all the time that we were online I wondered how it was possible that a good natured, mild-mannered, spiritual fellow such as yourself could be a "made man" on the lam from Johnny Law.  Turns out it was all a pun... and it took this for me to find out? 

RIP, Boom Boom.

lagatta

Yeah, it was all a pun on "hitman". I had private correspondence with him, for one thing, translating and writing letters for the very monolingual health staff on the North Shore for him, but of course I was honour bond not to reveal such a punny secret

I very much miss Boom Boom, and Croghan, and skadl of course, though we had spectacular fights as we were too similar in some respects.

Caissa

His nom de plume was also a pun on the fact that he was a canon and his father a military historian.

KenS

I always wondered how he came to be living on the North Shore, but never thought to ask him.

Does anyone know the basic story?

Caissa

Tony became the rector at the Anglican  church in Kegaska. He retired because his hearing diminsihed to the point that he couldn't perform his duties at the level that he wished he could.

lagatta4

https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/535258/le-bout-du-monde-est-au-bout-de-... "The end of the road" - Kegaska, the tiny village where Boom Boom lived in his last years - and lived to see the route extended from Natashquan to Kegaska.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

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Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Boom Boom's enduring legacy is that despite being a mild-mannered religious official living in a remote rural area, he managed to sustain an almost-convincing back story of being a mob enforcer, based solely on a pun on his last name (or WAS it???)

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Boom Boom's enduring legacy is that despite being a mild-mannered religious official living in a remote rural area, he managed to sustain an almost-convincing back story of being a mob enforcer, based solely on a pun on his last name (or WAS it???)

Are we sure he didn't moonlight?  Anglican clerics don't bring in much bank.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

All's I know is, if there's a Heaven, he's up there right now, splitting firewood and whacking snitches.  :)

lagatta4

That is true, but it is a fascinating story involving Acadians (including some who stopped over in Gaspésie and the Magdalene Islands, Newfoundlanders (some of whom also did a stint in the Maggies) and the Indigenous Innu people who remain the largest group in the Lower North Shore, and the route that took forever to get built.

Unionist

You people are making me weep again. I loved Boom Boom.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Same here, Unionist. He was such a lovely soul and was pretty optimistic right up to the last few weeks of his life. I was shocked when he gave up on treatment and returned home to die. I guess he came to a point where he realized the efforts made to treat his cancer were going to be too much and not worth it. Never forgotten dear Boom Boom.

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..i consider myself a political animal as i consider rabble/babble to be. boom boom enabled me to remember my younger days as a shop steward on the shop floor where i encompassed all perspectives into the greater struggle. never forgotten.     

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

All's I know is, if there's a Heaven, he's up there right now, splitting firewood and whacking snitches.  :)

" 'Tony Thirty-Nine Articles' we called him".

Aristotleded24

So this thread comes up about Boom Boom, and it's amazing how long it has been. He is truly missed. So are many others. If only heaven wasn't so far away.

Unionist

For ease of reference, and ease of mind, here is the photo I posted at the time and the two that laine lowe posted.

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