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COLONEL MAURICE (MO) C. CARTER, MC, CD

Date of Passing: Mar 28, 2002

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COLONEL MAURICE "MO" C. CARTER, MC, CD Colonel Maurice "Mo" C. Carter, MC, CD passed away peacefully at his home, September Springs Ranch, Pincher Creek, AB at 80 years on March 28, 2002. Maurice is survived by his beloved wife Sheran, and leaves a loving legacy of their extended family. Formerly of Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton, Campbellville and Niagara-on-the-Lake before "retiring" to the foothills of Alberta. A dynamic yet sensitive and caring soul, Mo was a highly admired and respected man. His generous charismatic smile and warm hand of fellowship will be missed by all the lives he touched. Mo once said he has experienced several lifetimes all crammed into one. He was a decorated Second World War Veteran, Broadcaster, spent six decades in the Automobile Industry, including a professional Racing career, and served his community as a dedicated Leader. A Veteran of the Second World War, Mo joined the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg the day War was declared and in 1943 became a CanLoan Officer with the British 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders of the 51st Highland Division. He engaged in action in Africa and Europe throughout the War surviving Dieppe and the D-Day landing. He was part of the Ardennes and Rhine Crossings and was awarded the Military Cross in the field by General Montgomery. At the end of the Second World War he held the rank of Acting Lt. Colonel at the age of 24. He was a past President of The Royal Hamilton Military Institute, and former Honorary Colonel of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. Born in Winnipeg, Mo attended St. Johns College School and proved to be a superb athlete, playing professional Hockey, Football and winning the Canadian Army Mile Run. During the 50s MO was Sports and Special Events Director for CJCR Radio in Edmonton. He did considerable freelance and commercial broadcasting in Eastern Canada, including a number of Grey Cup broadcasts. In 1959 Mo returned to the Automobile business and in 1963 he purchased City Chevrolet in Hamilton, ON. Renamed Maurice Carter Chev-Olds, he grew this to be one of Canadas largest. Mo was awarded the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, and The Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit awarded him a Distinguished Service Citation in 1991. He served as President of the Federation of Automobile Dealers of Canada. Mo participated in rallying and auto racing in the US and Canada. He was named Canadian Driver of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He won races in the Trans Am and IMSA Series and was 1973 IMSA G.T.O. Champion. He surmounted great odds against an all-star international field of top teams and drivers to finish an incredible 4th place in the DAYTONA 24-HOURS, the highest finish for a Canadian up to that time. In 2000 Mo was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Service above self was a motto he put into practice. He served on numerous boards and committees within service clubs and organizations. He was President The Hamilton District Chamber of Commerce, a Director of The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Committee for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He helped form the Business Executives Organization, an organization of Hamilton business leaders. He was President of the Toronto Central Lions Club, former director of the Ontario Crippled Childrens Society, Chairman of the Hamilton Easter Seals Committee, a past Director of the Canadian Safety Council and John Graves Simcoe Society. He served on the Hamilton Lung Association, the McMaster Business Advisory Committee. A member of the Rotary Clubs of Hamilton, and Pincher Creek, having the distinction of being a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a former Ontario member of the Executive Council of the Reform Party of Canada. Mo is survived by his loving wife Sheran, extended family, Charlotte (Leon) Root of Edmonton, Maurice (Barb) Carter of Hamilton, JoAnne (Bob) Lowenberger of Winnipeg, Lesley (Russell) Allan of Toronto, Sue (Ray) Danniels of Toronto, Kelly Van Halen of Los Angeles, Steven (Stacey) Carter of Burlington, Bradley (Wendy) Carter of Los Angeles, Curtis (Sheri) Christense of Ottawa, Todd (Paula) Christensen of Philadelphia, Cia (Kyle) Bates of Utah, 35 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild. Brothers, John (Margaret) Carter and Lionel (Monica) Carter and Sister Shirley Milton, many special cousins, nieces and nephews. "He chose his road and stayed the course." In lieu of flowers donations can be made payable to Canloan Memorial Trust Fund, PO Box 74563, 270 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, Toronto, ON, M9A 3T0. The funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pincher Creek, AB on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. with Ken Butler officiating. Friends may meet the family at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery, Cardston, AB at 3:30 p.m. SALMON FUNERAL HOME, CARDSTON assisting the family. (403) 653 - 3844.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 01, 2002

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Maurice Carter was the Sports Director at CJCA in Edmonton when in 1955 he hired Don Chevrier right out of high school. Don later became my husband. Don told me wonderful stories about working with Mo. I heard about Mo's love of sports, his generosity of spirit, his values and his professionalism. As a young man of 19, Don had grown up without a father and from the stories he shared with me, Mo was the best "father figure" any young man could have. In 1963 we lived in Montreal, Don was Sports Director at Radio Station CJAD when Maurice bought the Chevy dealership in Hamilton. We drove to Hamilton to buy our cars from him so I was able to meet him. In 1967, Canada's Centennial Year, our daughter was born and Don surprised me with a gorgeous mid-blue Camero with a broad, white, racing stripe around the front of the hood tied with a huge red bow. I loved that car, stick shift and all. Due to Don's stories, I know Maurice Carter was an excellent role model. Don was grateful to have had the early, steady influence of this fine man. - Posted by: Donna Chevrier (Wife of Don Chevrier, a great sports broadcaster who was very lucky to have Maurice Carter, in 1957 ) on: Feb 28, 2015

  • Looking for a family member of Lt Colonel Maurice Carter. Think I have something that may belong to him - Posted by: kathy () on: May 10, 2014

  • As a child and into adulthood, I adored Maurice's racing Camaros. I'm building a 1981 Camaro that borrows from some of the design features of his 78-81 car(s). Does anyone know if any of his cars are still around? It'd be cool for me to even see one. If anyone has any information, please email me. Thank you! brianmassie79@yahoo.com - Posted by: Brian Massie (Racing Fan) on: Oct 11, 2013

  • I knew Mo when he came from CJCA Edmonton to CFRB in early '57 as an back-up to Sport's Director, Wes McKnight. We hit it off immediately as I think he saw in me an opportunity for early audience recognition thru commercial sponsorship. Sadly, 'twas not to be as I took an opportunity to work at Le Nuveau CJMS, Montreal; and a year later as station manager at CJSS Cornwall ON. I last saw Mo in the Spring of 1959, when on a trip to Toronto I volunteered, on behalf of my CJSS early a.m farm reporter, to deliver a propeller for his Cessna that required machining. This was to a new airport in Downsview on Dufferin St at hwy 401. Mo's dealership was, at its very beginning, just a one story, two room hut. We had a very pleasant "hale & farewell', and, sad to say, we never saw each other again. Short as it was, knowing MO was an experience to be long treasured, and fondly remembered. One other thing I should mention is that he did take me out to Oakville one afternoon to his home to meet his beautiful bride in their brand new, sparkling and splendidly furnished residence. I think of him often and enjoy the memory of experiencing his prescence, brief as it was. - Posted by: Bob Aiken (Friend, and Associate - CFRB Toronto - 1957.) on: Feb 14, 2013

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