How one of Sarnia’s most passionate history buffs works to keep heritage alive

Ron RealeSmith credits his grandfather for instilling a keen interest in things of the past

Local history buff and President of the Sarnia Historical Society Ron RealeSmith. (J.D. Booth/Lambton Shield)

It isn’t long into a conversation with Ron RealeSmith, a native of England who came to Canada as a youngster, before we hear the story of how his grandfather instilled his interest in history.

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Now a proud Canadian who manages the IT operations at the Sarnia Police Service, RealeSmith is also president of the Sarnia Historical Society.

A recent news item about a cache of historical artifacts that had been donated through the Sarnia Historical Society to Lambton County was what caught our eye.

But it’s the passion that RealeSmith and his colleagues at the organization that continues to inspire those who care—or should care—about our past.

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