Well, we see the name on the insurance business in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach, ‘Thwaites – Norris’ but what’s the story behind the name? In 1912, Edgar Dundas (E.D.) Thwaites moved to Parksville with his family and set up a real estate and insurance office. Son Ronald Thwaites joined the business after the Second World War and continued until retirement in the 1980’s. E.D. Thwaites was a born organizer and brought so much enthusiasm to his numerous undertakings that he inspired others. He was responsible for the venture to collect money for the erection of the War Memorial in Parksville and chaired a multitude of committees representing the social history of Parksville for half a century.

And it seems that he liked to have fun. He was editor and publisher of Parksville’s first newspaper, The Parksville Journal, a copy of which may be seen at the Parksville Museum. E.D. Thwaites wrote practically all the copy and even the letters to the editor answering them himself in an attempt to stir up controversy!

Learn more p. 123 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler


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