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Aaron, Lee

Lee Aaron, formerly known as Karen Greening (born July 21, 1962 in Belleville), was Canada's self-proclaimed 'Metal Queen'. She was one of the first women to have a successful solo career in heavy metal music. In the...

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Bannister, Drew

Drew Bannister (born April 9, 1974 in Belleville) is a former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and New York Rangers. He finished his...

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Bowell, Mackenzie (Sir)

Sir Mackenzie Bowell (December 27, 1823 – December 10, 1917) was a English born Canadian politician who served as the fifth Prime Minister of Canada from December 21, 1894 to April 27, 1896. Bowell was born in Rickinghall,...

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Brintnell, Wilfred Leigh

Wilfred Leigh Brintnell (August 27, 1895 – January 22, 1971) was a pioneering Canadian aviator. Born in Belleville, Brintnell joined the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in Canada in 1917. A pilot, Brintnell instructed until his...

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Cameron, Stevie

Stevie Cameron, CM DD, is an award-winning Canadian investigative journalist and best-selling author. Born in Belleville, Ontario in 1943, she now lives in Toronto with her husband, David Cameron, a professor at the University...

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Collip, Dr. James B.

James Bertram Collip, Ph.D. (November 20, 1892 – June 19, 1965) was part of the Toronto group which isolated insulin. He served as the Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University from 1928–1941 and...

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Cooke, Matt

Matt Cooke (born September 7, 1978 in Belleville) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cooke won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09...

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Crawford, Bob

Bob Crawford (born April 6, 1959 in Belleville) is a retired ice hockey player. Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1979, Crawford also played for the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, and Washington Capitals. Crawford's great...

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Crawford, Floyd

Floyd Crawford (born November 28, 1928) was the captain of the world champion Belleville McFarlands and the patriarch of the Crawford family of Belleville that includes three sons that played in the National Hockey League and one...

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Crawford, Marc

Marc Crawford (born February 13, 1961 in Belleville) is a professional ice hockey head coach with the ZSC Lions of the National League A. He was previously the head coach of four other organizations and won a Stanley Cup in 1996...

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Dillabough, Bob

Robert Wellington Dillabough (April 24, 1941 – March 27, 1997) was a professional ice hockey centre who played 283 games in the National Hockey League and 72 games in the World Hockey Association. Born in Belleville, he played...

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Green, Rick

Richard Douglas Green (born February 20, 1956 in Belleville) is a former ice hockey defenceman. One of the game's quintessential stay-at-home defencemen, Rick Green played over 800 NHL contests between 1976 and 1991. His trademark...

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Marker, James

James "Jim" Marker (c. 1922 – May 2, 2012) was an American-born Canadian businessman who invented Cheezies, a brand of cheese curl snack food popular in Canada. Marker also established the Belleville Aerodrome, a private...

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Meagher, Rick

Richard Joseph Meagher (born November 2, 1953 in Belleville) is a former ice hockey player. He played with the Montreal Canadiens, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues. He won the Selke Trophy in 1990 with the...

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Meagher, Tony

Tony Meagher is a senior level visual effects professional based in California with more than 15 years of experience in feature films, commercials and music videos. He has worked on several Hollywood blockbusters including Avatar,...

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Meyers, John

John Walden Meyers (January 22, 1745 – November 22, 1821) was an Upper Canada businessman and United Empire Loyalist. He was born Johannes Waltermyer in Albany County, New York on January 22, 1745. He was descended from German...

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Mofina, Rick

Rick Mofina is a Canadian author of crime fiction and thriller novels. He grew up in Belleville, Ontario, and began writing short stories in school, selling his first short story at the age of fifteen. As a member of the Mystery...

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Mori, Riyo

Riyo Mori (born December 24, 1986 in Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Japan) is a Japanese beauty pageant titleholder and television personality who was crowned Miss Universe 2007. As an only child, Riyo Mori began dancing at the age of 4. She...

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Mowat, Farley

Farley McGill Mowat, OC (born May 12, 1921 in Belleville) is a Canadian author and environmentalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 17 million books. He achieved fame with the publication...

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Northrup, William Barton

William Barton Northrup (October 19, 1856 – October 22, 1925) was a Canadian lawyer and politician. Born in Belleville, Canada West, the son of Anson Gilbert Northrup and Jane C. Balster, Northrup was educated at the Upper...

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O’Sullivan, Shawn

Shawn O'Sullivan (born May 9, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian boxer who won gold at the World Amateur Championships in 1981 and the light middleweight silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He currently lives...

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Orser, Brian

Brian Ernest Orser, OC (born 18 December 1961 in Belleville) is a Canadian retired competitive and professional figure skater. He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1987 World champion and the 1981-1988 Canadian national...

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Quaife, Pete

Peter Alexander Greenlaw "Pete" Quaife (31 December 1943 – 23 June 2010) was an English musician, artist and author. He was a founding member and the original bass guitarist for The Kinks, from 1963 until 1969. Quaife founded...

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Raycroft, Andrew

Andrew Raycroft (born May 4, 1980 in Belleville) is a professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for IF Björklöven in the Swedish second league Allsvenskan. Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins of the NHL...

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Richardson, Brad

Brad Richardson (born February 4, 1985 in Belleville) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Centre who currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Richardson grew up in Belleville playing minor...

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Ross, Alexander Milton

Alexander Milton Ross, (December 13, 1832 – October 27, 1897), was born in Belleville, Upper Canada and died in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an abolitionist who was an agent for the secret Underground Railroad slave escape...

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Rutherford, Johnny (Doc)

John William Rutherford (born May 5, 1925 in Belleville), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent before the 1947 season, and played for them in 1952. Nicknamed...

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Sakovich, Nancy Anne

Nancy Anne Sakovich (born October 8, 1961 in Belleville) is an actress and former model. In 1981, she started studying at Trent University (Ontario) and earned a degree in biology. Discovered by the Elite Modeling Agency, she traveled...

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Schad, Mike

Michael Schad (born on October 4, 1963 in Belleville) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams with the 23rd pick of the 1986 NFL Draft. He attended...

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Smith, Derek

Derek Smith (born October 13, 1984 in Belleville) a professional hockey player currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing 123 games over four seasons between 2000 and 2004 for the...

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Stieda, Alex

Alex Stieda (born April 13, 1961 in Belleville) is a former professional road bicycle racer. A native of Coquitlam, BC, Alex Stieda raced road bicycles for 15 years of his life, from age 17 to 32 years. He raced for Canada’s...

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Valentine, Chris

Chris Valentine (born December 6, 1961 in Belleville) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. Valentine began his hockey career in 1978 at St. Louis University before moving to the QMJHL's Sorel Black...

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Wallbridge, Lewis

Lewis Wallbridge was born in Belleville on November 27, 1816. He was admitted to the bar of Upper Canada in 1839 and was appointed as a Q.C. in 1856. Wallbridge served as a member of Parliament for the riding of Hastings South...

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Wallbridge, Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell Wallbridge (1830 – 1881) was a lawyer and political figure in Canada West. He represented North Hastings in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1863 to 1866. He was born in Belleville,...

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Westfall, Ed

Ed Westfall (born September 19, 1940 in Belleville) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders from 1961 until 1978–79....

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