All of us at the Glengarry Highland Games mourn the passing, and extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends, of a very grand Games lady, Connie Kippen Blaney.
The first Glengarry Highland Games were held in 1948. That year, Connie, at age fifteen, took first prize in the under-eighteen piping competition. As well as being successful at Maxville, she was also a very successful competitor at games in Montreal, Fergus, Embro, Syracuse and Schenectady, winning many trophies.
It was during this period of her career that she was acknowledged and recognized as being one of the best lady pipers in North America. It was also about this same time that Connie affectionately became known as “Glengarry’s Sweetheart”. Following her years in competition, Connie played primarily for dancing competitions.
After graduating from Ottawa Teachers College Connie taught school for thirty five years in the area. The last twenty of these years were spent at the Maxville Public School.
In 1981 Connie became the Secretary for the Games Committee and she remained in that position for fifteen years. In 1988-89 she served as a Vice-President and in 1991 she became the President. As a member of the Tartan Committee she was instrumental in the creation of the Glengarry Highland Games tartan. Connie continued to sit as a director and past-president until she passed away this week.
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(Thank you to the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame for the biographical information)