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Honouring a true Oshawa legend

S.J. Jim Brewster (seated) was recently presented with the 2018 Oshawa Community Legends Award (photo courtesy the City of Oshawa)

Becoming a legend is something that is truly earned, and that is exactly what an Oshawa resident has done throughout his life.

The city recently announced S.J. Jim Brewster as the recipient of Oshawa’s 2018 Community Legends Award.

Brewster was presented the award by Mayor Dan Carter while supported by his family and friends at the most recent council meeting.

He was born in Oshawa in 1924, shortly after the municipality received official “city” status with a population of more than 15,000.

With the beginning of the Second World War, Brewster enlisted and served on the 419 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator on bombers, mostly Lancasters.

During his enlistment he flew many missions over enemy territory.

After the war, Brewster started a business called Mechanical Advertising. The business remains a leader in the manufacturing of traffic, industrial and custom signage, and its facility remains in Oshawa.

His contributions to the local community over the past two decades includes donating more than $1 million to Lakeridge Health, including a gift of nearly $500,000 to fund important technology and a network of heart monitors.

This equipment allows a single monitor to follow a patient during their entire experience in the hospital from intake to recovery.

A street in the city, Jim Brewster Circle, will soon be unveiled near Townline Road and Kettering Drive.

“Jim Brewster is a remarkable human being who has contributed in many ways to the betterment of our community. Congratulations, Mr. Brewster, your life-long service matters,” stated Ward 4 regional councillor Rick Kerr.

Nominations for next year’s award are open until Dec. 31.

To learn more about the program, visit, call 905-436-3311 or email