Log in

Dr. Carol Homuth of Harriston, Ontario, Canada passed away on August 1, 2017 at the Caressant Care Nursing Home at the age of 93. Born in Harriston on March 27, 1924, Carol was the husband of the late Viola Homuth, having been married for 63 years until her passing in 2010.


  Carol and Viola were, for many years, regular attendees at the International Small Scale Steamup held in Diamondhead, Mississippi. It was Carol who is credited with the creation of the "Flea Market" after suggesting to steamup founder Jerry Reshew that he needed one. Carol volunteered as coordinator of the Flea Market and served in that capacity for many years.


  Carol attended the University of Toronto, and it was during his third year that he met Viola Suomela, a 2nd year student. After graduation in 1946, Carol and Viola joined his father's optometry practice where they worked for 57 years, along with volunteering as optometrists in the Caribbean.


  In 1968, Carol became Master Model Railroader, #22 worldwide, and served as president of the Niagara Frontier Region and as a director of the National Model Railroad Association. Carol had a lot of modeling interests. He took great pleasure in his collections of model fire trucks, trains, cars, and his Pequegnat clocks, which he donated to the Harriston Historical Society, an organization he helped form in 2010. His hobby interests soon grew to include live steam and he was a member of Ontario's West Coast Garden Rail Society.


  Carol was active in his community, having served on the Harriston Public School Board and the Hydro Commission, as well as being a Past Master of Harriston Masonic Lodge No. 262. He was also a Scout leader for 30 years.