Minister of Public Safety
If you find yourself admiring artwork by Dale Carruthers while being serenaded by Willie Nelson, Whispering Bill Anderson or Bobby Bare, you just might be visiting Carl Urquhart.
Carl grew up in Upper Kingsclear, the family home now submerged by the Mactaquac headpond.
Carl says' We're now living in our back pasture', the location of his present home, which he shares with his wife Betty.
His parents had nine children, five boys and four girls. His parents and one brother have passed.
Carl is the father of two sons, a daughter, step-son, step-daughter and 6 grandchildren.
Growing up Carl always had a variety of animal companions from dogs and cats to a raccoon and a fox; and 'For four years I was followed around by Jake the drake' he recalls fondly.
While he was still in school Carl worked as a herdsman with the Department of Natural Resources.
He recalls during his school days one teacher referring to him and some classmates as level three sweathogs, based upon the movie 'To Sir With Love (the term sweathogs was later adopted for the TV series Welcome Back Kotter).
Carl remembers two of his teachers particularly, with respect.
'Mr. Dion was a middleweight boxing champion. He certainly knew how to deal with us; and George Doak was the only teacher who really understood me.'
Carl went right from high school into the RCMP, beginning a 33-year career in community policing and law enforcement including 28 years with the Fredericton Police Force.
His involvement with community and service groups includes: Upper Kingsclear volunteer fire department, Saint John River Salmon Anglers Association, New Brunswick Salmon Council, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Society of Saint Andrew, New Brunswick Wildlife Federation, New Brunswick Outfitters Association and Scouts Canada.
Carl became an organ donor when he gave a kidney to Reid Cleghorn of Harvey.
He continues to enjoy life-long pastimes of hunting and fishing and the great outdoors. Travels have taken Carl to various islands in the Caribbean, Scotland, Europe, fishing in Alaska and many trips to Iqaluit and Northern Canada.
When he is asked who his heroes are, Carl grins and quotes the Willie Nelson song-'My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys'.