BIZ VOICES: Chatham loses downtown icon

Eddie Mariconda

Chatham-Kent lost another venerable figure recently, as Eddie Mariconda passed away Jan. 7.

Eddie was a larger-than-life figure; an icon in the Chatham core for decades, a master tailor and business owner selling men’s clothing.

He spent nearly seven decades in business downtown, and served on various boards, committees and with local service clubs. 

In short, he really cared about his community and was not one to sit on the sidelines and complain. He got involved.

Eddie had an opinion on most everything, and offered it up for those who stopped by. If you had a differing view, he’d entertain it, but you had best be ready to defend your ground, as Eddie was great at verbal sparring and would disarm you with his wit before driving another point home.

Eddie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diane; and children Rosalina, Joe, Virginia (Michael), and John; and grand children, Kristina, Whitney (Michael, great grandson Maverick) Zachary, Kendra (Aaron, and soon expected great-grandson) Holly, and Mallory. Also survived by sister-in-law, Marianina, brothers Gennaro (Ida), Tony (Ada), and sister Anna (Saverio).

The golden arches have arrived in Tilbury with the recent opening of a new McDonalds at 67 Mill St. W. by franchisee Jason Trussell. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Jan. 11 to mark the grand opening and a special fundraiser supporting Ashley’s Place was also announced. Pictured here with The Hamburglar to mark the store’s opening are store manager Brian Bates, owner Jason Trussell and director of operations Fernando Rivera. Trussell also owns McDonald’s outlets in Windsor, Tecumseh and Belle River.

McDonald’s opens in Tilbury

Tilbury welcomed its first McDonald’s restaurant at 67 Mill St. W. recently.

The Tilbury restaurant will be supporting Ashley’s Place. The organization supports youth, people experiencing homelessness and the Women’s Centre by supplying items in need. 

When looking for an organization to give back to, Jason Trussell, the franchisee, and his team were passionate that Ashley’s Place was the ideal organization to assist. For every Big Mac sold from now until Feb. 7, $1 will be donated to Ashley’s Place to help purchase supplies in need.

Trussell has a long history supporting the communities his restaurants operate in, including a crew post-secondary scholarships program and community fundraisers. His restaurants are a major employer of youth across the Windsor-Essex area, creating more than 100 new jobs in Tilbury alone.

Additionally, Trussell’s restaurants participate in McDonald’s Archway’s program to help dismantle economic barriers and accelerate academic success through McDonald’s partnerships with 31 universities and colleges across Canada.

Local realtors earn recognition

Peifer Realty’s Amber Pinsonneault has once again been awarded the Top 35 under 35 award from Royal LePage.

This national, production-based award recognizes top producing Royal LePage realtors aged 34 years old or under. 

This honour recognizes Pinsonneault, the broker of record at Peifer Realty, and her sales performance, and puts her in an elite group of real estate professionals across the country. 

Peifer Realty also received two national Royal LePage awards for 2022. 

The organization earned the Royal LePage National Top 5% Award, as well as the Royal LePage Executive Circle Award. 

Pinsonneault and Kristen Nead, managing partner at Peifer Realty, said they couldn’t have done it without “the trust and support of each and every one of our clients and colleagues.”

  • Business Voice is a bi-monthly column in The Chatham Voice that highlights some of the achievements made and efforts underway in Chatham-Kent’s business community. Send your information to


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here