Welcome to the Bancroft Cruisers

Updated: Nov 28 22
 Created: Apr 14 15

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Good-bye Cruise Season 2022

Cruise Season 2022 is now in our rearview mirror. And despite the lingering threat of COVID, we were able to share many great evenings with our friends - kicking tires, telling lies about our vehicles, eating cookies, laughing, and on occasion, embracing reality.  Thanks to everyone who came out to share in the evenings of friendship at our new meeting spot in the Bancroft Foodland parking lot (behind Canadian Tire).

And yes, we did have the occasional rain bursts, but it didn't stop the diehards from gathering, at a socially-acceptable distance of course. It was nice to see some new faces joining us and to see some new classics being added to the turnouts. 

Next year we hope to continue gathering EVERY Tuesday evening at Bancroft Foodland

Targeting 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Note times are subject to change depending on weather and attendance.

RAIN DATE: The following evening - Wednesday.  

Watch this space for updates as they become available.  

Sadly, we lost six of our staunchest supporters since COVID-19 closed us down. Please see tributes below to: 

Orlan James, Don ReissDonald Bason, Earle Burnette, and both Marion and Donald Carr.  They will be missed.

Stay safe! Get vaccinated!

Updated: Jul 13 22
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2022 Colour Cruise

Updated: Nov 28 22
 Created: Sep 28 15

Unfortunately, we did not have a Colour Cruise in 2022. But we have lots of memories of Colour Cruises past.  Don't give up hope.  2023 might just be the perfect time for another cruise.  



Drone Video of Bancroft Cruisers Gathering

Updated: Jun 28 22
 Created: Sep 28 15

Aerial view of cars at our gathering

Thanks to Hawks View Drone, we have our own cruise night drone video captured September 21, 2021.

LINK: https://youtu.be/V1vBXl9r_UA.

Virtual tour link to cool 1952 Chevrolet 3100. Includes video and photo

If you want to see amazing photography, videos or virtual tours, visit www.hawksviewdrone.ca

Our annual corn roast is always a big messy success

Updated: Nov 28 22
 Created: Aug 20 15

AUGUST 16, 2022 was this year's annual corn roast.

Location: Foodland parking lot, 337 Hastings St. North, Bancroft

Dozens of Cruisers brought their appetite to devour some mighty fine Ontario-grown corn donated by our sponsor C. Bamford & Sons Construction. Hundreds of fresh donuts provided by the Bancroft Cruisers also met their demise. Big thanks also to John Hales for his disc jockey services and keeping us entertained with awesome oldies music.

See you in 2023.

Updated: Apr 10 18
 Created: Aug 20 15

Cruise Nights are all about the fun

Updated: Nov 28 22
 Created: May 20 15

Meet old friends and make new friends at Cruise Nights. Newcomers are always welcome to attend and you DO NOT need a collector car or truck to participate.

The Bancroft Cruisers would like to thank all our supporters ...  Their help is greatly appreciated. We encourage all Bancroft Cruisers to support those companies that have helped to make our events possible.

If you would like to support the Bancroft Cruisers for our 2023 season, please contact Dave and Gail at bancroftcruisers@yahoo.ca 



Updated: Apr 10 18
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James John Pilgrim

Updated: Feb 07 23
 Created: Feb 02 23

James John Pilgrim passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the age of 91 following a lengthy struggle with kidney disease. John Pilgrim, beloved husband of Betty, loving father of Mark and April of Maynooth, Janice Manning of Prince Edward County, Jim and Mary Jane of Selwyn and Tim and Lori of Cavan. John will be lovingly remembered by his 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings, Edwin Pilgrim and Freda Mantieffel of Palmer Rapids. John was predeceased by his sister, Alice and by his parents: James Pilgrim and Bertha Liedtke. John and Betty have been residents of Bancroft for many years and raised their children here. John will be remembered by the many students he taught during his numerous years as a school teacher in various schools around the Bancroft area.

Orlan Vern James

Updated: Nov 28 22
 Created: Nov 28 22

Orlan Vern James

February 10, 1945 ~ November 19, 2022 (age 77)

Orlan Vern James passed on to be with his Saviour, Jesus Christ, on November 19, 2022, at the age of 77. Orlan was the beloved son of the late Wesley and Florence (Hines) James. He was the loving husband of his cherished wife Linda James and father to beloved son David James (Sharon). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jonathan and Corey James. Orlan was a friendly, honourable man who was always working at something with his hands. He enjoyed working on cars and fixing things and he was a long-time member of the Bancroft Cruisers. Orlan's kind quiet heart will be missed by all. 

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Earle Bruce Burnett


Earle passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough, on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 84.  Beloved husband of Karen (Anderson) of 60 years.  


Loving father of Terry Burnett (Yesenia), Jo-Ann Mountney (Kevin), Randy Burnett (Lysane), and Paula Burnett Kehoe (Brian).  Loving Poppa of Shayne, Steven (Cassidy), Sam, Chloe, Gabrielle, and loving great-grandfather of Elliana.  Survived by his brother Stewart Burnett (Trudy) of Brockville, his sister Phyllis Fletcher of Drayton, brother-in-law Ron Schieck of Cambridge, sister-in-law Joy Burnett of Clifford, and brother-in-law Ken Anderson (Joyce) of Listowel.  


Predeceased by his parents Orton and Viola Burnett of Palmerston, brother William Burnett, sisters Ethelwyn Burnett, Frances Keena, Marjorie Schieck, brothers-in-law Ray Fletcher, Doug Keena, and sister-in-law June Burnett.  


Earle was born and raised in Listowel, and married Karen on May 06, 1961, Earle and Karen farmed for several years and had four children, prior to moving Southampton, where he was a building contractor.  In 1980 Earle and Karen purchased the resort White Birch Haven in McArthurs Mills, which they operated with their family for 5 years, and have resided in the area ever since.  He continued the contracting business, prior to retiring.  In Earle’s retirement years, he enjoyed working on old cars, and going to the car shows.  Earl enjoyed travelling with Karen and taking their trailer to various country jamborees and enjoying the company of all his friends.  Cremation has taken place.  


As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to M.G. Daly Funeral Home, Maynooth. (613) 338-3259 (Condolence messages may be e-mailed to dalyfuneralhome@bellnet.ca or visit www.mgdalyfuneralhome.com).


Updated: Jan 06 22
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Donald Carr, beloved husband of the late Marion (Green) Carr and dear brother of Carol Wilkes. Don worked in the printing industry for many years prior to retirement. He will be remembered as the neighbourhood handyman.

Marion Carr, passed away after a brief illness at Hastings Centennial Manor, on Friday March 12, 2021. Marion was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Margaret Green. Don and Marion had lived in the Bancroft area for over 45 years and enjoyed many summers in their home on Paudash Lake's Joe Bay, before eventually settling in Bancroft. Marion loved to sing and loved to talk and socialize with all who knew her. 

In Loving Memory

Updated: Nov 09 21
 Created: Nov 09 21

Donald Bason (retired 30-year employee of Chrysler-Ajax Trim Plant) peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday October 14, 2021 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Sandra for 54 years. Devoted father of Terry Bason and his wife Heather Hardy and Dawn and her husband Terry Mason.  Cherished Gramps to Cheyenne and Austin and Great BGramps to Isabella. Dear brother of Marlene Buckley and Dennis Bason. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared in the guestbook at www.mountlawn.ca 

Updated: Nov 09 21
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Donald David Reise passed away peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Saturday, Octo ber 30, 2021 following a lengthy illness. Don Reise, beloved husband of Brenda (Wyatt) Reise, loving father of Ronald & Krista of Millbrook and Melanie & Chris of Toronto, cherished grandfather of Joshua, Taylor and Kaitlyn. Don is survived by his brothers, Ernie (& Nancy) of North Bay and Ken (& Shirley) of Hamilton. He was born in Hamilton, the son of Eric and Anne (Dubbin) Reise. Don & Brenda were married on December 23, 1966 and were residents of the Bancroft area for over 40 years prior to moving to Millbrook. During that time, he built two log homes on Boulter and also owned and operated the Stone Kitchen in Bancroft for 4 years. He was an active member of the Bancroft Cruisers Car Club as well. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.