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Richard P. Brimmell was a local historian and former Guelph Mercury newspaper editor. He came to Guelph in 1954. Richard Brimmell worked at the Guelph Mercury as city editor and later as a managing editor until 1960. He then accepted the position of business administrator at the Wellington County Board of Education, a position he held until 1970. During his time at the Board of Education, he served as the president of the Ontario Association of School Business Officials. After returning to the Guelph Mercury briefly in the 1970's, he joined the City of Guelph as City Purchasing agent, retiring after thirteen years of service. In addition to his work with the Mercury he also wrote editorials and columns for the Guelph Tribune. Mr. Brimmell also served as Chairmen of the Guelph Public Library Board.
Throughout his career, Richard Brimmell continued to write local histories and articles chronicling Guelph and its stories. As a member of the 11th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, Richard Brimmell wrote a regimental history. He also continued his community service with the Evergreen Seniors Centre in Guelph.
He died November 28, 2007 at 79 years of age.