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(Posted 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30)
Navan RBC branch closing after serving local community for 95 years

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Local resident and former teller Verna Cotton holds up a blank cheque from the 1920s standing outside the Royal Bank of Canada branch in Navan. Fred Sherwin/Photo

When the Royal Bank of Canada first opened an office in Navan the roaring 20s were just getting started and the Ottawa Senators were the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champions.

Through the decades four generations of Navan residents have held accounts at the bank, which like the post office and J.T. Bradleys Country Convenience Store, has been an integral part of the community.

Unfortunately, that will all change next spring when the branch will be closed and moved 7.5 km away to a new location on Brian Coburn Boulevard near Tenth Line Road.

Not surprisingly news of the pending closure has been met with disbelief and disappointment by the local residents, many of whom have held an account at the branch all their lives like village historian Verna Cotton.

The 89-year-old Cotton actually worked at the branch for seven and half years in the late 50s and early 60s.

"Back then they would lock you in a cage. It was just me and the manager," recalls Cotton who still remembers a customer coming in and asking for change for a $1,000 bill. "He said do think you can make use of this bill and I went and showed it to the manager and he said take it and we put it in the vault. A while later a guy came in with a big cheque and said you probably don't have cash for this and I said just wait and gave him the $1,000 bill,"

The Royal Bank of Canada first opened an office in Navan on December 1, 1921. In the early days the office was moved to several different location before it eventually shared space with the local post office on the north east corner of Trim and Colonial where the Medici pharmacy currently resides.

The building was destroyed by a fire in 1943 and the office was moved once again. The branch has occupied it's current location on Trim Road beside the post office since 1988.

Cotton says the branch's closing will be particularly hard felt by the village's older residents.

"It's just awful, really. Besides the seniors like myself in Navan, there's a lot of people who use the bank from all around like Bearbrook and Leonard. It's just a shame," says Cotton echoing the sentiments of many Navan residents.

J.T. Bradley's owner John Bradley says the store has held an account at the branch since it first opened. They even have a Royal Bank of Canada Navan Branch cheque book in the store with the date line 192_ on it.

"It's definitely a bit of blow to the town," says John Bradley. "It's going to be a real inconvenience especially for the older folks and local business like ours."

A meeting is planned for Nov.1 at St. Mary's Hall to allow account holders and local residents in general a chance to ask questions and vent a little. Judging by the early reaction the meeting will likely be very well attended.

The Navan RBC branch has occupied its current location since 1988. Fred Sherwin/Photo


(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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