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Returning to the fair after 30 years

September 1, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Some may have seen an interesting notice in the Fair Tab this week titled “Have you seen this man?” The notice came from patients, friends and fellow Ohioans who know Dr. Frederic Porcase Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.

Porcase is a Canfield High School graduate from the class of 1969. He was a band member and remembered the fair and what fun it was.

“I remember playing on the midway, in the grandstand and when the big ferris wheel operator would put the band and their instruments on the ride and we played as it went around,” Porcase said.

After graduation, Porcase went on to Westminster College and completed medical school before entering the U.S. Navy. He served as a physician in the Navy until his honorable discharge in 1981.

He was discharged in Florida and ended up as part of a 13-office, 50-member staff of a private family medical practice. His workload, along with raising a family, didn’t afford him the ability to return to Ohio and visit the fair for over 30 years.

“When my kids were growing up I always wanted to take them on a vacation to Cedar Point that would wrap up at the Canfield Fair,” he said.

The unfortunate thing was Jacksonville schools start two weeks before Labor Day, making such a vacation impossible.

With the kids grown and the class of 1969 holding a reunion at the fair, Porcase thought it would be a good year to make the trip to Canfield to visit the fair he grew up with.

One person he is looking forward to seeing is Paul Rossi, whom he remembers from his high school days. He is planning to visit on Saturday and had just learned that Rossi and the Youngstown Symphonic Band was playing at 3 p.m. in the gazebo at the Western Reserve Village.

When Edie Milton from Jacksonville found out about Porcase’s trip, she came up with a surprise. Milton is a patient of Porcase's in Florida, but also has local ties. She grew up in Lake Milton and frequented the fair herself. She moved to Jacksonville and for the past 35 years, Porcase has been her family physician.

“He has been an outstanding doctor,” Milton said. “He saved my life and my husband’s life.”

Porcase said he is not sure how much of the fair he will be able to take in on Saturday, but he is looking forward to catching that fair feeling that will bring back his younger days.

“I have always had fond memories of the fair,” he said.


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