Ottawa's M G Appliance Services was founded by Mel Grummett. He entered the refrigeration trade in 1938 starting as an apprentice and quickly worked his way up to tradesman level. Having been raised during the depression he had a determination to succeed at whatever job he undertook.
Mel Grummett: Proud and Colourful WWII Veteran
With the outbreak of the Second World War Mel joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Due to his inherent technical and leadership skills he became an instructor of aircraft instrumentation mechanics. He was particularly proud to have taught the first groups of Canadian women trained in this type of work. Some of his military adventures included: shepherding large groups of misbehaving airmen across the country via train; many hair-raising rides in bombers to test new instruments; pursing and capturing a mysterious Japanese incendiary balloon bomb in British Columbia; and seeing the devastating effects produced by 30 caliber machine gun bullets as they careened across a crowded airbase. His wartime adventures could enthrall listeners for hours, making even the most serious stories have a funny ending.
The Refrigeration Career Begins
At the wars conclusion he was asked by the RCAF to remain in the military as a permanent member. He declined their offer and returned to his family in Ottawa, Ontario. He restarted his refrigeration career and over the next decade worked for Ottawa's largest refrigeration company as a tradesman, lead serviceman, and service department manager.
The Refrigerator Market Expansion
When post war manufacturing switched back to civilian production, the household refrigerator and appliance markets expanded. Recognizing this trend Mel began repairing domestic equipment in the 1940s and 50s, eventually starting his own repair and sales company to specialize in domestic refrigeration and appliances.
A Founding Member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) of Canada
He was a founding member of the Ottawa chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) of Canada, and one of the first persons in Ontario to obtain a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics license. Later he was asked to be the test subject for the new Appliance Repair Technician examinations - thereby testing the validity of the questions. He completed all the examinations with a perfect score. His consultations with government officials resulted in the questions being made more pertinent to service technicians.
Committed to the Appliance Repair Industry
During his 50 plus years as a service provider Mel saw major changes in the appliance industry. Having started as simple electrical devices they had become extremely complex, thereby requiring an appliance technician's knowledge base to be extensive. He took every opportunity to learn about any new products and pass on the information to others. Renowned for his sense of fun, fair play, and humorous recollections, plus a willingness to help other technicians solve technical problems, he believed that by helping others the overall service knowledge of the trade could be increased.
We, the following generations of appliance technicians, wish to acknowledge Mel's influence and thank him for stressing the importance of education and the necessity of continuing to strive for excellence within the Appliance Repair trade.