Like any enclave, English Montreal has produced its fair share of characters. Witness Nick Auf der Maur, a man who personified conciliation in the anglo community, a boulevardier, humorist, raconteur, columnist and politician. Nick moved comfortably among Montreal’s diverse downtown circles.
Nick and I met in the late 1960s in a Crescent St. bar called the Boiler Room. Because mutual acquaintances had been pressing us to get together and because we were both cantankerous, each was prepared to hate the other.