Cornell Babie, 1932 - 2018
He moved to Victoria in 1969, purchasing Morrison Chev Olds, which was at the corner of Douglas Street and Finlayson Street, and renaming it Cornell Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac.
A long-time resident and respected businessman, Cornell owned and operated Cornell Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac from 1969-2006. He also owned and operated the Holiday Inn, now the Comfort Inn, from 1987 until the present.
He bought a vacant lot on Blanshard Street at Finlayson where he stored his inventory before building a Holiday Inn that opened in 1987 on the property, now a Comfort Inn.
That was a Ramada before it was a Holiday Inn.