Here we are at day 140 and still in extreme caution mode – The situation in US southern states spirals out of control while politicians dislocate their fingers trying to point the blame elsewhere and not on their own gross incompetence and dithering. While Canada is doing better, Montreal and area had some new outbreaks after bars were reopened. Alcohol loosened inhibitions and bar patrons took too many chances – better to drink at home. And, although we now have a mask mandate for any indoor places, people have started fist fights when asked to put one on. They demand the right to be stupid despite all the death and suffering of others.

Curling is supposed to be coming back in the fall and the St. Lambert club set up a four person reopening committee to put procedures in place to make it doable. I’m taking a wait and see attitude before committing myself. Being an indoor activity (unlike golf), the risk is going to be a lot higher. I’ve curled at the club off and on for over sixty years and I’m a volunteer bartender one night every two weeks but, I might take a pass this year.

Reopening schools in this fall in Quebec is also being worked on and I can tell you there are a lot of kinks to work out before a clear path forward is reached. It looks like students will be assigned to small unique groups that will stay together though out the school day with teachers moving between class rooms. Of course, if there is a covid outbreak, schools may have to be shut down again and go to full time on line classes.

On the good news front, I bottled a new batch of beer on July 16 with first consumption to take place on the 30th. I finished my April 03 batch earlier in the month and had to switch to commercial beer for a few weeks. In honor of the current situation this batch will be called “Pandemic Batch 2 – Cerveza” - I wonder how many more batches I’ll make before we are out of this mess.

The heat continues to roll in with three official heat waves (5 days of 30 degrees or higher) so far this year - July10th saw 36 degrees (97 Fahrenheit). After a lingering drought, we had our first golf rain-out on July 17 with spectacular thunder storms overnight and into the early morning. Our house was shaken by a violent crash at 7:00 AM, the windows literally shock. We didn’t lose power, although many areas in Montreal were blacked out. In St. Lambert, lightning hit a tree which was split and caught on fire. The electrical charge travelled down a clothes line and set the rear of the house on fire. I’m told it happened on Betourney Street which runs alongside Sir Wilfred Laurier Blvd. on the way to Victoria Bridge, but, I couldn’t confirm the exact location. Check out the video: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bolt-of-lightning-causes-home-to-burst-into-flames-on-south-shore-of-montreal-1.5028505

We are still looking forward to a May 2021 reunion although, the way things are going, we may need a vaccine before most people feel comfortable attending. I will be sending out a survey in September to gauge interest and to get your opinion on format changes that could be made to the event. Hopefully the Covid 19 situation will be a little clearer by then, although, I am losing confidence day by day. Although there has been progress on several fronts, I seriously doubt an effective vaccine will be widely distributed until the middle of next year.

Many thanks to Peter Folkes for answering my plea and sending in some old photos. He managed to put his hands on one showing the frozen pond on Dulwich swamp as well as a few other classics. The Dulwich picture is almost exactly how I remembered the area. Skating through the bull rushes after an errant puck was quite an adventure.

John Charlton, our technical guru, has come with up an idea for a new section to be called “Art in a Time of Pandemic” and his photo will be the first submission. His plea for future material, which accompanies the photo, is a lot more eloquent than my usual begging. Please heed the call, you don’t want to see an entire issue devoted to Covid 19 jokes. I have a lot of them.

In the meantime stay safe.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members


New Member
Elizabeth Warlund (Anyon) - Class of 1960
From Lennoxville, QC


Renewed Membership
Philippa Settels - Class of 1988
From Greenfield Park, QC

Expiring Memberships

Please renew now.

Memberships expiring in August
Ward Saunders
Debbie Harlow
Carolyn Gould
Kaye Banham
Wayne Ponting
Grant Leonard
Memberships expiring in September
None
Field Sparrow at Bird Bath by John Charlton

Field Sparrow at Bird Bath (July 2020) by John Charlton, Class of 1973

Artist Call - Art in a Time of Pandemic

Nobody can escape the fact that we are living through extraordinary and historic times. For many people, one way of coping is turning to art and/or crafts to pass the time or to focus on what is most important to us. How are you managing and what has been sparking your creative juices? Maybe you're a writer with words spilling on the page. However you have been dealing with the pandemic, we want to know. If you write poetry or short stories, if you paint, draw or photograph, if you dance or doodle, we want to hear from you.

Send us your pictures, send us your stories. How are you coping? What has the pandemic meant to you? Include as little or as much information as you want, but show us your artwork, show us your prose. Show us you homegrown haircuts. Let's have some fun with this. Keep in mind, like the image of the field sparrow above, it doesn't have to be specifically about the pandemic. Perhaps it's just something you like doing or makes you feel good. Now is your chance to share.

Please send your photos and text to Harvey Carter at harveycarter363@gmail.com. If the response is good, we will select some of these for our September newsletter.

ALUMNI COMMENTS

Peter Folkes
Class of 1965
 

Martha Stewart
Class of 1965

Pictures in the Attic

I’m sure Peter & Martha spent many hours searching through old photos before they found the Dulwich swamp picture. As a bonus, they uncovered two old Grade 7 class photos and a 1955/56 mosquito hockey pic. Thanks Martha for recording the names for the 1961 class, I hope I didn’t make any transcription errors. (I bet Marha’s a good cook)

Grade 7 – 1960 – Mr. Anderson

Grade 7 – 1960 – Mr. Anderson
Back row far right Peter Folkes. Back row far left Ian McKellar next to Meredith Howie. Front row middle Jimmy Lawson, far right Greg Kennicle. Can anyone name others? (Click image to enlarge)

Grade 7 - 1961 Mr. Anderson

Grade 7 - 1961 Mr. Anderson
First Row: Bruce Atkins, Larry Colby, Mike Wallace, Don Collins, Norman Wheelright, Jim MacLellan, Barry Stemshorn, Don Simms
Second row: Roger Taylor, Colin Watson, Ken Muir, Carol Bourne, Celia Smith, Lynn Ferrie, Marianne Blake, Barry Wilson, Bruce Lamb, John McNiesh
Third Row: Bernie Newberry Pat Claran, Helen Faltus, David Craddock, John Croll, Anthony Sledge Fourth Row: Gail Westlake, Martha Stewart, Valerie Dean, Linda Pass (Click image to enlarge)

Hockey 1955-56 Southwark

Hockey 1955-56 Southwark.
Goalie Peter Folkes. Coach was Mr Luckhurst, his son Jeffry is directly Peter. Back row next to Mr Luckhurst is Bobby Taylor, far left back row is my brother, Russell Carter. Far right front row is Ross Taylor, next to him is Watson Anderson. Can anyone name others? (Click image to enlarge)

Dulwich Swamp Circa 1954/55

Dulwich Swamp Circa 1954/55
Left Larry Folkes, right Peter Folkes, foreground Peggy Folkes

Rob Ellicott
Class of 1962

Golf Club Reopens veranda for food and drinks

Golf Club Reopens veranda for food and drinks
On the right, Rob Ellicott, class of 1962, relaxes on the veranda after his first game back since cataract surgery. He was able to see the ball but his game was a little rusty after the layoff. His playing partner is Dave (big foot size 15 shoes) Dalgleish - not a CCHS grad but a St. Lambert resident and Pratt & Whitney retiree. Notice the table spacing needed to meet social distancing requirements. Since this photo was taken they have started serving inside the club house with similar distancing precautions and masks when not at a table.
Jim Baxter
Class of 1967

Senior Banking

Editors Note: Jim sends me some of the best material but, a lot of it is not ready for prime time. Maybe I will try sanitizing one of his racier submissions to see if it still plays. This one I didn’t have to touch and would have included it as a joke but, I think many of us can relate to the frustration of dealing with banks and probably wish they had done something similar. I have had two episodes in the last month, one with gmail and the other with my bank /credit card establishment, wasting hours on the phone getting nowhere - so I can most certainly relate. - Thanks Jim

Below, is a letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman.The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it  published in the New York Times.

Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last  month.

By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it.

I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, --- when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person.

My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete.

I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. 

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me.

I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service.

As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further.

When you call me, press buttons as follows:

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS  THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH

#1. To make an appointment to see me.

#2. To query a missing payment.

#3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.

#4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.

#5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.

#6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.

#7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier.

#8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 10

#9. To make a general complaint or inquiry.The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

#10. This is a second reminder to press* for English.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year?

Your Humble Client

And remember:

Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.

What do you remember about Victoria Avenue?

Victoria Avenue Green to Webster – The answers from July:
1. Provencher Rexall Pahrmacy (now Proxim), 2. St. Lambert Bowling Alley, 3. Jazzars, 4. George W. Clark Travel Agency, 5. Bank of Montreal, 6. Pool Room, 7. J.L. Taylors & Sons, 8 Toronto Dominion Bank, 9. Kapetan Restaurant, 10. Browns Pharmacy

Only one person, Peter Charon, provided the missing establishment between 5 & 6 which was, off course, Chow Mein Gardens. There is a CCHS connection between Chow Mein Gardens and CCHS which most of you probably don’t know. It goes like this:

Chung Mark immigrated to Canada in 1955 when he was 17 years old and was placed in Grade 7 at St. Lambert Elementary, the hope being that this would help him improve his English. He was in my class and I, and the rest of the students, called him Mark, confusing the first and last names, a common mistake at the time. Mark got along with everyone, was a good student and basketball player, much better than all of us, being four or five years older. Some of the other schools we played against weren’t happy when we fielded a 17 year old. He didn’t finish out the year at SLE but instead transferred to a Chinese school in Montreal, more suited to his advanced age and overall education.

He did not go on to CCHS but sometime in the early sixties opened up Chow Mein Gardens which we often frequented. We alternated between there and the Soda Bar depending on our mood and need for egg rolls. While Mark did not go to CCHS his son did. Corey Mark was in my daughter’s class and graduated in 1995. Corey did not go into the family business - I believe he ended up working for the Bank of Montreal after university - his current whereabouts are unknown to the Association.

Class Contacts Needed

If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact.  Please contact Harvey Carter. We need to get in touch with as many people as possible to make the 2020 Reunion a success. Please step up and contribute if at all possible.

Obituaries

Jean McGregor Elliott
Class of 1957
Jean Elliott: a name synonymous with smiles, kindness, fun, being a wife (to Bob), a mum (to Janet and Suzy), a grandma (to Brandon and Harry), a mother-in-law (to Kevin and Graham), a nurse (to most of the town of Richmond Hill), a prolific knitter, a Brown Owl, a Kinette, a Florida Snowbird, and a baker of the most amazing chocolate cake and apple crisp. Born in Nova Scotia, and raised in Montreal, Jean married Bob Elliott (man of her dreams) in 1961, shortly after graduating at the top of her class from Montreal General Hospital Nursing School. Soon after the birth of Janet, the couple moved to Toronto, where Suzy was born, and then settled to a happy, busy life in Richmond Hill. Family, friends, church, nursing – these were the things that were at the heart of Jean's life. Retirement brought winters in Florida and a move to Green Briar in Alliston, where Jean's warmth and kindness meant she and Bob made many more friends. Sadly, due to current circumstances, we will only be able to have a very small family funeral, but when life returns to normal, we'll have a party to celebrate the life of a great lady. So in the meantime, let's all raise a G&T to Jean! 
Kenneth Burnet
Class of 1952

June 27th 1935 - July 6th 2020

On Monday July 6th, Kenneth Eric Burnet passed away peacefully at the Loyalist residence in St-Catharines, Ontario.

He is survived by his brother Donald. He leaves behind his children, Nancy (Daniel) and Allan (Linda), his grandchildren, Eric, Casey, Melissa and Zack and his great grandson Milo.

Ken lived most of his life on the south shore of Montreal and had a great 40 year career at Pratt & Whitney Canada; where he became Director of Safety and Industrial Hygiene.

He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his love of sports and his joie de vivre.

According to Ken's wishes a cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service. Donation to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated.

Cynthia Seath (Wallace)
Class of 1944

Our beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at age 93 on Saturday, July 11th after a brief stay at Charles Lemoyne Hospital in Greenfield Park, Quebec. Cynthia June Wallace was born in St. Lambert, Quebec, on June 26, 1927; married Andrew Whitton Seath June 18, 1949. She is predeceased by her husband Andrew, and younger brothers, Ken and Ross Wallace and will be sorely missed by her children, Betty-Jo (David), Candy and Ritchie (Sheila) and by her grandchildren, Sarah and Evan Christiani and Alex and Nicole Seath. Cynthia taught Grade 1 at William White School in Montreal South and sang for many years in the St. Andrew's Church choir and the St. Lambert Choral Society.

We take heart that Cynthia will be with her beloved Andrew. She was a proud woman who had a strong will to live. She fulfilled her desire to live in her own home until just three days before her passing. The family wishes to convey their gratitude and admiration for Dr. Guy Pelletier at the Montreal Heart Institute and to the thoroughly professional and caring staff of the Charles Lemoyne Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 496 Birch Ave., St. Lambert, QC, J4P 2M8 or the Charles Lemoyne Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Published on July 16, 2020

And Finally...

Politically Incorrect

A Frenchman goes to work on a building site and the Foreman says I’ll take you around and introduce you to the lads. Comes to two guys laying bricks and says “These guys are from Northern Ireland and they’re called Paddy & Mick”

He then goes round the corner where a plasterer is working, “This bloke is from Liverpool and because he’s a scouser, we call him Wack”

Finally they come to a guy laying cement and says ”Here is Mac, he’s from Scotland”

So the Foreman leaves the Frenchman to his labour and back to his office to work.

Suddenly he hears a commotion coming from outside and goes out and sees the poor Frenchman being set upon by the four other men so he shouts from the top of the steps,

“Mick, Mac, Paddy, Wack, leave the Frog alone”

Maybe Fido Got the Viagra

The bad news is, I accidentally took the wrong medication today.

The good news is, I’m now protected from heart worms and fleas for the next three months

So Close to the Truth

Covid Joke of the Month

The End