The above picture was taken of 150 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers on the Capilano Bridge, a 460 foot long suspension bridge over the Capilano River, just north of Vancouver, BC.

Taken in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which takes place today July 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Canada

submitted by Jim Baxter C'67 Life Member from Calgary, AB

Happy 150 to all Canadians. I hope the weather is superb today all across the country so we can all enjoy the festivities.

I expect that this month we will reach the point that over 100,000 visits have been made to our website. Not bad for just over a year and a half since the new site was opened. This month we offered non association members the opportunity to login to the site as a guest and view what they have been missing. Hopefully some of these people will break down and join us.

Wishing you all a great summer. Drive safe and enjoy what in truth is "the greatest country in the world."

Angus Cross

C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Congratulations Saint Lambert International High School

Class of 2017

Six bursaries were awarded at graduation exercise on June 21 by CCHS & CA Alumni Association to these deserving grads.

Daniel Bucci

Ireland Nurse

Isaiah Mansevani

No photos available for: Jessica Charron - Yusuf Al Zahabi - Kassem Hassan

We salute Stuart Prest, non-member from the CCHS Class of 1967, for putting forward a bursary which was awarded to a Saint Lambert International grad from the Class of 2017
Fifty years - now that is putting it forward!

Welcome New Alumni Association Members and renewed Members

New Life Member
Delcie Durham (Chaplin)
Class of 1963
from Tampa, Florida, USA

Renewed Membership
Cynthia Seath
Class of 1972
from Brossard, QC

New Life Member
Barbara Brouwer (Holmes)
Class of 1965
from Salmon Arm, BC

Renewed Membership
Rob Holmes
Class of 1967
from Edmonton, AB

New Life Member
Susan Cernak (Anderson)
Class of 1969
from Kelowna, BC

Renewed Membership
Winston Evans
Class of 1960
from Montreal, QC

New Members please visit our web site and login. Check your class page for accuracy.
If you have any difficulties contact Angus Cross for assistance.

Memberships expiring in July

Yaccato (Barber) Judy 1961


Angus--I really enjoyed your early days sailing experience in the June newsletter; oh to be young again!
submitted by Bill Hand C'61 Member from Rockwood, ON

Thanks Angus, for another excellent issue. You and other posters can always surprise me with the articles each time.
Doing it for so long shows that you have an excellent system for gathering and inserting all the information received from the members and yourselves. Each issue make for great reading.
Peter Payan - Class of '59 Life Member from Montreal, QC

It was great to read the note from Ruth C’53. Classmate notes always bring back fond memories of CCHS. Of course it was so long ago I only remember the good, and have long forgotten any of the not so good.

Not much new on this front. Currently spending the summer at our place in Summer Village outside of Boston, and will return back home in September to Naples, FL. Summer Village provides a perfect place to enjoy our grand kids boating, tennis, swimming and doing lots of BBQs.

I seem busier than ever. Retired in 1999 and each year seems shorter. I guess it is working off all of the Bucket List items. The latest was crossing the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Lots of CCHS grads have probably done it, but we kept putting it off as Joan didn’t look forward to the flight back from San Diego or LA to Naples. We found a cruise that goes into Gatun Lake through the Atlantic locks and then transfers you to a smaller boat to do the rest of the locks to the Pacific. They then bused us back to the cruise ship that had gone to Colon while we were crossing to the Pacific. After a few more ports we ended up back in Fort Lauderdale. Definitely very convenient to leave and arrive at the same port, especially since it is only a 2 hour drive from Naples.

Hello to the Class of ’53, and I hope Ruth’s note encourages more of the class to write a note to the newsletter.

Angus in closing I must comment on the tremendous job you are doing,

Seaforth Lyle - Class of '53 Regular Member from Naples, FL, USA/em>


We welcome essays from our readers on any subject

What do you think about when you flashback to your high school years? We'd love to hear from you.
Perhaps you went through something since then that you want to share with your fellow alumni.
Whatever the case, send your memories and photos to Angus Cross at or use our contact form.

Email The Editor

The photos below
submitted by Alan Hemmings C'74 Life Member from Brossard, QC

Hello Angus.

I appreciate all the effort you put into the monthly newsletter. I always enjoy reading it in it's entirety. Perhaps you remember me from my attempt to play piano and sing, at the last reunion.

Unfortunately I've been inspired to contact you because of a sad event. My mom Dorothy Margaret Gill, class of 1947, passed away on May 1st, 2017. I will provide an obituary in the following email.

On a more positive note, I have a number of pictures that I have scanned, (some from film, others from slides or prints) that I have meant to send you for a long time.

Victoria Bridge. I was given this print many years ago by Cathy Ramat's Mom, Clair.

The St Lambert wharf photo, belonged to my Mom, Dorothy Gill C'47

My mom Dorothy Gill C'47 in canoe with St Lambert in background.

Dorothy Gill at the St Lambert tennis club.

St. Lambert High School Grade 10 in 1946

I took these from the top of a Riverside Drive building.

CCHS grads in 1974
(L to R) Robert Gleason-Beard, Nelson Cornell, Ashley Harrison, Don Christie, Alan Hemmings.

Additional photos submitted by Alan Hemmings can be viewed by Association Members on the 1974 & 1975 Class Pages.

St. Lambert High School Grade 11 in 1947

I believe this photo was taken from Chuck Maguire's C'73 apartment, during a party. Note Seaway pool, and stopped traffic.

CCHS grads in 1974
Nelson Cornell, Alan Hemmings

The CCHS Class of 76 held a mini-reunion in Toronto on June 22nd. at Janet Neilson's place.

We have decided to postpone this year's mini-reunion in Oakville this year and will reschedule it for August 2018.

Margaret Hudson (Brown) C'62 from Ancaster, ON

Welcome to Tall Ships Halifax 2017

From July 28, 2017 through August 1, 2017 Halifax will once again be taken back in time to the time of sail.  

Halifax will be the final Host city of the last portion of the Tall Ships Regatta heading to Le Havre in France. The best of Nova Scotia will be showcased through music, culinary, historical and family friendly experiences on both sides of the harbour and in outport communities around the province. Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador Bluenose II will be front and centre during the event, highlighting their seafaring history and sail training passion. Halifax is the second largest natural harbour in the world, and with this, Halifax has a natural history with Tall Ships and ships of all kind.

Russian tall ship MIR

Back in 2000 I had the opportunity to experience sailing on a tall ship. Read my story
Angus Cross C'60 Life Member from Halifax, NS

Larry Llewellyn C'65
Life Member
from Toronto, ON


We all did it.. some more than others. When, and why?
Looking back … which was a long time ago… my memory fades in and out over the years. For me, it was an on going past time.
But, picture this….. sitting in a classroom…no Air-conditioning… who had A/C.?. (wasn’t invented during my school years 1957 to 1967.. I’m not proud of the extended scholastic duration)…. Day Dreaming… was my downfall.. maybe a little A.D.D could be thrown in. A disorder, which wasn’t recognized back in the day. Me thinks..
For me there were many opportunities to “day dream ”in the classroom setting… not often did I get a window seat, when I did, I was in seventh heaven.. I could tune out the Algebra, Latin, or Geometry classes…. Then go where ever I wanted to, in the world of make believe…. My mind would wander as a free spirit… to far off lands, that I read about in Geography or History classes and those subjects I excelled in; well, above 70%....for me those were marks that stood out of all the red circled ones!
I remember, unable to answer a question in a Literature class and the teacher ;(we will keep nameless) caught me staring out window… walked down the aisle…I was oblivious to the fact I had been asked a question…of me… Until, I felt my whole body being lifted out of my seat, by the scruff of my neck; legs dangling, waving, in the air…I really must have looked a site. Almost, at the same instant, hearing the loud laughter of all my class mates… only to be further humiliated, by being put into, a metal green garbage bin; (remember those) knees up around my neck. Then to be placed, like trophy on his desk facing a classroom of laughter teary eyed students… I wonder how many of that class remember my humiliation…I sure I was scared and traumatized for life!
In my youth was a collector… stamps, post cards, pen pals, match boxes and butterflies.. Until, I found girls…. Then the hobbies went out the window. Along with dreams of grandeur..
Funny my day dreams have all come to pass:
I wanted to own a Corvette- like the two guys on “Route 66”.. one of my many TV favourite shows; I could look out, and picture myself travelling around the country in that baby blue Corvette (even though our TV was black & white) I bought in 1971 a baby blue metallic 1967 Corvette Convertible while stationed in North Carolina;
To become scuba diver like on “Sea Hunt”.. I have attained level 3 Ocean Qualified, dove in Mexico, Florida keys, Okinawa, Outer Banks and Tobermory…

Travelled to far off lands through my stamps.. postcards .. and pen pals… I joined the USAF which enabled me to realize this dream… this day dreaming had me thrown out of class into the hallway with my desk, for a week… suited me fine… I could now devote my whole being away from the real world.
When it came to homework or studying for exams… I would spend hours gazing out into space….only to receive the wrath of my father, over the exam results.. “23% on your Chemistry! I know you spent hours in your room preparing, what you, fall asleep during the test?”….. with sheepish nod of the head.. that got me a “lambasting”, I bet no kid today had ever heard of one of those…. Had trouble sitting comfortably for a week…. Child abuse today!
Yet, through it all, I’ve managed to survive..
Even get a prize, for not missing one day of school in two years!
I’m still a practicing day dreamer!

Class Contacts Needed

If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact. Please contact Angus Cross at


If you notice an obituary of a classmate in your local paper
please forward details to Angus Cross at

This is to celebrate the life of Dorothy Margaret Gill. Dorothy was born in 1929, and passed away peacefully at 88, on May 1, 2017, after a long illness.
Dorothy was the only child and daughter of James Gill (1891), and his wife Elisabeth (both born in Scotland). Dorothy was born, grew up, and lived most all of her life in St Lambert, except for a few years in Sherbrooke, and later 2 yrs (1965-66) in St Foy. Dorothy graduated from St Lambert High School in 1947, then took nersing. Dorothy was married for 47 years to Walter Hemmings from St Jean, then divorced. Neither remarried. They are survived by their one son Alan Hemmings, and his 2 sons. Dorothy was a loving grandmother to Chris and Jon. Dorothy, like her dad, played piano, who had played church organ in Scotland. Dorothy enjoyed reading, musical movies, camping in New England, conoeing, swimming, snowshoeing, weekends at a farm or lodge, walks in the woods, socializing with her friends, her Siamese cat, to name a few.
Dorothy was a strong Protestant Christian who devoted much time and efforts, to her faith. She didn't seem bound to any particular denomination. Instead over the years, she has been a member of many churches, joining where she liked the people, and was comfortable. Dorothy also volunteered, and was involved with our High School ISCF, and Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. For the last number of years, Dorothy enjoyed St Paul's Church, 321 Empire, Greenfield Park. Dorothy would wish that anyone wishing to make donations, to please donate to St Paul's. Dorothy was a gifted and known local artist. Her favorite subjects were Eastern Township Scenery from mostly near Knolton's Landing. Early works were oil brush, then pallet knife, then water colour.
Dorothy lived a good and long life, respected the law, and took care of herself, although at times struggled with various health problems. This day her struggles are over. And now through Jesus, Dorothy is with God. Although none of us are perfect in the eyes of God, we pray now that God will recognise all the good that was Dorothy's life, and that he will love, be gentle, and reward her.
Rest in peace mom.
Alan Hemmings C'74

And Finally...


I was reading an article last night about fathers and sons, and memories came flooding back of the time I took my son out for his first drink. Off we went to our local bar, which is only two blocks from the house. I got him a Guinness Stout. He didn't like it – so I drank it.

Then I got him an Old Style, he didn't like it either, so I drank it. It was the same with the Coors and the Bud. By the time we got down to the Irish whiskey. I could hardly push the stroller back home.

submitted by Jim Baxter C'67 Life Member from Calgary, AB

The Cynical Philosopher
♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?
♦ Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you.
♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body . . . men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
♦ A recent study has found that woman who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.
♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
♦ America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.
♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That's your common sense leaving your body.
♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?
♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.
♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
♦ Money talks . . . but all mine ever says is good-bye.
♦ You're not fat, you're just . . . easier to see.
♦ If you think nobody cares whether you're alive, try missing a couple of payments.
♦ I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?”
♦ I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”
♦ My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.
♦ My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.
♦ Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life sucks!
♦ The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.
♦The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
♦ I think it's pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.
♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
♦ The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.