Editorial

April 30 Rain, rain, rain - golf course flooded and May 1 game cancelled, will try again on May 3.

May 3 So much rain on Thursday they wouldn’t let carts out on the course - only walkers. So many in our Dirty Dozen group require carts that our event was cancelled.

May 6 A repeat of Friday. Rained all day Sunday. Golf course closed Monday morning – Dirty Dozen cancelled again. Did some yard work and started sanding the back deck trying to get it ready for staining. Need dry, warm weather over a period of two days to get the job done. It doesn’t look like that will happen for a while.

May 7 I think the woodchuck (Chuck) has moved on to greener pastures as I haven’t seen him for a week. There are four tom cats that patrol our neighborhood and my deck is on their route. Perhaps they annoyed him enough that he looked for a new abode.

May 12 Mother’s day traditional lobster dinner and the quest is on. $7.95 (about $6 US) a pound at Metro with long line-ups on Friday and Saturday. When I went early Sunday morning they were sold out. Tried IGA next but they too were sold out. Finally found some at Adonis in Brossard, more expensive but was wasn’t going to look any further.

May 15 It is warming up and it looks like summer will be with us soon. The golf course is drying out although there is still lots of standing water in low areas, with a few ducks and geese taking up residence.

May 17 First day for shorts (for me) on the golf course as the temperature reached 25 C or 77 F. My play was getting a little better but still needs a lot of work. Well I was wrong about “Chuck” he’s s back and was ambling across the deck this afternoon without a care in the world. Don’t know what his reaction will be when I start applying the stain

May 20 I got about 75% of the deck stained and I don’t think it bothered “chuck”. After it dries properly I’ll move the bar-b-que and chairs so I can complete the job.

May 22 Temperature hit 31 C (about 88 F) not quite a record but very close and warm enough. Played golf in the morning (best game in years) and started sanding the rest of the deck. I didn’t get it all done - after one hour in the hot sun I gave up – it will have to wait until another dry day. Maybe I should hire someone to finish it.

May 26 Got the rest of the deck sanded and then had to leave to attend a funeral at the United Church in St. Lambert for Judy Csukly. Judy was the mother of Kristina, Class of 94 and Emily, Class of 95 and a long-time family friend. Judy passed away Christmas Eve last year so this was more akin to a celebration of life than a funeral. Got to see a lot of old acquaintances that I hadn’t touched base with for a couple of years, almost like a mini reunion.

Got home from the funeral and decided I had time to finish sanding and staining the deck. I checked the weather forecast to make sure the parameters called for by the manufacturer would be met – no rain for 24 hours and temperatures above 15 C. Everything looked good so I went ahead and finished up at about 5 PM. Got up Sunday morning only to discover that it had rained slightly during the night. I’ll have to wait until everything dries out to see if have to redo the work, maybe the parameters have a bit of wiggle room and I’ll be OK – what a damn pain.

Next on the agenda is filing my US tax return. I received an extension so my deadline is June 15.

Thanks to all who contributed this month, Bob Charlton, Jim Baxter, Dave Saunders (although he doesn’t know it), Al Thomson and Bob Wrigley and the rest of you jokesters. And last but not least thanks to John Charlton who will do his magic and make this presentable for you readers.

As always we need material to keep the newsletter going send me pictures, stories, memories (good and not so good) or jokes. We can use them all.

Until next month be good and stay safe.

Stay Strong Ukraine

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members

New Life Member
Mary Rimmer
Class of 1974
From: Longueuil, QC

New Member
Leigh-Ann Evans Elliott
Class of 1973
From: Oakville, ON

Renewing Member
Peter Carruthers
Class of '69
From: Toronto, ON

Generous Donors

Cathy MacDonald
Class of 1970
From Picton, ON

Expiring Memberships

July - Rob Holmes

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THE MEMORY CORNER

Rod is taking a sabbatical for a few months. If you have high school memories that you would like to share you can send them to Rod at rodscchs@gmail.com

I’ll probably take one in July so there could be no August Newsletter, not sure yet but highly likely.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

LETTERS AND MORE

Bob Charlton
Class of 1963
Stayner, ON

The Class of 1963 performs Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Greetings Harvey,

I was digging through some boxes, trying once again to reduce the volume of things that have been following me around for the last six decades. My wife Agnes and I downsized once about 17 years ago and are trying to get ready to do it again. If it was difficult the last time, it is more so now!

At the bottom of a storage bin I came across some things from my time at CCHS and thought some of the ca 1963 era might find them interesting so I am sending copies with this message. They relate to a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night from January of that year.

There's a copy of the program; front cover and pages 2 & 3 and a photo of Ingrid (Kippy) Pfeiffer as "Feste."

I thought I had other photographs but perhaps I gave them to the players. I was hoping to find the negatives but they are also in hiding. The search is on but they were not with other things in a large envelope, so I'm not sanguine about them turning up.

Cheers, 

Bob Charlton
Class of 63

I wrote to Bob and thanked him for the material and asked, did he think many of the participants would remember the event? He said yes, it was a very big deal at the time and he was sure they would.

Looking through the list of the players I see a number of Association members. If you are one of them and have fond memories or stories about Twelfth Night that you would like to share, please send them along.

Click the program notes below to enlarge them.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

12th Night Cover
12th Night Cast
12th Night Production Notes
Ingrid (Kippy) Pfeiffer as Feste in 12th Night
Dave Saunders
Class of 1963

Talk about an avid golfer

It was May 22 and our threesome myself, Rob Ellicott (Class of 1962) and our 94 year old buddy from Brooklyn, Joe Russo, were just finishing up the second green. We looked over at the practice net and there was Dave Saunders taking a few swings. We were amazed on two counts - firstly he never practices before a game and secondly he was recuperating from surgery and a self-inflicted injury. It’s a long story but I’ll try to be brief.

Last year Dave played the whole season with a double hernia and had been trying to arrange for surgery as soon as the season ended. After a few false starts he was finally operated on in early May at Hopital Notre Dame in Montreal (his Doctor had transferred from Charles Lemoyne). The surgery was a success and Dave was resting comfortably in recovery waiting to be sent home as soon as the anesthesia wore off.

His wife and her friend, who were going to drive him home, decided to go to the cafeteria to get something eat. Dave was thirsty and rang the call button trying to get an orderly or nurse to give some water but, being lunch time and short of staff, nobody responded. So….. Dave figured I can get it myself as there was a jug just a few steps away on a table. Well how did that work out – not so good. When he stood up he either fell or fainted, twisted his ankle and collapsed unconscious on the floor bleeding profusely. The staff finally got him back into bed and stopped the bleeding – they didn’t even worry about the ankle. Later the same day they stuck him in a wheelchair, discharged him, and sent him home. He limped out to the car

It wasn’t until the next day after being x-rayed at Charles Lemoyne they discovered three bone fractures in the ankle. Doctors told him the bones were still aligned properly so they put a walking boot on him and set up an appointment in early June to see how the bones were mending.

Dave had been getting antsy not being able to golf so he drove to the club, got out a few sticks and went to the net to see how it felt – not too bad it turns out. Dave limped over to talk to us at the second green and I asked if he would like to ride around with us, not necessarily play. After showing some reluctance he said yes and loaded the few clubs he had with him in the back of my cart. He teed off on the third hole and finished the round. Not bad for a guy with one good leg.

Dave teeing off on the 4th hole

Dave said he was going to ask his doctor (after the fact) if it would be OK if he played golf given the condition of his leg, never mind the hernia repair. Rob told him she would probably advise him to see a psychiatrist, after commenting that it looked like his golfing instructor had told him to wear the boot as a way of keeping his left foot flat and on the ground when he swung. Can’t wait to hear he doctor’s comments.

One final note, when we returned to the parking lot to drop off the cart, the starter came over to Dave and told him he would have to pay $10 for sharing the cart with me – some nonsense about the club insurance wouldn’t be in force if he didn’t pay. Dave spoke to the General Manager who happened to walk by and was told to forget about it.

Alan Thomson Al Thomson
Class of 1960

Bill HandBill Hand
Class of 1961

Octogenarians Gather

Harvey

A few weeks ago my wife Marge and I had a call from Bill (Class of 61) and Laurie Hand inviting us to lunch. That happened today on a very bright and sunny day at their lovely home in Acton. Bob Evans (Neut) Class of 61, was also there. Laurie had made a fantastic quiche along with a salad and homemade bread. A most enjoyable lunch. 

Some political discussion occurred (I just listened as I am not a political animal), some talk of families, travel and between Bill and Al the talk was more about knee replacements, arthritis, back operations and pain medications. There was not one mention of the Toronto Blue Jays or the Maple Leafs. We did manage to touch on our time with Canadian Pacific Railway. 

It was great seeing Bob Evans again. You may remember Bill, Bob and I got together for a breakfast in Milton in 2023 which was included in the newsletter. Bob has a large condo in the Toronto area and life is treating him well. At one point, realization struck when we realized that except for my wife, we were all in our 80’s. 

I have included two pictures of the group. No one was around to take the shot so I am in one and Marge is in the other. 

From left to right: Bob Evans, Bill Hand, Laurie Hand Al Thomson

Thanks, Laurie and Bill, for a great lunch and the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with longtime friends.

AL

Thanks AL for the note and photos. I am only publishing the picture with you, Bob and Bill, besides Marge has appeared in previous pictures and hopefully won’t feel left out. It is great that you “old guys” can still get together and have an intelligent conversation. Our golf group ranges in age from 70 to 94 and yes many, if not most, of our discussions are about medical conditions and procedures we are undergoing, sprinkled in with a lot of dark gallows humour about how many years we may have left. We do touch on politics, especially the situation south of the border which seems to generate a lot concern.

Bill has a 1961 class picture but I think Bob Evans skipped school the day they were taken (OK maybe he was home sick).

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

THE ARTS CORNER

Swallowtail Butterfly and Honeysuckle Bush

by John Charlton
Class of 1973

A swallowtail flitters about a blossoming honeysuckle bush. Butterflies are a common and welcome sight throughout our summer months.
Swallowtail Butterfly and Honeysuckle Bush by John Charlton
Do you have some artwork you'd like to share in The Arts Corner? Submit your artwork by email to harvey.cchs.ca@gmail.com or john.charlton@gmail.com. Don't forget to include a short description.

SCHOOL NEWS

Not a lot to report as students are hunkering down, finishing their International Baccalaureate projects and getting ready for exams.

I can tell you that the weight room and cardio/spinning room have been re-equipped and re-configured. New Olympic caliber weights, work out stations and other equipment. The cardio room has added new stationary bikes and rowing machines – very impressive. I’ll get some pictures for next month.

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

OBITUARIES

Linda MurphyLinda Murphy

Linda Murphy

Wife of Peter Harrison - Class of 1965

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Linda Angela Murphy on May 5th, 2024 in Saint-Lambert, Quebec at the age of 64. Linda passed at home, surrounded by her family's loving embrace, after a long battle with cancer.

Born to Aline Grisé and Carl Murphy on April 16th, 1960, Linda was the fourth of five sisters. She will be forever remembered for her caring nature and her community involvement. For over 35 years, she served as an integral part of G.W. Clark & Co., eventually becoming co-owner with her husband, Peter Harrison. Their travel business was a mainstay in Saint-Lambert for 84 years. She loved her community, dedicating her time and energy to the Saint-Lambert Figure Skating Club for nearly 10 years, an involvement that lives on through her daughter Amanda.

Linda was so many things to so many of us: expert chef, eager concert-goer, exceptional travel companion, shopaholic, word game enthusiast, but most importantly, the best mom, wife, sister and friend that anyone could ask for.

Linda will be deeply missed by her husband of 31 years, Peter (Harrison), and her daughter, Amanda (Harrison). She is predeceased by her mother and father, Aline and Carl, and leaves in mourning her sisters, Kathleen (MacKinnon), Sandi, Terri and Nancy; the Harrison family, Bobby and Mel, Gordie and Suzanne, Karen, Missy and Gordie, as well as many other family, friends and former colleagues and members of the community.

Never one for tradition, Linda wanted to welcome all to attend her celebration of life, to be held on Friday, May 31st, 2024, between 5:30 PM and 10 PM at L’Échoppe Des Fromages (205 Ave Saint-Denis, Saint-Lambert, Quebec J4P 2G4). Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Linda’s honour would be most appreciated.

Barbara Bowden
Class of 1964

Classmate remembers Barb Bowen

Hi Harvey;

My best friend Barbara Bowden passed away from cancer on April 18, 2024 at a Palliative care in Vaudreuil, Quebec, with her daughters Kim and Kelly Mitchell, and her husband Bruce Penrice, by her side. Although I live in Calgary and she lived in Montreal, we were in contact right up until a week before she passed.

Barbara and I met on our first day of Grade 9 at CCHS. A bunch of us from the St.Hubert area went to Albert’s for a coke after school that day and she sat across from me in the booth. We became instant and life long friends. She was Godmother for both my kids, I was her maid of honour when she married Bruce. He worked at CP Rail, and my husband Dave Bisanti and I were the matchmakers that got them together.

Barbara was a hard worker, a great cook and hostess, and we had lots of fun times and laughter together.

Maureen Lafond Bisanti
Class of 1964

Shirley Holden
Class of 1950

Shirley Robinson (nee Holden)
Class of 1959

My aunt, Shirley Robinson nee Holden was born in St.Lambert in 1933 and died in Lacolle Quebec in Oct 2014.

Sheila Perry 
Class of 1963

And Finally...

Watch out for granny

Church Ladies with Typewriters

They're back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! 
Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters.

These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: 


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.




Scouts are saving aluminium cans, 
bottles and other items to be recycled. 
Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

 

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water'
The sermon tonight:'Searching for Jesus' 

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. 
It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. 
Bring your husbands.



Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again', giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.



Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. 
They need all the help they can get.

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. 
So ends a friendship that began in their school days. 



At the evening service tonight the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' 
Come early and listen to our choir practice.



Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some older ones.



Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.



The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.



The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. 
They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. 



This evening at 7PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. 
Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. 



The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.




Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. 
Please use the back door. 



The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. 
The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Random Thoughts

ANNOUNCEMENT

CCHS 2025 Reunion

Friday May 16, Saturday May 17 & Sunday May 18,  2025 You asked for it and here it is!

I'm going again. Are You?

We've received a lot of great feedback from Reunion 2023, and we listened…

Friday Meet & Greet,
Saturday Golf, Pickleball,
Variety Show & Dinner,
and Sunday events and more!

We are still in the planning stage, so we are looking for your ideas.
Do you have some input and suggestions? Would you like to volunteer some help?

2023 Reunion Group Shot

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