Thanks for all the material, especially the jokes. However, I need to gauge the sensibilities of our members before using some of them. Personally I have almost no filter and would use them all but, I don't want to offend too many people. Maybe I can just ramp up the intensity each month and see who yells the loudest, then again maybe not. This month I'll stick with the non controversial that have passed the "Angus smell test". He has already advised against my first pick which he thought was very good but didn't think some of you would appreciate it.
By all means keep the jokes coming but, I would really like to receive some articles and pictures about your life experiences that would be of interest to the rest of the members. This month, because I didn't receive any new "best job" material I have republished Lorne Perry's piece from February. We also had a technical glitch when publishing the February edition so some of you may have missed it.
In my new picture I've aged about ten years since the high school grad photo and have a little more serious look. I dropped out of University of Waterloo after three years and then worked for Canadian Copper Refiners in Montreal East as a research technician. I went back to school and obtained a Bachelor of Commence degree in 1970, thus the ten year difference between high school and university graduation.
This month Bruce Charron (class of 68) died tragically as a result of skiing accident at Jay Peak, Vermont. His obituary appears below as well as a CBC article which captures his many accomplishments, including his selfless charity work. Bruce was the son of Wally Charron (class of 1939) who for many years was our oldest and most distinguished member. Wally, Bruce and the whole Charron family have been generous, loyal supporters of the Alumni Association and we would like to pass on our sincere condolences.
Welcome New Alumni Association Members and renewed Members
New Regular Member
Patricia Villeneuve (Carnie)
Class of 1957
from St.Genevieve, QC
Class of 1966
from Highgate Hill, Qld, Australia
Brenda Kipps (King)
Class of 1972
from St. Laurent, QC
Class of 1959
from Vancouver, BC
Class of 1961
from Rockwood, ON
New Life Member
Class of 1971
from Cincinatti, OH., USA
Memberships expiring in March
Suzanne Hubbard (Dean) 1970
Jennifer Exton (Stanley) 1963
Carol Johnson (LeBlanc) 1959
Memberships expiring in April
Lyle Seaforth 1953
Maben (Townshend) Ruth 1953
Johnston Peter 1970
Grout Derek 1964
Latter David 1964
Green John 1953
Green (Walker) Sue 1952
Harvey has caught on quickly to managing our newsletter. Because he lives in the Saint Lambert area, and is active with the school, local golf and curling, future editions of Alumni Connection should be very interesting...Angus Cross
The 43rd anniversary Grad Party is now a weekend celebration, May 17-19th. hopefully meeting at Kapetan's on Friday night, Party on Saturday night and a gathering on Sunday during the day.
25 people have said that they will be attending at least the party, and 2 people have said they will participate on Friday or Sunday. There are 6 maybes. The invitation has gone out to over 55 CCHS grads. Please try to let me know if you are a yes, maybe or a no for the celebration weekend. Also let me know if you are bringing anyone with you. I need to figure out numbers so that our organization committee can finalize the activities. It would be so wonderful to see all of you!!! Look me up on FaceBook - Kathy Ferguson
If anyone has any class photos from St. Margaret Pendlebury or St. Lambert Elementary, could you please send those to me. Thank you.
I just spotted my father on the Chambly website.
Quite a laugh! He is doing well.
His best friend is Cliff Rowe who graduated the same year!
What was the best job you ever had?
My Grad year was 1948 - probably not too many of us left. That makes me 87 and counting. You may have seen some of my earlier contributions, particularly a series on Growing Up in St. Lambert, several years ago, and now I am prompted by Sheila Dorion's account of her best job to reminisce a bit more;
In my youth, the Dorion family lived at the corner of Victoria and Upper Edison. I palled around with Sheila's two brothers, David and Peter but Sheila was about six years younger than I was. Back in the Thirties, cookies were normally homemade, but Sheila's mother offered us those flat raisin rectangles (I think they were made by MacLaren's), that we regarded as a special treat.
But back to the Best Job. After CCHS (St.Lambert High at the time), I did Grade 12 at Montreal High and then two years at Sir George Williams University. I didn't care for that, and opted to hire on at CNR in Public Relations. That particular department was daily occupied with the business of every other department, giving me a n amazing overview of railway operations and management. After a couple of lowly jobs in the old H.Q. building at 360 McGill Street, I moved into Newswriting, and never looked back. CNR, and later CN, gave me all the higher education I needed to turn out creditable copy.
But the best part was that the seniors in the department recognized that I had a bit of an artistic sense and thrust me into a liaison job in 1959 that was the prelude for development of the CN logo and accompanying graphics and colour schemes for trains, trucks, signs, uniforms, stations, offices, etc. What fun! I was privileged to play trains at a scale of 12 inches to the foot. We hired a talented design team and they patiently taught me the basics of good design. Perhaps my most important part of the process was a role I happily took on of interpreting management to designers, and vice versa -- a real go-between task. In those days of narrow-focus management minds based on engineering and logistics, design was unknown territory. They knew they needed an updated identity but otherwise didn't have a clue
The CN logo is now 58 years young, and has undergone no changes -- a credit to forward-thinking professional designers. In the mid-sixties during an invitational trip to the U.K. to explain to British Rail what we'd done, one of their officers was amazed that I could parlay on my subject directly with the CEO and any number of Vice-Presidents. In the extremely hierarchical British structure, there were several layers between my level and the exalted terrain of VPs. The Canadian environment was much more casual, and was dictated by knowledge and need, not position in the ranks.
I can't say it was the Best Job in the World, but it certainly matched my personal interests with the work to which I was assigned. After 40 years I retired in 1992 and since then have continued writing; including "St.Lambert - a train of thought", published in 2014, the story of CN in .Lambert. And besides that, life is full of Christian endeavour, family, world travel and community service.
Best regards, Lorne Perry
Are you fed up with winter?
It has been a brutal January in Montreal, with extreme low temperatures, high winds (wind chills of minus 35), followed by high temperatures, freezing rain, snow and more cold. And although early February has been much of the same, at least the days are getting longer. I can barely wait for spring and warm. sunny days.
Our roads have been badly chewed up by the many freeze/thaw cycles. You have to be very adept at slalom driving and be extremely cautious to avoid pot holes and major damage to your car. Last night we received 39 cm of snow and it is still falling. I guess it will take at least a week before it is all cleared up.
In St. Lambert, the Curling Club parking lot has to the worst of the worst – it is completely cratered and looks like an exploded mine field. Last September the City began a multi million dollar project to upgrade the common parking area shared by the Club, St. Lambert Arena and Centre de loisirs. City engineers took a lot of time reviewing bids to make sure they got the biggest bang for their buck. Unfortunately, work didn’t start until mid September and bad weather, coupled with an early heavy frost in November, prevented the application of asphalt - the gravel surface has just not stood up.
Oh yes and in mid October a power shovel operator, working on the project, broke a gas main at the entrance to the parking lot at the corner of Oak and Mercier. You could hear the escaping gas from several blocks away. Half an hour later Hydro Quebec cut power to the area to prevent an accidental explosion. As it happened, St. Lambert was curling against Mont Bruno in an inter-club match, and we had to come off the ice half way through game - using flashlights. We use a large gas stove at the club for cooking so our lunch had to be changed to Miss Italia pizza. It took five hours to repair the break and another half hour to get the power back on. Luckily it was a very windy day which dispersed the gas and minimized any chance of an explosion.
But I digress. If you too are looking forward to warmer weather, here are a few pics to put you in the mood. These shots were taken last August and show some of the fruit from the Alumni Garden that teacher Jana Jensen (class of 94) and her students were able to grow.
Get together at Gator Ted's
When: Late November 2018
Where: Gator Ted’s in Burlington, Ontario
Occasion: Nothing special just old friends getting together for a drink or two.
Who: Above: Mel Smith ( 67), Barry Elder (63), Stew Welcher Below: Stew Welcher, Tom Randal (62), Jennifer Welcher (63), Andy Edwards(62).
Richard Bunnett Needs Help
Richard Bunnett worked for Chambly County High School and its successors for more than 30 years until he suffered a massive, debilitating stroke last year. He has not yet fully recovered and he needs a lot of help going forward. If you would like to visit he is staying at CHLSD St Lambert sur-le-golf, 555 Tiffin, St. Lambert, room D412.
Any of you who worked on our reunions from 1995 onward should remember Richard as he was the committee’s “go to guy” whenever we had a question or needed something done. Whether it was organizing students, helping with equipment, setting up or taking down the auditorium, he saw to it that things happened. He never complained and gave up most of his weekends to make sure we had successful events.
Although we have universal health care in this country, not all services are covered or at least not to the extent that is necessary. In particular physical and occupational therapy are strictly rationed and don’t go far enough. Patients, families or private insurers have to pay for anything required over and above the basics. In Richard’s case he does not have private insurance, has exhausted all job related benefits and he still needs lots of help.
Some of Richard’s friends, have set up a “Go Fund Me” page seeking help from colleagues and friends. If you knew Richard and are willing to help, any donations would be greatly appreciated.
The link to the page is: https://www.gofundme.com/f83vru-richard-bunnett-support-group
School Boards and Riverdale High School
For those of you living outside of Quebec, here is an update on some of the things now transpiring in our provincial education system.
Last fall the Quebec Liberal Government was defeated by the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Quebec) under the leadership of Francois Legault. Their election platform included a promise to do away with School Boards and replace them with large Service Centres that would handle a lot of the administrative work and services now under School Board jurisdiction. As part of the change more autonomy would be given to the various school Governing Boards, although exactly what their powers would be has not been fully defined. Large Service Centres are nothing new and in some respects it is a flavor of the month approach to reduce operating costs. The Canadian Government has done it as well as several large corporations.
Many see this change as a direct threat to the English school system which is guaranteed autonomy under the Canadian Constitution. English boards are now preparing legal challenges if in fact this legislation proceeds. And on that note, just last week Premier Legault stated they were going ahead with the project so we can expect to hear more details in the near future. In the past he has even stated he would use Quebec’s “notwithstanding clause” to override any unfavorable court decision. This could get messy.
You also may not have heard about Riverdale High School in Pierrefond which last month was transferred from the Lester B. Pearson English board to the French board. The rationale for doing so was sound, the school was only at 50% capacity and there was a pressing need for more space on the French side. Lester B. Pearson administrators did not want to give up the school and offered several different alternatives to the government, including the sharing of space with the French sector (which has been done in the past). However, all the suggested compromises were rejected and the Minister of Education ordered the school to be transferred effective for the coming school year. It was recently announced that a group of Riverdale alumni have banded together and will challenge this decision in court. Good luck alumni!
>Looking at the Riverside School Board we have a similar situation. All three local schools including, St. Lambert International, Heritage in St. Hubert and Centennial in Greenfield Park, are well under capacity. One could easily be closed tomorrow and the displaced students absorbed by the remaining two. I am not sure if the French system has a similar overcrowding problem or what the demographics five or ten years out look like for the English speaking community, but the precedent has been set and you can be sure people are getting nervous.
Class Contacts Needed
If you are interested in representing your class year as Class Contact. Please contact Harvey Carter
Bruce Charron Class of 1968
Bruce Charron was supposed to walk into a surprise reception Monday evening, to be recognized for more than two decades' dedication to the community — helping to raise some $4 million for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. He will be recognized posthumously.
Charron died while skiing at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont Sunday after he lost a ski and crashed into trailside trees.
A resident of Montreal West, Charron, 68, is survived by his wife, three grown daughters and his grandchildren.
The crash occurred at around 12:45 p.m., according to Vermont State Police. Charron was treated by emergency responders and extricated from the scene of the crash by Jay Peak ski patrollers.
He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the resort, police say.
"Everybody who knew Bruce was shocked," said Charron's friend, Mark Zimmerman. "The man was so full of life. So full of goodness. So giving and always looking to help people."
Zimmerman, who met Charron at St. George's School more than 50 years ago, is president of the Andy Collins for Kids non-profit organization that Charron helped found in honour of another childhood friend who died unexpectedly in his sleep in 1996.
Charron did his fundraising work under the radar, never looking for recognition, said Zimmerman.
Monday, he was to be surprised with the Community Leadership and Volunteer Award of Excellence from Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.
Charron's wife was helping to plan a reception which was to be held at their home in Montreal West.
"Bruce became the de facto leader of the group, and he really kept everybody involved," said Valerie Frost, director of stewardship and donor relations at the foundation, who has known Charron for more than 20 years.
"He was really the heart and soul of that group. The whole group, they're all incredible people. So devoted, and they loved to have a lot of fun. They're such good friends and really apart of each other's lives."
One of those friends is Dr. Don Collins, brother of Andy Collins.
"Bruce was always front and centre," said Dr. Don Collins, noting Charron has served as president, vice president and chairman of the organization named in honour of his late brother.
"He was the person ultimately responsible for the amount of fundraising we have done over the years."
The non-profit organization's main event has long been an annual golf tournament, but there were other events, as well — including the Shave to Raise fundraiser hosted by the Montreal West Day Camp with other groups in the area.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from all their events went to the hospital.
Charron was a busy man, always on the go.
He was the director of Jasmine & Lindsay Internationale, a tannery in Pointe-Claire. It was a family tradition to work in the leather trade, said Zimmerman, as his father and grandfather also worked in the business.
Charron travelled often, his friends said, and was an avid skier who was highly involved in the Jay Peak Resort community, as well.
"The guy was a phenomenal skier, and this was the last thing I would have expected," said Collins. "He was always organizing something and trying to get the best out of everybody for whatever it was."
CHARRON, W. Bruce.
(1950 – 2019)
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Walter Bruce Charron, better known as Bruce. Born November 22, 1950 in Montreal, Bruce grew up in St. Lambert and was an avid sportsman who played football and hockey throughout his youth. While in university, he proudly played football for Sir George Williams. Bruce became involved in the family business, he met his wife and then settled in Montreal West where they would raise their three girls. His devotion to his family, desire to give back to his community and passion for sports and fun would be the guiding forces by which he lived his life. He spent much of his time in Jay Peak Vermont with his family and many dear friends. His involvement with the ski hill, community events and local businesses made him an integral part of the Jay Peak family. Bruce was best at bringing people together for a greater good. A prime example of this was his commitment and dedication to Andy Collins for Kids; a charity to raise money for the Montreal Children's Hospital. Bruce had a hand in raising almost 4 million dollars over the last 22 years. Bruce was predeceased by his loving parents, Wally and Maureen Charron. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Anne, his daughters Lindsay (Greg Thompson), Stephanie and Kirsten, and his grandchildren Lucy and Cole. He also leaves behind his siblings Lorraine (Dale Kenney), Nancy, Peter (Anne Turner) and so many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Anyone who knew Bruce knew that he was larger than life.
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Two guys go moose hunting.....
A bush-pilot drops Bob and Ted, two moose hunters, at a remote lake in Northern Ontario. He tells them that he’ll be back in a week, and warns them that his plane won’t be able to take off with more than one moose.
The next week he returns, and sure enough the hunters have bagged two moose. The pilot tells them there’s no way they can take off with the two moose.
Ted says, “I don’t know, the pilot last year took off with two moose.”
To which Bob adds, “Yeah, but maybe he wasn’t a total chicken!”
Not wanting to be outdone, the pilot loads up everything and they start to move down the lake.
The plane is gathering speed, but the pines on the shore are rapidly approaching. Finally the plane gets airborne, but one wing clips the top of a tree. The plane spins, crashes into the trees, and breaks apart.
Sometime later Ted regains consciousness and begins searching for his buddy. He finds him, and when he wakes him up Bob asks, “Do you have any idea where we are?”
Ted replies, “I think about 200 yards further than last year.”
Some Zen musings
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.