August starts off with Covid’s 8th wave abating, but still not over. Hospitals are still stretched to the limit because of additional patients and staff shortages. A large number of health care professionals are suffering from burnout, Covid and intolerable working conditions. And, as a case in point, Alumni Association Co-chairperson Jack Anderson was hit with Covid. His symptoms were not too severe and he recovered quickly.

August 13 Jim Groundwater – Class of 59 and his wife Marion from Calgary were in town visiting friends. The still standing old gang (Curling Club/Golf Club) got together for dinner at Cru, St. Lambert’s most expensive restaurant. The organizer tried for a less expensive venue but this was the only place available. Other CCHS alumni in attendance, besides myself (60), were Janet Lang Fontaine (74) and Dave Saunders (63). I was disappointed with the food but the company was great. Cru was formerly known as Les Cigales and before that Chez Berge and is located on Victoria right across from Taylors.

August 15 Things heat up in Trump world as the FBI executes a Mar-a-Lago search warrant seizing 12 boxes of documents including a lot of classified material after trying for months to get the stuff returned voluntarily. Republicans of course went nuts accusing the DOJ and the FBI of acting illegally and calling for defunding of the FBI and Merrick Garland’s head. A Trump supporter was killed after attacking an FBI office and surely more violence will ensue if they don’t tone down the rhetoric. I think we will be in for another couple of months of great entertainment as he tries to weasel out of his latest problems. And just think, the January 6 committee starts up again in two weeks.

August 20 Went to a birthday dinner for my daughter in law at my son’s condo in Montreal. Great ribs (beef and pork) with corn on the cob all purchased at Atwater market. I had never heard of it and didn’t even think the Welsh distilled fine whiskey but, my son had a bottle of Penderyn single malt. It was just as good as any scotch I’ve ever tasted and at $125 for 750 mls I would certainly hope so. He only let me have ½ an ounce.

August 22 After numbing my brain reading a bunch of fiction (Jack Reacher and such) I finally finished a great informative book, “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs” by Steve Brusatte. What did I learn? Well, the movie Jurassic Park had it all wrong, T-Rex and Velociraptors were not around in the Jurassic, they didn’t come into prominence until the Cretaceous, perhaps 50 million years later. Then again Cretaceous Park probably wouldn’t have gone over too well as a movie title. Oh yes, one other thing that has been debated for several years now, birds are dinosaurs and arose during the same period as T-Rex and while many died off 65 million years ago when the asteroid (or Comet) hit earth, many others survived. And all birds that are around today descend from those survivors. Another thing to keep in mind; if that great extinction hadn’t occurred 65 million years ago and large dinosaurs had lived on, our species (you and me) would probably not be around today. There were small mammals that lived back then but they would have been out competed and/or eaten by T Rex and friends.

Several people commented on the family histories John Charlton and I wrote about last month. Well I haven’t done any more research but when I looked up Reverend Thomas Carter’s origins last month I did discover something I didn’t know. His father was James Carter, a yeoman, born in England around 1585. I will take another look at some of the on-line ancestry sites and see how far back I can go, knowing that when you get 10 generations back you are likely to inherit less than 1/10 of one percent of your ancestor’s DNA.

As the month comes to a close schools in Quebec are opening with no restriction for masking, distancing or the size of gatherings. And just yesterday a Dirty Dozen golfing colleague advised everyone he tested positive. He is doing fine but his wife is having a bit of a rough time. The government is anticipating a 9th Covid wave and is urging everyone to get boosted, but that’s all. I guess they think we can ride it out and with an election coming don’t want to upset too many people. I’m eligible for my 5th shot on September 11 and plan to be one of the first in line.

Thanks to Missy Harrison for keeping me up to date with her classmates’ obituaries. I knew two of the deceased appearing this month and am beginning to feel old as everyone passing away is younger than me. Missy says sometimes she feels the same way. And thanks to all you other contributors, Howard Shrimpton, Jim Baxter, Bob Wrigley, Rob Ellicott and Michael McCarthy.

The war has been raging now for six months and Russia says peace negotiations are unlikely, indicating they intend to fight on for a long time. But their desperation is showing with more civilian targets being bombed or shelled and Russia loses are mounting ever higher. It seems they are in so deep that Putin is afraid to give up knowing that his hold on power and perhaps his life are on the line.

Stay strong Ukraine!

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As always send in what you can - photos, stories or comments we can use it all.
Until next month stay safe and get boosted if you can!

Harvey Carter

Life Member - C'60 - Editor, Alumni Connection

Welcome New and Renewing Alumni Association Members

Renewing Member
Gord Gillespie
Class of 1964
From: Carton Place
Generous Donor and Renewing Member
Shirley Smith
Class of 1970
From: Sherwood Park AB

Thank You to these New Life Members

New Life Member
Dale Holloway (Ladouceur)
Class of 1966
From: Dollard des Ormeaux
New Life Member
George Wallace
Class of 1961 & former staff
From: St. Lambert, QC
New Life Member
Michael Shaw
Class of 1961
From: Gananoque

Expiring Memberships

Please renew now.

Memberships expiring in September
Stephanie Ault
Debbie Maclean
Memberships expiring in October
Pierre Danserault
Malcolm Myerson
Joyce Whitelaw

New Director

The Alumni Association would like to welcome Andy Edwards, Class of 1962 to the board.

Andy has spent most of his career in the investment banking community and among other organizations, he served as Vice President and Director of BMO Nesbitt-Burns and as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of PriceWaterhouse Coopers Corporate Finance.

In the volunteer field, for the last 6 years he has served as the Treasurer and Board Member for Victor Davis Non Profit Memorial Homes, a social housing project with about 150 units located in Guelph, Ontario. where he now lives.

Welcome aboard Andy.

LETTERS AND MORE

Dave Baxter
Class of 1960
 
Bill Baxter
Class of 1963
 Jim Baxter
Class of 1967
 
Rob Baxter
Class of 1971
 

The Baxter Boys Get together

Here are some pictures from brother David’s 80th birthday party yesterday which took place at the log cabin which he built in Sundre Alberta back in the 1970's.

David, Jim and Bill Baxter

Pictured left to right are David, Jim and Bill Baxter. Younger brother Rob was unable to attend but sent his greetings and best wishes from Ontario. There were over thirty people in attendance on a lovely sunny day on the quarter section of land now owned by David's son Andrew.

Baxter Cabin
St Lambert was featured prominently in speeches given as we remembered David's track and field days and some of his achievements such as his junior Canadian Open Javelin champion record which he held in his younger days. David and his wife Dusty now reside in Didsbury, Alberta.

Regards,
Jim

Jim, thanks for the note and pictures. David, congratulations on reaching 80 you look extremely fit for someone your age. By the way guys your old house in St. Lambert still looks pretty much the same. Take a look.

Baxter House on Birch Street
If you haven’t been back to St. Lambert for a while, Birch is now a one way street going towards the river and there are four way stops at every corner. During the school year crossing guards are posted at every intersection making sure the kids get to school safely. Not like the old days.

Howard Shrimpton
Class of 1953
 
Beverly (Scane) Shrimpton
Class of 1955

Another Family Reunion

The attached photo was taken at a cottage at Torch lake in NW Michigan. We enjoyed several wonderful days with our younger daughter’s side of the family. The photo below was taken at a cottage at Torch lake in NW Michigan. We enjoyed several wonderful days with our younger daughter’s side of the family.

Shrimptons and Family

It was one of the rare times all 4 generations were able to get together.

Bev and I also had a memorable celebration of our 60th anniversary in late May. Our 3 children Jill, Jennifer and Ian had organized a day with music and food from the several countries where we had lived and worked overseas. This included Haiti twice , Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Just as the celebration was about to begin the tornado hit our Township of Uxbridge and caused an immediate loss of power which remained out for several days. We were very fortunate that our home was not damaged but many others in Uxbridge were hit so hard that the homes had to be condemned. Sadly a 100 year old United Church was one of the lost structures. However once the rain stopped the music, recorded on a cell phone, started and the food was reheated on the BBQ. It turned out to be a wonderful family celebration although a sad day for our community.

Just thought this might be of interest.

Thanks Howard for the picture and letter, it is nice to see family get-togethers are happening more frequently these days. Howard told me he had already secured permission form the rest of folks to publish the picture. A fine looking group.

Michael McCarthy
Class of 1968

Catching Up with Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthyMichael McCarthy’s adventures around the planet read like Indiana Jones. He has trekked over the Himalayas to find and rescue abandoned children living in the world’s highest inhabited villages; endured his ferry boat sinking in the midst of the alligator infested Tonle Sap inland sea in Cambodia; wandered the jaguar inhabited cloud forests of Ecuador; tracked grizzly bears in Alaska and the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia; cage dived with great white sharks off California; explored the haunts of headhunters in the Marquesa Islands of the South Seas; kayaked with humpback whales in Newfoundland; interviewed marine iguanas about social Darwinism in the Galapagos; swum with sea turtles in the Caribbean; snuck into San Quentin Prison on a film crew; gotten lost snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; and myriad other explorations of remote and seldom visited wild destinations.

Aside from wild adventures, his humanitarian work includes creating a beauticians course at the federal prison for women in Nepal resulting in the probation of 38 women; founding and editing Spare Change Street Newspaper for 5 years, a publication that allowed homeless people in Vancouver to tell their stories, earn a living and self-respect instead of begging; practicing micro-philanthropy in several countries in southeast Asia and the Caribbean; helping found The Write to Read Project in British Columbia, whose volunteers deliver libraries complete with computers and high speed internet to Indigenous communities in remote locations.

His travel humour stories are found in his book Better than Snarge and his ongoing series titled Amazing Adventures that include dune bashing in the Lost Quarter of the United Arab Emirates; kiteboarding in Puerto Rico; picnicking on icebergs in Labrador; chasing gators in the swamps of Louisiana; eating guinea pig in Quito; discovering the ghost of Howard Hughes in Palm Springs, and many more - and he has photos to back up all his stories!

Michael is the recipient of the VanCity Ethics in Action Award by Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility. When not travelling the planet he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Contact info:
www.transformative-travel.ca
778-302-5852
newscribe@shaw.ca
Facebook 
Amazon.ca

Michael passed on this updated facebook bio. Quite an amazing resume. After reading it my first thought was I need to take a nap or maybe get in a couple of more golf games every week. I am embarrassed to admit I know nothing about Michael or his many accomplishments and adventures. I’ll do a bit of digging and learn more

Thanks Michael

Alumni Association

Reunion Update

I guess no news is good news. Your board of directors will meet in mid-September and some decisions should be made at that time. Look forward to an update in the October newsletter.

To make a successful reunion we need:

  • Unrestricted access to the high school ( pandemic, over,Covid free)
  • A minimum number of participants – we haven’t arrived at a number yet but let us say 300 or more.
  • Volunteers to help in many areas - you can email me at harveycarter363@gmail.com if you would like to help out.

Obituaries

John Hand
Class of 1961

JOHN HAND, 1944-2022

John HandJohn passed away peacefully at Charles Lemoyne hospital on July 30th due to complications from diabetes. Born in 1944 to Hilda and John Sr. in Longueuil, he spent most of his life in Quebec and had a long career in the Shipping Industry. He was predeceased by his wife Madeleine Shaw, with whom he enjoyed 31 years of marriage.

He is survived by his siblings Stephen (Linda) and Leslie (the late Marcel), and members of both the Hand and MacDougall (Shaw) families. He will also be remembered dearly by many friends and the Narines who considered him part of their family.

He will be remembered as a true gourmet and talented chef. He and his late wife shared this passion, inspiring them to travel, take cooking classes together, and entertain whenever they could.


Memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Canada.

 Cheryl Gaver Cheryl Gaver
Class of 1971

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Gaver, 1953 - 2022

Rev. Dr. Cheryl GaverThe Rev. Dr. Cheryl Gaver of Prescott died peacefully at the Brockville General Hospital on Thursday April 21, 2022 age 68 years.

Beloved daughter of the late Kenneth and Esther (Lasure) Gaver. Cherished sister of Marge Wilson (Charles) of New Mexico and the late Kenneth Jr, (Jenny) of Georgia. Sadly missed by her nieces and nephews John Gaver, Annie Gaver, Jennifer Wilson-White (Shawn) and Charles Wilson (May).

To honor Reverend Gaver’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation was held at St. Luke’s-Knox Presbyterian Church in Finch on Monday June 13, 2022. A service in celebration of her life was held in St. Luke’s-Knox Presbyterian Church in Finch on Monday June 13, 2022 at 1pm. Committal service will take place at a later date at Fairview Cemetery Mutual in Ohio.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Presbytery of Seaway-Glengarry (for the congregational mission and Outreach Initiative Grant Fund), the diocese of the Arctic (P.O. Box 190 Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2N2 or the Native North American Travelling College, Akwesasne, would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be made at brownleefuneralhomes.com.

Ricki Moore
Class of 1962

Margaret Rickard Moore (Farr), 1944 - 2022

Margaret Rickard MooreMargaret Rickard Moore (Farr) passed away on July 26, 2022 in the presence of family at the B.M.P. Hospital of Cowansville.

"Ricci" was a free spirit who loved to travel and spend time with her friends and family. She is survived by her two children; Robert Farr (Robbie) and Shane Farr, for whom she dedicated her life to. A celebration of life was held for Margaret on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the Legion of Cowansville.

Donation in her memory can be made to the SPCA Monteregie (Sainte-Angele-de-Monnoir). To plant a tree in memory of Margaret MOORE, click here.

Eric Ferrie
Class of 1965

Eric Frederick Ferrie, 1945 -2022

Eric Frederick Ferrie of Calgary, Alberta, March 4 1945 - August 23 2022

After a brief battle with Melanoma. Predeceased by Parents Winnifred (Bridgeman) and Frederick Ferrie. Survived by sister Barbara (and John Feick) of Calgary,  Nephews Brian (and Heidi), Jack (and Brooke), Nephew David Feick (sons Thomas and Willem), Nephew Steven (and Katie and sons Wyatt and Clayton). Sister Lynn (Buskard) of Calgary, Niece Lauren (and Andrew Carnell) of Fredericton NB, niece Olivia (and Abigail), Niece Cristin Buskard (and Josh Carew) of Halifax NS.

Eric worked in many places in Alberta after moving to Edmonton from St Lambert in 1969. He was a business consultant for small businesses and an accountant setting up Computer networks to suit the needs of businesses. From Grand Cache, Grand Prairie and back to Edmonton.

At CCHS he was on the Student Council and the dance committee. He was an avid curler as were his parents. He won for 3 years the top paperboy prize from the Montreal Star for delivering his route of over 200 papers which was no joke in the winter. Could often find Eric leading the sing song at the front of the school ski trip bus.

He was always happy, always positive, never down. One of his best traits was his positivity. One could call him at anytime and get excellent positive advice on life.

At 15 years old Eric built on his own in our garage on Merton a 16 foot Falcon Sail Boat from a set of old plans his father had. Friends Ron Thorpe and Ron Scott were often there with advice. We enjoyed many great times on that boat at Bevan’s Lake in Arundel PQ where we summered at our family cottage. His love of building never left him and some may say he missed his calling in that field.

Eric was a terrific brother who was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

And Finally...

From the usual suspects - Bob Wrigley, Jim Baxter and Rob Ellicot

He was a real Smart Ass

She wanted to give him 100%! but was told that it wouldn't be
politically correct.  Each answer is absolutely grammatically correct,
and funny too.
 
Q1.. In which battle did Napoleon die?
*His last battle
 
Q2.. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
*At the bottom of the page
 
Q3.. River Ravi flows in which state?
*Liquid
                                                                                                          
Q4.. What is the main reason for divorce?
*Marriage
 
Q5.. What is the main reason for failure?
*Exams
 
Q6.. What can you never eat for breakfast?
*Lunch & dinner
 
Q7.. What looks like half an apple?
*The other half
 
Q8.. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea, what will
it become?
*Wet
 
Q9.. How can a man go eight days without sleeping?
*No problem, he sleeps at night.
 
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
*You will never find an elephant that has one hand.
 
Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand
and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would
you have?
*Very large hands
 
Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how
long would it take four men to build it?
*No time at all, the wall is already built.
 
Q13. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor
without cracking it?
*Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack

Trump Sarcasm at its finest

From an Aussie publication, The Shovel, via Rick Wilson:

We are certainly no fans of Donald Trump – let’s make that clear from the outset. But yesterday’s raid by the FBI on the home of a former president sets a dangerous precedent.

A precedent which now means that anyone who evades taxes, attempts to undermine an election, sexually assaults women, manipulates the value of their assets, uses state resources to enrich themselves or aids and abets the overthrow of a democratically elected government will be subject to investigation.

Is that the world we want to live in? Where anyone accused of insurrection can be subject to questioning from law enforcement officers?

It’s a slippery slope. Before we know it, regular citizens accused of defrauding the government, concealing evidence, manipulating financial documents, tampering with witnesses or perverting the course of justice will also be held to account.

Or to put it another way, if we simply shrug our shoulders and fail to question the actions of the FBI, soon any old Joe Citizen who is suspected of ripping classified government documents into small pieces and flushing them down the toilet will be obliged to answer to law enforcement, as well as their plumber.

If we don’t ask the hard questions about the potential motives of the FBI now, soon any one of us who buries our ex-wife in a small grave at the side of their golf course in order to gain a tax concession will be treated with suspicion.

As Trump supporters put it so clearly yesterday, if this can happen to a President, it could happen to anyone who has committed insurrection, assault or fraud. That’s a chilling thought.

We are on new ground here. As Donald Trump himself made clear, this is the first time a former president’s home has been raided. Proof, if ever we needed it, that the FBI shamefully only targets people who it considers to have committed a crime. Who gave FBI director Chris Wray that authority?

As we made clear earlier, we’re certainly not Trump supporters. But in today’s partisan world, it would be easy to fall into the trap of cheering on the FBI’s actions, without taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. If Trump goes to jail, it opens the door for every lying, corrupt, perverted piece of s*** to go to jail too. Is that what we want?

What else is left to say?

Proof Reading is a dying art

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.

I just couldn't help but send this along. Too funny.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert says
No crap, really? Ya think?

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 
What a guy!

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!

War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!

Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?

Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half  
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!

And the winner is...

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

OOPS Bad Golf Question

OOPS Bad Golf Question

A Mean spirited, stingy Lawyer

The local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The volunteer in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of more than $600,000 you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um... No."

"Second, that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology but was put off. "Third, that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "Leaving her penniless with three children?"

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..." On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "...And I don't give any money to them, so why should I give any to you?!"

Going to Pot

Going to Pot

My two favourite hobbies

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