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08/05/17 08:21 AM #186    


Lewis Beck

Ditto from me.  I fear I bored my poor wife to tears, enthusing over and over about what a wonderful event our "bash" was; how great it was to catch up with everyone again and what a great job our faithful organizing committee did putting it all together.  From start to finish it was a joy and I too thank Marion and her hard-working fellow committee members for everything they did.  Yes, let's try and have another sometime in the not too distant future!

08/05/17 12:25 PM #187    


Philip Allingham

Do we have to wait for 2020 for another reunion? That would be the the 55th anniversary of the Class of '65. Those who didn't come missed more than a leisurely drive through the halcyon groves of adolescence remembered. The Class of '65 contains so many vital, well-informed, interesting people who, by mere coincidence, happen to belong to the same age cohort. Heartfelt thanks to the dedicated organizing committee!

And, now: back to the garden and the computer.

08/05/17 12:25 PM #188    


Gordon Davis

Great fun and a credit to Marion, Gord and their committee for doing 2 epic events in 2 years! I

As an out of towner (Kamloops) I am speccially grateful for those who help all of us get to enjoy the cameraderie of our classmates. A great setting, good food and better company ( and even free parking!).

Well done! smiley

08/05/17 05:06 PM #189    


Sue Thomas (Burns)

Our 70th Birthday cum reunion was a sublime event. The venue with sunshine, light and lots of space made it very inviting and much easier on the ears than our last gathering. It was great fun and still I didn't even make it to the other side of the room or talk to half of you. Kathleen, I hope you get some other takers to mount another in three years. Thank you Marion and the COMMITTEE, it was a grace-filled day.

09/05/17 12:43 PM #190    

Laura Fisher (Kerr)

Yes! Thanks to the committee who gave us another golden opportunity to meet, eat, and have so much fun catching up on each other's lives.  It really was a wonderful all-day party.  I am so sorry to have missed all those who couldn't make it this year.  You were all missed and I hope everyone can attend the next reunion.  PS: to the committee:  feel free to contact us all for help with the next one!




09/05/17 05:38 PM #191    


Gordon Ellis

And the birthday cake was terrific, so good that I had some for breakfast today. Thanks Marion.

10/05/17 09:21 AM #192    


Philip Allingham

Hear, hear, Laura! Let's hope the grip of nostalgia becomes so strong that far more than 39 of us cannot resist the allure of a "Perfect (Rear) Vision" [20/20] reunion.

10/05/17 05:11 PM #193    


Bill Crockett

I'd like to express my thanks to Marion and many others for organizing our birthday party and their efforts to get so many good friends together.  It is always good to renew the memories and many experiences.  Left-over jelly beans were appreciated.....breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Thanks again.

11/05/17 07:05 PM #194    


Anne Bishop (Jefferies)

Thanks to all who worked so hard to put on a wonderful 70th birthday party. It was a beautiful setting for a wonderful afternoon.

11/05/17 07:33 PM #195    


Joy Benson (Alexander)

Thank you Marion, Gord and all that put together such a wonderful reunion.  It was great to catch up with many of you - I had a smile on my face the entire weekend as I thought about all the good conversations.  I am all for doing it again when we turn 75 or maybe sooner on our 55 grad reunion.  Cheers, Joy

12/05/17 08:54 AM #196    


Ron Harrison

Ditto all said by others; Marion and team did a fantastic job on our behalf; like Joy said, another go in a few years would be fun. Sorry I had to leave early - had a plane to catch. Pleased I could fit in a few hours. Stay well,, Ron

12/05/17 11:04 AM #197    

Barbara Raphael

Hi fellow 70 year olds! I've been followiing all the posts about the birtday bash and it looked like it was quite a gathering! Sorry I was out of town and had to miss.
I don't know if this is the place for this - but I have something I thin you'll want to know about. You can also go to Facebook for more info.
On June 12th, Ann Mortifee (another 1947 baby!)with whom I am working (and a very old pal) is showcasing her new musical, The Mysteries, at the Stanley Thetre. It's a sing through with the city's top singers and musicians - and IT'S FREE. Doors open at 6:30, performance starts at 7pm. It's general admission and seats are going fast. You are welcome to bring your friends and family. It will be an amazing evening!

12/05/17 06:04 PM #198    

Many Vaartnou

Hi Barb,

Good to here. Will try to be there. Many

17/05/17 05:20 PM #199    

Many Vaartnou

Hi Carolyn, Now that Donny is Donny, any luck with Orange county (I thought Jack Nickolson destroyed that in "China Town"). Cheers, re Donny (we have enuff with Christy fighting the NDP & Greens). Cheers, MV


03/12/17 11:42 PM #200    


Lewis Beck

Just talking--well, texting--with Judi Miles (Paget) tonight and it came to light that both our moms were war brides.  Judi wondered who else among us had mothers who were also war brides so I volunteered to ask here. 

Mine met my dad, Jim Beck, on a blind date back in '40 or so.  Dad was a Canadian soldier.  They married shortly thereafter and my sis Sue was born in '43.  After the war, Dad returned to Canada and Mom followed shortly thereafter, carrying my unborn older brother Bill on the trip.  Mom landed in Halifax at famous pier 21 in '46, I came along in '47 (of course) and the rest, as they say, is history.  So be it.

Anyone else have a story to share?

04/12/17 08:40 AM #201    


Philip Allingham

Well, Lewis, your mother may have been a WWII bride; mine was an after-the-fact WWI bride! My father left the Territorials in 1918 and, after serving a stint as an engineer on tankers plying the route between the Persian Gulf and the UK, went to work for British Petroleum in Persia. He then placed an ad in a personal column of a London newspaper. My mother responded, they corresponded, and eventually met and married. My father even took her back to his oil rig for a Persian wedding with the Bedoin. However, that was not a particularly congenial place for a Western woman, and they were back in England by the late 1920s.

04/12/17 11:22 AM #202    

Alan Weller

Boy...the stuff we find out 50 years later is amazing...Al

04/12/17 01:49 PM #203    


Sandy Waterman (Chernoff)

My parents met at a dance in Montreal that was for servicemen heading to the war.  They married a short time later and my dad ended up in the Dentat Corps and was stationed in Prince Rupert.  They ultimately moved to Vancouver, where his parents had retired, and the rest is history.

05/12/17 03:00 PM #204    


Glen Driedger

1. Sorry to have missed the 70th Birthday Bash - it's a long way from Nova Scotia.  I'll be 70 next April.

2. My mum and dad were both from Saskatchewan. They were both in the RCAF in London, where they met in a bomb shelter. They married in London after V-E Day. 


05/12/17 04:39 PM #205    


Carolyn Gamble (Wright)

As a surprise to no one, my father was a musician during the war.  He played in the US Navy Band and as an Announcer for their programs.  Mom & Dad met at a dance in Harrisonburg, Virginia at my Mom's alma mater, James Madison University. It was a girl's-only university at the time, but the Navy boys were allowed to attend the dance.  And the magic happened there!  They both moved to Washington, D.C., separately, of course, and attended the same church, New York Avenue Presbyterian.  They both sang in the choir .  Coincidentally, the Minister was Peter Marshall, who married them on June 10, 1945.  And it is the church that Abraham Lincoln attended.  His pew remains there still. 

06/12/17 10:50 AM #206    


Lewis Beck

Wow--what awesome stories.  Very cool how an awful global conflict brought our parents together and came up with us lol !   Thank you for sharing, eveyone.  Any other stories?

Yes, too bad you couldn't make it, Glen.  Next time?!

10/12/17 05:05 PM #207    


Susan Chambers (Mussellam)

Both my mother and father were born here met at Victoria High School.  Dad went off to war, returned and they married and moved to Vancouver where the 4 of us were all born.  I have to say my family celebrated 200 hundred years of being in Canada on August 14th 2016 after arriving from Ireland in 1816 they settled in Kyuquot Vancouver Island and owned all the fishing canneries on the West Coast at one time.  Lots  of history !

11/12/17 11:37 AM #208    


Barbara Borthwick

I don't know how many of you saw the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai but if you read the newspapers across Canada on November 11th, you will know a different story line.  My Uncle Roy (my brother named after him) was the Fighter Pilot in a CANADIAN aircraft that shot it down.  Not the British or the Americans.  My brother Al and cousin Steve were also shown in the article looking at a scrap book of all his efforts during the war (which Al made for his cousin).  He was shot down another time but actually survived.  Just clarifying a little bit of history.  Barb Borthwick 

12/12/17 04:27 AM #209    

Greig Soohen

Thankyou for the added insight Barb! I enjoyed the article.  Even a little more of the history of those events would be interesting to me.

I trust you are doing well.


12/12/17 06:07 AM #210    


Peter Schubert

Hey guys (and Barb)

This is not the first time that Canadians have been misrepresented.  The movie Argo made in 2012 was one of those that gave the glory to the Americans and can't remember if Canada got an honorable mention.  But then look at the representation we have in Ottawa ... make Canada Great Again?

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