Class of 63

Chateauguay High School graduated its first class in 1963 but the annual yearbook did not arrive until 1964. The photo below is the only official “record” of the graduates of 1963.

1963 Graduates (1)

Back Row: Rex Langman, Brian Hurst, Alan Barnett, Steve Watson, John Didkowsky, Jon Bosshart, John O’Hanley, Glenn Fair, Fred Markhauser, Tony Thatcher.

3rd Row: Mrs. Morgan, Bob Whittal, Wade Scott, Jim Ross, Duncan Way, Ricky Moreau, Wayne Dombroski, Stuart Cotton, Vince Brunet, Mr. Russ Mosher.

2nd Row: Wayne Fountain, Brian Wakelam, Bill Hulshoff, Joachim Seurich, Brian Powell, Linda Mauthie, Kent Mitchell, John L’Ecuyer, Bruce Appleton, Richard Hallam.

Front Row: Betty Lobban, Carolyn Purdy, Rona Adkins, Karen MacKay, Linda Strike, Carol Normans, Julie Kaiser, Marilyn Darlington.

Brian Powell

Teacher Brian Powell


Brian has the distinction of appearing in two places on our memorial web site. The first as a student in the Class of 63, the first graduating class of CHS, and then again as a Teacher since he returned to HSB to take up teaching duties.


August 20, 1945 –  January 10, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Brian Whitmore Powell on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age of 75 in Montreal. Predeceased by his beloved wife Ann. He leaves to mourn his spouse Lee Leng, his daughters Christine (Murray), Kim (Ashfaq), and cherished grandchildren Tru, Belle and Zachary. He also leaves behind his brother Arnie (JoAnn), nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In addition to being a loving partner and father, Brian enjoyed a distinguished career at the Iron Ore Company and at Lafarge. He was our family, our friend and our mentor.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Brian’s widow, Lee Leng, has asked that his classmates be asked to visit and sign the guest book. Lee will then be in touch regarding plans for a Celebration of Life which may be organized as a Zoom event.

Used with permission from his wife.

John E. L’Ecuyer

John LEcuyer oldL’ECUYER, John Edward, joined beloved wife Leslie May (03/20/2008) after passing peacefully in the Hôpitaux du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal on Thursday, March 21st, 2019, in his seventy-fifth year. John was born on May 13th, 1944 in Châteauguay, Quebec, where he grew up and was a member of St Andrews United Church.

John and Leslie built a beautiful life in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, where they spent many years together playing in the flower and vegetable gardens with their four-legged “kids”. John will be remembered for his love of camping, canoeing, feeding backyard wildlife, carving his ducks, driving his caddy, and for his great green thumb and ‘manicured’ lawn. John enjoyed his career as a tool and dye maker, and spoke proudly of his work on big bridge projects and other job sites. His fun-loving nature has touched the lives of many, and he will be remembered for his humour and colourful stories.

John is predeceased by his father and mother, Rod L’Ecuyer and Enid Clemens. He is survived by older sister Madeline L’Ecuyer Haydon, younger brother Bill L’Ecuyer (Diane Lalonde), and younger sister Ann Musselman. He will be cherished and missed by his nieces and nephews, Wendy Haydon (Bill Franko), Nancy Haydon (Jim Demos), Kim L’Ecuyer (Hugh McCallum), Jody L’Ecuyer (Nancy Cameron), Marie L’Ecuyer (Kevin Quinn) and Aaron Musselman (predeceased by niece Amanda Jeanne Musselman). He will also be missed by his great nieces and nephews, Katelyn, Matthew and Jessica Franko, Gian and Kiana Tanner, John and Edward Demos, Taylor, Charlie and Lola Quinn, and Riley Rose L’Ecuyer. His loss will also be felt by the L’Ecuyer and Clemens Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He will be missed by friend and cousin Michel Paris (Tania Vincent), and dedicated friends Frank Scott, Aldo and Nancy Mancini, Charlie Broin and Lise Daigle, Pierre Lauzon, Joanne Grimes Wright, Bob Gendron, Dwight Lavigne, Daniel Gallagher, Christine Yeager, Bill and Cindy Price, Eddy Howlett, Monique and Nicole, and many neighbours and other friends.

Those wishing to join the family in the celebration of John’s life can do so on May 18th, 2019 at 11:00am at the Rideau Funeral Home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. The visitation, service and internment will be followed by a gathering at John’s house. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Bryan Wakelam

Bryan WakelamWAKELAM, Bryan 1945 – 2010 Passed away suddenly on Thursday November 4, 2010. Beloved husband of Marilyn Grimes. Cherished father of Andrew (Lori-Ann), Steven (Sopaporn) and Tammy. Will also be greatly missed by his brother Wayne (Diane). Son of the late Ernest and Helen (nee Pollin). Loving grandfather of Caitlin, Tyrone, Brandon and Jaden. Survived by many other family and friends.

Montreal Gazette, November 6, 2010