Origin: Montreal, September 28, 1948
Ambition: High School Phys Ed Teacher
Probable Destination: Picking the weeds out of the football field at Macdonald College
Claim to Fame: Her 5’10” frame
Pet Peeve: People who spell my name without an “e”
Activities: All sports, Lifeguard, Sports’ Council, Red Cross, Students’ Council, Drama Club
APPLETON, Lynne. Passed away peacefully in Montreal on Saturday, October 7, 1995 at the age of forty six after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved daughter of Margaret (Peggy) and the late Charles Appleton, dear sister of Bruce and sister-in-law to Elsie, loved by her nieces Beth, Sue and Amy. Dedicated employee of the Canadian National Railways, active member of the Lachine Curling Club. Many thanks to the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for their wonderful care. Funeral from the chapel of the Callaire Funeral Home in Verdun on Wednesday, October 10. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lachine Curling Club Restoration Fund will be appreciated.
The Montreal Gazette, October 11, 1995
Elizabeth Elnora MacKay “Bette”
“Teachers don’t grow on trees, they swing from them.”
Born: Montreal, June 13, 1950
Ambition: Government agent overseas
Probable Destination: Imprisoned in Red China for espionage
Claim to Fame: Getting the right answer without thinking
Pet Peeve: Being slightly noticeable as one of three girls in physics class
Activities: President of Liberal Arts, Public Speaking, Drama Club, “2 ½”
1950 – 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth MacKay on Sunday, May 10, 2015. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband Roger, her sister Barbara, her nieces Vicki and Karen, as well as her great- nieces Rachel and Mélanie. She also leaves behind her stepdaughter Patricia and stepson Nicholas. Visitation will take place at Rideau Funeral Home,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC on May 13 and 14. A Funeral Service will be held at Roxboro United Church on May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Vision Canada or to the West Island Palliative Care Foundation.
Published in the Montreal Gazette, May 12, 2015
Douglas A. Currie
“The world is found; a jelly donut is round; therefore, the world is a jelly donut.”
Born: Chateauguay, November 19, 1947
Probable Destination: Testing kites
Claim to Fame: ’59 Hillman Husky, ’58 Consul, natural blond hair
Pet Peeve: The people who, after asking me for a ride to and from school, criticize “The Golden Rocket”
Activities: Volleyball, Drama Club, his cars
CURRIE- Douglas Alexander – After a short, but courageous battle with cancer,Douglas passed away peacefully at home in Ingersoll on Wednesday July 30, 2014. Formerly of Chateauguay, Quebec, he is survived by his wife Joy Carole (nee Davies) and beloved dad of Doug (Doreen), Matt (Carollyn) and Jake (Lisa). Cherished grandpa of Livia, Logan, Dylan, Clare, Alison and Hadley. Dear brother of David (Ann), Stuart (Nancy), Bruce and brother in law of William (Cherryl).
Douglas is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as all the cousins of the Lobban Clan. Predeceased by his brother Alistair. Douglas was the proud owner of Bath Fitter of London for over 20 years. Friends are invited to join the family at the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, Woodstock, Ontario for a Memorial Service on Saturday August 2. If desired, contributions to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.
“I never resist temptation, because I have found that the things that are bad for me don’t tempt me.”
Born: Surrey, England, November 3, 1950
Probable Destination: Chief Head Shrinker for the Watusi Tribe
Claim to Fame: His British accent
Pet Peeve: People who disparage England
Activities: Watching TV, “2½”, Drama Club, Blotter
England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 Transcription
First name(s) HOWARD MERCER
Last name JONES
Birth day 3
Birth month 11
Birth year 1950
Death quarter 4
Death year 1981
Record set England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
Category Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
Record collection Deaths & burials
Collections from United Kingdom
Valerie Helen Smith “Val”
“I think that I shall never see. some French that is not Greek to me.”
Born: Montreal, April 12, 1950
Probable Destination: Dusting books in the CHS bookroom
Claim to Fame: Her eyebrows
Pet Peeve: People who don’t listen to me
Activities: Working at Atwater Library, Cheerleaders, Reading, Paddling, Skiing, Swimming
DAWSON, Valerie Helen
After a valiant battle against cancer, at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus on Wednesday June 18, 2014, Val Dawson (née Smith) of Dalkeith, Ontario passed away at the age of 64. Predeceased by her parents Kenneth and Dorothy Smith. Beloved wife of Howard Dawson. Loving mother of Cathi (Anthony Hills), Christi (Pierre Tremblay), Karri (John Laliberte) and John (Julie Lecocq). Cherished grandmother of Courtney, Mackenzie, Hayley, Tyson, Tara, Cory and Denver. Dear sister of Lesley Conroy (Ryan). The family wishes to thank Dr. Canil, the staff of the 5th floor and the ICU for their kindness care and support. Friends may pay their respects at Hillcrest Funeral Home 151 Bond Street, Vankleek Hill, Ontario on Monday June 23, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Church 14 Mill Street, Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Interment McLaughlin Cemetery, Vankleek Hill, Ontario. To honour Val’s passion for reading, a donation in her memory to the Champlain Public Library or the Trinity United Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family. To express your condolences, make a donation, send flowers or light a memorial candle please visit www.hillcrestfuneralhome.ca
Published in The Gazette on June 21, 2014
Robert Samuel Agnew – “Bob”
“I don’t mind school, it’s just the principal of the thing.”
Born: Derby, England, April 24, 1950
Probable Destination: Grave-robber
Claim to Fame: His ability to speak French fluently.
Pet Peeve: Toronto Maple Leafs, Dave Boxer
Activities: Soccer, Dancers
Robert Samuel AGNEW
AGNEW, Robert Samuel, M. Eng., P. Eng. – After fighting illness for an extended period of time, Bob passed away on April 26th, 2006 surrounded by his family’s love. He is survived by his wife Donna who will love him always, daughter Caitlin and son Simon; his father and mother Sam and Beryl; sisters Pat and Amelia; brothers John, Michael and Stephen; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Derby, England, grew up in Chateauguay, Quebec and worked for Inco in Thompson, Sudbury and recently at ITSL as a Senior Process Engineer. Bob loved to give. He was devoted to his family; he coached minor soccer and was on the Walden executive for a decade; he managed minor hockey; his passion was competitive curling and he volunteered at clinics; Bob also loved motor sports whether it was the Sudbury Kart Club or his collection of BMWs. Bob had a warm smile, a wit and sense of humour. He was dedicated to his profession, was patient, soft spoken and respected by everyone who knew him. Bob loved to travel, enjoy music, cigars, food and friendship. Visitation on Wednesday, May 3rd 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral at 2 pm May 4th BUTCHER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 5399 Main Street, Erin. A celebration of Bob’s life will take place in Sudbury at a later date. Donations to St. Mike’s ICU or the charity of your choice.
Diana Lynn Philip – “Shorty”
“If you call me Shorty once more I’ll get up on a chair and kick you in the knee.”
Born: Montreal, September 5, 1948
Probable Destination: Bandaging bruised knees
Claim to Fame: Her “grande” physique
Pet Peeve: Needless arguments
Activities: President of Red Cross, Cheerleaders, Literary, Arts Club, Dancing
In Orangeville on Thursday, April 26, 2012, Diana Philip, in her 64th year, beloved wife of David Meades. Loving mother of Robyn and her husband Chris Matte, Michelle and Nicole. Cherished grandmother of Ella and Chloe.
A private funeral service was held in the chapel at Egan Funeral Home, Organgeville. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.
Iris Avis Mai Glenn
“Use your head, it’s the little things that count.”
Born: Montreal, October 7, 1949
Probable Destination: Finding a husband to teach
Pet Peeve: Teachers who catch me chewing gum
Claim to Fame: Chewing gum
Activities: Writing poems, Skiing, U.A.C., Learning to drive
GLENN, Iris Avis May
October 7, 1948 – March 26, 2012
We sadly announce the passing of a dearly loved mother, sister, grandmother, auntieand friend. Iris handled her ALS with dignity and grace until the end.
Iris, born in Montreal, was the fourth child of Carmen and Jean Glenn, originally from New Brunswick. She was a sister to Carmen (Mable), Barbara (Jim), the late Ronnie, Leslie, Susan (Michael), the late Keith, and David (Karen).
Devoted mother, friend and mentor to Julie (Michael), and Laura. Cherised Gramma to Larissa, Reed, Samara and Indie. Special “Auntie I” to many nieces and nephews. Iris is also fondly remembered by her cherished friend Eric.
Always a fighter for justice, Iris worked many years in the youth and adult prison and rehabilitation system. Educated at Mt Royal College and the University of Calgary, Iris was awarded a degree in Criminology and a Masters in Communications.
Iris’s family and friends are invited to celebrate her life at the Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 215 McLeod, Chateauguay on Saturday, March 31st, 2012. Iris was a true blessing to all those who knew her. She will be forever remembered for her love, humour and determination. We send her tons of blessings until we meet her once again.
In lieu of flowers donations welcome to Calvary Baptist Church, Chateauguay or World Vision Canada.
Published in The Gazette on March 29, 2012
Penelope Jane Munro
“Between two evils, I always try the one I’ve never tried before.”
Born: Montreal, February 11, 1948
Ambition: To be famous
Probable Destination: Being infamous
Claim to Fame: Her gymnastic disability
Pet Peeve: Saturday night at Sauveur
Activities: All indoor amusements.
RYBKA, PENELOPE J. 60, of Hershey, and formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away on Friday July 11, 2008 at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She was the wife of Dr. Witold B. Rybka, and on December 20th, they would have celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Born on February 11, 1948, she was the daughter of Alice Ross Munro of Victoria, B.C. and the late Roderick Munro. She had worked as a lab technician in Montreal and as an EMT in Pittsburgh. She loved playing bridge. She was beloved and will be missed by her many friends in Montreal (Woodlands), Toronto (Cawaja Beach), Pittsburgh and Hershey. In addition to her husband and her mother, she is survived by her son Marek W. Rybka, husband of Laura Rybka, of Chesterbrook, PA and Lt. Jan A. Rybka, USCG, of Oakland, CA; brothers Roderick Munro of Seeley’s Bay, Ont. Canada and Ross Munro of Miami, Fl; granddaughter Zofia E. Rybka, and nieces and nephews Alexander and Elizabeth Munro and Sean and Ann Marie Miki.
Ross Gilbert Murdoch
“Today’s non conformists are getting harder and harder to tell apart!”
Born: Montreal, March 13, 1950
Ambition: Helicopter Pilot
Probable Destination: Doing traffic reports over Baffin Island
Claim to Fame: Having a collection of pink combs
Pet Peeve: A middle name which is rarely revealed
Activities: Swimming, Skin Diving, Fishing, Guitar
Ross G. Murdoch died at his home on Saturday, December 10, 2011. He was 61. Born in Montréal, Quebec Canada, he was raised in Chateauguay Quebec. He came to the US since 1979 raising his family in Chatham NJ, and Chester, He later moved to Jersey City and returned to Chatham in 2010.
Ross is survived by his wife Patricia (Whalen); children: Erin and her husband Dan Kirchoff of Manhattan NY, Christopher Murdoch and his fiancé Sarah Hollis of Charleston SC, Kimberly Murdoch of Chapel Hill NC; brother, David Murdoch and his wife Anne of Oakville Ontario; sister in law Beth Molloy-Whaley and her husband Jeff of Oakville Ontario; mother in law Lorna Whalen of Burlington Ontario; bother in law Brendan Whalen and five nieces & nephews. Ross was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Donelda (Gilbert) Murdoch.
Ross was a Senior Vice President of Broker Management at Tullett-Prebon in Jersey City. He first started with the Montreal Stock Exchange in 1974, became a Foreign Exchange Dealer with the Canadian Banker’s Association and later worked with the Royal Bank of Canada before working for Tullett-Prebon in 1982.
Ross coached Little League in Chatham and Chester; was a member of the United Methodist Church in Madison and later in Morristown. A big fan of the Montréal Expos he loved biking, cooking and loved the search for the perfect island which he found; Hopetown Abaco in the Bahamas.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the United Methodist Church of Morristown, 50 Park Place, Morristown. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Uniting Against Lung Cancer, 27 Union Square West #304, New York, NY 10003; or Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Published in The Gazette on December 13, 2011
Carol Suzanne Giroux
“Twas the night after New Year and all through the house, not
a creature was stirring – they were all too darn soused!”
Origin: Montreal, May 19, 1949
Ambition: Commercial Teacher
Probable Destination: Telling the principal that the “floilet won’t tush.”
Claim to Fame: Green eyes, lilting laughter, and “innocent” expression.
Pet Peeve: The knack of putting my foot in my mouth.
Activities: Drama Club, Liberal Arts, Yearbook, “The 2 ½”, Skating,
GIROUX, Carol Suzanne. 1949-2003. Quietly slipped away from her earthly moorings on October 15, 2003, at the age of fifty-four years, following a long battle with cancer. Carol was born in Chateauguay, Quebec where she graduated from Chateauguay High School in 1967. Her first job at the Montreal Star helped Carol find her niche in life and launched her into a career in public communications. Ironically, the one ‘product’ in which Carol played an instrumental role, and was the most proud of, was working with Terry Fox to launch what is now the Annual Terry Fox Run to raise awareness of cancer and funding for cancer cures. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Carol is survived by her sisters Debbie Bartlett (Barry) and Marlene Rattray (Fred), niece Tanya Humphreys (Sean), nephew Danny St. Germain (Christine and daughter Kyrianna), and stepdaughters April and Angel and Angel’s daughter Miryah. She was predeceased by her parents Dorothy (Wray) and Roger Giroux. Her family is deeply grateful to the wonderful and caring staff at Kootenay Lake Regional Hospital and the Nelson & District Community Health Palliative Care Unit as well as the Hospice volunteers who gave so much to Carol on her last journey. Donations to the Cancer Society in memory of Carol are encouraged. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
The Montreal Gazette, 10/21/2003
Catherine V. McMillan – “Penny”
“The night is young, the moon is bright, egad! What am I waiting for?”
Origin: Montreal, May 26, 1950
Ambition: Registered Nurse
Probable Destination: Oiling Wheelchairs
Claim to Fame: Her ability to do Algebra
Pet Peeve: People who say “Is Art really your brothers?!!”
Activities: Field Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Track & Field, Cafeteria, Curling
Penny died of brain cancer in North Vancouver on April 18, 2006 at the age of 55 years.
Jo-Ann Margaret Neil
“My parents couldn’t afford a baby so they had me.”
Origin: Verdun, January 13, 1950
Probable Destination: Stacking papers for Mrs. Duff!
Claim to Fame: No earthly assets
Pet Peeve: Boys with brush cuts and cuffed pants
Activities: Paddling, Badminton, Dances, Yearbook
MARKHAUSER, Jo-Ann Margaret (Neil) January 13, 1950 – May 6, 2009 Passed away suddenly on May 6, 2009. Beloved wife of George, loving mother to Melissa (Scott) and Mike (Amanda), and “adopted” sister to the extended Markhauser clan. Predeceased by her parents, George and Molly Neil. Jo-Ann always seemed to be in the middle of the action no matter what the event. She hated to plan ahead but would put together a party at a moment’s notice. An excellent tennis player, but refused to join the team because it was too preplanned. So many people leaned on her; she was always there for everyone. She leaves behind a legacy of numerous friends and family who are hurting because of her absence.
Published in the Montreal Gazette from 5/7/2009 – 5/9/2009
John IAN Ramsay
“School is like a bank account – the interest is low.”
Origin: Scotland, October 30, 1949
Ambition: Wine taster
Probable Destination: Rubbie from skid row
Claim to Fame: “The Pill”
Pet Peeve: None, I have a sunny disposition
Activities: Driving, Girls and other such things
John Cairns (Ian) Ramsay
After a courageous battle with cancer, John passed away at home with his family by his side on Thursday, February 10, 2005 at the age of 55. Beloved husband of Gail (Oliver), cherished father of Kim and Michael. Supportive father-in-law to Mark Gorny. Proud and dear grandfather to Jackson. Also survived by his sister Jean Furlotte of Moncton, N.B. Retired employee of Air Canada (34 years) and instructor at Centennial College. John is also survived by many good friends. We mourn a death which came far too soon but celebrate his life. The family will receive friends at Oakview Funeral Home, 56 Lakeshore Rd. West (one block east of Kerr St) Oakville on Sunday, February 13th from 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service 2pm in Oakview Chapel on Monday, February 14th. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre (Credit Valley Hospital) would be appreciated. We take comfort knowing that you are walking on that beach waiting for us. Till we meet again…
Toronto Star and the Oakville Beaver, February 12, 2005