Class of 69

Brenda Neill  –  Nails

Brenda Neill
“It’s quality rather than quantity that counts.”

Ambition: Nurse
Probable Destiny: Being nursed
Weakness: Polish dill pickles
Can you Imagine: Brenda with money
Pet Possession: My empty wallet
Activities: Nil

Scott, Brenda

Surrounded by family and friends, Brenda passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Montreal on June 16, 1951, Brenda was the beloved wife of Thomas, cherished mother of Daniel and loving daughter of Mildred and the late Lawrence Neill. She was the dear sister of Howard (Debbie), Brent (Wanda), Beverly (Richard), Cathy (Leonard), Gregory (Debbie), Wayne (Nicole) and Allison, sister-in-law to Jim (Joan) and Ben and caring aunt to 17 nieces and nephews.

Brenda was the joy of our lives and will be fondly remembered by Aunts Eileen and Juliette, many cousins and other family and friends, not least of all Mary, Cyndy and the members of her ‘S&B’ group. Those of us fortunate enough to have known her can take solace in the fact that she left this world a better place, making a difference in the lives of those she touched. She will be greatly missed. Funeral was held in the J.S. Jones & Sons Funeral Home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

Submitted by her brother Brent.

Judith Jenner  –  Judy

Judy Jenner

“The weaker sex is really the stronger sex because of the weakness of the stronger sex for the weaker sex.”
Ambition: Teacher
Probable Destiny: Being taught
Pet Expression: Are you for real?
Pastime: Bruce
Pet Possession: Pete …… her bird
Activities: Dancing, swimming life guarding, Red Cross

Jenner, Judith Lynn

It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Judy Jenner on April 11, 2020 in Smiths Falls, Ontario, from leukemia.

Judy was a force to be reckoned with – a fierce friend and a formidable foe and her death leaves a big hole in the lives of those who knew her. Born in Montreal in 1952, Judy grew up in Woodlands and attended H.S. Billings High School in Chateauguay. She trained as a medical lab technician in Washington, DC then returned home and went to work at the Montreal General Hospital. Judy and her young family moved to Ontario in the mid 1980s. She loved cooking and camping with equal intensity, two Judy in Algonquinskills that were in high demand when her boys were growing up. Her favourite possessions were  Mexican dinnerware and a yellow canoe. Judy was as comfortable in the kitchen as she was in Lake Algonquin, she was as proficient with a vegetable steamer as she was with a paddle. Her winter sport evolved as she aged until she preferred a glass of wine and a fireplace to a ski slope, but her summer loves of fishing and sailing remained her constants. Judy loved to read and once planned a road trip around Anne Rice locales. She loved to go antiquing, was talented in a number of crafts (she had her own kiln in the backyard at one point) and she was always up for a trip to the US outlets. A friend for all seasons.

The daughter of the late George and late Barbara Jenner, Judy was also predeceased by her brother Alan in 2018. She leaves behind her husband Gary Gauthier, sons Keith and Craig Earley (Anna), and grandsons Liam and James. She will be missed by her sister-in-law, Cathy Jenner, nephews Matthew and Patrick, in Alberta, and her niece Amanda in Montreal.

Judy Jenner 2019At Judy’s request, no funeral is planned. Her family will say their farewell in the yellow canoe drifting on a lake this summer.


Written by her best friend Glenna and approved by her husband Gary.

Gary Crane – “Birdie”

Gary Crane“All men are created equal. It’s the women I’m worried about.”
Ambition: Electricial Engineer
Probable Destiny: Splicing wire for Acme Cable Company
Weakness: Cars and money
Asset: My being able to fall asleep anywhere
Pet Peeve: The redheaded wonder
Prototype: Snoopy
Activities: Hockey, football, bowling, pool

Gary Crane oldGary N. Crane (December 8, 1951 – March 30, 2019) (long-time resident of California and Arizona) passed away in Arizona at the age of sixty-seven. Loving husband of Sherry, father of Brian and Amy, grandfather of Avery, Mia Kate and Knox, brother of Lorraine Seale, uncle of Patrick and Alana.  At his request, he was cremated and no service was held. He will be greatly missed by his Canadian and American family and friends.

Submitted by his sister Lorraine

Russell McKoy – Russ

Russell McKoy“Virtue is only vice relaxing!”

Ambition: Marry Sophia Loren
Probable Destiny: Get stuck with Phyllis Diller
Pet Expression: What homework?!!
Asset: Food
Pet Aversion: People who throw rocks around (especially in glass houses)
Pastime: Drinking milk with Ray and the guys
Activities: Drama Club

McKoy, Russell John. Peacefully, at Hotel Dieu Hospital, April 18, 1993 in his fortieth year. Loving son of Eric and Jane “Jennie” (nee Muir). Beloved brother of Mark (Debbie), Timothy (Louise), Mike, Patrick (Jocelyn), Katherine, Lorraine (Bill) and Colleen. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral from the chapel at Wilson Funeral Home, Chateauguay on April 21.

The Montreal Gazette, April 20, 1993

Birte Nielsen — Bea

Birte Nielsen “Live, learn and love”

Ambition: Traveling around the world
Probable Destiny: Sailing a boat in the bathtub
Weakness: Masculine men
Pet Expression: Ya, no kidding!
Pet Possession: “Snuff”
Activities: Reading, swimming

Nielsen, Birte. Passed away in Ottawa April 5, 1989. Birte Karin Nielsen, beloved daughter of Gerda Nielsen and the late Anker Nielsen. Beloved sister of John and Lena (Brown). Also survived by three nieces and two nephews (USA). A service was held in Ottawa on April 7. Arrangements were in care of Hulse and Playfair Funeral Home in Ottawa.

The Montreal Gazette, April 8, 1989

Debbie Leedham

Debbie Leedham“Live for today, for tomorrow nothing may happen!”

Ambition: Stewardess
Probable Destiny: Scrubwoman for Place Ville Marie
Pet Expression: Tough
Pet Aversion: Being called “Twiggy”
Prototype: Twiggy
Activities: Going to dances and taking walks

Deborah Mary (née Leedham) ROULEAUDebbie Leedham old
Deborah Mary left for a better place on November 9, 2014. After a long and courageous battle with brain cancer, she now enjoys a much-deserved rest. Deborah leaves to mourn her devastated husband and her best friend David (Rouleau). She will also be mourned by her beloved son Rory Evans; as well as her parents Andrew, aka Sonny, and Pauline Leedham; her brother Andrew aka Sandy (Maureen Kenna); sisters Heather (Paul Enros), Holly (Glenn Morrow) and Kerry (Greg Turk). Also her extended Hocaloski family, Michael aka Mickey (Carole Malboeuf), Joanne (Jacques aka Jack Lacelle), Peter (Sue Anderson-Webb) and Casey; as well as many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Deborah’s Life will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Funeral Residence J.J. Cardinal, 560 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, H9S 2B3 (514 631-1511). On Deborah’s behalf, donations can be made to the Montreal Neurological Institute – Thinking Ahead Campaign,

Published in The Gazette from November 15-19, 2014

Heather Cumming – “Heat”

Heather Cumming “When you feel discouraged remember that the person who made a fortune from flea powder, started from scratch.”

Ambition: B.Sc in Physiotherapy
Probable Destiny: Resident lifeguard at “Vic Tanny’s”
Asset: Her outgoing personality and laugh
Pet Peeve: People without a good sense of humour
Activities: Yearbook, all sports, lifeguarding

heather Cumming oldHeather MCLEOD
Friday August 21, 2015

McLEOD, Heather Mhairi (nee Cumming)  1952-2015 – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Friday, August 21st, 2015 in her 64th year.  Beloved wife of Donald McLeod of Lynedoch.  Heather will be lovingly remembered by Don’s children & grandchildren, Taryn Power (David), their daughter Shay;  Tessa McLeod & Greg McLeod, all of Cambridge.  Heather will be sadly missed by her brothers David Cumming (Dianna) of Montreal and Sandy Cumming of Collingwood.  Heather was a very active in her community.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Norfolk General Hospital and volunteered her time with both the Alzheimer’s Society of H-N and the United Way.  She will be dearly missed by all.  Friends are invited to share their memories of Heather with her family at the JASON SMITH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 689 Norfolk St. N. Simcoe for visitation on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A private family funeral service will be held with Rev. Cheryl Fitch officiating.  Private interment:  Evergreen Cemetery, Lynedoch.  Those wishing to donate in memory of Heather are asked to consider the Norfolk General Hospital or the Alzheimer’s  Society of H-N.  Personal online condolences at

Glenn McIsaac

Glenn McIsaac “The drums go bang and the bombs go boom.”

Ambition: None yet
Probable Destiny: College graduate
Pet Aversion: None whatsoever
Pastime: Singing while wandering around aimlessly
Pet Possession: My dog (Misty)
Activities: Very few – music and eating

In Memory of Glenn McIsaac
August 28, 1951 – September 11, 2015

Les funérailles sont organisées par : Résidences funéraires Collins Clarke MacGillvray White Funeral Homes, Montreal, QC

Bonnie Bindon

“Dearly beloved, how clearly I see, that Algebra was never meant for me!”
Female Silhouette
Ambition: Interior Designer
Probable Destination: Sweeping the halls at H.S. Billings
Pet Expression: “You’re kidding!”
Pet Possession: Her creepy crawlers
Activities: Skiing, photography

Royko, Bonita. At Vancouver March 29, 1974, aged 22 years. Bonita Bindon, beloved wife of Michael Royko, dear daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Harold Bindon of Chateauguay. Resting at the Wilson Funeral Home in Chateauguay. Interment Mount Royal Crematorium.

Published in The Montreal Gazette, April 3, 1974

Florence Anne Lanigan – Flo-o

Florence Lanigan
“Aren’t there any good deodorants?”
Ambition: To travel the world.
Probable Destination: Farmer in P.E.I.
Prototype: : Little Lulu
Activities: Class Yearbook rep.

LANIGAN, Florence. Peacefully on Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Georgetown Hospital. Florence, in her fifty-ninth year, loved wife of Paul Nichols. Predeceased by her parents Percy and Marie Lanigan. Dear sister of Edna (John White), Jimmy (Carolyn), John (Margo), Gerald, Lenny and the late Patrick. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Montreal Gazette, March 28, 2011