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St. George's College
Good & True ...issue# 36...Mar., 2003
At around 6:15 p.m., old
boys and their wives began trickling in. A quick count showed there were
at least 50 old boys present then. Hand shakes and ‘long time no see’ hugs
were plentiful. And just when you thought you had hugged everyone in the
room, another old boy would show up, arms and eyes wide open, screaming
your name with glee. By 8:00 p.m., 185 people were seated and began to
partake of a delicious meal prepared by the hotel.
This evening of camaraderie
took place January 31, 2003 at the Hilton Hotel in Kingston Jamaica,
where, for the third year in a row, past students and staff of St.
George’s were inducted into the ‘St.GC Hall of Fame’. These honourees were
selected for having excelled in areas of inspired leadership, having
national or international recognition, showing great vision and
innovation, and for excellence in sports and academics.
The inductees for this year
Justice Ian Forte,
Q.C.,C.D.,O.J. (Class of ‘62), Crown Council, Resident Magistrate, Supreme
Court Judge, President of the Court of Appeal, Former President of the Old
Boys Association and Former Vice Chair of the School Board.
Rev. William Hannas, SJ,
renowned for teaching Latin, Scripture, English Language and Literature.
He was also a Sports coordinator and student mentor.
Luis Fred Kennedy (Class of
‘24), known for the expansion of Grace Kennedy & Co. Ltd into
Shipping, wharfage and port services, and being instrumental in moving the
company from being just locally operated, into a global conglomerate.
Arthur McKenzie, Sr. also
well known for his skills as a football player, Teacher and Coach. He was
involved with the school for over 40 years.
The clergy showed up in
force as well. Archbishops Edgerton Clarke and Lawrence Burke, Fr. Ted
Dziak, Fr. Jim Hosie, Fr. Tom Larkin, Fr. Alfred Lee, Fr. Rick Deshaies,
Fr. Jim Webb, Jesuit Superior in Jamaica (hails from Nova Scotia) were
some who were present. Fr. Dziak, who is recovering from injuries received
in a recent car accident, apparently broke free of his hospital bed straps
in Boston, as he refused to miss the event. He smiled through some obvious
discomfort for well over an hour of speeches and presentations. Half a
dozen very intelligent and mature sixth formers were constantly at his
side for support, in the event one of Father’s crutches suddenly collapsed
newly-elected President of the Old Boys Association (Jamaica Chapter)
presented The Monsignor Gladstone Wilson Awards to this year’s recipients,
Archbishop Lawrence Burke, Archbishop of Nassau, and Old Boy Patrick
Fr. Dziak was presented
with a cheque for Canadian $10,000 by Neil Dalhouse, representing the Old
Boys Chapter in Ontario. Upon receipt of the cheque, Fr. Dziak announced
that the Canadian donation would go to refurbishing the ‘Fr. Hosie Tennis
and Basketball Courts’. Having these courts named after him came as a
delightful surprise to Fr. Hosie, who beamed at this surprise
announcement. A second Canadian $10,000 cheque donated by Old Boy Ray
Chang from Toronto, was also presented to Fr. Dziak, to help pay tuition
for several hundred students who could not afford these fees.
Fr. Dziak’s smile extended
another two feet when Old Boy Don Wehby, Vice President of Grace Kennedy
& Company Ltd., announced an additional Jamaican $250,000 from the
company to add to the school’s bursary fund.
Byron Lee’s Dragonaires
closed out the evening with a few hours of nostalgic music from the golden
years. Long after the band had packed up, a dozen diehard old boys who
remained in the ballroom, could be heard shouting old school cheers and
telling old fishermen stories and laughing their heads off. Overall, it
was a splendid evening, with many looking forward to next year’s
Previous Inductees: Adrian
Chaplain, Prof. Terrence Forrester, Rt. Rev. Percival Gibson, Rev. Richard
Ho Lung, Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Abraham Issa, Byron Lee, Justice Hugh
Small, David Michael Weller, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gladstone Wilson, and Rev.
Mario Valenzuela S.J.
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