St. George's College
Part 2 of 4
2008 proved to be a year of mixed fortunes for StGC as we
won the Thornhill Soccer championship but lost the Roper Cup to a talented
Kingston College team that was eager to avenge its 2007 loss.
When the dust settled in the keenly contested
Thornhill league, we amassed 42 points from 14 games. Our statistics also
featured the fact that we scored 62 goals while conceding 24; this led to us
being atop the standings. STGC eventually won the final and deciding game of the
championship by a score of 3-1. It is noteworthy that this team has now won its
5th championship in 6 years and has been competitive in every game played.
The StGC vs KC match-up - an annual event that
takes place in August - saw the two North-Street teams vying for supremacy and
bragging rights before a bi-partisan Toronto- crowd. In the end, KC was
deserving of its 2-0 win and the reclaiming of the Roper Cup.
1st VP/President Elect
Milton Hart - front row left kneeling, with rest of StGC & KC teams in
annual Ontario Roper Cup
Much needs to be said about the tremendous support
given to the StGC team by the executive members of the StGC Toronto chapter.
This team has been the beneficiary of continuous and dedicated support by the
entire organization. This team has also benefited from close partnership with
past presidents Robbie Vernon and Danny HoLung. These two gentlemen have
accompanied the team - even to Florida - in many endeavors and have never failed
to model the team-spirit, professionalism and great work ethic that epitomize
the true spirit of St. George's College. It is evident that our executives truly
believe that everything must be done Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
It is remarkable that the nucleus of players who
founded this team is still around and continues to do the "heavy-lifting" in
ensuring that the team remains competitive. Danny Garel, Chad Chin, and
Aaron Sani all sons of notable Georgians, have been with the team since its inception
and continue their effective brand of soccer.
Equally remarkable is the fact that we regained
prolific goal-scorer Aaron Sani who suffered a severe knee injury while helping
us to capture the Deltana Trophy from the Florida-based Georgians in 2006. Sani
had a successful 2008 season.
Ontario StGC Golf Tournament Friday Aug. 29/08
I had severely put my back out the week before in
another golf game, and thought I would be ok to play in the StGC Golf Tournament
this year. Unlike the 2006 tournament when I had one of the best shots off the
first tee, this year, I just barely made my first shot over the water and onto
the fairway because of this nagging condition. Immediately after the shot, my
back seized up again with pain. That was it for me for the rest of the day. So
as not to be bored, I drove around in the golf cart with the guys in my
foursome, distracted their game with several jokes, made derogatory remarks
about their game, made a couple chips onto a few greens and practiced making a
few putts too. Ah well, as Fen would have said, "It wouldn't have mattered
anyway Dalhouse, as you would have simply ended up shooting your annual 107
anyway!!" That guy really gets on my nerves sometimes, but that's all right,
'cause he and I go way back, back when I was just a kid. He was "old" to me
then, and still is, even now.
It was a damp, gloomy morning to play in a
tournament, but we were all in good spirits, as everyone had been looking
forward to this day for weeks. The course was in pretty good shape, carts all
powered up, and the girl driving the Club's refreshment cart wasn't bad looking
either. There was another day a few years ago when the girl driving the cart was
a knockout, and Paddy Chung and I must have bought sixteen cans of pop between
us both from her. To this day, whenever I see him, Paddy tells me he still has
some of that pop left in him. But that's another story.
There were some Tournament new-comers this year,
like Dennis Chen, Leo Lue, Richard Chance, Nelson Tait, Nutty Lee, Tony Chin,
Moy Chan, Ralph Chan, Leon Lue, and Mike Coley who came all the way from
California. Along with Moy, it was good to have Joan Lyn and Pam Summers play in
the tourney, just to break up the stigma of it being an "all boys "event. Good
thing though, no one raved about their game, and matter of fact, many felt they
played a lousy game. Their negative vibes didn't help me, as I still felt bad
about not being able to swing the club after the first tee.
The best part of the day came when we went to
Ruddy and Eunice Chin's home for the usual festivities after the game.. The food
was fantastic as usual, and some a di hungry belly buoy dem went back to the
table more than twice. Yes, you heard me, more than twice. Their plates were so
full with food, you couldn't see the white in the paper plates at all. Chef
Anita did a splendid job, along with Claudette, Eunice, and Miss Rebecca. They
made us feel like royalty, and ensured we were well looked after. To be honest,
I have no idea why we don't have 100 old boys in the event each year.
Personally, I hope they don't because there will be more great food for me.
Ontario StGC Golf
Tournament: Back Row L-R Lloyd Chin, Dennis Chen, Herman Lyn,
Mike Kong, Jimmy Lai Tyam, Tony Da'Silva, Leo Lue, Richard Chance, Pat
Haddad, Mike Haddad, Bobby Gauntlet, Derek Haddad, Nelson Tait, Nutty
Lee, Ray Jackson, Louis Lee, Tony Chin, Dennis Chung, Trevor Summers,
Rudy Chin, Moy Chan, Ralph Chan, Leon Lue, Tassy Lyn; Front Row L-R:
Jeff Lodenquai, Paddy Chung, Francis Dalhouse, Mike Coley, Joan Lyn, Fen
Chang, Pam Summers, Neil Dalhouse, Anita Chang, Eunice Chin, and
After dinner, prizes were given out for best shot
for this, best shot for that, and this year there were some great prizes
donated. The winner of the 2008 Tournament with the best score was Phillip Lee
(son of Claudette and Louis,
and not in photo) Unfortunately, not having gone to StGC, he wasn't
able to receive the cup, but instead, received a nice cash award.
The official winner of our 2008 trophy is none other than new-comer and
Old Boy, Nelson "Speedy" Tait, who, I am sure, will be back to defend his title
Sincere thanks from the StGC Ontario Chapter Association go
out to sponsors, and especially to Home Depot, sponsoring our event for many
Fr. Quinlan laid to rest
Tuesday July 15, 2008
Fr. Quinlan's sister, Sr.
Evelyn Claire and Robbie Vernon.
A JAMAICA FAREWELL IN BOSTON
We left Toronto, Monday 3:00 p.m. Heather took off
at lunchtime to join me on the long trek to Boston and in the 9-1/2 hour journey
I kept thinking of that other trip in 1999 to the Jesuit Retirement centre with
a bus load of Georgians to say "Thanks" to the retired Jesuits there for all
they had done for us. Fr. Quinlan was there to greet us then and, as well, to
bid us farewell.
This time we were going to say farewell to him.
We got into Boston at 12.30 a.m.
Clem McCalla drove up from New Jersey to meet us at the
Hotel and we journeyed together the following morning to Weston for the funeral
at Campion Center, Weston at 10:00 a.m.
Many will remember the chapel (seems a miniature
of the cathedral in Kingston in layout) and there was Fr. Q in the open casket
with the Knight of St.George Medal lying proudly on his chest - it went with him
to the grave.
The St. George's Alumni contingent of
Shearer, Clem McCalla & I were very warmly welcomed and made much of, as the
other mourners mainly fellow priests and members of Fr. Quinlan's sister's (Sr.
Evelyn Claire) religious order of nuns.
Fr. O’Toole gave a very moving eulogy - Fr Q,
he noted wanted to go home and made it known for some time, and death, he
explained was not a non event but an instantaneous change from life in time to
life in eternity. Fr.O’Toole mentioned how the school excelled academically and
athletically during Fr. Quinlan's time as head master; winning the most coveted
Jamaica Gov. Scholarship an unprecedented five times. He was pleased later on as
we walked to the cemetery to meet one of these recipients, Clem McCalla, who
was in attendance.
Del Chai-Onn, wife of
Mike Chai-Onn, flew in
from Jamaica just for the funeral, taking a cab straight from the airport to
Weston and returning right after. She said she just had to be there. (Mike was
involved with the construction of the Issa auditorium at StGC).
Howard Shearer "dust to dust" on Fr.
Fr. Carl Clarke, the new priest from Montego
Bay flew in as well and we also met former teacher Beverley Williams Steitz,
who looked at the photo of Victor Morgan in the June Ontario newsletter and
exclaimed "I taught him!" - Took some newsletters with me and gave then out,
including to Fr.Clarke, Bev Williams and also Fr. Bodley's sister.
Most recognized people they knew in the
newsletter; Fr. Clarke said he was going to the Jamaica memorial mass in
Kingston for Fr.Quinlan and would see Michael Davidson there. Fr. Clarke was
busy taking pictures to take back with him. He reminded me that we corresponded
by email when he was writing a book on StGC, advising it was finished and was
with Fr. McIsaac.
At the cemetery we all said our farewells to
beloved Fr. Quinlan with each doing the dust to dust on the coffin. The Jamaica
National Anthem was sung at the grave: I kept thinking He would have liked this
very much. We viewed the memory lane of crosses in the private cemetery marking
the final resting places of many who taught us "so faithfully and so well."
We all stayed for lunch after at the retirement
centre and Fr. Hosie recounted memorable Fr.Quinlan stories; (ever hear of the
Ajax club) - caning on the intercom- will share them with you next time we meet.
Fr. Hosie reminisced on his early days at Weston
and, gave a brief history of the hey-days of the centre when the dining area
would have numbers in the hundreds in one area who were doing Theology, and
hundreds in another area who were studying Philosophy. It felt good to be there.
I remember with pride when Fr. Quinlan told me in
my 1999 reunion visit that the room I occupied then in The Centre was the same
one he had as a novitiate; when he was a beadle there. I remember when I awoke
in the morning, he was at the door first thing to greet Lloyd Chung and me -
Lloyd had the next door room. He was ready to share stories of his early days at
the centre and recall his memorable Jamaica days.
We were part of something then and something now
that was quite unique- it will never be the same- and feel we must pass on what
it made of us.
It was a very moving experience to be there and
I was especially glad for Heather to be with me this time as she seemed bowled
over by this new experience she got of her husband's StGC heritage.
It’s hard for non Georgians to grasp just how we
feel about the Jesuits and StGC.
A trip like this will live on as an important
part of my life; a very important part, just as the 1999 one was.
Sharing this experience with you my fellow
Georgians and the memories of this wonderful priest, will help us never forget
our StGC heritage and the obligation to ensure it’s kept alive for others at the
school we attended.
Dear member of
the StGC Class of 1959....
1959- spot Bobby Hill, Ronnie Thwaites in front row; elsewhere Robbie
Vernon, Peter Chavannes, Richard Mais, Lloyd Chung, Dennis Charley-
Where are they and others? check out our reunion website at:
At the risk of offending any sensibilities
regarding your prospects of longevity or immortality, we must be reminded that
next year marks the 50th anniversary of our graduation from our beloved alma
mater, St. George's College.
Many of us have not seen each other much, or at all,
since those wonderful formative days at North Street. Many live in disparate
and far-flung parts of the world. All undoubtedly think back from time to time
with some wistful pleasure to the period between 1955 and 1959 when we were a
part of the best learning environment available.
Let us sample it again just one more time.
There is a planning committee which is hoping to stage a
reunion of our class next year. The full details are still to be worked out but
current thinking involves the following points:
Date: May 2009 (tentative).
Other considerations: April 12 is Easter Sunday,
Jamaica Carnival will end on April 19.
Duration: Two or Three days (Friday and Saturday,
> Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral
> Campus Tour including discussions with Principal, Staff
> Seminar led by a prominent Old Boy on the state of
education in Jamaica and St George's in particular
> Informal Social Event - beach barbecue
> Formal Social event - banquet, speeches of nostalgia etc.
> Donation to StGC from the Class of 1959
> Other tours or events
All Old Boys of this class, both local and
overseas, are encouraged to bring their families to participate in our
celebration events. It is also expected that some visitors may wish to use the
opportunity to holiday on the island before and /or after the formal alumni
events. The planning committee will be making arrangements to facilitate those
needing comfortable and secure accommodation and local (and possibly overseas)
At this time, the most important task of the
committee, is to establish contact information for all Old Boys of the 1959
graduation class. A great deal of work has already been done in this regard;
however we have been unable to make contact with many old boys. We are
therefore asking you to provide us with contact information on any of the below
listed 1959 class members (preferably email address and telephone number)
As soon as the list with contact information is
complete we will begin to circulate announcements of the plans for the reunion
as they develop. (Please be assured that the committee will use the
contact information received about the graduation class only for staging the
reunion events and for no other purpose).
We believe that all will be very excited by the
prospect of seeing each other once again (and perhaps for the last time), of
visiting our alma mater, and the opportunity to reminisce and relive the rich
experience of our time at St. George's.
StGC Class of 1959 Reunion Planning Committee
We are looking for:
Ignatius Alberga / Vernon Alexander / Maurice Chang /
Allan Chen/ Trevor Chen See / Basil Chin / Clifton Chin / Gordon Chin/ / Peter
Chin / Rudolph Chin / William Chin / Henry Chong / Ainsley Chung / Orville
Constantine / Winston DaCosta / Edward Dietrick / Winston Garvey / John Groves
/ Lionel Henry / John Jones / Lincoln Lai / Hugh Lee / Lester Lee / Stanley Lee
/ Alvin Lyew / Victor Lyn / Carl Orridge / Adwick Pinnock / Ivor Rose / Raymond
Steele / Coleridge Stewart / John Stuart / Cargill Tai Sue / Francis Tenn Lyn
/ Patrick Waldron / Neville Williams / Dennis Wong / Parkson Wong / Patrick
Please submit information via the Classmates
www.stgc59.askaccessible.com or directly to:
Jamaica: Patrick Terrelonge : firstname.lastname@example.org
South: Owen Cooke :
East South: Dennis Lawton :
West: Bernie Chin
Canada: Robbie Vernon :
Our Annual Summer Ball
Summer Ball Friday, August
JNBS Mgr. Alison Martin & spouse Ashley
Liaison Director. Carl Chang
& wife Paula
JC President David Taylor &
Hawaiian dancers providing
Paul & Elaine Bunting kicking up a storm
I would start right off by thanking our Ball
Committee and the executive and with great accolades for the chairman Daniel Ho
Lung, who worked tirelessly for months; often pulling his hair out, to bring in
sponsors and donors and to put together a very successful, first class evening
of entertainment for Summer Ball fans: this is now our 11th and they have come
to expect the best from StGC and this they certainly got.
Courtney Currie, Ja. OBA President,
VP Central Pat Haddad
Social Director John Flynn
& Wife Annette
Locals J. Douglas and the All Star Band provided
the start up entertainment, and from Jamaica The 50/50 Band followed up and
kept the revellers exhilarated with many after insisting we bring them back up
from Jamaica next year.
President Chris Chin welcomed all and acknowledged
among us The High Commissioner for Jamaica Her Excellency R.V. Evadne Coye, CD,
Jamaica Consul General to Toronto, Ms Anne Marie Bonner, Mr. Robert Montague,
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jamaica with responsibility for
Local Government Reform, Fr. Peter Mc Isaac SJ, Chairman of the StGC Board and
Regional Superior for the Jesuits in Jamaica. Mrs. Margaret Campbell, Principal StGC and
Ms Jackie Clarke, the new Director of Advancement StGC. Also
acknowledged were Courtney Currie, president StGC OBA Jamaica, David Taylor,
President Jamaica College OBA Toronto, Katie Sani, President ICHS Alumni
Toronto, Josephine Ho Lung, President, Alpha Academy and Eugene Chang, President Calabar OBA Toronto.
Dr. Aggrey Irons did a masterful job as MC, guiding
us with his usual flair through a maze of activities with a precision that kept
the evening’s events flowing ever so smoothly. That's not easy with over 800
excited guests demanding attention.
VP Patrick Haddad's well managed and most successful
silent auction, first time added attraction this year, was a real money winner
bringing in over $11,000. This and VP Richard Saunders’ well organized raffle
with intake of over $5,000 provided a major boost to event earnings. Well done
The gate prize of Airfare and a trip for 2 for 4
nights at Sandals was won by Lena Ali and the raffle prize of airfare and stay
for 2 at Superclubs Braco by Richard & Jackie Foster. Aaron Sani walked away
with the Hitachi 50 inch HD TV.
The main prize winners and other patrons benefited
from the many prizes and give-aways by our Sponsors and donors: Jamaica
National, Sandals, Superclubs, Air Jamaica, Hitachi, Western Union, CI Funds,
Appleton, Stratford Festival, Pirelli & Atlas Tire Wholesale. Our thanks to all
our sponsors and donors and a special thank you to our major sponsor Jamaica
The pictures speak for themselves- see you all next
Aggrey Irons on the drums
Enjoying the event:
Principal Margaret Campbell, President Chris Chin
& Advancement Officer Jackie Clarke
Loraine Lee, Hope McFarlane,
Gloria & Arthur Chai
Yvonne & Gerry Lew
Vernon & Tanya Hugh
ICHS Pres. Katy Sani &
Pres.Elect Milton Hart
& wife Novelette
Donette Chin Loy
VP West Richard Saunders,
wife Michelle & friend, Terri