St. George's College
Part 4 of 4
Just My Views
Wrapped in a coat of red
brick, the towering structure of the O'Hare Building located at 2 North Street,
was one that mystified all new students arriving at StGC each year. What did the
inside of the building look like, we wondered? When would we get a chance to sit
in one of the classrooms and be taught by one of the clergy in white robes? It
was a beautiful structure then, with colourful tropical plants and flowers
covering the grounds around the building. It truly was a remarkable structure.
The building was famous for releasing into society, many a brilliant student on
an annual basis, some who would gain world renown from their ability to be the
best at their profession. Well, recently, the old girl was overcome by the
dreaded Jamaican chi-chi varmint (a type of wood ant) that ate through many
corners of the building, its ceilings and floors, causing some areas to
collapse, thereby rendering the building a safety hazard for its students of
suggested that the building now had to be completely gutted, properly sprayed,
thereby killing every chi-chi it was feeding, and then rebuilt on the inside,
from the ground up. This of course, would be a monstrous task, not to mention a
costly one to boot. And to complicate matters more, Ray said before this could
be done, a temporary building had to be built, to house the current students
while the renovations were being done on the O'Hare building.
Enthusiastic Head Boy Jason Curate and
ever zealous Liaison Director Carl Chang
hand shovel to Prime Minister (Georgian) Bruce Golding �Treasurer Ray
Chang looks on.
Enter Carl Chang,
Knight of St. George, to begin a crusade of refurbishing the old girl. Instead
of building a temporary structure, why not build a permanent one, one that
contained 12 badly needed classrooms anyway, to be used for future expansion of
the school? So, with this in mind he rode off to seek out other Knights of St.
George who would be interested in assisting and seeking support for his crusade.
He found quite a few, some who said they would offer their talents as builders
for free, or offer a substantial cut rate for their services. He got Architect
Arthur Lowe to join in on the project, Civil Engineer Eric Fong Yee,
and Structural Engineer Tommy Lyew. Sir Carl then became even busier with
preparing for the groundbreaking ceremonies, because preparing for the pomp and
ceremony around such a large event, requires skill, sweat and a lot of anxiety.
With the help of Donette
Chin-Loy (visiting the island at the time) and StGC Principal Margaret
Campbell, Sir Carl pulled it off, and the groundbreaking event took place
successfully on January 28, 2009.
The event was certainly no
Mickey Mouse ceremony at all, because quite a few high profile people were
present, having the likes of The Right Hon. Bruce Golding, Prime Minister
of Jamaica attending, along with three Archbishops, a Vicar General, Member of
Parliament Ronnie Thwaites, Ray Chang, and many more. But weeks before
the event, Sir Carl had recommended that the building would be named after
former Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke, S.J. Of the various groups of people
he ran this by, all unanimously agreed to his recommendation. Why the
Archbishop, you ask?? Well the Archbishop went to StGC in 1944, graduated in
1948, taught there as a layperson in 1951, taught as a scholastic from 1958 -
1961, taught as a priest 1966-1969, was rector and chairman of the Board
1969-1973, acting principal from 1980-1981. He was the person who spearheaded
the development of the Adrian Chaplain Building.
Prime Minister Rt.Hon. Bruce Golding at
addressing Georgians & supporters.
He was also appointed
Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica. I do believe this qualifies his name to be on
the side of the building, don't you? Bear in mind, that while all the building
plans were being made by Sir Carl, he was also in the process of drumming up
money to repair the O�Hare building, another major task, and he has been quite
successful in coming up with more than half the repair costs to date. Amazing!!
He did this, by soliciting other old boys around the world and their friends for
funds and/or their services. Sir Carl spent hours upon hours trying to make his
crusade a successful one, and is to be commended for a job well done, to date.
But Carl can't do it alone, and has seconded three or four old boys in Jamaica
to help him drum up badly needed funds for the new building and the repairs to
the O'Hare. Carl is therefore, calling upon every jack-mandora old boy in the
world to contribute whatever money you can spare, even if it's only $50 to go
towards this venture. He asks that you make a check out with your contribution
to St.George's College, and on the back write "Building Fund", and send it to
the headmistress, Ms. Margaret Campbell. Every penny counts, so please
For Donation Instructions,
see part 4.
Sign in the front lawn
of a funeral home, "Drive Carefully, We'll Wait For You!"
They have referred to him as
the Savior, the Messiah, the current Moses. I even heard a few of my people
shout, "Yes Laad, a fe we time now!" These same people are professing that after
being so down-trodden since the raunchy days of slavery, this Savior will now
allow the black race to prosper and be recognized as a power to be reckoned
with. What nonsense! The truth is, Barack Obama is simply one of God's children,
a human being, like you and me, a man who has inherited the worst job in the
world, and who just stepped onto the world's stage, blinded by the spotlights of
all the other countries sitting in the audience. As president of the United
States of America, his country is currently imploding with serious internal
problems, a recession that has had a ricocheting effect on numerous other
countries around the world, one that has caused millions of job to be lost
worldwide, caused thousands to be homeless, thousands to lose their retirement
investment packages, environmental, and Health Care problems, plus the fact that
his country is currently engaged in two wars abroad. Who would want to step into
that kind of cow poop today??
In My View though, what a
spectacle the inauguration ceremonies were. Millions of people flocked together
on the grounds of the Washington Mall and braved the cold to witness history in
the making, a man of colour taking the oath of the President of the United
States. My dad would have loved to be alive today to witness this great event.
With tears of joy flowing from just about every eye around the world watching,
Obama took the oath of office, while his wife and daughters stood by him with
glee as history was being written. What President Obama does have going for
himself is that he is not seen as coming from the old white guard that has run
the USA for decades, but rather, he is viewed as being a sensible, intelligent
human being, one who brings to the oval office, profound ethics and values like
no other president before him. It is these qualities that have given his people
and the rest of the world's leaders great hope, hope that he may use his
influence and the power his country possesses, to right the many atrocities
plaguing North America and the rest of the world today. I am sure you all will
join me in praying that the Good Lord, God, watches over him and every decision
he makes, and hope that his tenure will help bring some semblance of peace to
Does anyone remember him
attending 2 North Street sometime back? Because he certainly strikes me as
having the same qualities of a true Georgian. As one Republican lobbyist said on
TV recently, "How the devil are we going to beat this guy in four years?? " My
response to that would be "for the Republican party to nominate a very
intelligent black woman, thereby creating a difficult challenge for him then. If
this happened, the Republicans would have to shut their eyes, take a deep
breath, hold it, and cross their fingers!!" Can you imagine? If you think the
race between Hillary and himself was exciting, my suggested scenario would be
worth its weight in gold to a betting man.
Chung eulogizing Byron Lee
And so it came to pass that
The Dragon passed on. As the news drifted through the airwaves, all who heard it
began to reflect on the good old days with Byron Lee and the Blues Buster
nights at Glass Bucket. Boy, there were some fun parties held there back then.
How many girlfriends ended up there on a Saturday night, with you, or sometimes
with someone else? No matter, whom ever ended up at the Bucket in those days had
a great time. And so it was only fitting that the Ontario Chapter of the StGC
Old Boys Association paid some respect to a great comrade who hailed from our
alma mater. Not wanting to wait too long to do something in his honour, I was
asked to arrange an StGC Ontario chapter memorial service for Byron. With only
five or six days to get this done, I asked Leslie Chin, Paddy Chung, Michael
(Buski) Charley, Alex Ho-Shue to form a committee and help in putting things
together. They all agreed without question. Leslie took care of arranging for
the venue, the music at the service, the availability of the presiding priest,
Rev. Fr. Sydney Chang and his assistant, Deacon Patrick Chang, the
printing of the program for the event through Patrick Lee. Buski looked
after the creation of the flyer, and the promotion of the event, Paddy looked
after securing the food, with the assistance of Francis Cooke who brought
coffee, eating utensils and many other food items, Patrick Haddad, Eugene
Chang, and Alex HoShue. Eugene Chang provided the Reception
music. About 160 people attended including the Jamaican Consul General to
Toronto Ms. Anne-Marie Bonner and Rev. Fr Jim Webb S.J. It was
amazing to see so many in attendance, as there was a slight snow storm that
evening, that turned back many who intended to be there for the event.
Fr. Jim Webb S.J. and Neil Dalhouse
at the Byron Lee Memorial
Due to the generosity of
many, we had an abundance of food, along with soft drinks, patties, sandwiches,
cakes, etc. Byron would have been pleased, as the evening turned out to be a
splendid one. There were so many people to thank for their help and support,
like Loraine Lee, Sheila Haddad, Sylvia Chin, Yvonne Lew, Grace Kennedy Ltd,
Danny & JoJo HoLung, Nicey's Food Mart, Jacqui Chung, Bobby Gauntlet and
wife Marie. Sincere thanks too to Kari-Drew Abraham,who sang a lovely
ballad at the reception in memory of Byron.
I know I may have forgotten
a name or two, and if so, my sincere apologies. The event proved that with a
little help from those who care, anything is possible.
Bob's best friend and
baseball fanatic pal Tim, passed away yesterday. Totally distraught, Bob went to
bed early that night, missing his friend in the worst way. That night Bob heard
a voice calling to him. "Is that you Tim?" Bob said. "Yes, it's me, Bob," said
Tim. "Are you in heaven?" Bob asked. "Yes I am" said Tim. "Is there baseball in
heaven, Tim?" said Bob. "I have some good news and some bad news about that"
said Tim. "Give me the good news first Tim," said Bob "Ok Bob, the good news is
that they do have baseball in heaven Bob, and I get to play with the likes of
Hank Aron, Paul Molitor, Roger Clemens, Carlos Delgado, and a whole heap of
other big name players.." "Good! Now, what's the bad news, Tim?" "The bad news
is that you are pitching in tomorrow night's game Bob."
Anyone seen this sign on
a Septic Tank Truck saying "Yesterday's Meals, On Wheels".?
Make cheque payable
to: St. George's College
St. George's College "Bldg Fund" or "Endowment Fund"
Winchester Park, North St.,
Kingston CSO Jamaica
Make cheque payable
to: Jesuits of Upper Canada
St. George's College Old Boys' Assoc (Ontario) Chapter
Attention: Treasurer Ray Chang
56 The Bridle Path,
Toronto, Ontario M3B 2B1
Make cheque payable
to: Canadian Jesuits
Mail to: St.
George's College Old Boys' Assoc (Ontario Chapter)
Attention: Treasurer: Ray Chang
56 The Bridle Path,
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2B1
In USA & Canada
Send with your draft/cheque, a separate note indicating where you would
like the money spent. Donors resident in the United States, Canada or
Jamaica will be issued tax-deductible receipts.