St. George's College
Part 1 of 4
best wishes to St. George’s College Alumni worldwide, their families and
As I embark on my
stint as president of this highly important St. GC
chapter, I am reminded of the late Archbishop Lawrence Burke’s
us to work for the betterment of our alma mater – St. George’s College –
constantly seek to strengthen and encourage each other.
General Meeting was held on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Due to
extremely busy lives, two of our stalwarts, Patrick Haddad and Francis
did not seek re-election. Their contribution to St. GC continues to be
tremendous and I wish them every success in their endeavours. We are
fortunate, as a Board, to retain the expertise of three past-presidents,
Vernon, Danny HoLung and Chris Chin. I am delighted that veteran
Ray Chang, Pat Ferguson, Neville McDowell, Pat Garel, Dominique Nash,
Holbrook, Richard Saunders, Carl Chang, and John Flynn will stay on in
previous capacities. Our Board was enriched by the new addition of Dr.
Kennedy, Howard Shearer, Gary Thompson and Tariq Wright.
I had time to
reflect on the magnitude of the task ahead. I am not
daunted as I am constantly reassured that the values imparted to us at
will see us through the darkest times. The George’s community has indeed
very generous with its time, advice, and resources. The positive
old-boys has caused our school to weather many storms and it continues
to be a
shining light within the Jamaican environment.
I look forward to
working with our new Board as we try to build on the
extraordinary work that was done by Georgians such as Archbishop Burke.
in Jamaica on January 24, 2010 following a long and courageous struggle
cancer. Archbishop Burke’s Funeral Mass was celebrated at The Holy
Cathedral in Kingston on February 4, 2010. We were represented at the
Robbie and Heather Vernon and Carl Chang. (see part 2)
Mass for Archbishop Burke was held on March 24, 2010 in
Toronto, Ontario. This was not a sombre occasion but a celebration of
extraordinary life and a recollection of his unselfish dedication to
The central theme of the evening was the late Archbishop Burke’s
in education and his always earnest quest to help others. (see part
We now look forward
to our annual St. George’s College Family Mass
and Brunch on Sunday, May 23, 2010. The Mass celebrant and guest speaker
former St. GC headmaster Father Kenneth Hughes S.J.
Come out and join us as
we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a
chapter and the 160th anniversary of our beloved alma mater.
Archbishop Lawrence A
S.J, D.D., O.J.
October 27,1932 - January 24th, 2010
DR. FRED KENNEDY
Regional V.P. (
Liaison Director :
Director at Large:
Director at Large:
Director at Large:
a number of deaths to report in our Georgian family since our last
on Dec 19th in New York. Although not a Georgian he was one of the
greatest footballers and a devout catholic. A Memorial service was
Tuesday March 22 at Holy Rosary Church presided over by Rev.Monsgr. Kenneth
Richards, assisted by Georgian Deacons Ossie Tai and Trevor
Ambassador Anthony Hill, who played on the National team with
a moving tribute on behalf of his former colleague.
on Dec 21st. Gary played right back on the trophy winning 1955 Manning
on Dec 30th, suddenly of a heart attack. Carl Chang of our Board
there in support and reported seeing a huge Georgian turn out. Marsden
Louis Lee, Hubert (Kuss) Lee, Keith Lowe, Stanley Chin, Paddy Chung,
Pinnock, Patrick Lee, Gerry Lew and wife Yvonne, Michael and
7th Peter, Franklyn and Eugene Lue lost their beloved mum.
98 years old.
widow of the late Ferdinand (Ferdie) Madden (2003 Hall Of Famer)
on Feb 18th, leaving to mourn her loss, children Patricia, Ferdinand
Francis, Angela, Fabian, Christine, Jacqueline & Paul.
9th, Courtney Currie, Past President of the Jamaica old boys lost
sister in a tragic car accident in Toronto. Out to support
Courtney and his
family at the funeral Mass were President Milton Hart; newly
V.P.and President elect Fred Kennedy, Past Presidents Chris
and wife Charmaine; Robbie Vernon and wife Heather ,
and Directors Carl Chang and wife Paula, Gary Thompson,
members Douglas and Michael Carter. Carl Chang
represented the Jamaica Chapter.
At the cathedral ordination jubilant trio,
Reece centre with new Jesuit priests Rev.Michael Davidson S.J.
left & Rev. Rohan Tulloch S.J. right.
24th, our beloved Archbishop Burke S.J.,D.D., O.J. passed on
after a long
battle with cancer in Kingston Jamaica. (See part 2) Our
Robbie & Heather Vernon and Carl Chang for representing
at the various Celebration of Life Events in Jamaica.
not sadness however as God was kind enough to Archbishop Burke to grant
great wish and that was to allow him time to participate in the
two of his Jesuit protégées.
was granted when on December 30, 2009 Michael Davidson S.J. and Rohan
Tulloch S.J. were ordained at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston
Michael was a former Dean of Discipline at St. George’s College; Rohan
is an old
boy of STGC. Both were ordained to the diaconate in April 2009 at our
Lourdes Church in Toronto and now the final glory for God’s ministry,
Jamaican Jesuit priests at a time when recruits to the profession are
far between. Not so however in Jamaica where we have now eight young
in the process of Jesuit formation. This was the last official duty
Archbishop Burke S.J. He was too frail at the end of the ceremony to
the two new priests in their triumphant dance for the Lord; leaving this
jubilant Archbishop of Kingston, the most Rev. Donald Reece.
Danielle with baby Isaiah
news all around;
this photo in - Meet Uncle P’s (Pat Ferguson’s) great grandson
Gardner, born June 19,2009. Here he is with mum Danielle
is all agog as well with the arrival of grandson Leopold
January 21st weighing 7lbs 2 oz. Mother Nicole and papa Pascal fine.
recently from Roy McCatty, who was so excited about his daughter
Adrianna, Florida based soccer star, who made it on the Jamaica squad
against Canada in the CONCACAFU U-17 Women’s World Cup
it looks like now! Yes – the repaired and revarnished banisters at
O’Hare building. A big thanks to Laurie Heffes who came
time in his promise to have these banisters looking as good as new. Here
are restored to their original beauty in their original spot in the
historic O’Hare building. On a school tour taking in the sight are Lyndon
Latore, Carl Chang and Charles Williams.
On School tour
restored banister: Lyndon Latore, Carl Chang, Charles Williams.
Michael Davidson S.J. with our own Fr.Jim Hosie S.J.
Amoy Lowe, Fulford Chin Choy,Marsden Chen
heard from Fr. Jim Hosie S.J. for a while, but got this update
Michael Davidson, who was so elated in December when father Jim went
Boston College to have dinner with him. Most of you will remember Fr.
headmaster of St. George’s College. He has always been close to our
Chapter and has been here several times, including the memorable retreat
Collingwood in1997. Who will also forget his assistance to us in the
visit to the retired Jamaica Jesuits in Weston in 1999?
was in Toronto in January for the funeral of Raymas Chin . Albeit a sad
occasion, however Old friends got together at the home of Keith and
Amoy Lowe, and are captured here reminiscing on former times at
thanks for sharing.
Trevor Palmer addressing STGC students
to Carl Chang for sending us this photo capturing Florida Old Boy
Association President Trevor Palmer addressing the ST.G.C school
assembly. Trevor was on a school tour and made a significant donation on
of the Florida chapter for the O’Hare building Fund. Now this is
complete we are
all charged up to finish the Lawrence Burke S.J Building in his memory.
Happy couple Mary Ann Chambers & husband Chris at our NYE Ball
to our sister school ICHS alumni and former Ontario Minister Mary
Chambers who was honoured with a YWCA Woman of Distinction award for
community service. She has served with distinction in every facet of
life. A former Scotiabank senior vice-president, Mary Anne entered
2003 and served for nearly two years as Minister of Training, Colleges
Universities and later as Minister of Children and Youth Services.
Established in 1981, the awards honour women for their outstanding
is with spouse Chris at our recent NYE Ball.
Barry Crooks, graduating class of 1965. He resides in Maitland
Barry was Bellarmine House captain in 1966, ran track and says his
memory was playing alongside the great Dennis Ziadie on the 1965 Manning
team. He migrated to the US in 1969 and graduated from Brooklyn
1975 with a B.Sc in Computer Science . He has been an employee of
AT& T since
1978 and is a Lead Member of the Technical Staff. He is married to Pat
and has two children to be proud of; Brandon (1990) a student
University of Florida and Camille (1993) a sophomore at Bishop
School in Orlando.
an honours student and quite an athlete as well. She is a point guard on
school’s varsity basketball team and is currently ranked 4th best player
age group for the Central Florida region.
disappears in November - fishing he says. Yes that’s Ray Chang.
time there is the tale of landing the big one.
it was verified- “It True”
son Andrew and buddy Peter Wong took first place in
Tournament in Panama.
from the Panama newspaper report which we got translated ( Spanish)
Jamaican Ray Chang”,
of a team “Trini to The Bone”- (that’s obviously Peter’s
awarded it after capturing the first marlin fish yesterday, after a long
with another four competitors who had the same option. Chang’s side got
with only 6 minutes to get it out of the water and later return it to
participated for six years in Pinas and have never won first place; I
placed second as a team”.
tournament is first class, with competitors capturing a total of 40
six sail fish”, announced the tournament judge, Marcos Ostrander.
is quoted from the Panama newspaper.
the coveted Hyundai first prize and took the cash instead and donated it
Guy Harvey Foundation and another charity.
Ray - You rarely miss our Board meeting-we forgive you this time.
Young at Wolmer’s function
Georgians are supportive of other Alumni Associations and have a special
support thing going with Wolmers. We were well represented at their
fundraising Brunch in November last. Charmaine and I led the Georgian
comprising as well Ray Chang and Donette Chin Loy, John
Annette Flynn, Robbie & Heather Vernon. As in past
Canadian and Jamaican national anthems were sung by
Georgians Charles Young
and Lloyd Chung. Kudos to Wolmers President Yvonne Barclay
President Trevor Massey on putting on such a lovely event.
Egerton Clarke with Robbie & Heather Vernon
Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston Jamaica, another outstanding Georgian
his 50th anniversary as a priest at a special mass at Holy Cross Church
2nd. There was a reception after in the church hall presided over
Trevor Graham, who played glowing tributes and shared some memorable
anecdotes with the large gathering. Robbie, Heather and Carl
represented us there as well.
Ontario Chapter cheque from Robbie Vernon
Jamaica Robbie made several visits to the school with our Liaison Dir. Carl
Chang. Here he is presenting C$5000 towards the computer programme
of our Ontario Chapter.
Saturday February 27th, a huge event in Toronto took place at the Four
Hotel. The staging of the inaugural UWI Benefit Gala Fundraiser to
notable individuals who made significant contributions to the Caribbean
community and to celebrate the many graduates from the university
contributed to Canada’s rich diversity.
At UWI gala Ray Chang & Donette Chin Loy.
Honourable Harry Belafonte (in absentia) as one of the two
being awarded the Special 2010 Luminary Award. The other was the
Mayann E Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong was among the UWI graduates receiving the
2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award.
attendance were Mayor David Miller, Mary Anne Chambers, former
Minister and husband, Chris. Charmaine and I represented our
this significant event, along with Director At Large, Tony McDowell and
his wife, Arlene. Other Georgians Dr. Louis Lee and wife
Claudette, Howard Shearer, Dr Aggrey Irons also attended.
patron was none other than our own Treasurer Dr G Raymond
Team pointing to their star coach, Neville ”Bertis” Bell,centre
over trophy. Back Row
Jevaughn Lennon, Windell Reid, Jahvon Allison, Kareem Manning, Kavel
Smith, McKauly Tulloch, Romario Jones, Davion Kelly, Dan Evans, Marvin
Morgan, Deshawn Forbes, Kemar Cummings Front Row L-R Cliford
Gordon, Carl Reid, Robert Salkey, Oniel Fisher, Devon Williams,
Henry and Kevin Hurd.
Missing from Photo: Jhuvon Francis,Kendon Anderson & Shawn
achievements of the St. George’s College football team, under the
tutelage of Neville “Bertis” Bell, can arguably be classified as
Recall that this team won the 2009 Manning Cup championship, won
coveted Olivier Shield, and narrowly missed winning the Walker
Bell’s work with this team has won him national recognition. Reggae
soccer website, proclaimed: “Four-time Premier League champions
have acquired the services of former national player and National Youth
Neville 'Bertis' Bell as head coach, with immediate effect”. Well
Defending champions St George's College retained their ISSA/Digicel/
Manning Cup title after locking horns with a spirited Bridgeport
team. In keeping with their never-say-die attitude, St. GC won
with an exciting
come-from-behind 3-2 extra-time score at the National Stadium.
St. GC won the prestigious Olivier Shield title with a thrilling 5-3
win over St. Elizabeth Technical High School.
This team’s achievements have done much to lighten the spirit of
world-wide and serves as a reminder of what can be achieved via
dedication and discipline.
Congratulations are in order for a coach who has injected tremendous
enthusiasm and sportsmanship in our team.
Congratulations as well to Coach Clifford Brown, whose under-16
under-19 teams made it to the finals of the ISSA Basketball competition.
March 4, 2010 the under-16 team became all island champions.
Greetings fellow Georgians, Friends and well-wishers.
time this issue gets to you, my term in office would have officially
you would have a new President in Milton Hart. Let me be the
congratulate Milton in his new office and pledge my support during his
that’s what it has been about. Support. Support from the entire Board
membership. Support from our fellow alumni associations as well, Alpha
Immaculate, Jamaica College, Wolmers
Calabar in particular.
constant concern on my part is that there never seems to be enough time
things done. Upon reflection, the reality is that there is so much to
we know and plan for, others are due to circumstances but manage we must
with a team behind me, manage we did.
years of my tenure saw many changes. The passing of several Georgian
Mrs. Phyllis Alexander, Fr. Leo Quinlan, Byron Lee and most
Archbishop Lawrence Burke, S.J. We also saw our footballers taking
Manning Cup two years in succession under the guidance of coach, Neville
‘Bertis’ Bell. The school’s academic achievements also continued to make
significant strides under Principal, Mrs. Margaret Campbell and
discipline has been restored. What a difference this all makes! And
Margaret who was able to take the time to be at our last two Summer
Balls … our
major fundraisers. It makes such an impact when the Principal can be
our fundraisers … validation, especially to our ‘outside’ supporters,
have never been to the school and in fact may have never been to
saw the historic ground-breaking for the Archbishop Lawrence Burke,
Centre. Many thanks to our dynamic trio Ray Chang, Donette Chin Loy
Chang who made it happen.
summer, we also experienced a miracle with the renovation of the O’Hare
Building. Termites had long taken over the building and rendered it
Our Liaison Director, Carl Chang went into overdrive and in the
summer break, had the entire building redone just in time for the new
year … and if you live or at least do business in Jamaica, you will
the miracle that it took to get this done in time. Thanks seem so small
great task that was accomplished but thanks, nonetheless, Carl. And I
there are still bills to be paid as a result so, please contribute if
It’s never too late.
financial support for the school has never been greater. The maintenance
infra-structure has long been deferred and, sooner or later, we have to
the issues. But this costs and without your support we are sure to fail …
that is not an option. With the Grace of God and your continued support,
overcome the obstacles.
closing, my heartfelt thanks to my hardworking Board of Directors. The
were many but never too much for us to manage. Thanks and see you soon!
The Man Who Now Leads Us
in-coming president of the St. GC Old Boys’ Association in Ontario
the tremendous work of his predecessors and is challenged to uphold an
extraordinary tradition of leadership and dedication to the school.
Milton Hart has
taken on the very important task of president at the Annual General
March 14, 2010.
am always mindful of the positive impact that St. George’s College has
my life,” said the new president. “I am always eager to contribute,
can, to this institution of learning.”
has been with the Ontario Chapter since 2002. At that juncture, he
the capacity of “Sports Director”. Milton was instrumental
in leading the
Toronto-based Georgians to four consecutive championship wins in the
District League, and in originating the annual Deltana Cup tournament, a
competition contested by Georgians in Florida and those in Canada.
served Jamaica as a member (soldier) of the Jamaica Defence Force
1984 to 1992. Perhaps being chosen to represent Jamaica as a member of
famous Jamaican Bobsled team in 1989 was the high point of his
career. After several competitions as a member of the bobsled team
and North America, he represented Jamaica as a member of the 1992
Jamaican Bobsled squad in Albertville, France.
migrating to Canada, Milton pursued post-secondary education at York
where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in
Communication-studies. He later attended the University of Toronto where
attained a Bachelor of Education degree. On a full-time basis, he
Canadian youths achieve academic success in the capacity of an
continues to demonstrate leadership, and a willingness to serve, in the
military where he is a Military Logistics Officer.
armed to boot with a charming and very supportive wife, Novelette;
ICHS alumna . They have two delightful young children Matthew
leader by example we look forward to fresh ideas and a new beginning in
chapter in our Ontario alumni Association.
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