St. George's College
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St. George's College Hall of Fame 2010
Dr. Ralph Thompson , Prof. Anthony Chen , Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong,
Ambassador Anthony Hill, Tommy Lyew, Clive Morin, Robin Mahfood, Dr.
Donald Clarke, Pokar Chandiram & Dr. Raymond Chang
On Saturday, September 18th, five distinguished
St.George’s College old boys were inducted into the schools Hall of Fame. The
uplifting ceremony took place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Earl
Jarrett was Master of Ceremonies.
Keith Lyn’s silky voice enriched the musical
entertainment side and brought back fond memories of the old Byron Lee days to
many- all proceeds went to the school
Of the five inductees, four -- Ambassador Anthony Hill
(class 1954), Tommy Lyew (attended 1946-1948), Robin Mahfood (, class 1960) and
Dr Donald Clarke (Class 1946) -- were present to accept their citations. The
citation for the fifth inductee, the late Father Denis Cruchley, was accepted by
his nephew, Clive Morin.
Dr Clarke was recognized for his service to education
and science; Robin Mahfood for philanthropy and service to St George's; Father
Denis Cruchley for service to education and faculty; Tommy Lyew for service to
St George's in engineering and construction; and Ambassador Anthony Hill for
public service and sports.
Representing our Ontario chapter was Ray Chang and
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong; themselves Hall of Fame inductees. Carl Chang our
liaison Director was also present. Also attending was Dr. Ralph Thompson, Hall
of Fame awardee in 2006.
Pokar Chandiram, chairman of the organizing
committee, at this, the 160th anniversary of the school must have been pleased
with this year’s inductees, all shining examples of the best that St. George’s
Ambassador Anthony Hill is considered even now to
be one of the finest schoolboy footballers that the country has ever produced.
He was a member of the winning 1955 Manning team and captain of the 1956 team
which won both the Manning cup and Olivier shield. He went on to competitive
football and represented Jamaica and the Caribbean region in that sport.
Ambassador Hill has a BSc (Economics) from the
University of London/University of the West Indies and a M.A (Public
Administration) from Carlton University in Canada.
An outstanding public servant he began his
distinguished career in the diplomatic service in 1968 as First Secretary in the
Geneva Mission. Over the next 30 years, he held numerous posts including the
High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the
United Nations and its Specialized Agencies in Geneva from 1978-1989 and again
from 1995-1998. He has been a member of many international bodies and panels.
For his service, he has been awarded his country’s Order of Distinction. (C.D)
Robin Mahfood is President/CEO of non profit Food
for The Poor, the largest charity organization in the United States, which since
1982 has distributed more than $3.5 billion worth of food, medicine, housing
materials, water and other aid to the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Under his leadership, Food for the Poor has experienced impressive growth while
maintaining an operating expense ratio of under 4%. The organization is
consistently recognized by Forbes Magazine for its exemplary charitable
commitment and fundraising efficiency ratios.
Described as a “spiritual businessman with a true
heart for the poor”, Robin has truly tried to live by his schools motto “ Ad
Majorem Dei Gloriam’’ – For the Greater Glory of God .
Fr. Cruchley was a member of the first St. George’s
College football team to bring home both the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield to
Winchester Park This was in 1920 and with two other budding Jesuits on the same
team, Frs. Chas & Sydney Judah. He was ordained in 1936 and was both teacher and
sports master at St.George’s from 1931 to 1933 and again between 1937 to 1944.
He was appointed Headmaster of the school in 1945 - the first Jamaican Jesuit
and Old Boy to occupy the post, which he held till 1951.
He was revered as a pastor and mentor to many in
his service to the wider catholic community in the parishes of Holy Cross, Sts.
Peter & Paul, St. Theresa’s and Stella Maris.
Tommy Lyew is one of the principals of the
consulting firm of Hue Lyew Chin Engineering limited and is recognized by his
peers as an outstanding Jamaican structural engineer.
With his specialist engineering and contractual
expertise He has contributed significantly in the development and maintenance of
the infrastructure of the school and was instrumental in the restoration of the
Chaplain Industrial Art Building, the Auditorium, Emmett Park and more recently
the O’Hare Building.
Dr.Donald Clarke taught chemistry at the school
for years. He is a 1950 graduate of Fordham University, going on to get a
doctorate in 1955 in Organic Chemistry and Enzymology and is presently Professor
of Chemistry at Fordham. He has held senior posts at the University of Toronto
and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a prolific publisher and is a member
of the American Society for Neurochemistry, the International Society of
Neurochemistry and the Biological Society.
In his 60 years of outstanding work in the field
of Science he has been the recipient of numerous awards by his peers.
Here is evidence indeed that our graduates can
and do compete and excel in the international arena.
Ray & Donette's Summer Bash
Vernon, Pat Garel, Milton Hart, Heather Vernon, Margaret Campbell, Ray
Chang, Gary Thompson,
Novelette Hart, Jazeel Martin, Chris Chin, Carl Chang, Fred & Georgie
Kennedy.-Picture by Ray Chen
On the Sunday following the summer ball, Ray and Donette
Chang hosted a party at their beautiful Toronto home to welcome friends of St.
Principal Margaret Campbell, Most Hon Edward Seaga,
wife Carla and daughter and Hon Marlene Malahoo Forte and Justice Ian Forte
were among those present. Guests mingled and chatted away the evening,
enjoying live music and sumptuous food and drink.
With the hectic pace over recent months in
preparation for the ball, the event provided a welcome opportunity for the
executive and their spouses to just relax and enjoy the evening – off duty.
Thanks to Ray and Donette for once again being such
wonderful hosts to the St. George’s family.
Most Hon. Edward Seaga showing Hostess Donette Chang how Ska is done
Host Ray Chang & Errol Williams
In relaxing moods L-R: Lloyd Pinnock, Her Excellency Sheila
Sealy Monteith ,Ja. High Com. Canada,
Pat Ferguson, Hon Marlene Forte & Justice Ian Forte , Kay Pinnock
Just My Views
IN MY VIEW, if ever there was a year that StGC could
three-peat winning the Manning Cup, this could have been it, as coach Bertis
Bell and his boys of white & blue had won about 7 of their 8 games early in
the season, losing only to Wolmer’s, winning 5 of them rather convincingly. This
year, the boys were in Zone E, which contained their rival schools Ardenne High,
Donald Quarrie, Edith Dalton James, Spanish Town High, St Jago High, and
Wolmer’s Boys Schools. They did quite well in the preliminary rounds, winning a
few games with some miraculous come-from-behind goals, and ended up making it to
the quarter finals.
Unfortunately, theirs was the better team this
year, and they knocked StGC out of the competition for 2010, thereby spoiling
the 3peat Manning Cup win. Nothing at all to be ashamed of, however, and I am
sure you will all join me in congratulating coach Bertis Bell and his fine boys
in blue for a job well done in 2010. Keep up the good work guys, and we will see
you in 2011. Here’s hoping you will be in the finals next year for sure.
Coach Neville Bell giving end of season “Thank you” to Manning Team.-
Tony Wong listening in at right.
Neil, having a go at summer ball
(Fr. Ryan will love this one) There was the person
who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would
make them laugh. No pun in ten did!!
Here is a known fact. In the 1968 Olympics held in
Mexico City, 22 year old Jim Hines of USA won the gold for the 100 yd. dash, in
9.95 seconds. Big deal!! In 1952, Jamaica had a young 18 year old JC school boy
named Frank Hall who won the Class 1-100 yd. gold in 9.90 seconds. In 1911,
Norman Manley did it in 10 seconds flat. So, you see, we had speedsters
surfacing long ago. Now we have Bolt. But you heard it here first. Watch out for
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the next up and comer in the 100 meters. Light travels
faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them
It is with sadness that I mention the tragic
passing of Raymond Wong Chew Onn, son of old boy Eddie Wong Chew Onn, and
godson to our StGC Ambassador, Carl Chang. Raymond was killed by home invaders
at his Jamaican residence in late September 2010. Ray leaves his father, mother
Jenneth (Cutie), brother Edward, sister Julie. Sincere condolences from us all
to the entire Wong Chew Onn family. It is said that, no matter how much you push
the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
Pluto Shervington , with Jay Douglas and his All Stars wowing the crowd
I was a bit miffed to see the much smaller turnout
at the StGC Summer Ball this year. Just shy of eight hundred people were
present, compared to the 1000 plus we have had each year over the last 9 or 10
years. I heard flimsy excuses from several old boys. “I didn’t like the food
last year.” Or “The band didn’t play enough soca last year.” Or “Devon and
Pamela aren’t going, so I can’t be bothered to go either.” Stop!! Imagine the
loss of revenue from those extra 200 tickets theat weren’t sold?? It will
certainly affect our annual contribution, some of which will go towards payments
re its property maintenance program, the purchasing of equipment, a variety of
repair costs due to wear and tear? The Ball is the only real fundraiser we have
each year, and needs everyone’s support. Ah, well, the guests at the 2010 Ball
had a great time anyway. They danced and sang along with special guest artist,
“Pluto Shervington,” who took everyone back in time down memory lane with his
fabled “Ram Goat Liva, Letter from Miami, Duppy Gunman” and many others. Pluto
was backed by Toronto’s fabulous all-round dance group, Jay Douglas & the
Allstars. Jay, whose stage performance is second to none in Toronto, wowed the
crowd with a variety of old ballads and well known reggae hits. His 10 piece
band played to a level of excellence, not expected by many in attendance that
evening. Next year, we will certainly have another great time as well. Come
guys, put away your pennies now for next year’s event. And, please --no more
flimsy excuses, support the school by attending the event.. *If you are not
pleased with the Summer Ball, I urge you to write in, or phone any member of
your executive with complaints, recommendations etc. Tell the executive what
would make you want to purchase a ticket to next year’s event. If you do it now,
your recommendations will be acted upon in time for 2011’s event.
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from Fr.
Duffy’s Algebra class back in ‘62, because it was considered a weapon of math
The Hall of Fame event held in Jamaica this year,
was an apparent success. I am told Ambassador Chang sold 150 tickets himself,
and came out of his sales encounters un-injured. Over 400 people were in
attendance. FIVE distinguished St George's College old boys were inducted into
the school's Hall of Fame. They were Ambassador Anthony Hill, Tommy Lyew, the
late Father Denis Cruchley, whose plaque was accepted by his nephew Clive Morin,
Robin Mahfood, and Dr Donald Clarke. Congratulations to them, and
congratulations to the organizers for setting up such a great historic event.
'When one engine fails on a twin-engine
airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the
Congratulations also go out to Trevor Palmer,
President (of the Florida Chapter) and his organizers of their 2010 Dinner
Dance, which from all reports was a most enjoyable and successful event. I will
have to attend next year for sure. As always, I will leave you with this one.
A man was riding his Harley along a California
beach, when suddenly the sky cleared above his head and in a booming voice, the
Lord said, 'Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will
grant you one wish.' The biker pulled over and said, 'Build a bridge to Hawaii
so I can ride over anytime I want.' The Lord said, 'Your request is
materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking,
the amount of supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific, and the
concrete and steel it would take to build such an enormous bridge! It will
nearly exhaust several natural resources here on earth. I can do it, but it is
hard for me to justify your desire for such a worldly thing. Take a little more
time and think of something that could possibly help mankind. 'The biker thought
about it for a long time. Finally, he said, 'Lord, I wish that I and all men
could understand women; I want to know how they feel inside, what they’re
thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry so much and so
often, what they mean when they say “nothing's wrong”, why they snap and
complain when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy. The Lord
replied, 'You want two lanes or four lanes on that bridge?' He-He!!
Gaaannneee! & Merry Christmas to you all.
StGC website at www.stgctoronto.com, go to “Your Executive page”, and send an
email regarding any feedback you have on our Annual Ball, to any of the