Sunday, February 29, 2004

Classes of 1989-1993

Looking for Long lost  friends from Argile Acc and LSHS grads of the classes of 1989-1993. This is Jenn Morton  LSHS Class of 1992. I'd love to hear from any of you!
(Hi Daddy!)

Storm Damage

 Hi All , we've all been hearing the big blizzard in Nova Scotia, but lets not forget our friends in BC. They also have had some serious damage this year, here is a pic from the last storm that hit Vancouver and Victoria. My prayers are with you Les.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Pazarnuk Family

I was wondering if anyone knew the Pazarnuk family from 340 Egan.I lived at 342 Egan all my childhood.Debbie and i were like sisters then,we lost contact over the years and i haven't been able to find her.
Her father was  Alan and her mother was June,she was also related to the Websters at the end of Egan.The owned Wolf Cycle on Wellinton
Any info would be great
Thanks Lorna

Gary Doskas

I don't know if anyone here knows or remembers the Doskas Family.  Originally from Moffat St., later Champlain I believe.  Their father was recently killed in a tragic car accident.  Two of their children and his wife were also in the accident, but they survived.
Gary is the oldest.  He currently resides in the Boston area.  The other children were Rosmary, Eric and Ross.
Just thought I would pass it along in case anyone knew him.  I am guessing he graduated VCH in 1975.  He was my next door neighbor growing up.

!!!just in case anyone is wondering!!!

 I will be off line for a few days. or as long as it takes to set up my NEW computer..have to remove all "doc""folders' and the such" from this pc into my new pc ,so everybody have a great weekend and cross your fingers  for me that I figure out how to accomplish it all correctly...  Ginny

Famous People

I just this evening found out that William Shatner went to Verdun High School.  I knew he was a Canadian, and had gone to McGill Univ., but not that he had gone to VHS.  Does anyone know where he lived......would it have been Verdun?

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ralph Morton


Mancini Family

This is the Mancini family from oldest to youngest.
Joe (passed in 1982), Sandra (Quebec), Danny (BC), Johnny (Quebec), Lea (BC), Michael (passed in 2000), Linda (BC), Laura (Ontario), Philip (BC).
And the Collins family:
Trish(BC), John (BC), Kathy (BC), Michael (BC), and Rina (BC).

Is there a...

Susan Ewanson here?? My aunty kathy and my mom were wondering??

Just HAD to Share hehe

Just wanted to share this cutie with y'all hehe
Luv, Sharon *

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Susie Gibson

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New Driving Regs in Ouebec?

Fifteen New Regulations in the Minist챔re des Transport du Queb챕c 2004 - Handbook 
1.     Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident    
        Quebec driver avoids using them.
2.     Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe
        distance between you and the car in front of you, because the
        space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even
        more dangerous situation.
3.     The faster you drive through a red light, the less of a chance
        you have of getting hit.
4.     Warning! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one
        expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended.
5.     Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive
       bodywork, especially with Quebec plates.  With no insurance,
        the other operator has nothing to lose.
6.     Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure
        that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot massage as the
        brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of you without ABS,
        it's a chance to strengthen your leg muscles.
7.     Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a
        good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway.
8.     Speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion
        and are not enforceable in Ontario during rush hour, especially
        on the 401.
9.     Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed
        up or move over doesn't mean that a Quebec driver flashing his
        high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your
10.   Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or
        even someone changing a tire. This is seen as a sign of respect
        for the victim.
11.   Learn to swerve abruptly without signalling. Quebec is the
        home of high-speed slalom-driving; thanks to the Department of
        Public Works, which puts pot-holes in key locations to test
        drivers' reflexes and keep them alert.
12.   It is tradition in Quebec to honk your horn at cars in front of
        you that do not move three milli-seconds after the light turns
13.  To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover, it is
        important to exit your vehicle thru the windshield right away. 
       Wearing your seat belt will only impede your hi-velocity escape
        from danger.
14.   Remember that the goal of every Quebec driver is to get ahead
        of the pack by whatever means necessary.
15.    In Quebec, 'flipping the bird', is considered a polite salute.    
        This gesture should always be returned.

Thank You,

Minist챔re des Transport du Queb챕c

Monday, February 23, 2004

hi kinki_1

When I moved to Verdun at the tender age of 12, Shawn Hill was my first boyfriend.  I used to sit on my back stairs and listen to him, Jean Guitar and Dwayn pllay "Jerimiha was a Bullfrog" over and over. What kind of entertainer is he? My ex is a musician. And all four of my kids are musically inclined, and can play as well as sing, pretty good considering I couldn't carry a tune if my life depended on it! My oldest daughter is a tap dance teacher, my oldest son is a graphic designer and copeywriter for an advertizing company. So they are pretty talented I guess.  Karen was friends with Kelly and Debbie Jones, our next door neighbours. I hung around with Colleen McGaraughty, and last I heard her parents still live on Rolland.


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ANDREA!!! :-) those names bring back memories for me, Andrea. :-) I knew your Dad and 2 of your aunts from years ago. I used to live at 365 - 6th Avenue and your Auntie Leah lived in the block of houses next door. She and I hung around together for quite awhile. I think I was something like 11 or 12 years old then so that would be over 30 years ago! Your Auntie Sandy lived on the second floor under us. Leah taught me how to whistle real LOUD with my thumb and index finger against the back of my tongue...and yes I can STILL do it too! hehe Comes in handy sometimes. Are you still in touch with and/or see Leah, Andrea? I would LOVE to be in touch with her again! If you are, ask her if she remembers Sharon Edwards from 6th Avenue when she was a kid, that we both had a crush on our downstairs neighbour by the name of Bob Savaria...God I can't believe I still remember his name! hehehe Your Dad used to tease us about him all the time.
I think I also know your MOM as well! Is she from the same Collins Family that lived in the apartments at the corner of Lasalle Blvd. and Willibrord years ago? Has sisters Rina and Kathy I think? Ask your Mom if she remembers Sharon Edwards who stayed with her grandmother Moran at 14 Willibrord around the corner from her. Or she might remember my Uncle Ronnie Bennett who lived on the third floor in the apartments above them.
Ralph has posted that he hast that pic you want Andrea, but he said it isn't too clear and taken from far away. I have a pretty good photo program here and can sometimes bring out pics a little better -- if you like, you could always email it to me and I can see what i can do with it for you. My email address is My profile here says that my email address is canookie1@hotmail but I rarely use it.
It is SO nice to make your acquaintance, Andrea! You've brought back so many wonderful memories for me, thank you!
I'll be waiting on your reply.
Take care.
Luv, Sharon *

Canada vs USA....haha

Canada vs USA

Three Canadians and three Americans are traveling by train to a hockey game. At the station, the three Americans each buy tickets and watch as the three Canadians buy only a single ticket. "How are the three people going to travel on only one ticket? " asks an American. Watch and you'll
see, " answers a Canadian.
They all board the train. The Americans take
their respective seats but all three Canadians cram into a bathroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the bathroom door and says, "Ticket,
please. " The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The Americans see this and agree it was quite a clever idea. So after the game, they decide to copy the Canadians on the return trip and save some
money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Canadians don't buy a ticket at ALL. "How are you going to travel without a ticket? " asks one perplexed American. Watch and you'll
see," answers a Canadian. When they board the train the three Americans cram into a bathroom and the three Canadians cram into another bathroom nearby. Once the train leaves the station, one of the Canadians leaves and
walks over to the bathroom where the Americans are hiding, knocks on the door, and says, "Ticket, please!! "

Luv, Sharon *

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Follow up

As you can tell not used to this,created a photo album with a mix of pics.(Banff Alberta,Verdun and Mt.Tremblant).Anyone reconize the lady on the stairs let me know.
                                                       Gary Haynes

Hello from Edmonton

Was back east a couple of times and just wanted to add a couple of pictures.
                                                                                  Gary Haynes

Hockey Joke, You'll like this Bim

Two boys are playing hockey on a frozen pond in Red Deer, Alberta, when one of the boys is suddenly attacked by a crazed Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy takes his hockey stick, shoves it under the collar, twists it, and breaks the dog's neck, saving his friend. A reporter is strolling by, sees the incident, and rushes over to interview the boy.

"Young Flames Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal." He starts writing in his notebook. "But I'm not a Flames fan." The little hero replies. "Sorry, since we're in Alberta, I just assumed you were." Says the reporter and he starts writing again. "Oilers Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack." He writes in his notebook. "I'm not an Oilers fan either." The boy says. "Oh, I assumed everyone in Alberta was either for the Flames or the Oilers. What team do you root for?" the reporter asks. "I'm a Maple Leafs fan." the boy replies. The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes

"Little Bastard From Ontario Kills Beloved Family Pet."

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Looking for

Hey Gang, Does anyone know the whereabouts of Regaline Huggins, lived on Rolland. I think I saw her once on the metro , pretty watsed. Just curious.

Re. Remembering Verdun

Hi Chuck

You mentioned a Harry Hurst and it rang a bell. I think I worked for him at Turnbull Elevator many years ago. Am I correct on that, and very happy to hear that your therapy is going well. Take care Noble, Your's in the Faith, Bob Archibald

wonderful memories.

 Everybody has wonderful memories of living in Verdun,.........Given the chance would any of you move back to Verdun??

Friday, February 20, 2004

Remembering Verdun- BUCK BURGERS

Hi Les;

        I work in Lasalle and a couple of weeks ago I had an uncontrollable urge for a couple of BUCK BURGERS from the Allard st restaurant. They cost $3.20 each but are worth every cent.

Another place that I have not had food from in a long while is Momesso`s in NDG. They have the best Italian Sausage Sub. I hope to get one soon.

Right now I am headed off to Costco, where I will grab a Polish Hot Dog and Fries on the way out - also worth every cent. 

My sister lives in New Westminster. Is that far from where you are? She graduated from VHS in 1965. I finished in 1972.


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hockey bio

Hello Verdun>.. recently sent my hockey bio to the pointe site,,since i recruited heavy out of Verdun, i guess you guys should have it as well
1960- 71 Boston BRUIN SCOUT, worked for Otis Elevator during the day, and the bruins at night recruiting talent, first player i signed under the old sponsorship was Gilles Marotte, then Bernie Parent, Jean Pronovost, Bobby Lalonde, Phil Myre, and Dan Bouchard, also recruited Verdunite Brian Elwell for Syracuse e.h.l., he's still living in Syracuse NY.
1971-72 California Golden Seals N.H.L. Director of Player Personel, and G.M. of the Columbus seals of the I.H.L., drafted former Verdun Juvenile hockey player Craig Patrick, for the parent team and signed former Verdun Grad Jimmy Bartlett for Columbus.
Quit California  Hated Charley O Finley, joined the WHA set up yhe very first draft for the new league evaluated 476 players for the draft, in Anehein, helped Bill Hunter draft for the Alberta Oilers, now the Edmonton Oilers, went off to Cleveland when they entered the league and put that franchize to gether player wise thatis
1973-74 Lured back to the NHL, by the St. loius Blues signed as Gm, got fired end of year, and returned to the WHA, to put the Indianapolis Racers together.
 Along the way coached teams in Drumheller Alberta, Jrs, Utica Mohawks of the EHL and ended up coaching the Verdun Leafs of the Quebec Sr League
In a brief I should have stayed with Otis Elevator, I loved that job, and the guys I worked with  Chuck Catto

Thursday, February 19, 2004





Wednesday, February 18, 2004


 Hi.......I'm planning to go to Ottawa for a few days the first week in March...Is there anybody out there that can give me ideas what to see, visit??, and if anybody knows of any resonable priced hotels,,,.  Thanks.


 patsy ginnhere i am thinking of when we went to VHS and had snowstorms. We are expecting a noreaster or weather bomb tonight with 50 cms. of snow    and still no snow and schools have been cancelled in halifax area,  telling people to stay home from work thurs.  What happened when we went to school??  Can anyone remember school being cancelled because of snow?? Supposed to have no power because of Hurricane Juan damaged so many trees. Guess i better start cooking because my daughters called and the grandkids want to here to go sleding, Thank heavens for 4x4.  patsy ginn

Where is Brian Bennett

Does anyone know where I could find Brian Bennett? He was my best friend in school. Last time I saw him was in 1985. If you know him, please tell him Gerry Pucci is trying to find him. Thanks

Tuesday, February 17, 2004



Monday, February 16, 2004


Photo of me is there I will post more Ya might see your house in this one ?
Photo of Lorraine is in Tronto with my Mother. I saked her to send it to me

New Photos

Just posted some old photos from Verdun in the pics section called boat club and others.

Verdun Hockey?

First of all. Although I haven't participated much in the conversations on this site, I do come in here on a very regular basis and love getting my memories fondly stimulated by the discussions and pictures that get posted.
I grew up in Verdun. Played in Norman Dawe hockey from age five in mosquito though to bantam and then on to midget with the Verdun Grads.
Back then in the late fifties and sixties it seemed every kid in Verdun played for Norman Dawe hockey.
Anyone remember those year end banquets. The first one I recall was at the fith aveune theatre I think.
Anyway I just watched this new movie  "Miracle". Anyone else see it?
Its about the USA hockey team winning the olympics in 80 and beating the undefeatble Russians. Of course the Yanks make it out to be the most important hockey event ever.
I know its old history..and never really liked history all that much with Mr Prunier at VHS either..
Who can forget or remember the 72 Canda Russia series!
That was without a doubt the greatest hockey event period. Since then of course the face of hockey has changed...
What started out as a curiosity turned out to be all out war. 
Not just a one game in the olympics but a whole seven game series on both sides of the world. Unlike the olympics.. Schools were tuned in.. places of work were tuned in.. the whole country was practically shut down to tune in.
It was their culture against ours.
And not only in Canada .. I have a couple of russian friends  and I asked them if they knew  about that series.. Their eyes lit up .. "OH YA.. the whole country of russia shut down to watch it"  They said.
Anyway my point is  why do we Canadians and (Verdunites first of course), have to be subjected to the US propaganda all the time why cant we create our own! Im not trying to be policital just a comment..
Johnny O

Verdun Movie Critics

Hey Gang , Watched three movies this week and I'll give my reviews. Secondhand Lions, a pleasant surprise enjoyed it very much. Tuscan Sun, chick flick what else can I say. Out of Time, good but Denzel has done better. Any other reviews or opions????

Chat Sessions

I'm wondering if the chat area is being used at all these days. If so, when is the best time to log on?

Sunday, February 15, 2004

How cold is it today ??

Its cold enought to freeze the nuts off the Champlaine bridge.. Next


Hey Ginny , the forecast for mid week is PLUS 5 degrees, you better get your snowflake buddies in the freezer. The end is near. I'm not really a cruel person, but when it comes to snow, I hate it. But I'm glad they have a friend in you. lol


 There use to be dances at "the rec" a small building right besides. st thomas moore I  think thats the church's name it was on bannantyne.Any how I was there for all the dances, plus a few times to the Y down on Lasalle bvld


p.s. use to be a trampoline at "the rec" too, during the week we go use the trampoline..

Legion Dances (Verdun Avenue)

Is there anyone out there who use to go to the Legion dances on Verdun avenue on Friday nights in the 60's?  I can't remember who put them on but they were great. 

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Kinsmen Boys and Girls Club

Any "old" memnbers of the Kinsmen Boys and Girls Club out there? Maurice Mariasine was the Director. This was about 1950!


treat that someone special today,maybe a old verdunite buddy.say something nice to someone that you havent for longtime,it'll make you feel good too.

have a great st valentines day!



A Valentine to old friends

There are no wishes like a former lover's
That from the dark,repentant night must shine.
And so through we have both moved on to others.
I send you from afar across time, this Valentine.
Happy Valentine's Day

just a wondering

 just wondering if there are any night owl's like myself out there??????

Friday, February 13, 2004


Do any of you guys/gals play pogo, check it out

Gerry Grondin??

Every Valentine's Day is a memory of a sweet fellow who delivered a box of chocolates to my house in a raging snow storm back in 1959.  He may not remember this incident, but I do...every February 14th. 
The last time I met him was on the South Shore in a shopping center, and I believe he lived on the south shore.  If anyone knows Gerry, I would sure like to hear from him and perhaps thank him for giving me this 45 year old memory.
Cheers, Linda

Happy Valentines Day To all you beautiful Verdun girls.

Happy Valentines Day to all of Thoes Beautiful Verdun Girls.
You know who you are.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Woodland or Verdun Catholic

Hey all,
Just wondering if anyone went to either Woodland Elementary or Verdun Catholic

Foot ball behind the Auditorium

Anyone remember going to play football with the French guys behind the Aud.
There were some very bloody games .
I ran into their quarterback and he still remembered the games.

Riverview Reunion

Hey Maggie, Do you for a fact that this reunion is on? I've sent e-mails, sent snail mail , made phone calls and nothing, I figured it was cancelled. I'll call the school tomorrow, if anyone has any info about this please let me know. Thanks
Take Care all.

Dreamin' of Virginia

Hey Kids, I work the midnight shift at Go Transit, clearing snow. So to you Ginny you can keep all the snow in Laval lol. So when I get home in the morning and crash out my sleep is intermitten, a few hours here and a few hours ther. It seems that my dreams are pretty intense too. Well yesterday I dreamt about Virginia Starr, don't worry Sharon it was a clean dream, lol. I geuss because I've been reading all these messages over the past couple of weeks and reading about Sharon's farm it popped in my head. Even though I've never met you Sharon I feel as if we are good friends now. Thank you for the tour of your farm and you were so happy to have a visitor from Verdun visit you in Virginia. It's funny how the brain works. Anyways take care all. PS I'll be in Verdun in a couple of weeks, I can taste the food now.

definite purpose in life

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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Just joined!

Hi Everyone,
I was cruising around and decided to join and drop everyone a line to say HI!
I grew up in Verdun and went to VCCHS until 1980, when I graduated, after that I flew out of Quebec, the politics was way too much.  I have been living in Ontario for 20 years and never looked back, well just a little.  I miss the old haunts and the people I grew up with but settling in Oshawa, I now have a new home.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hey!
Take care,

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Verdun Figure Skating Club

I am looking for friends who skated with the ;Verdun Figure Skating Club.; I remember Brenda Alderly, Joan Plimley, Frances Smith, Frances Flood, Deanna Luck, Nancy Davidson, and Lise Petit . Would like to hear from anyone who was a member from 1954-1958


My condolences to the family of  Bobby Tonner who passed away Friday Feb.6. Another Verdunite who has passed away far too young at 45 years.  Dannyb

Anyone Care to Share? :-)

Someone in one of my Yahoo groups posted this and I thought it would be nice to post here for anyone who might care to share. :-) Help us get to know one another a bit better!
Luv, Sharon

1. If you could trade places with one person for one day, who would you choose and what would you do?

This is going to sound wierd, but the very first person that popped into my head was my husband's ex-wife, the mother of his 3 kids. I would like her to be able to feel what "I" feel and know that all I want to be is a friend to Rick's kids and that I am not a threat to her. She has made it very difficult for me to have any kind of a relationship with any of them. Maybe she would understand how very much in love I am with Rick too, and not go around telling everyone that "I'm with him for his money".

Which, by the doesn't have.


2. Has a friend ever confided something in you that could change or damage some relationships?

Yes sadly . A girl that I thought I knew so well. Her husband had gone to prison for sexual abusing her daughter . When he was due for
release, she told me she had told her daughter he was coming home and if she didn't like it she could move out . Her daughter was 14 . I couldn't believe she had said such a thing and was willing to put her scum of a husband above the needs of her child . I really thought I knew her better but it showed me I didn't . She did take him back and she did send her daughter to live with her aunt.


3) Any hobbies or interests that you are really passionate about?

I am very passionate about animals. I have loved animals since I was a child and was lucky that my Mom encouraged me by allowing me to own many different kinds, helping me to take care of the birds I brought home with broken wings and feeding the stray cats from her balcony. (Thanks Mom) Loving animals is a good thing, but can make it very heart-breaking for you when an animal is hurt and/or old and must be put out of their misery.


4) What is the most unusual dream you've ever had?

I don't really remember a lot of my


5) If you could change any one thing about your country, what would it be and why?

Well, I have 2 countries to choose from. Speaking of Canada where I was born, at the risk of sounding biased, I really can't think of anything except specifically in Quebec, I would make sure there were enough doctors and nurses staffed in the hospitals so that people didn't die waiting for operations and the waiting times in hospital emergency rooms wasn't as long as the 9 and a half HOURS that I waited when my daughter broke her finger and suffered all that time while we waited our turn.

As for the offense to my American friends, but I hate the gun laws here. You can't even buy AMMUNITION now in Quebec without having a license!


6) If money were no object (and don't we all wish for that) and you could live anywhere in any style home, describe it all?

Well, let's see. Mine would be an old, rambling, pine-log cabin on a large scale. With huge and high full log beams in the rafters and a big old fireplace in the living room and each bedroom. It would be decorated in "folk art" style, one of my favs. The beds would have thick, downy feather mattresses and huge, old hand-made quilts There would be photos of Rick and my combined six children all over the walls. And of course, once the grand-children came along (dontwannathinkaboutitdontwannathinkaboutit! LOL) then there would be a special wall for THEIR pics too. Being an animal lover, of course there would be 2 or 3 cats lolling around the fire and a mutt on the floor by my chair. :-)

This beautiful house would be situated on the edge of a big, calm reflective lake where I'd have Adirondack chairs to sit in and gaze at the lake and watch the nature all around me.

7) What is your biggest fear?

When I was in Quebec, if we saw a snake slithering thru the grass we would be apt to simply pick it up and play with it and stroke and admire it for awhile before placing it back where it was. So I was never afraid of them and actually liked them a lot. It never occurred to me not to do the same thing here until hubby and I were walking around the pond one day that the cows drink from and Rick said simply and quietly "Snake....keep still". Tho I'm not accustomed to doing that, thank God I did, cuz I FREAKED when I saw was a water mocassin. Brrrrrrr...still gives me chills thinking about it. So yeah NOW my biggest fear HERE is snakes. ;-P I learn fast'm not stupid. Hubby says he's even seen a rattler or 2 around.

There's also that fear that every parent has about something happening to one of your kids and you can't do anything to stop it from happening:  My oldest daughter has epilepsy and it ripped my heart out each time that I'd have to sit by her and just let the seizure happen and wait it thru. You feel so helpless, when your job as a parent is supposed to be to make sure that things like that DON'T happen to them, but sometimes there isn't anything you can do.  I thank God that her seizures have been well under control now for over 3 years.


8) What is a question you would like to ask the world?

My question would be the age-old "Can't we just GIVE PEACE A CHANCE?"


9) What is something you hope you never see happen in your lifetime?

Like all parents --- the death of one of my children. I can't imagine the pain one goes thru when that happens. It is not the natural order of things, not supposed to happen that way, ya know? I know some women that it has happened to, and I can tell you, it changes the person they were.



10) What is your favorite childhood memory?

My Dad taking me to Lafontaine Park on one of our "weekends". It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a wonderful time. Of course there were all kinds of animals there too, so I was in my glory. :-) My Daddy and animals... I must have been 4 or 5 years old at the time but I still remember it like it was yesterday.

I still miss him even tho he disappeared from my life almost 25 years ago and I haven't heard from him since :-(

Miles Hi Again

Well, I finally got my computer back, it was sick.  My mom was the one who told me when we were teenagers how we were related, I guess she knew your parents.  My grandmother was Bea Murphy, who was my Dad's mom.  I have a zillion cousins all over Pt. St. Charles and Verdun. You mentioned my cousin Blair, we were very close to his family growing up and we took his passing very hard. Gail and I loved to tag behind him, remember we were 3 yrs younger and probably a pain.  But he always protected us.  My Aunt lives in Ville LaSalle with Gail, her husband and kids.  They were the ones I always hung with and showed me the ropes around Verdun when I moved there from St. Hubert (where I grew up on Cornwall ST).  It was through Blair and his buddies I met my first "Hell's Angel", at his club house.  My older brother Billy and his family (wife and 3 boys) live on Monte St. Hubert, my sister Marian Murphy Gilmore,her husband and 3 boys live on Robinson St.  When I think of home, it is St.Hubert and then Verdun. You had to have known my ex husband Alan Brewis, we hung around with Danny Manning who is now an English teacher in Pensylvania. He has a 4 year old daughter named Elizabeth. With the crap we did as teenagers I was surprised he was still alive, let alone an English teacher!!! his email address is

Ian Davison and Brian McCullum were two we hung around with too.  I looked your wife up in the '74 year book. Loved the burb for you. Nice to see that some were with their true loves.  Thought I'd be married forever but learned the hard way that marriage vows were not etched in stone. I am on the hockey team in the '74 yearbook and there is my class photo too.


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Monday, February 9, 2004

Hello. I'm New Here (sorry this is late)

Hello everyone. My name is Marlene. I am 33 years old. I live in Lasalle. I joined this group in the hopes of finding one of my friends who I think still lives in Verdun. Unfortunately, apparently no one here knows him. That's ok though. At least I tried. Anyway, I have and have had friends who live and lived in Verdun. Rodney Jervah, who I have been friends with since around 1986(we went to westmount high school together), Darlene Lockwood(went to westmount high school together), Darlene Haworth(went to montreal high school together, this was went I went back to school to get my high school diploma), Mark Goulet(we used to date), Lori Peak(ex-best friend, have known each other since we were small), and of course Danny Tibbo, who I joined this group in hopes of getting in contact with again, etc.
Anyway, I just thought I would introduce myself.

Sunday, February 8, 2004



Patsy and Peter Kendall

I have tried several VHS sites and I am still looking for either Peter or Patsy Kendall. They are brother and sister and lived in Ville Emard. Peter was working for a drug company on the west island and Patsy married and moved to the Toronto area. Our parents were very close friends and Patsy and I were born two days apart . Pat was born in 1946 and Peter approx 1943.
Their parents retired to the east coast and my Mom (86 yrs old) has lost touch with them. I suppose they have passed away but would like to know. Thanks for any help Lynn Dumayne (Ganter)


From:  "BIM" <beaubim@y...>
Date:  Sun Feb 8, 2004  10:53 am

Obituaries (02/06/04)
HURLEY, Dorothy (nee McCrea). At Grace Dart Hospital, on February 4,
2004 at the age of seventy-five years, passed away peacefully after a
courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Beloved wife of the late Douglas
Hurley. Devoted mother of Steven (Carolyn), David (Terri), Chris
(Linda) and Doug Jr. Loving grandmother to Sarah, Derek, Katlyn and
Ryan. Also survived by her sisters Carol (Dick) and Betty, her
brother Gordon, and many relatives and friends. Resting at: Service
in the chapel on Monday, February 9 at 1 p.m. A special thank you to
the Grace Dart Nursing Home for their kindness. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation would be appreciated.
Visitation on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday as of 12



A Funny for a Lazy Sunday hehe

Happy Sunday everyone!
Just thought I'd share my all-time favorite joke with y'all. Hope I don't offend anyone with it, and if I do, I apologize in advance.
You may have already heard it but it's one of those that withstands repeating. It STILL makes me laugh out loud even when I'm by myself hehe.
Luv, Sharon

Ernie the Hamster

If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome including toilet-flush burials for dead goldfish It's a long story but one that will have you laughing out LOUD!!

Overview: I had to take my son's hamster to the vet. Here's what happened:

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was something wrong with one of the two hamsters he holds prisoner in his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me, "I'm serious, Dad. Can you help?"

I put my best hamster-healer look on my face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little rodents was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do. (Call my wife.)

"Honey," I called, "come look at the hamster!" "Oh, my gosh," my wife diagnosed after a minute. "She's having babies." "What?" My son demanded.

"But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"

I was equally outraged. "Hey, how can that be?! I thought we said we didn't want them to reproduce!" I accused my wife. "Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?!" She inquired. (I actually think she had the gall to say this sarcastically.)

"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her (in my most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth together). "Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" My son agreed. "Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, ya know," she informed me. (Again with the sarcasm, ya think?)

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on. I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it. "Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience," I announced. "We're about to witness the miracle of birth."

"OH, Gross!" They shrieked.

"Well, isn't THAT just great! What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little hamster babies?" My wife wanted to know. (I really do think she was being snotty here, too. Don't you?)

We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later. "We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.

"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified. "Do something, Dad!" My son urged. "Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it next appeared, giving it a gingerly tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.

"Should I call 911?" My eldest daughter wanted to know," Maybe they could talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)

"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly.

We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in hislap. "Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.

"I don't think hamsters do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to ME is one thing, but this boy is of her womb.)

The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass. "What do you think, Doc, a c-section?" I suggested scientifically. My son appeared impressed by my observation.

"Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.

"Is Ernie going to be okay?" My wife asked. "Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us.

"This hamster is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen Ernie is a boy."


"You see, Ernie is a young male AND occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um .... er ... masturbate, just the way he did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife. "Well, you know what I'm saying, Mr. Cameron."

We were silent, absorbing this.

"So Ernie's just ... just ... excited?"! My wife offered.

"Exactly," the vet replied, relieved that we understood. More silence. Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And laugh. And then even laugh loudly!

"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness. Tears were now running down her face.

"It's just ... that ... I'm picturing you pulling on its ... its teeny little ..." she gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.

"That's enough," I warned.

We thanked the Veterinarian and hurriedly bundled the hamsters and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going to be okay.

"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you've done, Dad," he told me.

"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, once again collapsing into laughter.

Enough said.

Saturday, February 7, 2004


I hate to say this. But I have read more about the infamous "baring of the boob" on this site than I have read in the newspaper of seen on TV. I guess everybody is discussing this, and that whats keeping it going. The mileage that she is getting out of this is more than any money could buy. How smart is that?????????? She is no dummy. Winnie

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>This was MY life!!!

>All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
>It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
>Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
>Nobody owned a purebred dog?
>When a quarter was a decent allowance?
>You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
>Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
>All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had
>their hair done every day and wore high heels?
>You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
>without asking, all for free, every time?
>And you didn't pay for air?  And, you got trading stamps to boot?
>Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
>It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
>at a real restaurant with your parents?
>They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . .and they did?
>When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise,
>peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
>No one ever asked where the car keys were
>because they were always in the car,
>in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
>Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
>and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a .."
>and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
>Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
>because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
>And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once,
>you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,
>and share it with the children of today?
>When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
>compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
>Basically we were in fear for our lives,
>but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
>Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
>But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
>Send this on to someone who can still remember
>Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
>Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
>the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
>Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
>As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
>Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
>and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
>Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?
>I am sharing this with you today
>because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
>To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
>And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
>old enough to know better and too young to care.
>How many of these do you remember?
>Candy cigarettes
>Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
>Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
>Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
>Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
>Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
>Newsreels before the movie
>P.F. Fliers
>Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
>Party lines
>Howdy Dowdy
>45 RPM records
>Green Stamps
>Metal ice cubes trays with levers
>Mimeograph paper
>Beanie and Cecil
>Roller-skate keys
>Cork pop guns
>Drive ins
>Washtub wringers
>The Fuller Brush Man
>Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
>Erector Sets
>The Fort Apache Play Set
>Lincoln Logs
>15 cent McDonald hamburgers
>5 cent packs of baseball cards -
>with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
>Penny candy
>35 cent a gallon gasoline
>Jiffy Pop popcorn
>Do you remember a time when...
>Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
>Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
>"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
>Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
>It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
>The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
>Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
>A foot of snow was a dream come true?
>Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
>"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
>Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
>The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
>War was a card game?
>Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
>Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
>Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
>If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
>Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
>their "grown-up" life . .I double-dog-dare-ya!
>For Those of you that don't remember or were never there, LOOK WHAT YOU  MISSED IN WHAT WAS THEN THE REAL WORLD where GOD, Love, Integrity,Trust, Honesty, Friendship, Responsibility and  Value had a meaning .
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 Good Morning everybody  on this great snowy saturday mornin. yipppee still snowing here(montreal)this  morning. wishing you all a great weekend......


Bill Cooper. Thanks for the pictures of streetcars. I took my wife back to Verdun about 4 1/2 years ago. Drove along Wellington towards downtown Montreal and had to go OVER the Wellington Tunnel. It was filled in. The Lachine Canal is still there, but is now used by the public with their canoes. Thanks again. Winston Allison

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Friday, February 6, 2004

In Memory

It is with great saddness that I announce the death of another
member of our Verdun Family. John Podperyhora passed away peace-
fully in Calgary the moring of January 31, 2004 after a short
battle with brain cancer. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended
to his parents, his wife Maureen Breidon, his children Jason &
Jennifer, his brother in law Peter Breidon and his many friends 
and family.


Just wanted to say hello to everone from Verdun,I lived at 342 egan street.I moved away in the 80's. I was raised there and miss the old street alot.Its nice to keep up to date with everyone's pictures.I was there last Feb and loved it,It was to cold to go out and walk much but it was still great to be back.Anyway thanks for the site i love it.  Lorna (Maher)Ross

Don Cherry

Hi everybody, What do you think has Don gone too far this time. Did he hurt the French players feelings. Or is the media making too big a deal again. I think Don is Old School and can say whatever he wants about the game. That is his job and that is what they pay him for. He again is no stranger to controversy that why he is there to draw the viewers and hear his take on the game. I think he says what needs to be said. The more protection you put on the players the more they will think that they are indestructable and will hit harder and not pass any thought about the high stick because you can't hurt the other guy because he is protected like Robo Cop. Soon they will be playing with a foose ball and styrifoam sticks. And lets not forget about the force fields that will be introduced in the year 2010. Dannyb

Have YOU had a &quot;Wardrobe Malfunction&quot;? hehe

All this talk about "wardrobe malfunctions" got me thinking about my OWN experiences of the sort. I know we ALL have had at least one episode like this.
And this happened to me in Verdun so I'm still on topic
I had a "tube top" malfunction. hehehe Not so much that the tube top malfunctioned as much as it was a case of my SON malfunctioning tho! LOL
I was standing in line at the Royal Bank at the corner of Wellington and Rielle waiting my turn at the teller...the bank was packed, of course. My son was a baby just about 9 or 10 months old at the time and I had him in his stroller in front
of me. Well he started fussing, so I unbuckled him and held him on my right hip and put my bank book and bills in my left hand. before I knew it he had pulled that freakin tube top right down to my waist! Of course I let out this huge GASP so everyone looked at me.  And my hands were full of baby and bills so I couldnt even reach to pull the top up, the only thing I could think of to do was take HIS little body and hold him against the front of me to hide myself! LOL
I still thank God to this very day for a woman who was in back of me in line, cuz SHE reached around both sides of me and pulled the top up FOR me! :-P I wanted so bad to just leave at that point but i was only 2 or 3 down the line hehe so I just thanked that lady profusely, put Justin in his stroller and buckled him in and let him cry. I didn't look at anyone, I was too embarrassed. I just suddenly found that I had to check to be sure that all my bills and everything were in order hehe....about 10 times. I also made sure that I NEVER
AGAIN wore that tube top when I went out with my kids!
Come Onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn....share it with us! hehe
Luv, Sharon

Thursday, February 5, 2004

re pictures

hay mom 19451. just saw the pics. you posted. we must have gone to vhs at the same time. 1959 t01963 /4. what was your maiden name. mine was ginn. lived on gertrude st; near regina as it was next to the factory ginn bros ltd. gotta dig out my old pics.oldest granddaughter used to laugh so i hid them.  later pat ginn ernst

Anyone seen Danny Reid ?

Does anyone remember Danny Reid?  he used to live in Ville Emard but played in a band that played at the Dawson's Club dances.  He played there around the same time Billy Lane played with a band there.  Also, does anyone remember Scotty Porter?

snow snow snow lol

.... SO  after our 20cm of snow here in mtl. I hear that we are to expect another 20cm starting friday night,, yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!really nice day today mild at -7 and sunny.

Off Topic: The Superbowl Boob Fiasco..

Okies, I know that this has nothing to do with Verdun, but nobody has mentioned it and I would like to know all of your opinions on the "boob incident" that happened with Janet Janet at the Superbowl on Sunday....
Ok here's my POV on the situation....
First of all, it's obvious that the girl had a pasty of sorts, and....if you saw the episode on tv or any of the multitude of pics now all over the Net, did you see the HARDWARE she was wearing?? That ain't any typical thing that you would just wear
everyday...this thing is like a sunburst that almost completely covered the area .
As I see it, this thing was planned from the get-go. She wouldn't have worn something like that unless it was gonna be shown.  And the
statement that it was "wardrobe malfunction"? That's just BS, man...her red lace bra was not "supposed" to have come off with the leather part of her costume? Get real. Bras do NOT come apart like that just from being tugged on, ya know? And if you look at Justin's face in the
pic, he doesn't really look all that surprised, does he?
NOT to mention...isn't it ironic and convenient that the day or two after all the publicity about it that Janet Jackson's next CD happened to come out, huh? Yeah....accident.....sure...
I DO understand an inquiry into it because the Super Bowl IS a family tradition and it WAS still prime time when it happened....but the FEDS? A little much, ya know? LOL Funny too that the streaker who was there at prime time's day of fame was put on the sidelines haha
Anyone else is welcome to post their POV too! Please DO!
Luv, Sharon

Hi Lorna! Welcome! :-)

Hi Lorna welcome to the group! I'm Sharon Starr (nee Edwards), assistant manager here to Maggie McKiernon the owner of Verdun Connections.  I don't remember any of the names that you have mentioned, but I certainly do remember the dances at Dawson's and Barry's Fish and Chips place. What years would we be talking about that you lived there? And where are you now? I just left Verdun in June after being there for 43 years. Now live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with my hubby. I'm 44 now, how old are you if you don't mind me asking. I have a feeling a bit older than I, no?
Please make yourself at home...check out all the photos and add some of you if you like. It's always nice to put a face to the words, ya know?
Again welcome to Verdun Connections. You are sure to rekindle many memories!
Luv, Sharon

Found this site by chance.....

My name is Lorna and I lived on Argyle Ave. and then on Rolland.  I went to Woodland School and VHS.  I have such fond memories of Verdun.....skating at the rink on Lasalle Blvd near Woodland.....dances at Dawsons, the Legion and the at Sally's on Wellington.....hanging out at the restaurant that the Kafenzakis family owned across from Woodland and chips from the place on Bannantyne near Argyle......I used to hang around with....Sandy Brown.....Larry Gibbons.....Carol Kane.....Eddie Locke......these are a few names that come to mind.....Anyone know where they are now?

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Verdun Auditorium memories...

What memories do you all have from the Verdun Auditorium? :-)
when I was young I used to go to the wrestling there every tuesday night i think it was. I had autographs of all the wrestlers Dog Vachon, Sailor White Gino Brito and Danny Bravo, Killer Kowalski and Andre the Giant to name a few, but my fave was Edouard Carpentier. :-)
I ice skated there of course...and went to a few concerts there, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts come to mind. :-) But my best memory of that place was when loretta Lynn was going to be there and the morning of the concert I went walking around the outside of the Auditorium to see if I could see anything....
Her tourbus was parked right outside the side entrance, so i just sat there on the railings that were there and looked at it for a bit, when the side door opened and out walked Loretta's hubby and son! I was so tongue tied but I HAD to say SOMETHING! hehe So I asked "Will Miss Lynn be signing autographs this evening?" Calm and cool and as if I already had tickets...which I didn't hehe!!  Her hubby says "Well I'm not sure but I'll go in and ask her for ya!" And he DID too! hehe Came out with a piece of paper that she had autographed for me and told me that she would be out there signing "if" she had the time, but just in case she didn't, here was her autograph for me! Now I can see some of you rolling your eyes and thinking "Oh my God....LORETTA LYNN! Oh noooooooo geeeez" but hell i've always loved her music and been a fan so it was a thrill for me, ok? hehe And I still have that piece of paper that she signed to this very day. how much do ya think i could get for it? LOL! Any bids?
Anyone have any special memories from the Aud. to share?
Luv, Sharon



yipppeee snowing in montreal are we ever getting hit with the snow today, ohh but it's beautifull, lol, white great big flackes of snow so much so you can't see across the street,,,,and everybody out there shoveling and little snow blowers littering the street lol,lol its just wonderfull...i'm guessing at this point. we got hit with 20 cm of snow so far on top of what we already have yipppeeeeeeee

Monday, February 2, 2004




 lol lol lol i think you will find my message here somewhere.... i did post one .lol sorry. as i stated i'm brand new to msn... i think my message might be under looking for. not sure. but hey i,m new at this msn lol.. take care,,, be gentle with me.. me..... thanks merci bien...

Sunday, February 1, 2004

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Hi Dannyb-1

It's Roy W. I'm sorry but I couldn't find any info on those
XM52 # 3025 :: 663 :: 5055 . It was about 44 yrs ago .
My memory is not as sharp as it was 3 yrs ago after having
a stroke .

Take care