Here's one for all you former Verdunites, What do you miss and don't miss since you have left Verdun:
I'm in North Vancouver so
Here's my list
What I miss is:
Steamed hot dogs, smoked meat from Addams, grocery delivery, pizza from Kosta's, Riverview and Woodland pizza, sitting and chewwing the fat on your neighbours balcony, some great friends, fishing down by the rapids, a good subway system, great night life and a whole lot more
What I don't miss:
The cold winters, the humid summers, watching my car rot out from salt exposure, pot holes and a handful of things I can't right now
Just finished a great book on the Irish Potato Famine of 1845 -- 1850. 'The Black Potato' by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. A horrible 5 years for millions of Irish families. The population of Ireland is approximately 4 million today, as compared to 8 million in 1845. Either starved to death or emigrated. Of those who emigrated to Canada, and the US, many died of ship fever (Typhus), either on route or after disembarking. Bill
Does anyone out there have a membership to Classmates.com? I would really like to reconnect with old friends but just cant afford the membership at the present time. If so would they be willing to help me send a few emails to some people I used to know? you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would really appreciate it.
I was recently in Verdun and took a couple of walks accompanied with my digital camera.
The results are posted in the pictures section under "More present day Verdun Photos".
The pics were taken from the prespective of someone who no longer lives in Verdun but grew up in the 50s 60s till mid 70s.
I began my first walk at the corner of my Street. Allard Ave. and Bannantyne. Walked along Bannantyne going up and down a few streets along the way. Went up Woodland and along Verdun then up and along the boardwalk and rivers edge.
I have more pics from more walks and will post them later
I think Flood might like get a kick out of this pic.
I came across this 1962 picture taken at the Verdun stadium of the Cardinals small fry football team.
This was the first year that this younger age level of 10-11 year olds began. The other team in the league at that time was the Vikings.
Anyone out there recoginze anyone from this pic I would love to know who they are as I can't remember any of old team mates. Im on the right end of the bench no 8. The same position I played on the field. Ofensive end.
Anyone remember any of the Vikings players I would like to know who they are.
I believe one of the one was Keith Gill as I recall he played opposite me on the Vikings.
I know several of these players went on to play for Black and Gold Bengals under Bob Geary in 69 / 70 who took the Canadian Championship.
I kew Leonard Smith in grade 7. He lived on 2nd Ave above the convenience store near Bannantyne. We went to the grade 7 grad sort of together and I often wonder where he is now and what he is doing. Anyone know???
I've been trying to get info about relatives buried in Mt.Royal Cemetary, however when you click on to get the page required to enter info, it says the page is not available. Any ideas on how to get around this? Anywhere else to go?
Just a little info on GAP (The Great Atlantic and Pacific Company), or as we know it the A&P. The United States owners are reorganizing and one of the things on their agenda is to sell off the Canadian A&P. Maybe this might be the end of those stores in Canada. If anyone sees one, they better take some pictures. Just another part of history going away?????? Winston Allison
Reggie. Talking about Christmas presents. I tell my kids and grandkids. The most presents I ever got when I was a kid, was 7. No toys mind you. It would be socks, underwear(and not a package of 6), shirt, maybe winter gloves. BUT NEVER ANY TOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well, I guess most of us in Verdun were in the same boat. It was still great. Winston Allison.
Whenitwaschurch1 What a small world when it comes to this site. Are we lucky or what. Making connections with people we have probably thought about over the years, and all of a sudden Up pops Verdun Connections and old memories are revived. Please say hello to Maureen for me. I gave her my e-mail address, I think. Haven't heard from her yet. By the way what is your name, and do I know you?????? Winston Allison
Trailer127/ShipleyBH2 Eddie Featherstone is still around. He should be retired now, but if he isn't, he is still working in the business. Eddie lived at 841 3rd Avenue, and I lived at 835 3rd Avenue. The Alexander name sounds familiar, but I can't seem to place the face. Winston Allison
Les_F If you stop and think about it. When we were growing up in Verdun, people were having more kids. It seemed like almost everyone had 5 kids or more. There of course were a lot that didn't But just in our block(833-835-837-839-841-843 3rd avenue) there were a total of 27 kids, and 10 adults. Nowadays people have decided not to have big families. . Winston Allison
I am looking to find cousins named Jimmy Ball or Billy Ball. Have not seen them since elementary school. I found a Jimmy Ball on class mates. com but so far have been unable to send any messages. If someone has any info on these names I would really appreciate it. Their parents names were Francis and Bill and when last I saw them they lived in Ville Lasalle on 4th Ave.
I was trying to make some extra money at a second job before moving back to the United States. I worked for a straight 365 days at the Silver Dragon (without a day off) and that included Christmas. And As a delivery person, the drivers where allowed to eat anything they wanted, except steaks. That was around 1970 or late 60's. All the money we made was under the table. The food was great, and I can tell you that everything they made and sold was top quality at all times. The stories everyone has heard is a bunch of hogwash, that someone said and was repeated by someone else, who told someone else. It took them awhile to regain their reputation, but I can tell you that the business did not suffer as much as we would think. The bars would close, and the restaurant would fill up. It never stopped. Winston Allison
The Fifth Avenue Theatre used to have Rock and Roll Bands performing at 3:00 PM on Saturday afternoons. Johnny Mulalley(spelling) used to perform and was very good. I used to meet Johnny at Greenwood Racetrack in Toronto. There was another performer who was an Elvis impersonater and he was in my class in Grade 10 at Verdun High School. Lloyd Sevigny was his name. Has anyone ever heard anything about this performer? He was the best as far as I was concerned.
ShirleyBH2 My wife (Billie) and I go to Las Vegas numerous times during the year. The only thing we drink and have for many years, is diet coke with a slice of lime. We have been doing that since about 1980. We don't plan on buying any of it. Winston Allison