Tuesday, January 16 - Sunday, January 21, 2007
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Doug Wilton passed away Christmas day, I saw him 2 weeks ago and he asked me to pass along his regards as well as his buddy George Smith.
Doug and I go back to the 40's I grew up at 842 3rd ave Verdun he lived with his sister Betty and his Mum upstairs at 838 he was a older brother to me always a very pleasant fellow we lost contact over the years but during the ice storm of 1998 I met up with him again when he brought in the Shriners generator that would not start when he told me his name I asked if he was from Verdun you bet he said well I'm the kid you lived downstairs and did all your mothers errands he said not Jimmy Miller you bet I said well that was a start to a new friendship we stayed in touch over the years and talked from time to time, he was the very first person to visit me at the hospital other than Barbara when I came out of the operating room.
I sold him many Honda products over the years and got the Shriners set up with a new and better generator at the temple on Sources Blvd.
He called me a few weeks ago and asked about getting his equipment serviced before the winter as the guys who bought my shop have closed it up and there is no Honda dealer in the western section of Montreal, I told him I would take them to a very good dealer in Montreal north which I did then returned them to him a week later, he had a very serious stomach operation in August this year and it knocked the heck out of him, I visited him and he was really happy to see me we talked about all the years on 3rd ave and what happened to both of us since, it was a great afternoon.
When I was leaving his home 2 weeks ago he was out of breath and told me he had a hard time to get air I asked him not to use the snowblower and get his neighbor to do it he said he would, I offered to take him to the hospital but he declined he said he would go see his doctor, his sister Betty called me on Friday night last week to let me know he was in the Lakeshore General and not doing too well but was ok, I called the hospital Christmas morning to make sure he could receive visitors the nurse told me he passed away at 4:30am.
I talked to George Smith last night he was Doug's best friend he saw him on Thursday last week after visiting the doctor, the doc told him to get his affairs in order so he called George and they did just that then Thursday night he went in to the emergency, they got him on oxygen and had planned to send him home on Sunday but the CLSC could not get the oxygen set up at his house due to the Christmas holiday so the hospital said we will have it done on Wednesday, well he never made it and I will miss his chatting, he was a good man.
I thought you would like to know.
Happy new year to you and Judy and be well.
Travel back in time,..and try to Remember walking on that 'creaky old wooden floor'...............hahahahaha the snack counter onthis site looks different from the counter at the store on Wellington,.....but it's still neat to see..................................
only $ 1.5 BILLION, for a Stadium estimated to cost no more than $120M
Here's the story in todays Montreal Gazette:
Now I wonder where they will channel the money now,......fixing potholes,might be a good start,.building bridges & overpass's that last a little longer than the last ones which collapsed,......Montreal is full of buildings and structures dating back hundreds of years,...and didn't cost ridiculous sums to build,.... but billions spent on the Stadium ,and overpass's and they all had there incident of chunks falling off them....in less thab 35 years:
CHRISTMAS CAKE RECIPE
You'll need the following:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large brown eggs
2 cups of dried fruit
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 bottle of whisky
Sample the whisky to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again. To be sure it's the
highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter
in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again. Make sure the whisky is still OK.
Cry another tup. Tune up the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried
fruit. Mix on the turner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it goose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares?
Check the whisky. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon the sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget
to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whisky again and go to bed.
My name is Rob Santaguida. I’m a documentary filmmaker and a former resident of Verdun. I’m presently making a documentary film about life in Verdun. (Perhaps you have seen my camera crew wandering around town in the last few days.) The film is sponsored by the Government of Quebec, Government of Canada and the City of Montreal. I’m still looking for more characters for the film, and I am very open to suggestions for events that will be going on in the area in the coming month. If you have any recommendations or for more information or if you would like to appear in the film, please don’t hesitate to reach me at roberto_santaguida(at)hotmail(dot)com. Thank you.