Monday, November 19, 2007

old friends

I am a newcomer to the group, who left Verdun in 1969. As usual with the passing of time, I lost touch with my friends. I wonder if anyone has knowledge of the following people-Lennie Savage, Bobbie Lawson,Doreen Benenati, Craig Mills, Ann Gray, Brenda Valley, Ralph Stopps. Thank you forany information

9 comments:

les__f MSN said...

Hi Fenitern,.......  the Len Savage you mentioned ,was he a teacher,.cause I recall Leonard Savage starting out at StWillibrord's school,..back in the early 60's,.he then went on to LCCHS ( as Math teacher Algebra etc etc ). and was married to Bryce Mackasey's daughter,.......  I have only seen mention of him ,.on one of those 'rate the teacher' or rate the school sites,............You may have some success there,...I wrote to him as a teacher back in the very early 80's and he was at that time at Lasalle Catholic Comprhensive School,.(maybe through them you could find a more recent contact.......   Just a thought.                                                        HF&RV

theomer MSN said...

A warm welcome to you, Fenitern!   I, too, am looking for Craig Mills . . . if it's the same Craig who lived on Beatty and has two sisters, Cheryl and Wendy.   Len Savage and his sister, Sharon, lived beneath me on Melrose Avenue.   So good to see you here.   Jack Haines a.k.a. TheoMer 

les__f MSN said...

Theo (Jack) ,.....  Do you know if that is Len Savage who became a teacher?                                                                                                                         HF&RV

theomer MSN said...

Good morning, Les,   I'm not sure.  More than likely, because I had heard that either he or his sister had married into the Mackasey family.  The Savages moved away from Melrose in the early 50s.   Jack 

fenitern MSN said...

Yes, Lenny savage was a teacher and married to a Mackasey daughter when we lost touch.  Craig Mills did live on Beatty, at the same time as I was on Osborne. Another couple of friends were Mike Dull and Charley Bloomfield, again on Osborne.

fenitern MSN said...

  my bad-it is Mike Duff, not Dull

LindaC. said...

I knew Doreen Benenati, went to art school with her in Montreal. She married Claude LaChapelle and had a son, Stuart LaChapelle. For awhile she lived at Iron Hill, P.Q. She was well-known for her Brome Fair posters. Doreen died from leukemia and I'm trying to find out when for a book I'm writing. That's how I found this page Linda Crabtree, St. Catharines, ON linda@lindacrabtree.com

Yvonne Patterson said...

I ate lunch with my 89 year old uncle at the Brant Centre residence in Burlington, Ontario today, June 14th, 2017. Usually when I do that we are alone at the table, but today there was a new resident at the small table with us. She introduced herself as Brenda. I liked her and her bubbly way and her animated talk. She seemed smart and clever and witty. And I knew from what she was saying she had had life experiences that I found myself curious to know more about.

I found her to be a very interesting woman inspite of the fact that there was obviously some issues. She was a little hard to follow as she didn't speak in full sentences and her thoughts were disconnected. But I felt there was something about her that suggested she was well bred and a little upper crust in the days prior to whatever ailment was affecting her ablitity to communicate clearly. I am a former Montrealer, so when Brenda mentioned Nun' s Island , my ears perked up. And her rather jumbled comments made me ask her if she had been a teacher. I am a retired teacher and what she was saying made me wondered if she had been. I now know from reading online that her husband Leonard (Lenny) had been a teacher in Verdun. Verdun, by the way, being a place I knew well because an aunt lived there for years.

I eventually asked her full name but when she responded Brenda MacKasey Savage it meant very little to me. For some reason, the MacKasey name felt familiar to me, but it wasn't until a few minutes later when I asked her to spell it for me ,which she did, that she threw in the name Bryce. I had already had her confirm a few minutes earlier , that Savage was her married name and MacKasey her maiden name.

The minute she said Bryce, I immediately recognized the name and knew exactly who he was. I am a 70 year who lived in Quebec until I was 30, and was familiar with her dad's political career and life. I was pleased, surprised and quite caught off guard by who my uncle and I had just had fruit salad and cottage cheese lunch plate with, in the secure locked down area of this nursing home. What can I say, I was blown out of the water.

She had only arrived a few days before , the health care provider who was there told me. When I told the attendant that this woman was the daughter of a well know Canadian politician, she had no idea about any of it. But now that I have it all figured out at 4:25 in the morning, I will seek her out next week when I visit again. And I plan to share what I know about Brenda with the nurses and other care givers. I think it just might make them understand the interesting woman I met today. Hopefully I can do it without invading her privacy too much.

LindaC. said...

When my mother entered long-term care, I made up a binder describing her life with photos and my sister and I also blew up some photos of her on her most memorable days and had them framed for the wall. For the five years she lives in long-term care until she decided she had had enough and stop eating and drinking, she was known as The Carousel Lady. Everyone has a past, no one is just a lump in a bed.