Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson, brother of Violet, Michael and the late David (Rube) passed away in LaSalle.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Second Ave Gang

All:  Just talked to Tommy Mullins in Ville LaSalle and Maurice Bertrand in New Mexico and all is well and healthy with them.  Talked to Eddy Gibbons in BC and he is still kicking.  Pat Leonard

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Looking for Irene Byron

Hi...thought I would try again. I am looking for Irene Byron who use to live on Mill Street. Had a younger sister and older brother.
She would be about 60. Last I heard she moved to Ontario.

riverview school 54-59

Anyone from that time, Malcolm Scurrah

Looking for old friends from Godin Ave area 50's

Anybody know the whereabouts of info of e-mails of Brian & Terry Kelly, Johnny Bruno, Roger Cromier, Steve Kyle Other friends from Ville Emard area Ken Bourgorin, Ken Gale Josie Colangelo (Willibord)

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Ghost Of Cape Horn By Gordon Lightfoot

Verdun Diamond Jubilee 1876 - 1936

This is another photo commemorating the 1876 - 1936 Verdun Diamond Jubille of the first swimming pool in Verdun situated at the foot of Church Avenue. Today the Verdun Auditorium is situated at the the foot of Church wich was built at the beginning of the 40s.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Photo YMCA Gordon Street

I found this add in the DIAMOND JUBILEE 1876 - 1936 publication in our archives (SHGV) yesterday. Of course the building was demolished years ago but I have distinct recollection of this building having frequented it in the early 40s. Me and my friends would use the pool (naked) and shoot pool. I also recall the dances complete with orchestra and singer, don't forget this was the big band era. I don't think there are many members who would recall this building unless they are in my age group. Perhaps someone call tell me the year it was demolished. I think it was Les who published photos of the inside of the building a while back, if so, Les could you repost them, this time I will enter them in my computer. More pictures to come from same publication.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wharf Behind Natatorium Detaches

A section of the wharf behind the Natatorium detached and floated down river but luckely was recuperated by the contracttor who has the contract to repair and store the wharf. As previously mentioned, there are 2 floating docks, One at the foot of Brault and the other behind the Natatorium. You will always find some fishermen on these wharfs as shown on enclosed photo. Subject from the Messager de Verdun.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Maggie McK

Happy Birthday Maggie!!!!
Thanks for all that you do on this Forum (And for being a great sister too!)
Only one more year left in this decade

Friday, May 16, 2008


back then verdun times a young verduner getting a nickel from his mom, dad
uncle was a treat, you go over to the corner store and look at the front counter
lots of candies, 2 for 1 cent lets see what can remember, j jubes, green leafs
black babies, little bags of chips for 2 cents, after the store owner gets fed up with your time picking which candy you wanted, it was handed to you in a little brown paper bag, yes 5 cents was a lot of paying power.
today a nickel can't buy a slice of bread, also soon the nickel will be made of steel
not to forget the penny this year is the last year in canada for making a the copper
penny, the usa will make there penny out of steel also.
ther cost of mining for nickel and copper is very expensive also the metal
copper and steel.

Moving Back

I had to go back east (from Calgary) for business for the last 2 months.  I got to spend the last 3 weeks in Montreal.  I was in Montreal because I am thinking of retiring back in Verdun in the very near future.
It has changed greatly!  But I've decided to go ahead with my plan.  I am now going to start home hunting. 
I drove by 1076 Riverview where my Mom's folks lived for a few years.  And my Dad's folk home on Woodland.  The old house on Woodland looks very run down.  But it still has a big lot.
Riverview looks the same.
Food was fantastic.  I went to Schwartz's and bought a few briskets of smoked meat to come back to Calgary with, along with lots of other Montreal goodies!

Thursday, May 15, 2008



gas price a gallon florida

hi, just a bit of trivia here,
since it will rise again soon,
gasoline  3.75 a gallon palm harbor  shell station florida.
why complain , its out of control sure, of our control.thanks for posting kenny constans obit, les,
marlene murphy , his wife has to be the best wife in the world, kudos marlene.

Gas Prices

Ottawa Area
Click on a price to perform an update
  c/L Station Region Time
LO 119.7 Ultramar
Smiths Falls
Ottawa Valley 07:53 Thu
LO 120.0 Pioneer
Ottawa East 08:24 Thu
LO 121.3 Ultramar
Hawthorne road
Ottawa South 07:25 Thu
LO 121.6 Ultramart
Castlefrank Dr. & Hazeldean Rd
Kanata 08:00 Thu
LO 121.6 Ultramart
Stonehaven Dr. & Mike Copeland
Kanata 08:00 Thu
LO 121.8 Sunoco
Eagleson road
Kanata 08:17 Thu
LO 121.8 Esso
Eagleson Rd. & Hazeldean Rd.
Kanata 08:00 Thu
LO 121.9 Oasis Stop Gas
Hwy 7 - Carleton Place
Ottawa Valley 07:00 Thu
LO 122.5 Ultramar
hawkesbury rue john
Prescott and Russell 09:32 Thu
LO 123.6 MacEwen
Richmond Rd & McEwen
Ottawa West 08:43 Thu
HI 134.9 Esso
Pontiac 07:19 Thu
HI 133.9 Petro-Canada
Pontiac 07:17 Thu
HI 129.4 Ultramar
HiWay 50 @ Blvd. Lorrain
Gatineau 04:17 Thu
HI 129.4 Petro-Canada
St-Raymond / du Plateau
Hull 09:41 Thu
HI 129.4 Ultramar
Hull 07:50 Thu
HI 129.4 Esso
St-Raymond / des Grives
Hull 09:42 Thu
HI 129.4 Ultramar
St-Raymond/des Jonquilles
Hull 09:41 Thu
HI 125.9 Sunys
Preston & Adeline
Centretown 07:42 Thu
HI 124.9 CO-OP
Rte 500 & Limoges Rd.
Prescott and Russell 07:41 Thu
HI 124.9 Shell
Ottawa Valley 07:20 Th

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sandra Farr

Hi all, I saw someone who reminded me of her the other day, she would have graduated in 72, the same yr. as me. Anybody know what happened to her?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Angela Cunningham

1960 - 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Looking tor friends that lived on 2 nd avenue during the period 1950 and 1965.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

kenny constans passes

kenny passed away after a lengthy illnes, 3 weeks ago, marlene murphy is kenny,s wife,  and michael and lawrence  murphy his brother in laws.
for those of you who wish to view the obit, go to
 he will be sadly missed.
our deepest sympathy and prayers to  the constans and murphy families.
carolyn bennett[faddis]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Bannantyne School Photo 1946

This is a 1946 Photo of a Bannantyne school class and I am wondering if any VC member knows any of these girls. I know Grace Kennell as she lived next to us on Galt in front of the school. Of course this is 62 years ago but you never know.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Free Museum Day (Montreal)

Sunday, May 25th is Free Museum Day in Montreal. 29 Museums are taking part with free shuttle service from the Journal de Montreal. For a list of the participating Museums and more information visit the website:

Monday, May 5, 2008

Steve Shannon(x Disc Jockey CKGM

Hi All
Just wanted to let you all know(Calgary Residents for sure) that Steve Shannon is back on the air on F.M.103.(60,70 80 music).I remember listening to him on CKGM in the 70's
Eddie Muir

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Be Proud of Being Catholic (written by a Jewish Friend!)

"Be Proud of Being Catholic"
(Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman - NOT Catholic) Submitted by Dee Lynd 

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? 

Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of the Americans it's free. 

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. 
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today. 

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage. 

Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by theUnited Methodist Church, 41.8 % of clergywomen reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem. 

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving. 

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now. 

Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in theUnited States. Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions. Be proud that you're a Catholic. 

Reprinted excerpts with permission of the Buckeye Bulletin - courtesy of Brookside Council #3297, Cleveland Diocese. 

John Sherry

Ran into John Sherry this morning in Brampton. John is married to Linda Babb and they have 5 children. They all seem to be doing very well.
I haven't seen John in 40 years, so this was a pleasant surprise.
Gord Gibbons
Brampton, Ontario

Second WW2 Verdun Photo

Here is another old WW2 photo from our SHGV archives of 6th ave. Maybe someone recognizes the soldier on crutches, you never know. Sorry for the poor photo as it is a copy of a copy.

Old 1910 Photo - Verdun

Here is an old 1910 family photo of a garage wich was situated on Malarky street, now Lasalle boul. at the corner of Rushbrooke wich I got from our archives (SHGV) wich I thought might interest V.C. members. This photo was donated by one of our members. Although we appreciate receiving these old family photos, it is unfortunate that they were not kept in the family to perpetuate their memory.

Looking for-Rick garon

One of my old best buddies was wondering if anyone knows where Rick Garon is....or how he's doing...I think Brian Fantie or Andy Davis may know.... also...we are hoping to get in contact with Craig Duffis and  Rick Padmore....any news on these guys? I am also hoping to find any info regarding Pat Coakley, Alvin Davis, Gord Leyland and Costa Joachimedes! Thanks everyone!