Saturday, August 15, 2015

Got Nothing to do & all day to Do It.

Found an interesting new book , "Understanding Women & How They Think"
in paperback:                      

...better take notes guys,this is long read...........Cheers ! LesF

...and girls you already know how we think & with 
.......Just a Comic Relief Day I guess..

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Played for Verdun in 1939 Bobby Fillion Sails On

Well another Habs player of old heads off into the sunset, Bobby Fillion passes away at 95.......Salute Bon-Homme , now get those old ghosts of the Forum into helping the nowaday Habs actually Win some Silverware....Cheers ! LesF

the following is from the Montreal Gazette:

Canadiens mourn loss of wartime Canadiens forward Bob Fillion, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who died Thursday at age 95, was more than a decent two-way checking winger.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

One of Verdun's More Colourful Characters Passes Away (Roddy Diamond)

Turns out Roddy would be a neighbour of mine twice once in Verdun on Wellington ST. & again later on in Ville Lasalle on 9th. He was certainly a colurful character to say the least ,but he was also a pretty funny & a good guy.(IMHO) He actually ran for mayor of Verdun at one time, and also had a small restaurant where the burgers were great. See ya Roddy, cause we will all be along at some point. Cheers ! LesF
 I have added the obit to the ever growing "In Memoriam" page that I started here along time ago (10 years at least) I know I have missed plenty of peoples obits but sadly there are plenty there to see. So if you want to remember someone have a look at the page & keep their memory alive as you read.
  Click on the link to take you to the old "In Memoriam" page

 Here is his obit from the Montreal Gazette :

Roderick (Roddy) DIAMOND


DIAMOND, Roderick (Roddy)
1941 - 2015
After a lengthy illness and a courageous battle, Roddy passed away on July 27, 2015 in his 74th year. He was predeceased by his mother Hilda, father Roddy, son Patrick and brother Robert. Roddy will be sadly missed by his son Roddy Jr., his brothers Rickey and Randi, sister Darlene, as well as many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Dans la rue, 514-525-5222, Private family funeral.    

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Bells , the Bells , the Bells shut the F %^7 up Quasimoto. It's in

Verdun church's bells may soon ring again thanks to multimillion-dollar renovation

“(The church) is the heart of Verdun,” said Louis Brillant, the architect for the renovation project. “All of the work done to create a community centred around this building.”
Monsignor Joseph-Arsène Richard, who established the parish in 1899 from which the church takes its name, advocated for a hospital in Verdun and served as president of the neighbourhood’s first school board. (A secondary school in Verdun is named after him.)
“Nearly everything was done by him and created by him,” said Georges Bossé, a former president of the church’s restoration committee and a former mayor of Verdun.
The church boasts a carillon of 18 bells, which have been largely silent for at least 10 years, Bossé said during a tour of the church with local media to provide an update on the renovations. The carillon bells have been out of commission partially because the bell towers are not stable enough, according to Bossé.
Bossé said he believes the bells could be ringing within the next two years. While the construction work on the bell towers should be completed by next summer, a specialist will have to work on the bells to get them ringing again.

The Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church is in the process of renovating the two belfries in Verdun, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
The Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church is in the process of renovating the two belfries in Verdun, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. DAVE SIDAWAY /MONTREAL GAZETTE

Efforts to launch the renovation project started about 10 years ago with the work getting underway a few years ago.
Provincial programs and private donations are funding the renovations. “Since the church is in the provincial program for patrimonial value, they give us a small amount every year,” Brillant said.
The church received $300,000 for the restoration of the bell towers from the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes the conservation and enhancement of the province’s religious heritage, according to its 2013-14 annual report.
Forty-one other churches across the province received over $9 million during the same period, including 10 in Montreal alone.
In 2011-2012, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs also received funding from the program for a new roof.
Though the renovations are partially funded by the Conseil’s program that explicitly recognizes the religious nature and value of the building, Bossé noted that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated by people who are not Catholic but are still interested in preserving a piece of Verdun’s heritage. The church has received nearly $800,000 in private donations so far, according to Bossé.

Worker Louis Bertrand works high up the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church in Verdun, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
Worker Louis Bertrand works high up the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church in Verdun, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. DAVE SIDAWAY / MONTREAL GAZETTE

The borough has also provided some financial support, said borough mayor Jean-François Parenteau. “It is a central part of the community,” he said. “Everyone knows about this church.” Parenteau said he would like to see the church continue to improve, particularly by becoming more accessible to residents.
Parenteau said he was excited to see the result of the renovations and the prospect of hearing the bells ring again. “It will be beautiful,” he said.
“Every generation has contributed something (to the church),” Brillant noted, “whether it’s the organ, the stained glass, the decoration or the electronic systems. We’ve now reached the point where the most significant and important contribution we can make is to maintain it.”