Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Walter (Bud) Tomalty





OBITUARY WALTER (BUD) TOMALTY 1930 - 2007 Suddenly passed away on
Saturday, February 24, 2007, in the arms of his beloved wife Joyce
(Oliver) at the age of seventy-six. Bud was born in St-Charles to the late
George and Violet Tomalty and attended Lorne School.

He was predeceased by his siblings Clarence (Kathleen (Kay) Fitzmaurice), Harry, Hazel (Fred Fry) and Pearl (John Robins). He leaves many nieces and nephews, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law. He will be forever missed by his children Debbie
(Clifford Jacques), Wendy (Graham Lackey), Shelley (Wayne Scott), Kenneth (Brenda
Salmon), Richard (Cheryl-Ann Mitchell) and Teddy (Louanna Collins).

His grandchildren were his most prized possessions. A special Poppa to
Brittany and Meredith Lackey, Meaghan and Scott Tomalty, Zachary Scott and
Brandon Tomalty. Bud was a charter member of the G.P.A.A. when it started. For
many years he worked on the Greenfield Park Winter Carnival and was a member
of the Grunt Club Marine fraternity.

Since 1958 he has been a member of the Greenfield Park Lions Club, was a Past Deputy District Governor and Lifetime Member and he had received the highest award in Lions International, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Walter worked at Bedard & Girard for 35 years and after the motor division closed, he started his own business Walter
Tomalty Enterprises Ltd. Visitation at Collins, Clark, MacGillivray,
White at 307 Riverside Drive, Saint Lambert, Thursday, March 1, 2007 from 2
to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service from the chapel on Friday, March 2,
2007 at 11 a.m. with interment at Urgel Bourgie (formerly Laurentide Memorial
Gardens) on Chambly Road. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
a charity of your choice.

Thanks Millie McG.

Normand is leaving us.... So Sad


HI MARTY I AM LEAVING CANADA TILL IT COOLS DOWN I DONT KNOW FOR HOW LONG AND I CANT BRING MY PC WITH ME, ED NORTON HAS INVITED ME IN THE NEW-YORK SEWERS TO HIDE FROM B. CONSTANTINI .


SO I WILL NOT WRITE TO THE BLOG 2 DAYS, A WEEK I DONT KNOW.MISTER NORTON IS VERY NICE TO ME HE MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME IN THE SEWERS WE LISTEN TO UNDERGROUND MUSIC, WE LOOK AT HIS COLLECTION OF PICTURES OF THE HONEYMOONERS.


WE WILL LIVE IN THE MANHATTAN OR BROOKLYN SEWERS I WONT SAY WHICH FOR MY SECURITY .ED LOANED ME A SPECIAL RUBBER OUTFIT I CAN GO IN SEWER WATER UP TO MY NECK AND STAY DRY.I AM SORRY WHAT I DID I THANK EVERY BODY ON YOUR BLOG MARTY, SINCERELY.I WILL
MISS YOU ALL.

NORMAND SIMARD

Thanks Normand S
You will be missed

Father Bob




Hi Folks,

The story behind this postcard is a little long so please bear with me.

In 1992 I was GM of a major firm in Etobicoke and travelled the QEW twice daily. One evening rush hour traffic was particularly bad so, since Pat was working til 9:00 pm, I thought what the heck I'll have supper here. I pulled into my favourite watering hole and sat at one of the tables, rather than the bar.

I was dressed in black dress pants, a white turtleneck, and a heavy bottle green sweater. I am a large man with a Teddy bear build.

I ordered my meal, had two beer, and decided to head off. I asked for my bill and when the waitress brought it she brought me another beer.

I said " Sorry, but I didn't order that." The waitress says "Its from that gentleman behind you". I looked, didn't know him, said "Thank you". and enjoyed the beer.

A few minutes passed and a 73 year old gentleman (I know that because he told me) swaggered over, inebriated ( uh pissed). He says "Excuse me Father (did I hear him right? Father?). "Uh, sir I am not a Priest', I reply.

"Its OK Father, we don't care if you have a beer", says he. "But I'm not", say I. That's OK Father".......... I give up.

As I am leaving the Old Boy says, "Will you bless us Father". What the hell ... I'll give a try. I bless all four at the table and beat my ass out of there. By the time I reach the car I am hysterical with laughter.

I call my sister Rosalyn, who is Catholic (I am Protestant) and the Secretary at St. Mary's in Greenfield Park. Both of us are are giddy with laughter.

A few weeks later I while visiting The Park I go to St. Mary's to pick up Roz. I walk into the sanctuary, there is Father Marc at the alter, he sees me, raises his arms and shouts "Father Bob".

Now for the card. I have moved to a new home and we are in the throws of remodeling, I have fallen down the stairs and hurt my ankle. Father Marc and Rosalyn have gone to visit the Vatican.... this card arrives at my place.

Bob H

Thanks Bob

Information you need to Know

Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense
orange clay called "pygg". When people saved coins in jars made of this clay,
the jars became known as "pygg banks." When an English potter
misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have
notches, while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins
containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small
quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched
because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched
because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave..

Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's
clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn
primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids,
dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. Since most people are
right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes
on the left. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

Q: Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or
write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an
oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss
eventually became synonymous.

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called "passing
the buck"?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a
buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If
a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would "pass the
buck" to the next player.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by
offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was
safe,
it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink
into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a
guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass
with his own.

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be "in the
limelight"?
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage
lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant
light. In the theatre, performers on stage "in the limelight" were seen by the
audience to be the center of attention.

Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use "mayday"as their call
for help?
A: This comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning "help me" --
and is pronounced "mayday,"

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great "on cloud nine"?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they
attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on
cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares..

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called "love"?
A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round
zero on scoreboard looked like an egg and was called "l'oeuf," which is French
for "egg." When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans pronounced it
"love."

Q: In golf, where did the term "Caddie" come from?
A. When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young
girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she
loved the Scot game "golf." So he had the first golf course outside of
Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and
guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school
to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland
(not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In
French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it
into "caddie."

So now YOU know too!!

Thanks Margaret W.

Home pics from around the Park

2093
2096




2093 663 Eva

2096 250 Regent between Laurie and Eva St.


Thanks John R.

Balloon Art
















Thanks Louisa





Great Pics
















Merci Normand S.





A Keeper

I grew up in the 50's/60's with practical parents. A mother, God love
her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it.
She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it...
A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends
lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee
shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and
dish-towel in the other .

It was the time for fixing things: a curtain
rod, the kitchen radio,screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dres s,
things we keep. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.
All that re-fixing, eating,renewing, I wanted just once to be
wasteful. Waste meant affluence.

Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more. But then my
mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the
hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes
there isn't any more. Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used
up and goes away...never to return.

So... While we have it... it's best we love it... And care for it....
And fix it when it's broken..... And heal it when it's sick. This is
true... For marriage.... And old cars.... And children with bad report
cards.....

Dogs and cats with bad hips.... And aging parents.... And grandparents.


We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate
we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we
know & who are special.... And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it
to the people I think of in the same way... Now it's your turn to send
this to those people that are "keepers" in your life. Send it back to
the person that sent it to you if they too are a keeper....

Good friends are like stars....

You don't always see them,
but you know they are always there....
Keep them close....

Thanks Melissa N.
I am proud of you my lovely Daughter
Dad

Check Up on Your Doctor

Can't remember who sent me this link, probably Brenda B, but here's an interesting site if you want to check up on patient's opinions of various health professionals throughout Canada & the US - this survey may have more to do with a doctor's bedside manner than his of her competency and knowledge but I would think that doctors who take the time to listen to patients and show some empathy would usually be more careful about which kidney or knee they operate on; and that means a whole lot to me.

http://www.ratemds.com/canada/index.jsp ( Canada )

http://www.ratemds.com/index.jsp ( US )

Bob

Thanks Bob A.

Princess likes her Prince


Dectective Finny???




I went walking in the park with my friend and neighbor Detective "Finny" Finnigan this morning. We happened upon a hydrant hiding near some bushes close to the lake. He conducted a field test, which he claims to have learned from officer Bernie, and declared it to be an impostor.
We are going to check on some sewer covers later today. Does Normand know anything about this. Has he ever been to Toronto?

Thanks Ed B.
We’ll see but I think Normand is a world traveler..

The Morning Funny

The Gambling Blonde
Two bored casino dealers are waiting at the crap table. A very

attractive blonde woman from Southern Alabama arrived and bet

twenty-thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when

I play topless."

With that, she stripped to the waist; rolled the dice; and

yelled, "Come on, baby....Southern Girl needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up-and-down....and

squealed... "YES! YES! I WON! I WON!"

She hugged each of the dealers...and then picked up her many

chips and her clothes, and quickly departed.


The dealers stared at each other dumfounded. Finally, one of

them asked, "What did she roll?"

The other answered, " I don't know.. I thought you were

watching."


Moral -

Not all Southerners are stupid
Not all blondes are dumb.

But all men.....are men.

Thanks Flo H.

Today's Animals

Thanks Jean McS.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Class Picture 1955-56

Let's see if we can get some names in this pic.??
HELLO MARSTON,
L TO R TOP ROW
RICHARD WERENCHUK, BRUCE RAMSEY, JOHN FLESH, DAVID YOUNG, ROBIN MILES, DAVID CUNLIFF, JIMMY STONE
NEXT ROW DOWN
MRS. BROWN, ERNIE JACKSON, DOUG BARLEY, TEDDY CHARLES, HAZEL PARKER, JANET RATTRAY, BRUCE???? MICHAEL BATHURST
STANDING IN FRONT OF TEACHER JIMMY HEWITT
NEXT ROW DOWN
JUDY RITER, GEORGIA NEHR, SHARRON ROBINSON, ALLISON MESSNER, JOY FALLER, DON
DEWICK, BARBARA COUGHLIN
BOTTOM ROW
ROSS PRATT, CHRISTOPHER???? STEVE KEMPER, DAVID MOREWOOD, ERIC RUSSEL,
LOUIS RIVERS, HOWARD WILLIAMS

RICHARD..........

Thanks Richard W.

Hi Marty;

Here are my guesses for the 1955-56 photo you posted today. I believe
this was a grade 5 class. I was in the other grade 5 class (Miss
Barkhouse) that year.

Back Row: Richard Werenchuk , ??, John Flesh, David Young, Robin
Miles, ???, ???
Mrs Darker?
Standing: ???, Ernie Jackson, ???, Teddy Charles, Hazel Parker,
???, Bill Boler, ???
Seated: ???, ???, ? Robinson, Allison Messner, ???, Dawn Dewick,
Barbara Couglin
On Floor: Ross Pratt, ???, Steven Kemper, David Morewood, Eric
Russell, Louis Rivers, Howard Williams

John P.

Hi Marty,

Here are my guesses for the guess who.

Back row L - R : Richard Werenchuk, ------- John Flesch, David Young, ---------, ---------, Jimmy Stone

Next row: Mrs. Brown, Teddy Charles ??, -------, --------, Hazel Parker, Janet Rattray, -----, ------

Next row: Jimmy Hewitt??, --------, Georgia Neher, Sharon Robinson,Yvonne VanGyte , Joy Faller, Dawn Dewick, Barbara Coughlan

Front Row: Ross Pratt, Chris Sutton, Steve Kemper, David Morwood, -----, Lewis Rivers, Howard Williams


Sandy R.

Thanks Richard W. For the Pic and the folks for their guesses

Balloon Art Work

















Thanks Louisa




Great Pics from Quebec City






























Hello Marston.

Odette and I were in Qu├ębec City on the week-end. Her for a company roadshow and me along for the ride. While the better-half was working away the afternoon, I spent my time out and about. I parked the car down in Basse-Ville (lower town) and started a 3-1/2 hour trek around the Citadelle and the Old City. The Sun was out, -3° and a bit of a breeze from the north. I walked about 7Km. After the walk was over I went to a Sports bar called "Le Stanley" , missed the hockey game but had a few quarts watching golf and waiting for the "pick me up cell phone-call".

Photos of interest attached.

QC1- Uphill start

QC2- Porte St-Jean - Skating Rink - Capitol Theatre on left

QC2a- Zamboni Time

QC3- Outdoor hockey rink

QC4- United Church

QC5- Chateau Frontenac fronm the Citadelle

QC6- Mighty St-Lawrence River

QC7- From Citadelle looking towards Plaines D'Abraham

QC8- Promenade in Front of Citadelle

QC9- Promenade at Chateau Frontenac - Charlevoix mountains in back

QC10- Promenade ice slide

QC11- Promenade at Chateau Frontenac

QC12 -13-14 Setting up ICE RACE TRACK (For Crazy Frenchmen)

QC15-16-17 Walkabout pictures

QC19- Faubourg St-Jean

Regards

Ivan
Thanks Ivan R.
Great pics and memories