On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Tony de Gravina, husband, father, sailor, lifelong Habs fan and all-around amazing guy, passed away at the age of 75 with his loving family in his heart and by his side. Tony was born on November 17, 1943. He received a commerce degree from Sir George Williams University and spent 35 years at the head office of Sears Canada in Montreal, eventually directing their women’s sportswear and leisure wear lines. Tony was a boater at heart and loved nothing more than being out on the water on his day cruiser, sailing out of his beloved Hudson Yacht Club or working on Formula 1 powerboat engines in the PTR shop. A clever man, Tony surrounded himself with women: his wife of 53 years, Wendy, to whom he was completely devoted and in awe of, and his four daughters, Darlene (Brian), Dierdre, Tiffany (Chris) and Holly (Jason) who were his pride and joy. Tony was blessed with five grandchildren, Derius, Arielle, Deanna, Luke and Reese and each was anointed with at least one Tony-given nickname. There are no words big enough to describe how loved he was, and how much he will be missed by his devoted family. A memorial service to honour this lovely man will be held in Barrie, Ontario at a later date in September 2019. Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to The Last Post Fund, a charity that ensures Canadian Veterans receive a dignified funeral and burial, regardless of financial status; a cause that meant a lot to Tony. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.steckleygooderham.com
“Twenty years ago this summer, I (Pete Black, BHS Class of 1962) lost my big brother Rick shown here with our Sister Sue from about 25 years ago. Today July 9, 2019, my sweet sister (Sue Black Lillie) has gone to join him. I’m so glad our family got together with her last week at a Reunion out near Seattle, Washington – my wife Suzy, my Sister-in-law Dodie and all the cousins and their families. We were over 30 strong from across the country, including Sue’s 2 Sons and their Wives together with her 5 beloved Grandkids and I posted earlier some Reunion pictures with the many smiles which Sue wanted. Her smile never left her and she is now in His Care. … My big Brother and Mom and Dad and so many who have gone before are welcoming her where there is no more pain. Here is something I came across some time ago, written by a British clergyman in the late 1800’s and I found it comforting: “I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. I stand watching her until she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, “She is gone.” Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the moment when someone says, “She is gone,” there are others on the other side who are watching her coming. Other voices take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
.. .. Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Alumni Association of Beaconsfield High School
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Alumni Association of Beaconsfield High School held its Annual General Meeting on THURSDAY May 25, 2019, at the School, to review its Constitution, receive a financial report, elect its Officers, and to formally comply with all necessary legal obligations for this committee of volunteers.
The following is a list of those elected to fill the nine Executive Committee voting positions.
- President, Wayne Clifford;
- Vice-President, Henriette Geerlings;
- Treasurer, Don MacBeth;
- Secretary, Bill Stockwell;
- Activity Coordinator, Mark Simpson;
- Publicity Coordinator, Diane Jesty;
- Reunion Coordinator, Jason Tedesco-Lemieux;
- Staff Coordinator, Rod Heather;
- Membership Registrar, Barbara Hermon.
NOTE: The Executive Committee shall consist of the following officers elected in years ending with an odd number: President, Treasurer, Membership Registrar, Activity Coordinator and Staff Coordinator; and of the following officers elected in years ending with an even number: Vice-President, Secretary, Publicity Coordinator & Newsletter Editor, and Reunion Coordinator. As well, Principal Matt Canavan (or the Principal’s Representative) and Past-President Jeff Shoer are part of the Executive Committee and have all rights, privileges and obligations of other members of the Executive Committee but hold no voting privileges at meetings of the Executive Committee.
The Association known as the “Alumni Association of Beaconsfield High School” (“l’Association des anciens et anciennes de l’École secondaire Beaconsfield”) is a not-for-profit legal person (personne morale) formed under Part III of the Companies Act (RSQ ch. C-38, section 218) holding letters patent under the registry/matricule #1161465431.
John Stephen Flemming (Class of 1967)
Sadly, our brother John has died at age 68. Son of George and Emma Flemming of Beaconsfield, now deceased. Brother of Peter Flemming (Norma) of Guelph and Penny Patten (Richard) of Ottawa. Uncle to Timothy and Chantelle. Many Mitton and Flemming cousins in New Brunswick, across Canada and U.S.
John excelled in school and sports. He played football (fullback and middle linebacker) and hockey with passion and enjoyed many friends while attending Beaconsfield High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of New Brunswick and graduated in 1972.
John had the support of wonderful caregivers from West Island Health and Social Services, as he suffered from mental illness. In the past two years he was in long term care at Centre Denis-Benjamin Viger. Thankyou to the staff on the 2nd floor who became John’s caring family.
John will be buried in June at the McLaren Cemetery in Wakefield, Quebec. Donations in John’s memory: Denis-Benjamin Viger FOUNDATION – specify the 2nd floor. 3292 Cherrier Blvd., L’Ile Bizard, PQ H9C 1E4.
“At the end of each fiscal year, the treasurer shall hand over to the auditor, or to a committee, appointed by the Executive Committee, but at arms-length to the committee, all the financial records of the Association for auditing.”
If among the BHS alumni, there is a qualified volunteer able to assist in this audit function, please email alumni@beaconsfieldhighschool.