In Memoriam

In Memoriam: John Albert Whitman


April 5, 1939 – May 27, 2022

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”
Julius Caesar, Act II, Sc. Ii

John Albert Whitman lived his life to the fullest. A creative, curious and complicated man, he adored art, theatre and books and loved living in Paris and traveling with his wonderful wife of 33 years, Roselyne.

A deep thinker, vibrant conversationalist and talented teacher, John was well known for directing and producing extraordinary theatrical productions with students from Beaconsfield High School in Montreal, including Shakespeare’s Othello, Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet as well as Karel Capek’s Insect Comedy. He will always be lovingly remembered by his students, his friends and his family.

Published in the Montreal Gazette on July 17, 2022

John will be buried at the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris, France.

In Memoriam: Lee Watson

Catherine Lesley Griffiths (Lee Watson)

July 11, 1946 – May 4, 2022

Lee will be greatly missed by Ken, her loving husband of 52 years, her children, grandchildren and sisters Jane Lumsden and Laurel Sullivan and their families.

Lee considered that being mother to Jamie (Shelley Mugford) and Cheryl (David Bedard) and Grandmother to Danica, Teagan, Brayden Watson and Brianne, Marlee Bedard to be her greatest accomplishment.

Most of Lee’s professional life was spent at Beaconsfield High School as a Physical Education and English teacher, and later a Science Lab technician. She was also the Director and Head Coach of the Pierrefonds Dynamics Gymnastics Club for twenty years.

A private celebration of life will be held with immediate family.

Thank-you to the kind and conscientious staff at the MUHC Cedars Breast Cancer Center and to Dr. Anne-Marie Dollois.

Thank-you also to the wonderful nurses of the CLSC and West Island Nova.

Donations to honor Catherine Griffiths may be made to the MUHC Cedars Breast Cancer Clinic or Nova West Island.

Published on May 5, 2022, Montreal Gazette

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