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Volume 15 ~ Fall/Winter 2013
Inducted: Murray Costello ’53 Graduated: Consiglio Di Nino ’13 Recognized: Michael J. McDonald ’54
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The St. Michael’s College School alumni magazine, Blue Banner, is published two times per year. It reflects the history, accomplishments and stories of graduates and its purpose is to promote collegiality, respect and Christian values under the direction of the Basilian Fathers. PRESIDENT: EDITOR: CO-EDITOR:
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Costello ’53 Inducted to Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
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Con DiNino’13: A Night to Remember
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Where Are They Now – Teacher edition: Dan Nicholson
Securing our Future by Giving Back: The Downs Family
A Familiar Legacy: The story of St. Mike’s Legacy Families
Where Are They Now
The Way We Were: Remembering the Rautins Brothers
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message from the president Dear Alumni, Another school year has begun at St. Michael’s College School, and the yellow bricks are filled with returning students who feel back at home and new ones who are eager and bright-eyed. The returning ‘veterans’ seem eager to catch up with friends, and pursue interests established in previous years. Each one has returned with a commitment to find success. The ‘newbies’ in the school are finally settling in and finding comfort after a week at camp, a month of school, their first Mass, pep rally, walk-a-thon, and Homecoming. Most importantly, whether new or old, the students have been reminded of our history and traditions and encouraged to leave their own legacies with our motto of ‘Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge.’ Part of that history and tradition is our ‘Hoikety Choik’ and it was heard loud and clear at this year’s Homecoming, which was a tremendous success. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day and I think someone up above was looking out for us. This year, the 1954 Kerry Blues were honoured and recognized for being the inaugural team that used the Kerry Blues nickname. The members who were able to return were announced at the start of the varsity football game and presented with jerseys adorned with the number ‘60’ to recognize that anniversary of the Kerry Blues name. The number of alumni, parents, students, and friends who were in attendance speaks to the pride that we all have for this wonderful institution. It never ceases to amaze me how connected people feel to St. Michael’s College School and the hope and expectation that each alumnus has in the fact that his son will attend.
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Passing on the torch of attendance from one generation to another is a hallmark of any great institution. It speaks to the loyalty and pride that families have for St. Michael’s College School, but it also speaks to much more. Sending a son to St. Mike’s is a confirmation of the spiritual, academic, and co-curricular excellence that exists here and is a product of the Basilian Fathers and the lay faculty and staff that are entrusted with its delivery. It is one thing if a father sends a son to follow in his footsteps, but quite another when generation after generation sends their sons to SMCS. The legacy families deserve special recognition for continuing the loyalty and commitment to the College School and for being wonderful ambassadors. I pass along my deepest gratitude for the legacy families mentioned inside the pages of this edition of the Blue Banner, and to those who were not mentioned, for their endless support. Furthermore, I thank the families that are just beginning their legacy here at St. Michael’s or are on the verge of becoming one for continuing to support the ‘Leader in Catholic Boys’ Education.’ This edition of the Blue Banner is once again the product of hard work put forth by Gavin Davidson ’93 and Michael De Pellegrin ’94. Thank you to both of you for your efforts in tracking down our families and writing about a most important part of our history. As well, I pass along a thank you to all of the alumni, legacy family or not, for your prayers and support for the College School. As we were ambassadors for the school as students, our roles as alumni members is even more important in spreading the news about SMCS and supporting endeavors that put us at the cutting of edge of all we do.
alumni association message A Blue Banner issue focusing on family legacy is one that especially resonates with me. I am fortunate to be the youngest of four brothers to have graduated from SMCS. We are blessed as a family to have a member of the Montemurro family graduate in every decade since the 1970’s (Dominic ’78, Enzo ’81, Ralph ’91, and myself ’93). The second generation of Montemurros’s have already become alumni as well, with Matthew graduating in ’05, and we are looking forward to Jack (’18) starting Grade 9 in the fall, with hopefully others to follow. If all goes to plan, we will have at least one family member graduate per decade for six decades straight! By the time I first donned the blue blazer and school crest, it felt like a family affair. I was proud to be going to school where my older brothers had gone. I never questioned where I wanted to go to high school, and I could not wait to start. I felt a deep connection to the school. When I arrived at SMCS, my connection was very much focused on my family experience. After only a brief time at the school, I realized that my experience was not unique. I was amazed to encounter classmates whose brothers, fathers and even grandfathers had attended the school. This only enhanced a deep connection and special bond I felt to the school and fellow classmates. There was a feeling that you were a part of something much larger than your personal experience, and it really created a sense of tradition and legacy.
friends and connections with their entire families, you not only had a connection to your fellow classmate, but possibly also their brother, father, uncle or grandfather. This created a sense of family at the school. It made the student feel as though he was part of a larger community. This same feeling resonates with alumni. There is a sense of a bond and a connection made when you come across fellow alumni. Often I will come across alumni in settings removed from the school and although we may not have attended school at the same time (sometimes generations apart), there is a connection. This connection is often bridged by association with other family members, “Oh you went to school with my older brother” or “ I graduated with your son”…. It really becomes a family affair. Please enjoy this issue of the Blue Banner. I hope you enjoy reading it over the Christmas season, surrounded by loved ones and family… many of whom may have also attended SMCS. Merry Christmas!
Marc Montemurro ’93
Terence M. Sheridan ’89 President & Principal
I believe the strong family legacies enhanced the experience of all students in the school. As a student you felt connected to multi generations of families. When you made new friends at school, you were often making
L-R: Ralph Montemurro ’91, Luke Montemurro 2023, Marc Montemurro ’93, Jack Montemurro 2018, Henry Rotstein 2021, Dominic Montemurro ’78, Matthew Montemurro 2005
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letters to the editor Dear Pat (Mancuso ’90), I was most surprised when the Blue Banner arrived here in Muskoka. I had no idea I would show up on the full front page of your always-interesting magazine. Your write-up and Mike’s pictures have attracted responses from friends and associates of the past and the present. I am amazed at how widely this presentation has gone. It has been a lot of fun. The Mayor of the Muskoka Lakes even sent me a note of congratulations. Thank you, Pat and Mike, for your efforts. Lorna and I very much appreciate what you have done. Keep up the good work!
I still remember the car ride home from my elementary school in Grade 8. Walking home from school was not an ‘unfortunate circumstance’ that I was faced with on occasion; it was the only option in my house. However, that day was different. My mother picked me up from school and was apparently happy about it. Everything seemed somewhat normal, including the standard gauntlet of questions about my day that I routinely expressed zero interest in answering. However, that day she wasn’t bothered and appeared willing to accept my adolescent stubbornness and move on. Then came the envelope - that manila envelope with the St. Michael’s College School stamp in the top left corner. “You have some mail, Michael. Open it.” “Oh, no…why did I ever decide to do this,” I pondered. “I should have kept my mouth shut about wanting to go to my ‘father’s school’.” Yet my excitement about being accepted to St. Michael’s was instant. The feeling of accomplishment was accompanied by great anticipation about telling my father, who apparently wasn’t in the know (yet). That evening at dinner, I was presented with the opportunity to tell my father the news. The response was nothing short of stereotypical Dad…no emotion, no expressed interest in the happy feelings that came with this great opportunity, but rather a very logical and practical question. “Have you figured out how to get down there, because your mother and I are not driving you?” My father, Carlo De Pellegrin ’66, always spoke about St. Mike’s as the best academic school around, with an athletics programme that was second to none. However, the push to apply to St. Mike’s was all mine. I was excited by the academic challenge and the hockey history was certainly right up my alley. As Grade 9 approached, the excitement quickly turned into nerves and the nerves turned into serious secondguessing. I began to learn more about the powerful legacy my father left at St. Mike’s, his substantial academic achievements, and his athletic prowess. I also learned more about the wonderful Basilian Fathers and the support they gave my father when my grandfather, Marcello, died when Dad was in Grade 12. Leaving our Legacy
As a student, I struggled early on. School and hockey were never major worries for me. However, at St. Mike’s it was different. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I wasn’t going to the NHL and that if I didn’t decide to work harder academically, my time at St. Michael’s would be shortlived. Things changed and I became a better person because of the struggle. I also became aware that my father’s legacy at St. Mike’s was, well, somewhat exaggerated. He wasn’t a hockey star and, he too struggled academically. However, what wasn’t exaggerated enough was the process of maturation he went through at St. Mike’s, the character development, and the immense support he received from the Basilians. Our shared passion for the school is a bond that I treasure. It makes up a large part of who we are, what we talk about, and the lives we lead. I hope you enjoy this special legacy issue of the Blue Banner. The stories told carry a theme of brotherhood, transformation, and the building of a foundation of character and values. It is what has built such a strong tradition of legacy families at St. Michael’s. It is what makes us unique in an educational environment with many schools with strong academic and co-curricular programmes. It is and will continue to be what my father and I believe so passionately.
Jack Fenn ’54 Ed’s reply: If only I could have flown similarly under your radar during my time at school, Mr. Fenn! All kidding aside, we knew Pat was on to a winner with his idea and look forward to future articles.
Dear Editor, In 1952, St. Mike's had excellent results from a sport other than hockey, rowing. I was a member of the rowing team and thought I would prepare an article for the next issue of the Banner. Would you be interested in an article on this subject? I received some nice feedback on the story of the ‘Majors’. Harold Moffatt ’52 Ed’s reply: Great idea, Harold (and a great article on the Majors). Funnily enough, this issue’s Man of St. Michael’s, Michael McDonald ’55, was on that rowing team. We look forward to another enjoyable trip down memory lane!
Dear Editor, Congratulations on the Blue Banner 2013 Special Families Legacy Edition! St. Michael’s has been built on a solid foundation of Basilian Fathers’ leadership, guidance and support. Their dedication to work with and help each and every student has led to generations of families attending St. Michael’s, and graduating into their chosen careers. Paul Downs ’66 Ed’s reply: Thanks, Paul. Hopefully the issue lives up to your expectations and you are not forced to withdraw your facilitations.
Dear Editor, I was delighted to receive the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Blue Banner with Jack Fenn’s picture gracing the front page. I was Jack’s best man when he married Lorna and he was my best man when I married Loretta. Jack and I met at St. Mike’s and we both played football with the Kerry Blues. He was a twin fullback with the late Tony Roman ’55 and I was a halfback. There’s no doubt that Jack is the epitome of a gentleman, but he’s also a passionate competitor on the field and a leader in many different ways. He has often left me with my tongue hanging out as he led the football calisthenics. Above all he is a true friend you can simply pick up where you left off with no matter how long it’s been since you last spoke. Jack and Lorna Fenn are generous and hospitable hosts and friends. I offer my personal thanks to the Blue Banner for honouring my friend Jack, a most deserving grad. Yours truly, Michael J. McDonald ’55 Ed’s reply: Couldn’t agree more, Michael. Although, as this issue will demonstrate, you are a grad quite deserving of some recognition yourself!
Thank God for that envelope.
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around st. mike’s ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL SUPPORTS ONE OF ITS OWN On Monday, June 3, the St. Michael’s College School community proudly announced a donation of $18,000 to Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick. Kaitlyn, daughter of current St. Michael’s teacher Paul Fitzpatrick ’95 and wife Kristen, and niece of David Fitzpatrick ’91, underwent an extensive medical procedure in August to help rectify a congenital birth defect and enhance her quality of life.
and Janice as the mother of the girl, played by Marilena Rotundo, daughter of Pat ’84. Most of the cast and crew have a St. Michael’s affiliation. John De Pinto, who plays the narrator and lead, attended SMCS from 1978-80, Andrew Froud ’17, is the greatnephew of Fr. Sheedy C.S.B., principal in the late 1950s, and Julia Orsini, daughter of John ’77. Lou Pasubio ’87 has returned to do the stage lighting. Come out and see a ‘Fantastick’ show at the Centre for the Arts - January 15-18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at www.dreamtheatreproductions.ca. GRADE 8 COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY On Friday, May 17, Grade 8 students provided food, shelter, knowledge and the wonderful gifts of companionship and social interaction to those in their community. Each Grade 8 class spent the day volunteering at one of a diverse range of organizations, including: the Yonge Street Mission in Regent Park; Belmont House,
The donation is thanks to the combined generosity of the Basilian Fathers, students, faculty and staff and the school’s Parents’ Association. For their part, the student body contributed to the cause through proceeds from a casual dress day, the purchasing of bracelets and personal donations. “We feel so incredibly blessed and honoured to be a part of the St. Michael’s family,” said Paul Fitzpatrick. “The dedication the school community has to modeling Catholic values is incredible. We will be forever grateful for this immense outpouring of support.” DREAMTHEATRE PRODUCTIONS TO STAGE ‘THE FANTASTICKS’ Your alumni theatre company will be staging the ‘The Fantasticks’, a funny, romantic play about a boy and a girl who fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other. In the St. Michael's 1978 student production, Dave Trafford ’79 and Janice Power played the boy and girl. Dave has returned as the father of the boy, played by Stephen Di Fonzo ’09
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a seniors’ home in Toronto; Christian Resource Centre; Habitat for Humanity's Restores; and Holy Rosary Catholic School. At the end of the day all of the Grade 8 students gathered for Mass celebrated by Fr. Reddy C.S.B.. This gave students a chance to reflect in prayer on the importance of social justice in action. MR. DAVID FISCHER APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES This past July, David Fischer took charge of all student service oriented departments including Guidance, the Learning Enrichment Centre, Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and the Odette Library. Fischer brings to the position 20 years of teaching experience at St. Michael’s in both Theology and Philosophy, including 15 years as Head
Theology and Philosophy, including 15 years as head of the department. His academic background includes a Master’s degree in both Education and Theology. During his career at St. Michael’s, Fischer has also been actively involved in the school’s athletics programme and various community outreach initiatives. As part of his new portfolio, Fischer will be developing a St. Michael’s Character Education Programme that will focus on the virtues important to character development for St. Michael’s students. TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL The ‘Big Blue’ Senior Jazz Band performed at the Rex Hotel as part of the TD Downtown Jazz Festival on Thursday, June 27. This performance was a great way to end the school year for the band, known for entertaining audiences with both standard and modern jazz pieces. ‘Big Blue’, as one of only three high school bands invited to play, was honoured to perform at such a prestigious event.
ST. MICHAEL’S LACROSSE PLAYERS REPRESENT ONTARIO Seven members of the St. Michael’s lacrosse community helped the Ontario U16 Field Team capture the silver medal at the Canadian Lacrosse Nationals from August 28 to September 2 in Montreal, Quebec. Nick Ellerton ’15, Warren Jeffrey ’15 and Brendan Mullen ’15 were selected to the U16 Field Team; Ben French ’16, Connor McClelland ’16 and Jonathan Donville ’17 were selected to both the U16 Field and Box teams; and SMCS Coach, Alex Frescura ’92, was selected as the
team’s General Manager. Adrian Torok-Orban ’14 was also selected to the U19 Field Team.
YOUTH AND PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE On May 13, Phillip Fossella ’15, Gianni Sallese ’15, Carter Sprigings ’15, and Gianpaolo Stellato ’15 won a $5000 grant for the Good Neighbours’ Club as part of the Toskan Casale Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, now in its 10th year at St. Michael’s. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative features teams of Grade 10 students researching local charities that address an important social issue in their community, visiting the charity and interviewing staff and clients.
Once the research is complete, the group puts together a 10-minute presentation about the charity and how a grant would help it achieve its mission. The winning group had a stellar presentation and raised awareness for the Good Neighbours’ Club, which promotes respect and dignity for homeless men.
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men of st. michael’s: michael j. mc donald ’54 If you have lived in the GTA for any amount of time,
“Under the plan, Yonge St. from Queen Street to
“It was a long time ago when we got those playgrounds
Board, then as Member and Vice-Chairman of the
chances are you will have enjoyed the fruits of
approximately College Street, was closed to cars on
built in every school yard in the City of York. I still remem-
Borough of York Board of Education, and finally as the
Michael J. McDonald’s 50 years of public service.
weekends and turned into a pedestrian paradise,”
ber it as one of my proudest achievements. The creative
Chairman of the Board at Quo Vadis School of Nursing.
McDonald has managed to positively affect the public
states McDonald. “It was an idea that was definitely
playgrounds were so ahead of their time and so benefi-
living in the City of Toronto, particularly those in the
ahead of its time, perhaps too far ahead. In the end,
cial for the children. Sometimes it feels like all ‘progress’
After a brief career in municipal politics as the Regional
former City of York (Weston) and York Region.
the Mall was shut down by local merchants who were
does is take us backwards,” says McDonald, remember-
Councillor for the Township of Georgina on the Region
complaining about damage to their businesses.”
ing the lightning speed with which the Toronto School
of York Council from 1978-1980, McDonald returned to
Board initiated the dismantling of the playgrounds.
education as a board member of both Seneca College
Way back in 1974, McDonald was the man that not only suggested to the TTC Board of Commissioners
Unfortunately a similar fate befell the earliest, and
that they adopt a pass system, but also initiated the
many would argue greatest, impact that McDonald
had on the former City of York. After he attended Expo
Metropass. “Unless it was rush hour, nobody was on
1967 where he discovered a new creative playground
the TTC,” McDonald says of the impetus for his idea.
designed by accomplished Canadian Landscape
“People didn’t want to pay the full fare outside of
Architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, he was inspired
going to work, or just to ride a couple of stops. That’s
to bring this innovation to his community. McDonald
where I thought a monthly pass would be of use, for
was behind the installation of the first creative play-
increasing revenues for the TTC and convenience for
grounds at City of York Schools. While this idea lasted
exponentially longer than the Yonge St. Mall, the play-
and the Learning Enrichment Foundation. In 1983 he accepted a staff position as the Executive Director of Administration for York Region from 1983-1990. Maybe the action wasn’t hot enough though, because in 1991, McDonald returned to elected politics, serving six more years as a Councillor, this time in Ward 6 of the City of York (Weston). Remember this is a man with a thriving full-time law practice on the side; a man
grounds were eventually removed due to safety fears, The Metropass is not the only mark McDonald has left
and one suspects, the fear of potential lawsuits. It is
on the City of Toronto. You can see his passion repre-
an irony not lost on the man who was called to the bar
sented in the pedestrian bridge at Lion’s Park Humber
in 1963 and opened his first practice in Weston in
Pathway, which was constructed in 1995 to the
1976, after getting his start with the TTC legal depart-
delight of hikers and cyclists who could now walk or
ment in 1964.
bike from Weston to Lake Ontario. The bridge was a result of behind the scenes cooperation between McDonald (City of York Councillor) and Mike Colle ’64 (Metro Toronto Councillor).
that somehow managed to find the time to father six children; become a certified college teaching master; and publish three books designed to make the law accessible to everyday folk. The playground victory came early in his career in public service, but his call to public service came later.
“What I find most admirable about my father is that he
The seeds of service planted by SMCS took longer to
doesn’t judge or look down on anyone. Everyone he
grow. But when they grew, my did they grow.
comes into contact with is treated with dignity and respect,” says Rachel Thomas, one of those six
“Public service is not something I was really
daughters. “He is a person who has an admirably high
McDonald also initiated the plan, accepted by City
concerned with coming out of high school, even with
moral character and amazing integrity, which I’m sure
Council in 1972, for the Yonge Street Mall. It was an
the focus on giving back taught at St. Mike’s,” says
SMCS helped develop.”
idea that came to him as he exited a movie theatre,
McDonald. “But the seeds were obviously planted,
and it had nothing to do with what he had just seen on
because giving back through public service has
Oh, and McDonald’s not done giving back. After 12
the screen. “I was waiting outside the old Uptown
become a major focus in my life.”
years as the Chairman of the Weston Business
movie theatre on Yonge Street one night and it was
Improvement Area, he is currently chairing the BIA’s
absolutely crawling with cars and you could hardly
Indeed, it is safe to say that once he caught the public
steering committee to optimize economic opportuni-
breathe due to the exhaust fumes” McDonald remem-
service bug, McDonald never looked back. He started by
ties arising from the Metrolinx rapid rail link to the
bers. But he saw the potential of a street crawling
contributing 15-plus years serving the education com-
airport, which is scheduled to run right through
munity first as a member of the Town of Weston School
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costello gets call to canada’s sports hall By Martin Clearly, Ottawa Citizen
When hockey people think of Murray Costello ’53, it's not as a National Hockey League player. But he did break into the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1953, playing 40 games. Costello then played the 1954-55 season and the first part of the 1955-56 season for the Bruins. He is best known, though, in later years as president of Hockey Canada and it’s precursor, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. From the time Costello was a young boy playing
children and becoming a lawyer at age 45, but only practising for four months. Blame that on hockey. Whether he was wearing the equipment, which in the 1950s didn’t include a helmet, and carrying straightbladed wooden sticks, or his best suits for formal on-ice IIHF presentations, Costello, 79, has experienced most aspects of hockey as player, executive, scout, arbitrator, administrator and visionary. Eight years after being inducted as the 93rd builder into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Costello’s contribution to Canada’s national winter sport received a far greater recognition on October 16, 2013, when he received the country’s greatest sports honour by being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Costello is a reluctant hall of famer, though. That’s why, whenever he has received past honours such as the Wayne Gretzky International Award from the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 for contributions to the growth and advancement of hockey, he always gives significant mention to the thousands of volunteers who have worked with him.
outdoor hockey until he resigned as International Ice Hockey Federation Vice President at age 78, hockey was the durable thread that weaved through his life, which included a wedding to Denise Marie Lancop, six
“It’s nice being recognized, but I had a mixture of feelings,” the somewhat embarrassed Costello says about his most recent honour. “This is a team game. One should not be singled out.” However, Costello’s all-encompassing résumé had hall of famer written all over it as a builder. As a forward, he skated in three separate championship finals: Ontario Hockey Association with St. Michael’s in 1953; American Hockey League with the Hershey Bears in 1954; and in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 1956. He never got to touch the trophy, though. He played in the NHL for
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Chicago, Boston and Detroit, skating in 163 games over four seasons and producing 13 goals and 19 assists. Costello says he had the skills to play in the NHL, but not “the mindset to be an NHL player, the way they sacrificed their bodies. They were so dedicated to succeed at it. I didn’t have that drive. There must have been a better way to make a living.” There certainly was for him, and Costello followed his passion for an education to Assumption University (now University of Windsor), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation, he travelled west to join the WHL’s Seattle Totems for a year (which coincided with his honeymoon) and stayed 15 years, serving in many key roles and winning league championships in 1967 and 1968. In 1973, he brought his family to Ottawa, where he not only received his law degree at the University of Ottawa at age 45, but also earned a salary as a scout in the World Hockey Association. Simultaneously, he worked for four months with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association cut short his legal career when it decided to make the presidency a full-time, paid job. Costello, who had worked for the CAHA for six months on its first national corporate sponsorship deal before entering U of O, was asked to apply for the job, which he won and held until 1998. “The law degree was really key,” he says. “It gave me the confidence to do something. There wasn’t a day that would go by that I didn’t use my law degree. It
really, really helped.” It also was valuable in 1994, when Costello and Don Hay hammered out a deal to merge their respective CAHA and Hockey Canada operations into today’s Hockey Canada, forming one group for the development of the game. Costello also negotiated with major-junior hockey head Ed Chynoweth to change how Canada was represented in the world junior championship, which it hadn’t yet won since the event began in 1977 and in which it hadn’t won a medal at all in 1979 through 1981. They spearheaded the national junior team program that replaced sending the previous year’s Memorial Cup champions, and, in its next attempt in 1982, Canada won the first of 10 gold medals over 16 years. A huge proponent of hockey equality, Costello also oversaw the first world women’s hockey championship in Ottawa in 1990. As president of the CAHA, Costello started representing Canada at IIHF meetings. He also worked on various committees, spent 12 years on the IIHF council and finished with four years as vice president. No presidency, but it matters little to Costello. “I often say, maybe it’s self serving, that I feel among the modest few who have taken a childhood passion, turned it into a life-long livelihood and in the end been rewarded for it.” Material reprinted with the express permission of: Ottawa Citizen, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.
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con di nino graduates: a day to remember The Honourable Consiglio (Con) Di Nino ’13 was born in Italy in 1938 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. His career in the financial services industry spanned some 40 years. Between 1979 and 1991 he was Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Cabot Trust Company, a forerunner to Manulife Bank. Shortly before departing Cabot Trust, Di Nino was summoned to the Senate, where he represented the citizens of Ontario and all of Canada from 1990 to 2012. During that time The Honourable Di Nino served on several Senate committees as a member, Vice-chair and Chair and was Government Whip in the Senate from January 2010 to May 2011. Also a member of various parliamentary associations, Di Nino was Head of the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA). In those days of scandalous Senators, it is also worth noting that Di Nino took this job very seriously, regularly making speeches of great importance and being lauded for his perfect attendance record between June 2011 and April 2012. Amazingly, this smart, modest man who arrived in Canada as a teenager managed to achieve all of this without much of a formal education. Yes, he has certainly taken full advantage of the continuing education programme at York University and the University of Toronto. But it was the same drive and hunger for success Di Nino displayed in business that put those programmes within reach. After all, this was a man who, although he enjoyed many of the benefits of a St. Michael’s education, did not even graduate from our hallowed yellow brick halls…until now. In a wonderful correction of an oversight that has been a longtime coming, Con Di Nino was awarded his St. Mike’s diploma at the school’s graduation ceremony this past June. “I called Kimm Bailey to see if and how we might be able to do (a ceremony),” said Consiglio’s son, Frank Di Nino ’80. “Kimm, along with Terence Sheridan ’89, came up with a fantastic plan to surprise my father. He was asked to give the commencement speech to the 2013 graduating class but not told that following his address, he would be awarded his diploma.“ This better late than never ceremony was required because Consiglio had been forced to leave St. Leaving our Legacy
Di Nino’s journey of community involvement includes past positions as Chair of the Harbourfront Corporation and Villa Charities Inc., which has an annual operating budget of $35 million and provides the equivalent of 650 full-time jobs. Di Nino also served as President of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, the Villa Colombo Home for the Aged, the Columbus Centre of Toronto, Scouts Canada (Greater Toronto Region) and Chair of the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund.
Michael’s after Grade 10 to help support his family. By that time however, the lessons of goodness, discipline, and knowledge had already sunk in and the drive to be both a leader and a benefactor had been nurtured. Now, finally receiving his diploma decades later, surely there is no more worthy recipient. “A wonderful surprise was the presentation to me of the St. Michael's College School Honourary Graduation Certificate. The symbolic value is immeasurable, particularly because of my genuine appreciation for SMC's influence on my life,’ said Di Nino “Addressing the graduating class on the most important day so far in the students' educational path, was a privilege. I trust I conveyed some value which will be of benefit to them as they begin their journey as adults with it's many obstacles and opportunities.” The Honourable Di Nino’s has been creating value for those around him for years. His success in business has been matched only by his capacity to give back. But, like many philanthropists, his main concern has always been his family. Loving husband to the deceased Sheila Marilyn Winter, Di Nino has been a role model to his children Karen and Frank and a doting grandfather to Kristin, Tanina, David, and Etienne. “I hope the curriculum focus will always remain both on scholastic achievements and human values,” says Di Nino reflecting on St. Mike’s role in his development. “I know it made a significant difference in my journey.”
Amongst his many achievements in the Senate, Di Nino is remembered for joining, in 2004, more than a hundred Canadian veterans and their families as they retraced their footsteps through the battlefields of Italy. In Agira, Cesena, Cassino, Ortona and Rimini, he found witnesses to their courage, proof of their humanity, and monuments to their sacrifice. Di Nino has now embarked on a new mission to commemorate the remarkable legacy of the veterans of the Italian Campaign. He aims to bring their history home through a new project called, ‘Peace through Valour’, an effort to create a monument to raise conscientiousness of a most inspiring chapter of our collective history, supported by a website (www.peacethroughvalour.ca) that allows a new generation of Canadians to immerse in the history that was reality for 100,000 of their fellow citizens. In persevering through life’s challenges, in building a monumental legacy for himself and his family, and in always being dedicated to the Christian values of charity and brotherly love, Con Di Nino has also demonstrated courage, humanity, and sacrifice. It is certainly wonderful that the St. Michael’s community had the opportunity to recognize it this past June.
“Last year I was attending the Order of St. Michael induction dinner listening to our MC Michael Enright talk about receiving an honorary diploma from St. Mike’s. As my wife Mercedez and I were driving home from the event we started to think that it would be a fantastic honor for my father to also receive an honorary diploma. Given the economic circumstances a new immigrant family faced back in the 1950s, my father had to leave St. Mike’s after Grade 10 to help support his family. Despite this, my father has remained very connected to the school and can be found at many of the alumni events including the Turkey Roll and the Order of St. Michael induction dinners. In addition to giving his time he has also contributed financially over the years. I can honestly say that despite not graduating, he has always been an “Old Boy”. He was humbled at the chance to address the 2013 graduates and after some prodding by his family, agreed to accept the invitation. After a moving address, Terry called him back up and in a very emotional moment awarded the diploma to my father. Along with myself, my wife and son were also in attendance and I truly believe he suspected what was going to take place. You very rarely get a chance to surprise my father but we sure got him that time! The diploma now proudly hangs on his wall for all to see.” DI NINO GIVES BACK - Professional & Community Involvement • Member, Canada Tibet Committee • Board Member, Roy Thompson Hall & Massey Hall Corporation • Board Member, Scouts Canada Foundation • Patron, Distress Centre of Toronto • Patron, Operation Springboard • Founder & Board Member, Italian-Canadian Benevolent Foundation • Chairman, Harbourfront Corporation • Vice Chairman, Trust Company Association of Canada • President, Italian Immigrant Aid Society • President, Canadian Italian Business Professional Association • President, Scouts Canada -Greater Toronto Region • President & Chairman, Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged • President & Chairman, Columbus Centre of Toronto • Board Member, Crime Stoppers Toronto Region • Chairman and Past President, Villa Charities Inc. (Previously Italian-Canadian Benevolent Corporation)
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dan nicholson: there’s still life after retirement By Pat Mancuso ’90
“I came to St. Mike’s in 1988 after teaching 17 years at Our Lady of Assumption elementary school near Bathurst and Lawrence (Ed’s note: heck of an elementary school). I had taught Dan Prendergast’s daughter Erin at Assumption and had worked in a hockey organization with Paul Dignan ’59, so when I wanted to make a move, I knew who to call.” English teacher Dan Nicholson spent the next 14 years expounding on classics like Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and meticulously critiquing his students’ writing. The photography business he built working on weekends beginning in 1995, grew significantly after his retirement in 2002. Today, Dan takes pictures of hockey, baseball, soccer, and football teams across the city, posting the photos to his website sportsphotography.biz. Many of Dan’s photos have been used in the Tower yearbook, other publications, and the athletic corridor to commemorate team championships and other special events around the school. He is very proud that some of his photos were included on the beautiful new photographic collage wall in the Student Entrance. “It is nice to hear ex-students tell me that the picture I took of them in their St. Mike’s uniform is a cherished keep-sake. I was proud to coach many teams over the years as well. I knew that other teams looked at us as special because of who we were.”
NHL alumnus, Kevin Weekes, with Dan
Leaving our Legacy
securing our future by giving back: THE DOWNS FAMILY – PAUL ’66, CHRISTOPHER ’97 AND MATTHEW ’03
Sport continues to figure prominently in Dan’s travel and recreation. “My wife Sheila and I love to travel. We have gone on trips to various Major League Baseball parks and minor league cities with a professional company in Wisconsin. There are just four cities we have yet to get to in the National and American leagues. On the trips we also have time to do city tours, so we have seen many historic sites on our way to games. We go to Florida for spring training games as well as Disney Parks and other tourist attractions.” Dan has refereed hockey games since 1980 and also teaches at the Ivy Hockey Academy owned by St. Michael’s alumni Mark ’95, Steve ’97, and Dominic ’99 Moore. On weekends, he can often be found at trade shows bolstering his large collection of sports memorabilia. What is Dan’s fondest memory of his time at St. Michael’s? “The 2002 Graduation Ceremony in my retirement year, when Fathers Daniel Zorzi C.S.B. and Michael Lehman C.S.B. asked me to be the guest speaker at Holy Rosary Church. I looked at this task as being reserved for university presidents and high-level professionals. To have me do this in front of so many people in that hot church was a great honour. I will never forget that day.”
After a long career in education, Dan’s message to other retirees is to continue on with the things you love and enjoy. “It has been 12 years since I retired from full-time teaching and 43 years since I started in 1971. But once you are done with your career, life is not over; there are still many things to do. I will be 65 on my next birthday in March, but I feel as good as I did at the beginning of my career. I wouldn’t want to get to a certain age and look back saying I should have done this or that. I’m doing it. Age only holds you back if you let it.”
The Downs family connection with St. Michael’s College School started in 1936 when Paul’s ’66 uncle James G. Hawkins ’40 arrived at St. Michael’s. James was quickly followed by his brother, Robert Hawkins ’41. James and Robert were the youngest of five brothers; however, Jack, Frank and Joe had gone to work at an early age when their father passed away, as had Paul Downs’ mother, Margaret. Julia, the youngest in the Hawkins family continues to support the Downs Family Bursary annually. Paul’s brother John Downs ’61, picked up the torch, graduating from St. Michael’s College School before attending Queen’s University, where he obtained an Electrical Engineering degree. When Paul graduated from St. Michael’s five years later, he attended Lakeshore Teachers’ College, Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (M.Ed.). In 1971, Paul married Kathy and they were blessed with three sons. The oldest, Christopher ’97 continued the St. Mike’s tradition, as did the youngest, Matthew ’03. Paul and Kathy have been donors to the school since 1999, supporting the Building Fund, Technology Fund, and Bursary Programme, along with attending various school events. In 2007, the Downs were approached with the request to assist the Building on Strong Foundations Capital Campaign, which included the Centre for the Arts, the Learning Enrichment Centre, and the SMCS Bursary Endowment. Paul, Kathy and their sons decided to create the Downs Family Bursary. According to Paul, “St. Michael’s means a tremendous amount to our family for the lessons of goodness, discipline and knowledge the school provided. The school also exemplifies a family and the core value of supporting one another. Many of my sons’ friends are still closely connected with each other, and with our family. This close knit, supportive spirit caused Kathy and I, and
our family, to establish the Downs Family Bursary at St. Michael’s College School.” Since 2008, the Downs Family Bursary has been awarded to a financially needy student at St. Michael’s College School who is receiving tuition assistance. This Bursary is renewable for each year the student attends St. Michael’s College School provided that he is receiving tuition assistance and maintains a minimum average of 75 per cent. The Bursary, which is used to offset tuition costs, continues to grow and the returns on its investments are used to continue the St. Michael’s legacy.
The true value of the bursary is summarized by Paul: “A friend of one of our sons was fortunate to be able to attend St. Michael’s in part because of the bursary assistance that he received and it was special for us to honour the friendship, which continues to this day. Hopefully, this bursary will enable other students to follow in his path.” Anyone is welcome to contribute to the Downs Family Bursary and all donations receive a tax receipt. St. Michael’s sincerely thanks the Downs family for their support of the Bursary Programme by establishing a bursary in perpetuity. Blue Banner | Fall/Winter 2013
The McGroarty Family
“Custos Libri Columbae”¹
A Familiar Legacy As an immigrant only-child, being part of a legacy of family members attending St. Michael’s never occurred to me. (Heck, it was Grade 11 before I could even get
William James (W.J.) McGroarty served as Senior Officer and Director with the Lawlor and Weston bakeries. In 1928, he patented Vitamin Enriched Bread Making in Canada and the U.S.. This process revolutionized the industry and combatted Rickets disease. Jim and his father-in-law, Herbert H. Lawlor, were generous benefactors and contributors to the growth of St. Michael’s College School and Catholic institutions in Toronto. W.J. served as a Fifth Degree Knight of Columbus, with distinction.
my head around me being at SMCS.) Now however, with a freshly minted son at home and already in need of some serious discipline (I can wait on the need for goodness and knowledge) it is a thought that has been crossing my mind more often.
The McDermott Family Family patriarch Barry McDermott ’60 began his more than 50-year association with the school as a student in 1955. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Barry returned to St. Mike’s as a teacher in 1967. Over the next forty years McDermott’s name became synonymous with Canadian Geography, but he also taught Mathematics and coached both Junior and Senior Football. Perhaps less known, Barry also served as manager of both the school arena and bookstore.
(L-R): Alan ’92, Barry ’60, Patrick ’89
So, even for this only child from England, there is a personal connection to this story on Legacy Families. It is however a personal connection that pales in comparison to
Paul, Ross & Greg McGroarty
those detailed in the pages that follow (and spilling over into many of our regular features) – pages full of the stories of families that bleed double blue, and have done so for generations.
Here at the Banner we are fans of weaving tapestries connecting multiple stories under one theme, encouraging the reader to ponder the bigger picture. To do so here, however, would have been to do you a disservice. Rather that you read first hand the expressions of emotion that have arisen from the magnificent response to our call for submissions.
We leave it to you to decide the legacy left by these families and to consider how the rapidly changing world, both inside and outside our hallowed yellow halls, may affect future generations of this legacy.
James Herbert McGroarty ’30 attended St. Michael’s Cloverhill School on Bay St., from 1926 to 1930. J.H. managed the Lawlor Bakeries in the Niagara Peninsula, also developed innovations in the baking industry. He was known for charitable works and fundraising for Catholic associations. J. H. also served as a Knight of Columbus, with distinction. Ross James McGroarty ’57 served as President of SMCS School Council and was a member of both the hockey and football teams. Ross attended The University of Western Ontario, before working in the Research Department of a Toronto Stock Exchange member firm. While with the T.S.E., he was appointed as a director and officer of one of Canada’s oldest investment companies and was also a director, officer and audit committee chair for North American publicly traded companies. Ross is the current Hereditary Keeper and Coarb of Columcille. Paul Joseph McGroarty ’65 worked in the SMC Bookstore and assisted back-stage in many of the 1960's SMC musicals. He was awarded a 1970 Gold Medal at Ryerson University and worked as a Toronto stockbroker and director of public companies and is a respected connoisseur, Paul, who also worked as a Manager for Uhaul, in B.C, judges beer competitions throughout the province. Gregory John McGroarty ’65, author of Miracle in the Diamond, worked in marketing in Canada, the U.S., Ireland and the U.K. He was past President of the Robes of the Realm Exhibit in aid of The Prince's Trust. Greg also initiated the Ballymagroarty Heritage Centre in Ballintra, Ireland. In 2000, the Chief Herald of Ireland conferred a Coat of Arms and honours upon Gregory.
Barry was followed to St. Mike’s by his sons, Patrick ’88 and Alan ’92. Patrick was involved with musical theatre and played on the senior baseball team. Working in Compliance for Scotia Bank, he currently lives in Oakville with his wife Caroline and daughter Emily. Alan is also employed by Scotiabank, where he works in Systems. A former captain of the tennis team and senior baseball and hockey player, Patrick lives in Pickering with his wife Jessica and daughters Jenna and Sydney.
The D’Ercole Family
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The Zownir Brothers
The Higgins Family e School spans three generations of St. Michael’s men
The Higgins family relationship with St. Michael’s Colleg fourth generation waiting in the wings!
and women, with a
Irish immigrant and WWI at Clover Hill at the insistence of their father Peter, an Brothers Hub ’42 and Brian ’45 Higgins attended SMCS n as Pat profession(know Hub brothers went on to become exemplary men. veteran who was inspired by the Basilian Fathers. Both Hospital 1979el’s Micha St. and & Chief of St. Joseph’s Hospital 1976-1979 ally) was a distinguished doctor, serving as Physician Ste. Marie and Sault in l Schoo e Colleg 1954, and former Principal of St. Mary’s 1989. Brian is a devoted Basilian priest, ordained in T. of U e Colleg el’s The Basilian residence at St. Micha St. Charles in Sudbury. Now retired, Brian is living in Hub, a father of nine, sent all three sons to SMCS. Peter ’74, a former Olympic Sailor (1976), is a respected Toronto architect, while Dr. Brian Higgins ’81 and Dr. Kevin Higgins ’91 both followed their father into medicine. Brian is the Head of Medical Oncology at Peel Regional Cancer Centre at Credit Valley Hospital. Kevin is a Head and Neck Surgeon and Chief of Endocrine Programme at the Odette Cancer Centre and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Norah, Hub’s youngest 2000 and is now a Guidance Counsellor. daughter, has been an English teacher at SMCS since
r ’03 (sons of Peter); sented by five of Hub’s grandsons: Peter ’99 and Conne The family’s third generation of SMCS students is repre Burnham ’17 (son of Norah). James ’07 and Liam ’13 (sons of Brian) and Séamus of St. Michael and wishes Hub and Fr. Brian have been inducted into The Order The tight knit Higgins clan is especially proud that both s played integral roles in wives who, while not students or teachers, nevertheles to also acknowledge the many mothers, sisters and the development of so many fine SMCS/Higgins men. In-laws who also attended SMCS: el Canning ’78; Ted Canning ’81 Dr. Hugh Canning ’46 Father of: Hugh Canning ’75; Micha
The Kelly Family Until quite recently, photographs of four generations of the Kelly family – my grandfather, my father, my granddaughter, and me (Hugh M. Kelly ’52) -- hung on the walls of St. Michael’s College School, near the office of the President. My grandfather, Hugh Thomas Kelly 1880, was a student at St. Michael's (both the high school and university) from approximately 1874-1880. In later life, he was a lawyer, judge and stalwart supporter/advisor to St. Michael’s and the Basilians. My father, Arthur Kelly ’20, was also a lawyer, judge and a trusted advisor/supporter of St. Michael's and the Basilians. A graduate of the Bathurst Street campus, I was a student at Clover Hill from 1947-1950. After graduation, I completed a B.A. at St. Michael's College U of T in 1956. My granddaughter, Colleen Hayman, is a student at SMCS’s sister school, Holy Name of Mary College School. In addition my brother Kevin Arthur Kelly ’54 and Andrew Joseph McDonagh ’54, were SMCS students.
at Mark Zownir ’86, the oldest of the three Zownir boys, started the family legacy him. joined ’88 Jeff brother his later, years Two 1982. St. Michael’s in the fall of The third brother, Chris ’92 started while Jeff was in his Grade 13 year. Mark was an Honour Roll student and a very committed and extremely enthusiastic football player for his entire St. Michael’s career. He was also the recipient of the St. Michael’s Medal for physical and health education. Following graduation, Mark studied International Business at McGill University, and was then recruited into the illustrious Solomon Brothers training programme in New York. After enjoying various Government bond-trading positions in New York, London and Tokyo, Mark is now a managing director of bond trading at RBC in Hong Kong. He credits his discipline on the trading desk and his enthusiasm for travelling and enjoying time with friends from around the world to his experiences as a student and football player at St. Michael’s. Mark remembers specifically the discipline taught by Coach Paul Forbes along with coaches Jack Fenn ’54 and Mike Colle ’64. Mark also reflects on the unique and amazing team atmosphere on the field and in the locker room at SMC. Jeff, also an honor roll student, excelled in athletics - participating in volleyball, basketball and baseball. Jeff graduated as the Athlete of the Year in 1988 and was invited to participate in the Montreal Expos recruitment camp. After graduation, Jeff studied Physical Education at McMaster University, where he had an incredible basketball career and tied the Canadian record for hitting nine three-point shots in one game. Jeff continued his academic career at Canisius College where he earned his teaching degree. He has been on the faculty at St. Michael’s since 1995 and currently enjoys teaching Science and Physcal Education. Jeff is also the school’s head baseball and basketball coach and was the recipient of the 2012/2013 Coach Of The Year Award. He is extremely proud of his team, which recently won the 2013 OFSAA basketball champion- Zownir brothers: Chris ’92, Jeff ’88, ship and continues to be Mark ’86 Zownir inspired from the coaches he had at St. Michael’s, most notably Dan Prendergast. The third Zownir brother, Chris, graduated in 1992, participating in basketball and football. As the team quarterback, Chris was the MVP of the senior football team and received the Enzo Montemurro Award for best combining athletics and sportsmanship. While in Grade 9, Chris was one of the founding students of the Out of The Cold programme with Sr. Susan Moran and Fr. John Murphy C.S.B.. Chris went on to become the Chairman of the Out of the Cold Foundation in an 2006, participating as a volunteer until 2010. After St. Michael’s, Chris earned After football. varsity played he where ty, Universi Bishop’s at degree ics Econom working in the financial sectors for 11 years, Chris decided to start his own cufflink company called Cuffwear Inc. When reflecting on his experience as a student at St. Michael’s, Chris is extremely grateful to his teammates, who he claims made things possible through collective effort - reflecting that the offensive line deserves more credit than they receive. Chris was a volunteer quarterback coach with the senior football team from 2004 to 2011 and was the guest speaker at the St. Michael’s Athletic Awards Banquet in 2011. Chris continues to be inspired by former coaches, specifically Paul Forbes and volunteer coach, Frank Giffen. All the Zownir brothers are grateful for the close family connection they share and appreciate all the support from their parents Pat and Jerry over the years.
The Downs Family The Basilians’ dedication to work with, and help, each and every student has led to generations of families attending St. Michael’s, and graduating into their chosen careers. Our family has been part of that proud tradition. The tradition started with my uncle attending, followed by my older brother, John Downs ’61, and myself, Paul Downs ’66. Upon graduating from St. Michael’s, I attended Lakeshore Teacher’s College, Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (M.Ed.). In 1971, Kathy and I married and were blessed with three sons. Our oldest son, Christopher Downs ’97 continued the tradition, followed by our youngest son, Matthew Downs ’03.
L-R: Matthew ’03, Chris ’97, Kathy, Paul ’66, Andrew which was taken a few years ago.
St. Michael’s means a tremendous amount to our family for the lessons of goodness, discipline and knowledge it teaches. It also exemplifies family and support for one another. Many of my son’s friends are still closely connected with each other, and with our family. This close knit, supportive spirit caused Kathy and I, and our family, a few years ago to establish the “Downs Family Bursary” at St. Michael’s College School. This bursary continues to grow and the return on its investments are used to help students who need financial assistance to attend St. Michael’s and continue the St. Michael’s Legacy.
The Bannan Family ’66, Doug d the Bannan’s could fill a spot! The Bannan boys Don Anticipating you might be hard up for content, we figure t all of taugh has l schoo the What 7). (age Luke Jack (age 11) and ’66, Brian ’96 and Matt ’00 with two more to come soon light on Doug Guys like Yonder, McDougall and Prendergast can shed us is drive, determination and honesty in our careers. Matt and Brian Forbes and Walsh will tell you the same thing about and Don - as twins we caused a lot of chaos. Guys like – which has attitudes that make a difference in life. St. Michael's - Zander as well. Anyone can learn skills, but it’s the Don’s career in ss, prowe ating y/deb orator and 's acting (CBC’s Mr. D) played a large role in our successes including: Brian 14, drafted-to all Canadian at Western, played for the Buzzers at age education and Matt's hockey achievements (1st team the Majors, committed to University of Michigan). Don’s first appointment as a Principal was at Holy Rosary at age 27 – the youngest person ever at the board. He finished his career 33 years later as a superintendent - St. Mike's had to have something to do with that! Doug is a successful CA and owner of Ridley Windows & Doors - a Don and Brian , Doug , Matt an’s The Bann most highly regarded rter of the Golf suppo ial financ time long a , which as been company. All four Bannan’s are working together at Ridley served on the usly previo d serve Don while ximately $40,000), Tournament (for more than 13 years, generating appro building committee and as Chair of the Golf Bursary.
The Delisi Family St. Mike’s has been wonderful influence in my family as long as I (Vince ’72) can remember. My uncle, Rev. S.P. Cirivello ’28 was a huge influence in my life especially after my father died when I was very young. My older brother Tony Delisi ’66 learned to be a great musician at St. Mike’s and is now a successful entrepreneur living in the Chicago area. I obtained a great love of learning at SMCS from master teachers like Joe Younder ’56, Paul Dignan ’59 and Mike Coghlan. I taught high school math for many years and am now the Director of Innovation and Technology at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill. My son, Andy Delisi ’07 graduated from Queen’s University and is currently pursuing a successful career in music. His band, Art & Woodhouse was named one of the top 50 new bands to watch by the Independent Music News in the UK and recently released their second album on iTunes music called Dream in Vince ’72 and Andy Delisi ’07 Disguise. They recently performed at the school‘s Big M Reception. St. Mike’s provided a framework and grounding for our happy, fulfilling and successful lives and we feel very blessed to have had the opportunity afforded by the community at St. Mike’s.
The Flynn / Lofranco Family d of the Flynn clan graced the yellow-bricke During the 70s and 80s, several members Blue ted vaun the for ran ’82 and Frank ’85 halls of SMCS. Lawrence ’77, TJ ’75, Joe experience at St. Mike's provided a ting spor r Thei s. team y Harriers cross-countr long love of sport and health in these competitive outlet, and helped instill a liferaucous boys. top nce runners, achieving one of the all-time Joe Flynn was one of St. Mike's best dista ent Stud tion to running cross-country, TJ was ten 3000m times, a mark of 8:40. In addi pionship Senior Football team. Brother cham Council President and a member of the ’00 In the 1990s, nephews John ’96 and Joe Patrick also played hockey and football. riers Harr Blue the ing help y, untr ran cross-co Lofranco (sons of sister Mary Lou) also AA titles. TDC of k strea oken unbr stillcontinue their continues to enjoy running about 25k per Frank Flynn, despite knee and hip surgery Oakwood Collegiate. Lawrence Flynn is week. Joe Flynn teaches and coaches at me. Volleyball Canada's Paralympic program involved as a coach and administrator with John 0. 200 ey win a silver medal in Sydn He helped the Canadian Paralympic team try at McGill University. coun s cros and Lofranco now coaches track
Frank Flynn ’85
The Merlocco Family te the While at St. Michael’s College School I (Fred ’67) came to understand & apprecia many in ted participa I ’. scientiam et nam disciplia et m bonitate me ‘Doce meaning of school activities, played ice hockey for the Varsity squads and football for the Kerry Blues. But St. Mike’s provided much more than a place for me and my classmates to attend high school classes and play sports. The Basilians and lay teachers made us aware of the attributes and character it takes to become well-grounded St. Mike’s Men. The friendship bonds that have endured through time among alumni are (L-R): Anthony ‘02, Fred ‘67, George ‘00 testimony to the positive influences forged upon us by St. Mike’s. George ’00 enjoyed his time at St. Mike‘s and was involved with many of the school’s millenspecial interest clubs and intramural sports along the way to graduation in the world. working the of es challeng the face to nium year. St. Mike’s helped prepare him network IT & design web ful success a is George buff An information technology specialist based in Toronto and makes his home in Mississauga, Ontario. with Anthony ’02 followed the footsteps of his dad and brother. He was very involved much enjoying sports, al intramur played also and many different school activities academic success and many awards. St. Mike‘s prepared him well for his postthree secondary education at Cornell University (’06) and Medical School (’10) and his now in is Anthony me. program cy Residen years in the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children . Hospital ’s Children Boston at program ip the pediatric cardiology fellowsh We feel fortunate and proud to be St. Mike’s Men. Let’s have a Hoikety Choik on
The Lavelle Family I (Patrick J. Lavelle ’58) do not have all the details and dates of my family’s involvement with St. Mike’s but it has been ongoing since the early 1950s when my brother Michael Lavelle ’55 attended. He subsequently taught at St. Mike’s and coached the basketball team.
Patrick Lavelle: Andrew (Grade 7), Mark Lavelle ’88, Patrick Lavelle ’58
I followed Mike in the late 50s, graduating in the early 60s. Mike’s son Michael Jr. ’88 and my son Mark Lavelle ’88 subsequently graduated as well. Michael’s grandson Jordon Smith ’06 also attended St. Mike’s and I think another brother attended as well. This past September my grandson Andrew ’19 started Grade 7. To top it all off my mother Wylo Lavelle was an active member of the Martha Guild. A few years ago I established an annual bursary in her name to be given to a deserving student.
The Wilson Family Generation
Joseph Wilson ’24
The Cerre-Frezell Family
William Wilson ’24 Fr. James Wilson C.S.B. ’28 Fr. Clarence Wilson C.S.P. ’33 Thomas Wilson
his service in the Bomber Command Recently acknowledged by the Canadian Government for 45, surviving against the odds. during World War II. Pat flew 34 missions between 1943logist at St. Michael’s Hospital from Enjoyed a successful career as an internist and cardio to 1984. Dr. John K. Wilson ’42 1954 to 1992, serving as Head of Cardiology from 1970 on to the four sons g weekend in 1944 and were married in 1949. In additi John K. Wilson and Patricia Dewan met on Thanksgivin ters to Loretto Abbey. listed below who went to SMCS, they sent five daugh l Markets Group, Avison Young Real Sales Representative, Vice President, Principal, Capita Brian Wilson’72 Estate, Toronto to Teacher, St. Joseph’s High School, Wellesley St. Toron John Wilson Jr. ’81 Dentist in Durham, Ontario and lives in Collingwood Greg Wilson ’81 tal, Barrie, after holding a similar Manager of Imaging Department, Royal Victoria Hospi David Wilson’83 position at Princess Margaret Hospital Pat Wilson ’36
they also sent two dan and Mark). David Wilson married Nancy Hurley and Brian Wilson sent two sons of his own to SMCS (BrenWilson also married a Hurley and their two sons (Michael and Bill) attended boys to St. Mike’s (Patrick and David Jr.). Mary Lou their son (Christopher) followed in his dad’s footsteps. SMCS. Patricia Wilson married Michael Lang ’71 and . He and his wife Elizabeth are Software Engineer with Microsoft, Seattle, Washington Brendan Wilson ’01 proud parents of Noah. Alison are recent proud parents of Doctor of Chiropractic, London Ontario. He and his wife rsity in June, 2013. Michael Hurley ’02 Unive State e Brayden’ Billy Hurley, Graduated from Wayn Pursuing career as a Chartered Accountant Christopher Lang ’05 Bill Hurley ’08 Patrick Wilson ’08 Mark Wilson ’08 David Wilson Jr. ’10
Western graduate Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, Graduate of Tyndale College, 2012 after 3 years at Our Barry’s Bay. Interest is politics Graduated from St. Michael’s College, U of T June, 2013 a. He and his wife Katie are proud Pursuing technical field and possibly Western Canad parents of Aidan
'42, Seated (L-R): Dr. John K. Wilson '36 Mrs. Patricia Wilson, Pat Wilson Standing (L-R): Michael Lang '71, , David Wilson '83, Chris Lang '05 '02, Brendan Wilson '01, Michael Hurley '72, Mark Wilson '08, Brian Wilson Bill Hurley '08, John Wilson Jr. '81, Jr. ‘10, Patrick Wilson '08, David Wilson Greg Wilson '81
was a er curious. Charlie Cerre’26, as a student, Family connections can sometimes be rath elf hims find ld wou rs from 1926 to 1928. He star right-winger for the St. Michael’s Majo as coach of the Majors during the glory time this , 1955 to h back with SMCS from 1951 ’54 and Les ’54) McNamara ’54, Mahovlic years of Dineen ’62, the Duff brothers (Dick ation Educ lie was also on staff as a Physical ’57 and many other future NHLers. Char of honoured as an inductee into the Order was teacher until 1958. In 1999, Charlie ’71 John and ’70, Paul contributor. His sons St. Michael, as the complete St. Michael’s ting esen repr John with ers, Buzz the playing for attended SMCS and finished their years game. St. Mike’s in the 1971 Metro Jr. B All Star ael’s. family also had a long history with St. Mich on Paul met and married Amy Frezell, whose ed campus of SMCS from 1940 to 1945, play orial John J Frezell ’45, attended the Clover Hill Mem the of s, and was the student manager two Canadian Championship football team the his claims to fame was annually bringing of One Cup winning Majors team of 1945. the was he that them show to , then at the CNE to family to the Hockey Hall of Fame, located how know not did who e, Fam of e in the Hall on only person who had his picture and nam ed starr he re SMCS from 1978 until 1983 whe the skate! His son John V Frezell ‘83 attended was John it. e prov to ey teams…with the scars the Kerry Blues football, track and hock ars that of the first Metro Bowl in 1982. It now appe ers winn S are star running back on the SMC we but s, grad ael’s Mich St. of n ratio short gene these two families may have skipped a ry of family SMCS contributors. looking forward to adding to the long histo
The Griffin Family
The Prendergast Family on, Wm. K. Prendergast, a dentist by professi both was befriended by many Basilians professionally and personally. It was therefore a foregone conclusion that his 4, four sons would attend St. Mike's. In 194 ’46, five Prendergast boys, Joe ’45, Paul John ’48, Bill ’48, and cousin D'Arcy ’48 was were enrolled at SMC Bay Street. There of e ienc resil and nce patie the that no doubt w fello and the Principal, Fr. McIntyre C.S.B. d, Basilians, Fr.’s Regan, Brown, Faught, Floo rely seve were Ruth ’ Cullen, ‘big and little gh’, tested. One would think ‘enough is enou Bill ried but no… three younger sisters mar Rosenitsch ’57, Len Wait ’57 and Frank Thickett ’57. It all ended on a high note k when Sean Prendergast ’83 made his mar ly’s as a Kerry Blue linebacker. The fami the loyalty to St. Mike’s continued through and Joe ary, Calg of ents years. While resid John travelled to Edmonton to watch the Majors win the Memorial Cup. Warm er memories of the double blue were furth e Volp ’48, es Holm tes sma enhanced as clas ued purs ’49 es Jam and ’48 an ’48, Moh their C.S.B. careers.
It is important to note that there are connections not only between many legacy families and SMCS, but also between those same families and the Basilian order, SMC, and several generations of teachers. Speaking of generations, three generations of Griffins have passed through St. Michael’s hallowed halls. John ’38 was taught history by Mr. MacDougall, attended law school at Osgoode Hall and was a significant contributor to the Basilians. His three sons, Ian ’67, Anthony ’76, and Andrew ’80, who is an ongoing contributor to the school, all attended St. Mike’s. Ian, who was also taught by Mr. Macdougall, received the ‘M’ academic award in the fall of 1963 Ian A. Griffin ’67 and graduated as an Ontario scholar before heading to law school at U of T. The Griffin family legend continued with Ian’s son Peter GavinGriffin ’04 who was taught by the daughter of Hugh MacDougall! He also fondly remembers track and cross-county coach Paul Barry, who he ran with for four years. Feeling strong ties to both the school and the Basilians, all three of Ian’s children were baptized by Fr. Don Finlay C.S.B. The Griffins value St. Mike’s as a private all-male institution teaching goodness, discipline, knowledge and athletics, while fostering a broad crosssection of interests among students and careers among graduates, and encouraging students to follow their calling. Best of all, all who are associated with St. Mike’s will always remain part of the SMCS family, which is not true of normal academic or athletic institutions.
where are they now By Blue Banner Staff
Brennan Donville ’11 travelled this summer to Ghana in West Africa. A Cornell student-athlete majoring in Life Sciences, Brennan volunteered with the medical outreach branch of the ‘Projects Abroad’ programme. ‘Projects Abroad’ organizes philanthropic ventures all
over the world, working in teaching and building environments, in addition to the medical support programme with which Brennan was involved.
firsthand viewing experience of a variety of surgeries. On Thursdays and Fridays the medical volunteers would travel to nearby schools and orphanages to administer basic first aid to children. Of vital importance to the children’s health was the treating of infected mosquito bites, which were quite common, and potentially dangerous. During the weekends Brennan and the other medical volunteers were free to travel around and visit various parts of Ghana. Finding it to be an incredibly beautiful country full of friendly people, Brennan is glad he decided to pursue this opportunity. It provided him with the chance to apply the ‘goodness, discipline and knowledge’ he learned from his days at St. Michael’s.
Fabiano Micoli ’84 In the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Blue Banner, alumni president Marc Montemurro ’93 raised the issue of tuition at St. Mike’s and affordability. He also encouraged alumni to organize themselves by class for the purpose of starting a bursary. I would like to give some background on the Class of 1984 Bursary, which was established twelve years ago for two reasons: the affordability issue; and to express our gratitude and support to the Basilians and lay teachers who provided us with an outstanding high school experience filled with memories that keep us going back year after year. Ed Roddy ’84, Luciano Scatozza ’84, Marco Berardi ’84 and I formed a project team and immediately began work. It was a little tricky at times because we all had busy lives pulling us in different directions, but with some planning, patience and persistence we got the work done. One of the first tasks was building up a reliable contact database. This wasn’t easy, but fortunately the Advancement Office and Alumni Association have made great strides in this area over the years. The school further supported our
efforts in several ways, including mailings and access to school facilities for our annual class Christmas dinner, which was used to raise funds. The Basilians also made their own contribution to help us get started. Our initial goal was to collect enough money to fund a full tuition, which was around $8,000 when our project started. Since 2001, tuition has increased to $17,000. As of July 31, 2013, our bursary had in total $66,289. Yearly donations have ranged from a low of $500 in 2002 to a high of $10,725 in 2012. Annual interest-only payouts of $1000 have also been made since 2007. Each was very gratefully received by some deserving student. TO FELLOW CLASSMATES: Please consider making a donation to our bursary. No amount is too small. You can make a secure donation online at http://www.smcsgive.com (select One-time gift, followed by Class of 1984 Scholarship under Designation) or by mailing a cheque using the form found at the same link. To members of other classes: Please consider starting a bursary in the name of your own class. It’s truly a worthwhile endeavour.
Brennan’s project was based out of a town approximately two hours away from Koforidua, the capital city of Ghana. From Mondays to Wednesdays he and the other medical volunteers would shadow the local doctors working in the public hospital. In his first rotation, Donville followed doctors working in the pediatric department treating children displaying symptoms related to severe malaria. His second rotation found him in the surgical department with doctors treating patients with diabetic foot and those recovering from thyroid surgeries, as well as burn victims and people involved in motorcycle accidents. His final rotation, in the operating theatre, gave him
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Finding his student-athlete schedule to be more flexible at university, Brennan hopes to make similar trips in the future.
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Paul McGroarty ’67 now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
He directed the City of Beaumont's junior public parks programme from 1980-1994 where he had the oppor-
Ian Griffin ’67 received Master Professional designation
tunity to coach a US National Junior Champion, and
from the United States Professional Tennis Association
wrote the chapter on contracts for the "USPTA Guide
at the annual USPTA World Conference award presen-
to Municipal Tennis Operations".
tation in Florida on Friday, September 27. The USPTA is
invitation of the Rwandese government, Ian consulted
the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-
with coaches and conducted clinics in Kigali, and has
In 2012, at the
plans to return in 2014. Rocco M. Sebastiano ’81 is a lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Rocco, who is also an engineer, is chair of Osler's Energy (Electrical Power) Group. He has advised on major projects such as Maritime Link, Lower Mattagami, Bruce Nuclear Refurbishment, York Energy Centre, East Windsor Cogeneration and South Kent Wind. Rocco was recently recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s leading energy lawyers in the Lexpert Rankings, as reported in the November 2013 teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members
edition of the Globe and Mail Report on Business.
in 67 countries. Master Professional is its highest level of professional certification and only 157 people in the
Salvatore Tassone ’83 and his
world have received this designation.
wife Catherine had a daughter, Rose Vicenta Chiara Tassone,
on June 30, 2013.
from St. Michael’s School,
Michael McGowan ’85 has been awarded the Direc-
tors Guild of Canada Best Direction prize for Still Mine,
the University of St.
his moving 2012 drama.
College and later
Michael J. Fortier ’93 is a lawyer at Torys LLP, where
received his LLB
his energy and infrastructure practice focuses on the
from the Univer-
environmental aspects of finance and M&A transac-
tions. His experience includes advising on significant
Law School 1974.
Aboriginal law) issues. Michael was recently recog-
nized by his peers as one of Canada’s leading energy
lawyers in the Lexpert Rankings, as reported in the
Varsity tennis and squash, Griffin would ultimately
November 2013 edition of the Globe and Mail Report
decide to pursue a career in tennis, primarily in Texas.
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Rino Spano ’93 currently owns and operates Carino Digital Inc., a specialized digital marketing agency based in Toronto. In this role, he has worked with clients such as Trump International, Tridel and Scotiabank. Rino is also co-founder and CMO at Twoople Inc., a soon to launch free web service to be used by professionals who wish to engage stakeholders online in real time. Twoople will be made available in desktop, mobile, and as a downloadable app for all to use for free in January 2014. Paul S. Przybylo ’97, of Walker, Head Barristors & Solicitors, is being sworn in January 30, 2014 as the incoming President for the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade. Jaason Geerts ’97 and Carl Mazurek ’03 are playing varsity hockey for Cambridge, carrying on the St. Mike's tradition. According to Geerts, “the Cambridge/Oxford rivalry is the oldest ongoing one in hockey history (as verified in the Hockey Hall of Fame), dating back to 1885. This year was particularly historic, since it's the first time in the history of Cambridge hockey that our team won the men's varsity match, women's varsity, and third-team game. Carl and I played for the men's team and I helped coach the other two.”
Geerts, who is also playing varsity football, continues, “at Cambridge and Oxford, the whole season comes down to the varsity match. Many teams compete for the national championship, but that receives much less attention from our two universities, which is a huge contrast to OFSAA or the CIAU championships at home. We are currently ranked #2 in the country behind London, which draws from 170,000 students from 28 different universities, while we have about 18,000. Confident he speaks also for Carl, claiming they owe their “involvement in varsity sports to the coaching and athletic excellence we received at St. Mike's. Sports have been one of the most meaningful experiences we have had while working on our PhD's here,” he says in signing off in “Cambridge light blue and SMC double blue.” Jeffery McKerrall '99 and his wife Hillary recently welcomed a baby boy, Callum James McKerrall. Tony DiNunzio '03 and his wife Lisa welcomed the birth of twins Jaxon Joseph and Aubrey Natalie on November 1, 2013. Anthony Mila ’08 is currently working as Director of Marketing for BioSteel Sports, a company that offers the best in high performance sports drink and nutritional proteins. Although he graduated only five years ago, Anthony says. “It seems like forever since I last walked down those hallways with my uniform on.” Luckily, Anthony’s work with BioSteel brings him back often to the St. Mike’s campus. “Every year, BioSteel runs a Pro Hockey Camp out of the arena and track,” says Mila. The company recently participated in an event at the gym when Mr. Nunzio Corrente, a SMC teacher, hosted Wisconsin and the ‘A Game’ basketball teams. “Mr. Corrente contacted me and I brought down product/ water bottles/ and a cooler so both teams could stay hydrated during the game. Another great event,” according to Mila.
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in memoriam By Blue Banner Staff
Dr. George Mayer ’36 passed away in his 91st year after a courageous battle with cancer on September 14, 2013. Predeceased by his brothers Ross and John, he is survived by his loving wife Jennie (Kohutik) and his children and their partners: Paul Mayer (Linda Irving), Laurette Glanzmann (Richard), Tom Mayer (Linda Dal Din), Brian Mayer (Dorothy) and Jody Mayer-McKenzie. He will also be lovingly remembered by his eight grandchildren: Angela, Emilie, Stephanie, Samantha, Miranda, Adam, Erik and Amanda. George proudly served in the RCAF during WWII and later went on to graduate from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1950. He practiced family medicine on Kingston Road in Toronto. As a nature enthusiast, he loved spending time at his cottage on the Severn River. His many hobbies and willingness to learn kept him young at heart. He will be dearly missed by all. Raymond Basil Midghall ’43 passed away suddenly in his 85th year on December 18, 2009 at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. Predeceased by his beloved wife Marie. Proud father of Theresa (Walter) Borczon, Jody (David) Macdonald, Kevin (Woody) Midghall and 'Pops' to grandchildren Liane (Avi), Erin (Kyle), Kristen, Andrew, Meagan, Ryan and Joana, and dear brother of Gerald (Madeline), Paul (Marianne) and Mary (Doug) Prokopec. Raymond is survived by his in-laws Joyce, Joan, Kay, Hugh and Sandra and predeceased by his sister Anne, brothers Ernest and Clifford, in-laws Tom, Lorraine, Doug and Gerry. John Terence ‘Terry’ McDonald ’46 passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2013 with his family by his side at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood in his 87th year. Beloved husband to Dina McDonald for more 58 years and loving father of Paul (Gail), Kathleen (Mitch Boucher), Peggy (David Hallett), John (Fatima) and Tom (Suzanne), the Wasaga Beach resident was the cherished grandfather of Daniel and Adam McDonald, Matthew, Mark and Michael (Marlene)
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Hignell, Davey and Jack Hallett, Daniel and Rachel McDonald and Rebecca and Jacqueline McDonald and great grandfather of Gage McDonald and was dear brother of Denise (Stewart Nelson), Donald (Gail), John (Clare) and the late Gary (late Patricia) McDonald. A passionate man and renowned artist who worked primarily in water colours, Terry will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. A Blue Jays fanatic, having watched or listened to almost every game, who enjoyed his time gardening, Terry will be missed by all who knew him and remember his quick wit and wonderful sense of humour. Francis Michael Quealey ’49 loving husband of Mary Lou, father of David and brother of Terry ’58, Brian ’54 (deceased), passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013 in his eightieth year. Brought up in St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Michael, after graduating from St. Michael’s, entered the Basilian Novitiate, and later taught at the school. During his tenures as a priest, and a History and Humanities professor at York University, he passionately challenged himself, his peers and his students to confront presuppositions and ortho-
doxy in the pursuit of truth. In his Basilian years, Mike was a very talented and gifted teacher, a great friend and much loved. For several summers he acted as the Director of Columbus Boy’s Camp in Orillia. He was Editor of the Basilian Teacher, and Co-Chaplain of the Newman Center at the University of Toronto. He was a leader, friendly to all. Many remember Big Mike bringing joy and peace to all he met with his engaging smile and questioning eyes. Mike is fondly remembered by daughter-in-law, Kristen, and grandchildren, Riley, Emily and Camrynn. Mass of Christian burial was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Adjala, Alliston attended by family, nieces, nephews, friends and many of his Basilian confreres. Leonard ‘Leo’ Higgins (1945-1948) passed away peacefully at Etobicoke General Hospital on Thursday, March 14, 2013, a retired Director of Purchasing for Ault Foods and Parmalat Canada, Leo was dearly beloved husband to Rosemarie Benn and previously the late Mary Higgins. Also Past Chairman of the Ontario Dairy Council, Leo was the dear stepfather of Walter Kitchen (Karin), proud grandfather of Vanessa and Patrick and great-grandfather of Alyssa, Janessa and Payton. Leo is survived by his sister Mildred, brother Jack, sisterin-law Olga and many nieces and nephews. John Samuel ‘Sam’ Leonard ’52 passed away May 9, 2013. These wonderful words were composed by Sam's beautiful granddaughter (as he called her, The Great Kate). “Whether you knew him as John, Sambo, Grandpa, or Pa, Sam Leonard, born April 21, 1938, made an impact on everyone that knew him. Full of endless knowledge about the world and its history, he never failed to let everyone else know as well. Sam will always be remembered by his loving family and friends as the carefree spirit he was. As a player, coach, umpire and die hard Blue Jays fan, Sam loved his baseball. And with all the trophies he acquired over the years, we will never forget he was a champion. Sam
taught us all to see the humour in life and to see the shiny side of the coin, or in his case, the greener side of the field. Our family continues to stay strong during this difficult time and as Sambo would say, ‘there is no crying in baseball’. Hoping you hit a home run in your field of dreams Sambo, we love you, Annie (Kenny), Mike (Anne), John (Yvonne) and grandchildren, Katie, Jason, Kyleigh, Jackson, Dylan and Kole. And of course the other half of the team, our dear mom Marlie.” Bill Davenport (SMCS: 1951-1954) of Norwood passed away suddenly at his home on September 13, 2013 in his 77th year. Bill will be fondly remembered for playing lacrosse with Jim Bishop in the "Green Gaels" lacrosse organization and as a Propsman for the CBC from 1956-1966, before retiring to the Peterborough and Norwood area. Loved and missed by his wife of 56 years, Carol (nee Bawden), Loving grandpa of 12 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter, Bill is remembered by his children Dennis (Ruth) of Aurora, Tim (Stacey) of Lakefield, Shelagh Davenport (David Ellis) of Peterborough and Sharon Johnston (David Livingstone) of Peterborough. Bill, who was predeceased by his sister Jacqui Griffith (George), brother Terry and brothers-in-law Frank Peets and Jim Bawden, will also be missed by his sisters Theresa Peets of Toronto, Sheila Niezbrzycki (Ed) of Brampton, brother Jay (Audrey) of Alliston, sisters-in-law Shirley Davenport of Campbellford and Marie Bawden of Toronto.
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The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas M. Dunn ’59 passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013 after a bravely fought battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jacqulyn, their children MaryKathleen and Patrick (Tomoko), granddaughter Erika and soon to be born grandson Thomas, brother Fr. Gerald Dunn and sister Patricia. Predeceased by parents John and Gertrude Dunn, sister Mary Ellen and brother John, Thomas was educated at University of Windsor where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics. He obtained a law degree D. Juris from the University of Toronto Law School and was called to the Bar in 1968. Tom practiced law in Brampton from 1968 to 1991 and was appointed Queen's Council in 1982. He acted as a part time Deputy Small Claims Court Judge for 17 years and was also appointed as a part time Assistant Crown Attorney. Actively involved in numerous community organizations, Tom served on the Boards of the YMCA and Peel Cheshire Homes, coached and managed numerous teams of the Brampton Minor Hockey Association and Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association and was a leader in the Boy Scouts Organization. Appointed to the Superior Court in March 1991, Thomas also proudly served as Honorary Lt. Colonel and Honorary Colonel of the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton) Regiment from 1993 to 2002. In this role, he enjoyed the opportunity to meet with soldiers of the unit, participating in their training. He travelled to Bosnia to meet unit soldiers posted
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there. He maintained his great pride and interest in the unit to the end. The family gives their deepest thanks to his nurses, doctors and physiotherapists for their support and the true kindness and deep compassion with which they cared for Tom – and a special thanks to Dr. Alex McCallion, Tom's family doctor and good friend. There are angels on this earth! Tom was a man of many parts, an artist, competitive shooter, teacher, mentor, family historian, proud Lorne Scot, pickle master, single malt aficionado, dance instructor, lover of all things Irish and scallywag from a young age, a true and faithful friend, husband and father. He will be sorely missed, but he leaves us with wonderful stories to tell of our adventures with him - Our Wild Colonial Boy! John W. May ’65 passed away peacefully after a short illness on May 13, 2013 at the age of 63. Beloved husband to the late Debbie (Doan), John is survived by in-laws Nancy and Harvey Doan, Ross and Kevin Doan, Karen Laidlaw (nee Doan) and longtime friend Tom Lundy. A successful barrister and solicitor, as well as a former OHA Official and Supervisor, John will be sadly missed by his referee brothers, by his legal associates, and by those whom he comforted in his capacity as a Chaplain at William Osler Hospital in Brampton. Jack Velanoff ’66 passed away peacefully at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital on October 26, 2013 at the age of 65. Predeceased by his parents Lou and Ruth and daughter Kimberley, Jack is survived by his loving wife Jane (nee Morningstar), children Gregory
(Danielle), Jaclyn, and Matthew and grandson Maxton. Jack, who will be sadly missed by all his relatives and friends, was well known in the golfing circles as a scratch golfer, even representing Canada in a pitch and putt tournament in Ireland. Jack loved to have two "home" golf courses, Bayview Golf and Country Club and Osler Brook Golf and Country Club. A proud Canadian Tire dealer for more 30 years, Jack's final wishes include his sincere thanks and admiration to his other family, the colleagues and communities he loved dearly throughout his career.
Please also remember friends and family of the St. Mike’s community: Laura Flabbi, mother of Julian ’04; Josephine Myslicki, grandmother of Christopher ’99 and Michael ’02; Elaine Baker, sister of Arnie Brown ’61; Antonio Creglia, father of David Creglia ’78; Stefano Monardo, grandfather of Steven Monardo ’11 and Christian Mastrangelo ’18; Barbara Coghlan, wife of former teacher James Coghlan; Sophie Smith, granddaughter of Mike Lavelle ’55; Sylvia Anderson, grandmother of R.J. ’14, Thomas ’15, and James ’17; June Moran, wife of Howie Moran ’54; James Joseph Bissonnette, father of teacher Peter Bissonnette and grandfather of Christopher Bissonnette ’18; Debbie O'Toole, wife of Michael ’84; Gennaro Cipriani, father of Mark ’02; Joaquim Dos Santos Fonseca, father of Peter ’86; Thomas O’Connor, father of Cameron ’16; Elvira
Carlo Michael Marcantonio ’78 passed away peacefully in hospital, Saturday, November 25, 2006 at the age 59. The beloved husband to Anna, loving father of David and Stephanie, dear son of Lucy and the late Frank Marcantonio, dear brother of Mary (late Marziale Zollerano) and Rosanna (Bill McMullan), son-in-law of Egeria and the late Isidoro Santucci, and brother-inlaw of Amalia Santucci and Marco Santucci is fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.
Pelliccione mother of Larry ’62, past parent Arthur, and grandmother of Eric ’11, David ’16 and Steven ’18; Ed Gibbs, Sr. father of Joe ’79 and grandfather of Connor ’14; Antonio Caporusso , grandfather of Frank ’96, Anthony ’03, and Marco ’04; Mary Ranieri, mother of Peter ’74; Susan Lovkin, mother of Thomas Fabien ’06 and Julian ’14 and Oliver Lovekin ’17
Sergeant Walter Angelo Brasca ’83 #3069, a proud member of the Toronto Police Service for 30 years, passed away suddenly on Monday August 12, 2013 at the age of 49. The best friend and husband to Donna, devoted father of three wonderful boys, Anthony, Dylan and Thomas, Walter is survived by his mother Clemintina and brothers Fabrizio and Luigi. Always to be remembered, Walter will be sadly missed by his extended family, many friends, colleagues, and fellow officers.
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remembering the rautins brothers By Steve Pozgaj ’71
George Rautins ’71 came to SMC in 1966 and was probably the best basketball player the school had seen. The funny thing was that George wasn't really crazy about basketball. It was his dad who was. And his dad had him at the Lithuanian hall shooting practice shots from center court almost every second weeknight. I'd often go with George, just to keep him company. Though I was a bit taller, I never had any interest in basketball. I was all about martial arts, having started judo back in Grade 6 and migrated to Kung Fu, which was my passion. So, when he'd had enough of sinking straight center-court shots in a row, I'd show George a few self-defense moves, and he'd try to get me to throw a ball through a hoop. Let it be known that I was far more successful teaching him than he was teaching me. Clearly, all that practice paid off, with all the accolades George amassed. But his heart was never deep into basketball - not as much as his younger brother, Leo ’78. Now, the funny thing was that Leo was a shrimp when George and I were in grade school. We'd go to George's house for lunch almost every day, because his grandma was home, and cooked us fresh meals. And every day we'd pick on Leo – ‘Babutsi’, George called him. I never knew what it meant, but Leo never liked it. After every one of our stupid pranks, Leo would threaten that, "one day I'll be bigger than you guys, and I'll give you a beating you won't forget." Well, Leo definitely grew bigger than either of us, and, in my case, had opportunity to make good on his threat. One of my employees at Mackenzie had a sister who was a good-
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will ambassador for the Raptors in the later 90s. I told her that my daughter, Stephanie, really liked basketball, so she gave me a set of courtside seats for a game when Philadelphia was in town, because Stephanie was crazy for ‘Reggie’ on the Philadelphia team. I took my daughter to the game, and, as it happened, the near-courtside seats we had looked directly across at the TSN broadcasters. We barely sat down when my eyes made contact with a huge man with an affable face. The recognition was almost instant, on both sides, and the man smiled at me and waved. My daughter was so impressed! She asked me, "Who is that, dad?" I was a little tentative, but I told her I was pretty sure that was Leo Rautins, and I told her how we knew each other. When I finished the story, Stephanie asked me, "Do you think he'll beat you up?" At halftime, Leo motioned eagerly to us to come over, and we did. To Stephanie's wide-eyed amazement, this gentle giant shook her hand when I introduced her, and said, "Your dad and my brother were best friends when I was your age. We had a lot of fun together." What a gracious man! He forgave the sins of our past on the spot, and despite his onetime threat, the only hand he raised was to pat me on the back as we left, saying how nice it was to see me.