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.