Tuesday, April 29, 2008

VHS Year Books 1957

I would like to see some of my old classmates, and also H.S. friends in different classes, the way they looked in the middle to late fifties. I checked out ebay Canada and nada. So if someone has a 'year' book for VHS either1957 or 1958 I will buy it or borrow it with a deposit of course. I have a few class pictures that where posted here by V.C. members, and I appreciated them very much.
Bill (Second Avenue)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Leo's Boys

Got this shot from Dan D'All who played on Leo's Boys Championship Team in the early 1960's and this photo is of the victorious return from
Winnipeg with The Little Grey Cup.
Any faces you recognize... Good Times --- Great Memories.
Gary Mace
Victoria, BC

Sunday, April 27, 2008


i find back then a little verduner learned about real money, no credit, parents didn't
hand out money, no restaurants, wanted that bike from wolfe cycles in the front window?? hockey, football equipment, even girls wanted barbie dolls, skipping rope
little kicthen sets, wagan etc.
we had to learn how to make a real dollar to get that stuff we wanted
there was the newspaper run, grocgeries deliveries using your wagon
deliver beer with those big baskets on the bikes, pharmacy delivery
shoveling snow, girls were baby sitting, there was lots more of self employment
for that person to make a real dollar.
back then we made real money, not like today printing paper worthless money
and worst credit, back then we lent monay to third world countries to help them out out??
today we owe third world countries on money borrowed from them sad but
100% true.
lets see back then a verduner would get a average of 10 delivey's of groceries
on a saturday work day summer time, the wagons can move much easy on the
25 cents a delivery, plus if the service is good you get a dime tip or at times another
25 cents. so on average 35 cents a run.
10 x 35 cents = 3.50 of real silver money back in the early 60's
what would that be worth today if you never used it and just keep it in a box,
last month silver it over 21 dolars a ounce, today it tanked to 16.80 a ounce
don't worry the cental banks are just buying time, soon silver will hit over 30.00
dollars a ounce.
real silver money from 1920 to 1967
today value on 16.80 a ounce
dime = 1.01
quarter = 2.52
half dollar = 5.05
dollar = 10.10
back then a small coke and a bag of chips was less that quarter, plus you get 2 cents for the bottle return.
something to think about

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bev Brisco sue and peter Brawly

There are a few people I have been looking for over the years.
Bev Brisco use to live on Egan and left Verdun after getting married and then moved to , of all places, Sudbury ont.
I'm also looking for Wendy Mills and Susan and Peter Brawly. (spelling?)
I have already posted that I'm looking for anyone who may have been in one of my classes in Woodland school. I'm looking to find class pictures with myself in it, for I lost a photo album years ago with a great collection of all my pictures growing up, including class pictures from Woodland school. My favorite was my grade three class, with Wendy Mills and Gail Sharky and Ken Taylor. If you have any I'd appreciate you letting me know.
Sandra MacDonald

Monday, April 21, 2008

Earl Daly

Just joined and am looking forward to hearing from old Verdun friends

Sunday, April 20, 2008

mary vigneau passes in calgary

mary vigneau passed away in her 90,s on thursday april 17/08, in calgary,
she was mother to gladys and anita vigneau, both grads of VCH.
no other details yet.
 she was a woman who worked very hard to  support both her daughters.
never without that famous smile,
she was kind, understanding, loving,
.i will post further info soon
 a close friend carolyn bennett.

Lachine Canal Daredevils

I never had enough guts to do this. I limited myself to diving into the Lachine canal from the ground in the early 40s.
From book "Le Canal Lachine" by Yvon Deslages and Alain Gelly (Septentrion) Pierrefonds Library

Friday, April 18, 2008



who is everyone

Wow I agree totally....people answer posts I've written and I have no idea who has responded...it's very frustrating! cathy Wilkins...class of 1971 Verdun High School

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who is everyone?

I don't get the point of not putting your real name on this site.
Is it not for us to find old friends.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Verdun Protestant HS Reunion for June 1968 Grads

Eric Buchanan is trying to see if any grads from June 1968 are interested in a reunion. This is our 40th year anniversary. He put out e-mails on Classmates.com but has not had much response. If anyone from that graduating class is interested please e-mail Eric Buchanan at eric.buchanan@sympatico.ca and let him know.
Donna Pidlisny (Masters)

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Those of you that went to VHS should check out the VHS Yahoo site. The message board has been busy lately. We have some members in common. You need a Yahoo ID to join (membership requirements are similar to those of VC) but you can read the messages without membership. Have fun:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

1954 All Saints Scout's from Crawford Park

This was All Saints Scout Troup from Crawford Park at the location in Lasalle on the corner of Dollard and Newman which there was no Newman...I was one of the troup of thirty some troups participating that weekend....There were games and such and as seen we made our sign with heavy tree branches and could be see all over the camp site....now this location has car dealers and duplexes throughout the area....Just another blast from the past from Frankie Pedder and more to come

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hi, new member


First of I would like to thank you for allowing me to join Verdun Connections. I came across the website while doing a search for the Verdun Piston Poppers.

I am a young hot rodder interested in Montreal's hot rodding history. I am presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at McGill.

I look forward to interacting with your great community.

Thank you,
Darren Narine

ronnie jones

looking for info on ronnie jones..
graduated vhs around 69..
lived on roland between beurling and champlain..
moved out to calgary in the mid 70's...
any info would be appreciated..

Monday, April 7, 2008

Nick Kotsos

From the Toronto Star:
NICHOLAS WILLIAM KOTSOS Died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on April 5, 2008. Nick was born on January 17, 1948 in Montreal, Quebec. Nick leaves behind to celebrate his life, his cherished wife Lee-Ann and her two children Erin and Ryan, his treasured sons, Michael and David, his first wife Linda, his daughters-in-law Angie and Kerry, and his precious granddaughter Ellie. Nick will be missed by his siblings Sophia, Kathleen, Dennis and Steven, by his nieces and nephews Sandra, Karen, Patrick, Melissa and Steven. Nick was predeceased by his parents William and Alice Kotsos of Montreal. Nick was a gifted and inspiring educator who touched the lives of many young people in Montreal, with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, and with the YMCA Academy in Toronto. He mentored dozens of students and teachers in his role as educator, department head, guidance counsellor, and curriculum coordinator. Nick believed in the potential and ability of every young person he encountered. His passions in life were many and he shared those passions freely and generously with his family and friends, be it his craftsmanship as a woodworker, his love of the blues and art, his beloved Michigan Wolverines, or a fine meal that he would spend hours in meticulous preparation. Nick valued and celebrated friendship. Visitation will be held at the Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Rd. West, Oakville, (one block east of Kerr, 905-844-2600) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic Church. Private family interment. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Princess Margaret Hospital, the Braas Family Foundation. Condolences may be made through www.koprivataylor.com  

Nicky Kotsos

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that Nicky Kotsos passed away this weekend due to illness . For all those who knew Nicky growing up in Verdun we would like to pass on our sincere condolences .

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Go Habs Go!

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Kevin German

Anyone know where Kevin might be?
Gary Mace (aka Arbutus)
Victoria, BC

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

1950 cubs

still trying to learn how to use Verdun connections
cubs All Saints Cub Pack 1950
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All Saints Cub Pack Crawford Park 1950's

can you identify with these great people of the fifties in Crawford Park Cub Pack located at the Old Stone House on Lasalle Blvd and then to All Saints Church on Ouimet St.

Earth Hour



Dear Abby, 
My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the 
beginning, and, when I confront him, he denies everything. What's worse, 
everyone knows that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating. 
Also, since he lost his job six years ago, he hasn't even looked for a new 
one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and shoot the 
bull with his buddies, while I have to work to pay the bills. 
Since our daughter went away to college he doesn't even pretend to like 
me, and even hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do? 
Signed: Clueless in New York Dear Clueless: 
Grow up and dump him. Good grief woman! You don't need him anymore! 
You're a Senator from New York running for President of the United States. 
Act like one

Historical Nore

On this day in 1917, at 8:35 p.m., President Woodrow Wilson called Congress into special session and asked them to declare war on Germany. Appearing before a joint session of the Senate and House, he said, "The world must be made safe for democracy."

America had been able to maintain an uneasy neutrality for about three years while the war raged on in Europe. But the "Zimmermann Note" was made public in March. This message from German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann proposed that the Mexican government ally itself with Germany, in exchange for Germany's help in regaining Mexico's "lost territory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona." The message also suggested that Mexico press Japan to ally itself with Germany. That note — and Germany's sinking of five American ships — changed public opinion about intervention in the war. When the war ended, a year and a half later (November 11, 1918), 9 1/2 million soldiers had died, in addition to 13 million civilians, who perished from massacres, starvation, and disease.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ferry Service Verdun-La Tortue-Laprairie

There used to be a ferry service between Verdun and the South Shore as described in following articles/photos:    
Service: La Tortue-Verdun, Sainte Catherine-Verdun, Laprairie-Montreal and Laprairie-Pointe Saint Charles.
Also enclosed is the tragedy that cost the lives of 40 to 50 people on the 19th of May 1819 above Nun's Island when a boat similar to the one shown capsized during a storm.
I have also reprinted photos of a ferry landing on torchy warf  (Quaie de la Tortue) that previously appeared as they are on the same subject.
Archives SHGV, Montréal, par ponts et traverses- Pierrefonds Librairy, V.C.  


I have learned about a place in Guelph, called Pierre's Poutine. He is apparently from Montreal, not sure where exactly.  They supposedly make authentic Quebec poutine and also have steamies and smoked meat. I have yet to try it, just found out about this on Sunday. I'm hoping to go there very soon to sample the goods, (except for the poutine, not a cheese person), but they say the fries are "real fries", so I'm looking forward to a steamie or smoked meat & fries. Will let you know how it once we try it.
Have a good day,