01 October 2018
Janice Irwin Theilson
Class of 1965
08 August 2018
Class of 1956
Just thinking about my upcoming luncheon with some old Beck friends. A dozen or so of us get together once or twice a year to keep up our friendships, and tell stories of our days at Beck. Forgot to advise that two of Beck's finest have passed away in the last couple of years. John Orr and Merv Burgard. Two great friends of long standing. We miss them!
04 Jul 2018
Class of 1979
03 Jul 2018
Nancy Bronw Wilson
Class of 1965
Loved being a member of the choir
Class of 1966
I loved the Singing Auditorium. I spent a lot of time in the library. I was very shy.
30 May 2018
Class of 1970
Carolyn Taylor (Morrison) and Laurie Taylor celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 2018. Hard to believe and I was in the wedding party along with a younger sister Valerie.
08 Apr 2018
Joan McLachlin (Reintjes) Wolfe
Class of 1961
Always enjoy the reunions with wonderful friend from Beck and reliving the singing auditorium experience. Wonderful memories. Regretfully I can't make it this year (2018) as I will be in Manitoba. I will miss seeing everyone and of course the cheering and school song. Have a wonderful evening! Thanks to Doug Petch and his committee for keeping the tradition going. Appreciated and I look forward to supporting the next one.
02 Apr 2018
Patrick J. Rumsey
Class of 1976
Hey GANG; Still hanging on, living in London and DJing. ROCK ON
30 Mar 2018
Sharron Pestill Barnes Colter
Class of 1963
I have retired from a wonderful career in teaching elementary k to Grade 8 in Middlesex County and then Thames Valley District School Board. I have the honour to represent the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario as the Provincial President for 2018 - 2019. I look forward to attending the reunion in April. I have many fond memories of the "Singing Auditorium" at Beck. My fondest memories are of the wonderful teachers at Beck Collegiate who have since passed but are not forgotten.
26 November 2017
Arlene (Smith) Stamp
Class of 1956
Loved looking through all these old photos. Brought back lots of memories. Thanks to whomever put this website together.
30 May 2017
Class of 1957
Proud graduate of the best school in London.
It was 60 years ago that I graduated -- where did the time go?
21 May 2017
Class of 1977
Proud graduate of the best school in London.
18 February 2017
Michael K. Baker
Class of 1973
Hello Everyone; So Happy to find this site!.
18 November 2016
Janet Saunders nee Rayment
Class of 1977
Hello Everyone; Wishing you fun during the upcoming festive season and all the best in 2017.
22 September 2016
Michael Raymond Sanio
Class of 1976
Great to see a way to connect, Beck/London seem so long ago!! Hope all is well.
18 August 2016
Pat Baird (Skeggs)
Class of 1967
Pat stopped by to leave her name but no message for us.
12 July 2016
Class of 1978
I left Beck to do Grade 13 in Woodstock and so I lost touch with many friends and probably missed out on a fantastic year. I would love to hear from any of them. Email email@example.com
24 June 2016
Class of 1969
I am living in the west..... But am so looking forward to attending a music night ... And sharing the chit chat with all of you that might be there... Father time is speaking louder these days( funny thing..... His voice is not affected by my 'hard of hearing'). So looking to that day when we can reconnect..... And may My Lord Richly Bless You. Have a great day. Pete
16 April 2016
Class of 1955
Left school in grade 12
30 March 2016
Class of 1981
First time coming across this page. Only spent two years at Beck, 1976-77 and 1977-78. Two teachers influenced my life forever. Mr. William Tucker, English Teacher extraordinaire, and my Phys Ed teacher and Football coach, Andy Stothart, an amazing man. To have the opportunity to attend a Singing Auditorium some 40 years later is amazing. I will be there!
5 October 2015
Class of 1955
Reminder: BECK High School Reunion There will be another SABCI Singing Auditorium on Friday, APRIL 29TH, 2016 in the Beck Auditorium, now the Thames Valley School Board building. Registration will begin in the front lobby at 6:30 PM; please bring $5. The front lobby area will be available for those who wish to “meet and greet” your friends. Program will begin at 7:00 PM when the doors will be locked. Get there early! Relive a Beck Singing Auditorium by joining fellow Spartans in “The Auditorium”. Following, there will be time to catch up with your fellow Spartans in the “old cafeteria”. Light refreshments will be provided. Gather up those old pictures, programs, uniforms, etc. and bring them along to our musical reunion. Your items will enable all of us to take a trip down Beck’s memory lane. SPARTANS, mark APRIL 29TH, 2016 on your calendar and plan on attending – partners and guests are most welcome. Beck Alumni can view the Beck website at: http://www.jaba.net/beckcollegiate/ While you are there, update your contact information at the Roll Call page so you can get more by email. Hope to see you there. Merv. Burgard, 1955.
25 September 2015
Class of 1955
16 September 2015
Class of 1955
GARY PETCH: another good one is gone .. http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oId=904434
17 May 2015
Class of 1977
I was Kathy Dean. I'm not missing
12 May 2015
Richard (Punch) Hallam
Class of 1957
Hello Spartans- Interesting that so many people are on the site of a school that really wasn't very big and has been closed for good many years. Tells you something about what we had going there I guess. A great mix of caring teachers (Fred Langford) and involved students, sports and music. Wonderful years too soon over. A big hello to the classes of '57 and '58 (my post-grad year) Gary Boug, Gerry Witherden Fingers Fagin Mike Favalaro Dick Prue Gordie and Don Leach and all those beautiful girls. Miss'em all.
10 Mar 2015
Class of 1957
I don't visit this site often enough!! As I live in Ottawa it is great to read the entries. Keep it coming.
09 Mar 2015
Class of 1976
Dropped by to say hi.
05 Mar 2015
Class of 1955
The next singing auditorium is fast approaching. See my letter in the London Free Press Saturday edition - Reader To Reader. There will be another reunion for the Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute Singing Auditorium on April 24th in the Beck auditorium, now the Thames Valley District school board building. Registration will begin in the front lobby at 6:30 p.m. so come early. The lobby will also be available for those who wish to meet and greet friends. The program begins at 7 p.m. Following, there will be time to catch up with your fellow Spartans in the old cafeteria. Light refreshments will be provided. We plan to have the usual area for Beck memorabilia in the cafeteria. Gather up those old pictures, programs,uniforms, etc. and bring them along to our musical reunion. Partners and guests are most welcome. Beck alumni can view the website at www.beckcollegiate.ca. While you are there, update your contact information at the Roll Call page so you can get more by e-mail. Hope to see you there.
30 Nov 2014
Class of 1970
*Would have graduated* in 1970 if I hadn't escaped and run off! For many years I have wanted to get in touch with Carol Austin, who taught French and German while I was at Beck and to whom I owe quite a lot. She has always been shown as a "missing person" in the lists kept here and I have never been able to find a trace of her. If anyone has any news of Carol, or a way of contacting her, I would be very grateful. beavie.evie at gmail dot com I am moving back to the London vicinity after leaving when I was 16, and will try to make it to the 2015 singing auditorium event, even though I hated singing auditoriums (not that they weren't better than Phys Ed), and football, and pretty much everything else about high school. But if I could plump for my favourite piece (other than On the Road to Mandalay; nothing beats a little Kipling, after all): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roPrKcwFagk Sons of toil and danger, Will you serve a stranger And bow down to Burgundy Sons of shame and sorrow, Will you cheer tomorrow For the crown of Burgundy? Onward! Onward! Swords against the Foe Forward! Forward the lily banners go! Sons of France around us, Break the chain that bound us, And TO HELL with Burgundy! And as long as I'm here ... a word of remembrance for Dennis Groat, about the loveliest person ever to walk the halls.
24 Nov 2014
Class of 1955
The next singing auditorium is April 24, 2015. More to follow
08 Sep 2014
Ralph Pritchard (Lilliman)
Class of 1971/72
I cleaned up a bunch of junk that some nasty autobot put into our Guest Book. Hopefully now we can get some interesting comments from Alumni
20 Mar 2014
Class of 1964
This year it will be 50 years (Impossible, I know!) since I graduated from Beck. In 1964 I was still Barbara Varty, and if you knew me then, leave me a message here, or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HI;; from Norman (Bud) MILLSON in the BECK re-union BOOK I was on the Junior football team.. 1947 I believe. I would like to know when I started at BECK and when I left. I think I was 16 born January 13, 1932, that would make it 1948...Putting together a log and need some help. email@example.com
May 10/13 Carolyn (Morrison) & Laurie Taylor will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this June. Where did the years go!!
I was a student at Beck in 1963. I hope if you can contact Mrs V Rittenberg and just let her know how much her kindness has meant to me. I had to quit school when I was only 16 I am 66 now. She cried with me and helped me to appreciate her kindness to me. I have gone back to school and a few times in spite of my situation. I now work in a Hospital in Kitchener Ontario. Her kindness and warmth have stayed with me all my life. Words cannot express how I feel for her. She has never left me. Please let her know that I am glad I had gone to that school. The best to all of you. My name back then was Maxine Jones
What I posted on Reader To Reader, London Free Press: Beck reunites on May 10 There will be another reunion for the Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute Singing Auditorium on May 10 in the Beck auditorium, now the Thames Valley District school board building. Registration will begin in the front lobby at 6:30 p.m. The lobby will also be available for those who wish to meet and greet friends. The program begins at 7 p.m. Following, there will be time to catch up with your fellow Spartans in the old cafeteria. Light refreshments will be provided. We plan to have an area for Beck memorabilia in the cafeteria. Gather up those old pictures, programs, uniforms, etc. and bring them along to our musical reunion. Partners and guests are most welcome. Beck alumni can view the website at www.beckcollegiate.ca. While you are there, update your contact information at the Roll Call page so you can get more by e-mail. Hope to see you there. Merv. http://www.lfpress.com/2012/11/22/reader-to-reader-nov-24
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Joan & Tex Coulter will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary at an Open House on Saturday, October 6th from 1-4 pm at the Mocha Shrine Temple, 468 Colborne Street, London, Ontario. Best Wishes Only or a non-perishable food donation for the London Food Bank would be greatly appreciated Merv. Burgard
before you forget ... go to your 2013 calendar and put down Beck Annual Singing Audtorium for May 10th. Be there, or be square! Merv.
While golfing with a friend this morning, I learned he was a Spartan - Steve Hook. I also am a Spartan (59-63) and was delighted to learn of the Singing Auditorium held each year. I'm no longer "missing" and have registered for updates. Would love to hear from anyone who might remember me. Sadly, I notice a few of my friends have passed away. But absolutely delighted to be able to get back in touch after all these years! Lin Steffler (Lindy Dellow) firstname.lastname@example.org
Have tried to send a message to Ruth (Dundass) Getty with some information she wanted for posting on the website. But the email address I have doesn't want to work. Ruth, if you see this please send me your email address. Or if anyone else has it, please send it on. Thanks, Peggy (Aver) Conn email@example.com
Kevin Hopper here. My oldest brother Chris, my only sister Ellen, and my younger brother Colin all attended Beck. I was only there for ONE YEAR, 1965 I think, after which I attended the Fine and Commercial Art Program at H.B. Beal, graduating in 1969. Would dearly love to find sisters Nancy and Liz Brown, (or anyone else who might remember me!) who both went to Beck the year I was there, as well as Lynne Steinman, and a guy named Jeff who moved to Michigan. (There are others, but hey, that was almost 50 years ago! I am planning to retire in a few years, and it is very likely that I will return to London at that time. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oops, it's Diana Hayman...spelling is worse in my eyes! Thanks again
Apr. 16, 2012 It's looking forward to see the friends had lived in the London area. Send a note from the 1958 -64..(I failed French in Gr. 13, and finished it another year as never studied as a kid.) It changed a better job down to the Michigan Area. Diana Hatman had a table beside us in study hall...lots of character and hope you can say hi. email@example.com
Hello. I am looking for Caroline DeHaan who attended Beck when I did. If anyone knows where she is would you please contact her and ask her to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My name was Debbie Smythe while at Beck. Thank you for the help.
I loved my years at Sir Adam Beck!! Attended in 1978 and 1979, should've never left ... graduated from Clarke Road SS in 1980.
I stumble across this site from time to time and never spend less than an hour lost in memories. I attended Beck from 1967-72, as did my father a generation before, and backward glances into his past are as enthralling as glances into my own. After graduation and a decade with Theatre London, I returned to university, became a lawyer and now work for the federal Justice Department (which has, alas, no singing, auditorial or otherwise), with intermittent postings abroad, my spouse being a diplomat. Seems like only yesterday, but after two careers, retirement now looms... Chris Ram Class of '72 email@example.com
There are some great reunion photos floating around the Internet. Will they posted on this website? Merv.
E-mail address for Sylvia Green 1947-1952-- firstname.lastname@example.org
in today's London Free Press: http://www.lfpress.com/entertainment/columnists/james_reaney/2011/05/04/18104496.html Merv Burgard
Hi, Spartans, I wish I could be there on Friday. As an enthusiastic but terrible singer (my brother Doug got ALL the talent), I was always thrilled to be carried along in the harmonies of a Singing Auditorium, Beck in the mid-60s was a wonderful place, and the musical and theatrical stars shone brightly. Sing in memory of one of our brightest stars, Bridget Blackwell. And sing a few for me, the tuneless one, Barbara (Varty) Collishaw, Ottawa.
Hi - this is Sylvia Green--( now Bailey).1-416-701-9150) I have been living in Toronto for 6 years as all my 4 children are established here++ spouse and grandkids (14 in all). I am 77 years young but Toronto is such an impersonal ZOO of strangers that some days I feel like I'm much older. Every day I read the London Free Press online ( esp the obits) LOL. I am in the 1952 glee club picture. I still have a cassette of Beck songs from the 1981 reunion so I'll get it out and sing along. Best wishes to all -- have a great weekend Love - Sylvia
I am looking forward to attending the Beck Reunion on May 6, 2011 with the hope of meeting fellow students from the 1940's. Thanks to Don Wright, I had the privilege of singing with The Four Chorders quartet in Beck Variety Night Shows and for many years after. Thanks for the memories. Ron Starling.
I read about the Beck Singing Auditorium in the Free Press this morning and saw the website -- thought I'd come check it out! My mother was Barb Knighton and my uncle is Rob Knighton. It was great to scroll through the photos and see the Beck happenings during their years in attendance. Thanks for the forum for exploring! Amy (Eberhard) Leeke St Thomas
Missed last singing auditorium and, unfortunately, will miss the one May 6 as I'm having my second hip replacement May 5 in preparation for a revision of the other one in February. At least I won't have to blame my driver for my golf game this year! Best wishes to all Spartans (never use the term "former" as we are always Spartans). Mr. Armstrong's, and my favourite, was "No Man Is An Island". I will sing it and the school song with you from Woodstock General Hospital. Have a great night. New e-mail email@example.com
Go Spartans Go. firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick J. Rumsey (1971-1976)
Hi: Just learned about the guest book and thought I'd ask a favour. But first, a little background: my wife and I attended Beck from 43 to 48, and we were in attendance at the "Last Hurrah" and met a few former classmates. As an aside in 1947 I ran for School President against Jack Wyatt, and lost. My campaign manager was Bruce Nolan and I have lost touch with him, and no it wasn't his fault I lost. I know he has had some medical problems over the past few years and I would appreciate any advice or information on his current situation and/or address. I hope this year's sing-along is as good as the one I remember. Ed Witherden <<email@example.com>>
Beck. 1958-1961. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Sandra Woodhus.
Hi Everyone: Just visiting my Dad at the Nursing Home in Parkhill and did a "google" on my maiden name. Could not believe it when the Beck website came up. Spent over an hour reading the messages,remembering the "Beck Spirit" and seeing names I hadn't thought about in many years...Sad to hear about Bridget Blackwell and Miss Graber but happy to hear that the Beck spirit is alive and still singing. Please let me know the next time there is a singing auditorium...always enjoyed them and would love to bring my husband to hear and see what he missed by living in Toronto. Graduated in 64. Great memories of the Town Criers,the Football games and the celebration dances after our team beat Clark Road or CCH. Hope to hear about the next Auditorium. Virda Cadman (Hopps),(Green)firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan ahead! The next Beck Singing Auditorium and reunion will be Friday, May 6, 2011. Pass the word to your fellow Spartans! Merv.
In case you missed it: one of the stars of the class of 64.... Bridget Harrison November 11, 1946 - April 21, 2010 Bridget Harrison, nee Belinda Bridget Blackwell, passed suddenly at age 63 on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010, at her home in Mississauga. Bridget is the beloved mother of Caleb Aaron Harrison, and “Nanna” to Mason and Mecaela Harrison. Bill Harrison, the enduring love of her life with whom she travelled widely, shared numerous adventures, and brought light to world, predeceased her by one year. Born on November 11th, 1946, in London, Ontario to Grace and Doug Blackwell, Bridget was an accomplished actress, singer, and performer by the time she was a young woman. Her appearances were extensive and included the Stratford Festival and the CFPL show “Act Fast.” A worldly and politically active young adult, she traveled to Liberia with Crossroads International in the 1960s. Bridget graduated from Brescia College at Western University and began teaching - which she loved passionately - and which led to her far-reaching educational career. Mainly dedicated to the Peel District School Board, her work also included the Toronto District School Board, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and OISE. As a lifelong learner and inspiring leader, Bridget touched countless educators in Canada and abroad. She was a remarkable role model for all young women, and a true champion for teen mothers. Bridget will be profoundly missed by family, friends, and colleagues around the world, especially her brother Doug and sisters-in-law Jane, Sharon and Liz; her nieces Kate, Anna, Stefani, Samantha, Nina, Jennifer, Jamie, Karina, Sonja, Jesse, Corinda and Niki; and her nephews Marc, Tobi, Andre, Bobby, Ivan, Tony, Greg, Aaron and Steven. She was also “Nanna” to Lillie, Elia, Lauren, Jackson, Jordan, Jayden I, Declan, Gabriel, Jayden M, and several other adoring children. Love you … all the world. Visitation will be held at the Glen Oaks Memorial Chapel and Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (at Dundas St.) on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Glen Oaks Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bridget Harrison Memorial Scholarship for the Teen Education and Motherhood Program
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I am in the middle of de-cluttering when I came across the year book from 1965-66 and realized that life has come full circle for me. I am embarking on a new venture, a Masters in Education, as my second career as a professor of Fashion and Business Management at George Brown college is proving to be inspirational, invigorating and a true joy. Its back to school, Sandra
Hi all ! It was great to see some old (and I mean old) friends from years ago. Had a super time. David Vollick (class of '57 -- email@example.com
"Bonjour" from Isle aux Coudres, n/e of Quebec City. Having moved here from Victoria, B C last September, this now permits me to attend my first "sing". Looking forward to it. Brad Myers (59-63)
Hi, Looking forward to the Singing Auditorium on April 30th. I'd like to reconnect with some of my old Beck buddies from 50-55, Marily Burt, Austra Ventenburg, Ruth Fassold, Angela Herwin and others. Ruth (Vallas) Moore email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonjour, I just found this site and I'm so excited. Attended Beck from 64-66 and have fond memories. Looking for Marjorie, Rita, and Bob,my prom date. Write to me: email@example.com.....the little french girl from Quebec, remember?
Attention all Spartans! Another Singing Auditorium is being held on Friday, April 30, 2010 at our old stomping grounds, Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute. This is now the Thames Valley District School Board office . Doors open at 6PM for registration (fee of $5.00) with singing portion at 7PM led by Gerald Fagan. A reception in the cafeteria with light refreshments will follow. Hope you can join in the fun!! Merv Burgard
I stumbled onto the reunion site and noticed my name on the “missing Spartans” list. I’m still waking up on the right side of the grass and still working and enjoying it despite being well past retirement age. I live in Oakville with my wife of over 35 years-have raised four kids and have five grand children. It brought tears to my eyes to see the photos of Wil Rice, Mr. Dunlop, and so many others who helped me get through High School. It was fun to see so many familiar names. The photo of the ’60 football team also brought back some great memories. Like the guy from "My Name is Earl" I should probably extend apologies and thanks to everyone who put up with my goofball antics during those crazy years during my life. Thanks Dave Carter,’64
I would be interested in contacting any graduates from 1948. W.C. Johnson was our Principal. I am living in Cambridge, ON, so only 1 hour from London. Contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org> Best wishes, Ken Payne.
1950-1957 grads ~ April 30th mini-reunion after the happenings at the school. Contact Merv Burgard email@example.com if you plan to join us. The Station Park Inn www.stationparkinn.ca is holding a block of Deluxe Suites for any or all of the nights from April 28th to May 1st at $123/night. Reservations can be made by phone at 1-800-561-4574. Be sure to quote Group # 294959. These rooms are just being held until March 29th. After that, you might still get the group rate if they have space available. Hope to see you! Peggy (Aver) Conn firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Ian Sutherland from the Class of 72, your classmate, Debby (Wright) Corneal is sending a hi and hoping to see you at the April Reunion. I am in touch with a few more classmates if you want to get more information contact me at email@example.com. As for me, I have been living in Prince Albert ON for the last 33 years and will definitely make the trip home to London in April. Love to hear from any grads from the class of '72.
Well hello Beck folks. My years were 1948 to 1953. What fantastic memories of those wonderful years. Several classmates I have stayed in touch with over the years are: Roy and Lois Merkley, Ron and Pat Hair, Bill and Marilyn Hill. Two Summers ago we stayed at the Merkleys at "The Bend". Roy, Ron and Bill got a few old friends together for a few pops. The group included Roy and Lois Merkley, Ron and Pat Hair, Bill and Marilyn Hill, George Shaw and wife, Bruce Scandrett and wife, Warren and Eleanor Skuse. Bill Munger and wife and Barbara and me. It was truly a lot of fun and laughs especially when someone brought out a very special and unusual apron for use with grilling. The girls enjoyed it more than the guys. Last Summer we rented a place at "The Bend" and another party was planned. When we got there, a great get together was set up by these rascals. A number of my old basketball and football buddies showed up with their wives. Bruce Scandrett and wife, Doug Murray and wife, Wayne Fullagher and wife, the Hills, the Hairs, the Merkeleys, the Shaws. By luck after trying for several years to get in touch with my great teammate Ross Buckle, I scored an ace. I got him on the phone in Mississauga the week before our event and said "BUCK?" he said "GAZ?" and it was like no time had passed since the '50's. 60 years years goes by fast when you are having fun. He came to the event and it was a great caper. The topping on the cake was Ron Hair arranged for our great basketball coach to show up the one and only Roger Macaulay. Being a pack rat, I saved many pictures of our gang and other memorabilia. It was a day that everyone will remember with very beautiful memories. Again a truly great time was had by all. We missed my old cohort in crime and other misdemeanors, Warren and Eleanor Skuse, so Barbara and I went to London to see them. We will try to get back again this coming year. Hope to see more of you all. The BECK SPIRIT is alive and doing very well. My very best Bob Ginsberg Mexico Beach Florida Class of 1953. tel- 850-648-8629 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to attending the singing auditorium in April 2010. Couldn't attend the previous Beck Reunion because of my husband's health problems but so far everything is going great in that aspect and he has come out of it very well. Dorothy Clanahan (Perrin)1959
April Singing Auditorium Some folks from our era 1950-1957 are arranging a mini-reunion after the happenings at the school on Friday evening, and thought that everyone should be staying at the same place, including the London people. With that in mind, Peggy (Aver) Conn contacted the Station Park www.stationparkinn.ca at Richmond & Pall Mall and arranged for a group rate. Call them to book your accommodation by quoting group booking code 294959. Who wants to join us? Merv. Burgard email@example.com
Hello to Class of 64-- including Bob Dennome, Kathy Peffers and my dear friend Chris Hopper-- and to those other folk that transferred from Pakridge with me back in 1961. I don't expect to get to London for the Singing Auditorium, but if anyone is on Ottawa, I'd be happy to see you. Barb Varty Collishaw firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIS HOPPER, class of '64, says hello from Montreal, looking forward to seeing you at the Singing Auditorium Ap30
I graduated in 1972 and have completely lost touch with classmates and any reunion activities. I am back in Canada on the west coast, after 11 years south of the border. Are there any class of 72 reunion plans? regards Ian Sunderland
08 Jan 2010 Is there anyone still around from 1945 - 1947?? Some of my teachers were, Capt. Pritchard (art); Aggie Vrooman (history)she didn't like me; Miss Humphries (english) Vivian Shaw (Crawford/Woytaz) email@example.com
Read the great news in the LFP - and plan to be there to sing and meet "old" friends in April. John Roney, firstname.lastname@example.org
this is Kathy (Peffers) Berryhill again, I can be reached at email@example.com
Hi, this is Kathy Berryhill, formally Peffers. I graduated in '64 and am excited to attend the Singing Auditorium!
Go Spartans Go! What a great school. I hope to attend the function in the auditorium in April, 2010. I will also mention it to my brother Wayne Denomme and sister Carole Constant(born Denomme). They are both on your missing list but my name was not(?) I will also check to see if they wish to provide their information for the roll list. I'm sorry I missed the reunion. My name is Robert Denomme email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Beck, First hello in 51 yrs. I am Ann Altman[Bloomfield], class 1960, trying to make April 30th 2010 Hope to see some OLD faces...........you can reach me @ email@example.com.....I live in Texas now Well for 30yrs. I am an R.N. I.C.U. nurse ..retired now. see y.all in London.
Hi just found this Beck site I am Ann Bloomfield now Altman, I am living in Texas and have been here nearly thirty yrs. I am coming home for the singing auditorium, hope to see some old freinds
Hey there, just visited the site for the first time. I graduated Beck in its last year, 1982 and I am not aware of any formal reunion of the final graduating year, will be 28 years in June 2010. If anyone has any updates on graduates from 1982 planning a reunion, formal or informal, please let me know. I know there was an informal "turning 40" night a few years ago for the '82/'81 grads, but has there been anything since or in the works? Thanks for any input. Peter McMurray.
After nearly 50 years, my curiosity has the best of me. Is Shirley Waite still a Red Wings fan? Garnet
from an e-mail note that I got from Jim Cash ... DATE: Friday April 30, 2010 - Mark this date on your new calendars ASAP. PLACE & TIME: “The Auditorium” is reserved starting at 7 PM and the “The Cafeteria” for refreshments and friendship afterward. Gerry Fagan has already marked his busy calendar and will pick up the baton to lead us once again. Marlene Fagan and Martha Upton at the piano will keep us on key and Stuart Cunningham will man the projector to provide the words. There will be further information sent out closer to the time of the event
Have you heard about the Singing Auditorium being planned for the end of April, 2010? Keep that weekend free ... Merv '55
Hello all, (1959-1963 folk & others) Nice to see some recent activity on this site. Thanks to the person(s) who keep it active. Could this be Jim Cash? Other? I'm still in Victoria, BC (mostly retired from teaching but still working as a teacher activist), and have recently paid some $$ to join the Classmates.com website where I found a few messages waiting for me, to which I have replied. Bye for now. Brad Myers firstname.lastname@example.org :-)
Hi Everyone, I have lost contact with all of you so if you remember me from 1954 - 58 and would like to connect, my email address is email@example.com Hope to hear from someone. Maureen Byrne
WILLIAM MARSH MORRIS BA, BEd, MEd Citizen of the World Teacher Traveller Conversationalist Man of Faith Avid Bridge Player Loved to Drive Loved to Learn. Passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, August 22, 2008 at age 83 years. Beloved husband of Clarice Giffen. Predeceased by his first wife Pamela (nee Roland-Jones). Loving father of Susan Morris (Rev. John Young) of Waterloo. Loving Taid of Colleen Irvine (Matt McLean) of Toronto and Meghan Irvine (Andrew MacDonald) of Huntsville. Stepfather of Adrienne Giffen (Bob Murray) of Vancouver, Frank Giffen (Dana Smart) of London, England and Matthew Giffen (Erin Giffen) of Oakville. Marsh served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He graduated from University of Toronto, Victoria College and was a stand out player with the Varsity Blues football team. Marsh began his teaching career at Sir Adam Beck Collegiate, London, ON. He returned to Toronto and taught with the North York Board of Education. He completed his career as Principal of Emery Collegiate and Georges Vanier Secondary before retiring as Director of Cooperative Education and Summer School with the North York Board. He was also active with the Standardized Patient Medical Education Program (University of Toronto) and Islington United Church. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral service will be held at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Etobicoke on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Islington United Church or to Sleeping Children Around the World would be greatly appreciated by the family. Mr. Morris was a teacher at Beck from 1949 to 1955. There is an interview in 2004 with Mr. Morris on this web site.
Another Beck grad  that has been successful with another accomplishment on life's path. Dr. EMILIE [NOVAK] NEWELL will be at the Beijing Paralympics starting on Sept 6, attending as an official for track and field. I asked her for further info and this is what she wrote: This is what happens in sports for athletes with a disability. In order to make competition fair, athletes have to compete against other athletes with similar physical disabilities. For example, it would not be fair for a single below knee amputee to race against someone who is quadraplegic with impairments in both arms and legs. Because the body is used in a different way in each sport, there is a different sport classification system for each sport. Assignment of a class to an athlete is like handicapping a golfer or horse, to put it bluntly. In disabled sport, the athlete has to undergo a physical examination according to an international system, and be assigned a class. When medals are awarded, they are awarded for each class e.g. T54 class or F53 class where T stands for track and F stands for field. Athletes cannot compete without an assigned class and so going through classification is a necessary evil. My medical training and practice incorporate the skills necessary to do classification. My wheelchair sports involvement is on a volunteer basis and I have been involved since 1979, and worked my way up into the international levels of classification in three sports actually-wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and athletics. I was the Canadian Paralympic doctor in 1984, 1988 and 1992 but you can't do both doctoring and classification, and I chose to move up in the classification area which is recognized as a special technical type of official. You will not see me at track side in Beijing as we work behind the scenes. CBC televsion will be carrying news of some of the events. Canadian athletes do very well at the international level especially with wheelchair racing, wheelchair basketball both men and women, and wheelchair rugby, and goalball. These athletes will be medalling with very high probability of gold.
DON CLINE will be inducted into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in September as an official. Cline first played at Sir Adam Beck Secondary School in London from 1960-66, and then with Carleton University in Ottawa. Don played for the Carleton Ravens basketball team and was a member of their 67-68 OSLIAA Championship team which went on to play at the CIS National Championships. Cline became a full-time official in 1972 and continued until his retirement in 2002. He was chosen to officiate several important games including three Olympic qualifying tournaments, two Olympic games, two Men's World Championships, and many other high profile international matches. Cline's work was also valued at home as he officiated 18 CIS Gold Medal finals and many OFSAA provincial tournaments. He also served on many governing boards such as the National Board of Evaluators, with the Canadian Association of Basketball officials and was a World FIBA technical commissioner. He recently retired from active officiating in the OUA West. Don lives in London, where he worked for the PUC as a community recreation director for many years
Thanks to a "Roll Call" e-mail today I learned of the death of Marsh Morris. I was able to attend the evening visitation in Toronto. I took my picture of the 1951 junior football London City Champions and it was of considerable interest to Marsh's daughter Susan and her two daughters. It was good to bid farewell to our coach. Jim Marshall, Mississauga, Ontario Tuesday, August 26, 2008
HI everyone, I'm looking for Ross Buckles' daughters, Linda and Debbie. I know they got married and one lives in Oakville, but I have no contact info. Can someone please pass on my name: Mark Haan- Toronto 416-429-8998 Thank you, Mark
I really like this site... brings back memories :) could I just add one thing I am NOT dead :) some of my teachers probably wished I was... :) still alive and well in London..Jan Smelser 1969
Hello Spartans! I want to mention some of my school chums...In no particular order... just a flow of Beck memories... I, along with a few others were transfers over from Oakridge(spit) in 1961... Ken Bell ushered me in , in troducing me to Dick Chafe and Brian Blisset(Bliss). I then met everyone...Classmates Bob Zinner, Carole Brooks(Brooksy),Roxanne Lynch(Roxy),Keith Sharpe(Sharpy),Greg Poole(Pooley),Eddy Yeates,Larry Stokes, Terry-Lynn Dick (she thought my first name was Spot)...and other students... the Pender brothers, Sid Barber, Norma Venot, her brother Jim,Wayne Zapfe,Larry Moore(mature student),Mark Graham,Gerry Hall,the Lawrence sisters..Patty and Donna,Sandy Classic,Marion Lake,of course Keith Kindree,Don Edgar,and so on... Teachers...Pirac, Don Dool, Bruce ----,Harvey Stewart, Shirley....,Dunlop, So many more I think about fondly ..those many many years I was there ... Scott Jackson... e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Richmond (class of '62) retired last year after 36 years as a professor and university administrator. Ian taught French language and literature at The Royal Military College, The University of Western Ontario, where he was chairman of the French Department from 1984 to 1994, and at the French-language Université Sainte-Anne, where he was Vice President Academic and Research from 1994 to 2000. Ian and his wife, Velma, now live in Powell River, where Ian is still actively playing and teaching the bagpipes as well as being a free-lance translator and a long-distance cyclist.
Congratulations to Jo Sorrill, a.k.a. Joanne Ball, on her latest CD "From My Heart To Yours". This is a beautiful collection of piano music that makes you want to curl up with a good book or host an elegant dinner party ~ wonderful background music for either. And there are a few selections that will put you right back at Beck where Jo played piano for our Friday morning singing auditoriums in the 50's. She sure hasn't lost her touch! Peggy (Aver) Conn email@example.com
WRIGHT, Donald (Don) John Alexander B.A., D.M., L.M., Member of Order of Canada. Don passed away peacefully at his home in Toronto after a brief illness on June 27th, 2006 in his 98th year. His beloved wife Lillian, his life partner and best friend, predeceased him on January 12, 1993. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by his sister Dr. Mary Jean Wright of London, Ontario, son Timothy and his wife Sharon (nee Empringham) of Sarnia, daughter Priscilla of Toronto, son Patrick (predeceased in 1993), grandsons and granddaughters Christopher and his wife Katrin (nee Zeuner) of Toronto, Brian and his wife Susan (nee Prince) of Australia, Pamela Whittaker of Delaware Ont., Liam and his wife Louise of Toronto, Alyssa of Cannington and Dr. Tarah and her husband Daniel of Halifax, great-grandsons Connor, Kyle, Corwin, Benjamin and Aidan, and great-granddaughters Cassidy and Lilly. Don really lived a charmed life. He was born in Strathroy, Ontario to Ernest and Jean (nee Clark) Wright in 1908. He had three brothers and a sister Dr. Mary Wright. The family was very involved in theatre and music and the boys formed the Wright Brothers Orchestra which had a great following during their school years and on through university. Don met his Lilly Belle (Lillian (nee Meighen)), the daughter of the Right Honourable Arthur Meighen and his wife Isabel (nee Cox) at one of the dances and the rest was history. They courted each other for their entire lives together. At the University of Western Ontario, Don started the U.W.O. marching band an institution that continues to this day. He was a very successful athlete as a sprinter, high hurdler and his long jump record of twenty-three feet, eight inches held for over a quarter century. Don taught music, history, Latin and Greek for several years at Sir Adam Beck Collegiate in London and all of his classes were over-subscribed. His pedagogical talents were prodigious and his former pupils still rave about his classes more than 60 years after he taught them. Don became supervisor of music for the London Board of Education and from there he was recruited to take over the reins of CFPL Radio. He completely remodeled the studios and control rooms and simultaneously brought new and exciting programming to life. He increased the audience levels many times over. His CFPL Goes Calling brought many talented people (both musical and other forms of radio entertainment) onto the airwaves. Such voices as Max Ferguson (Rawhide), Ward Cornell, John Tretheway and Murray Brown were all brought into CFPL by Don. His outstanding creation while there was his Don Wright Chorus which entranced audiences throughout both Canada and the U.S. all through the early 1950's. Don moved to Toronto in 1955 and continued his advertising jingle business in addition to being Musical Director for the Denny Vaughn Show, Wayne and Schuster and the Cliff McKey show Holiday Ranch. He developed a new radio choir called the Don Wright Singers which performed for several years. As his career matured he composed a series of provincial anthems presented in a performance package called Proudly we Praise, a tribute to Canada, which could be performed by professionals or amateurs, and Don was very proud to be asked to arrange and conduct a performance of this work on Parliament Hill on Canada's Centennial for Queen Elizabeth II. Don's philanthropy in later years was generous and impressive. He donated to track and field endeavours and musical programmes at many universities across Canada. He received several Honourary Doctorates from Canadian Universities for these efforts, and the faculties of music at U.W.O. and Victoria University bear his name. Grace Hospital in Toronto as well as St. Michael's Hospital's maternity centres bear his and Lillian's names. A celebration of his life will be held in ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL, 65 Church Street, (at King Street East) Toronto on Thursday, July 6th at 11 o'clock. A reception will follow. Private entombment in the family niche at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Please direct any donations to the charity of your choice.
There will be another 'SINGING AUDITORIUM' Friday evening, May 5th, 2006, in the auditorium of the 'old school', beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission of $5.00 per person will help defray costs of rental, refreshments, etc. Come visit some old friends and raise your voice in song. COME, BECK, AROUSE YE!
MISS. WILDA GRABER, TEACHER, PASSED AWAY
The following obituary appeared in the London Free Press on June 4, 2005:
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London, on Wednesday, June 1, 2005, Wilda Marguerite Graber of London. Born April 3, 1916 in Berlin [Kitchener] ON. Her teaching career began in Kitchener and Galt followed by 29 years at Sir Adam Beck Secondary School, London with retirement in 1974. Predeceased by her brother Clifford of Toronto in 1971. Survived by her brother Robert and his wife Margie of Paris, ON as well as her sister-in-law Ruth Graber of Toronto and several nieces and nephews. Following cremation, a family service will be held in Kitchener. A memorial service is to take place in September at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. Reception to follow for the 'Beck Family" as well as for family and friends. Date to be announced in early September
hi: barbra bruner spetman passed away, as well joe spetman passed away as well. if you would like further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Trying to locate individuals who might have any information or class photos of of Marilyn Miller who was a student sometime during the approx. years 1948-1954.
I am very disappointed that I could not get to the reunion. It would have been so neat to see all my old friends and teammates. Beck was a special experience for me. I have so many very fond memories of my years there. It's nice to see that the "spirit" is still alive. Spartans rule!
Kathy and I are now living in Port Coquitlam, B.C. and enjoying our 4th year of retirement. Our daughter, Jane and our son, Mike live about 15 minutes from us in Maple Ridge. Jane is married to Christophe and they have 2 kids, Ryder and Madalyn. Mike is not married yet but that's not far off. So we are all here and loving life in B.C. My e-mail is email@example.com if anyone would like to contact me.
Merry Xmas! and all the best in 2005 to all you Spartans out there!
Some items were left at the Thames Valley Education Centre after the Beck Reunion in October. THERE IS A GREEN jACKET WITH A BEIGE PLAID LINING. THERE ARE 3 UMBRELLAS - ONE WITH A ROCKEY MOUNTAIN RAIL TOURS MOTIF, ONE WITH A BLACK AND BLUE PATTERN, AND A FOLDED WOMAN'S UMBRELLA WITH A GRAY, BLACK AND GOLD DESIGN. For more information about these items please contact Ruth Getty @ 519-472-2506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Correction of e-mail address. Should read email@example.com Sorry about that! Al Phillips
14 Nov 2004
This message concerns the Reunion Sunday Service. I am extending my personal thanks to all those who participated in the service. Your contribution was done with excellance and class. Thanks for a great memory!
The free will offering was generous. I was pleased to write a check to the Ark Aid Street Mission for $480.00. Thank you for your responce to this work in East London.
The service was taped. Twenty good quality tapes have been sold and more can be ordered for $5.00. Unfortunately, the dubbing machine (which needs to be replaced) produced some defective recordings (characerized by a popping sound on side B). These tapes should be returned and reissued, if you own one of these.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone in London who has a high speed dubbing machine that could be used to copy the tapes. This would ensure that replacements would happen more quickly.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-472-2506.
To all the memorable people I meet at the reunion. I do not have your e-mail addresses as the list I had got misplaced. Yes I lost it. Please contact me at email@example.com so that we may stay in touch. Al Phillips
I attended Beck for grade nine and part of grade ten in 1968-69. In spite of my short tenure, I remember my time at Beck more fondly than my remaining years of high school. I have particularly fond memories of my English teacher, Miss Lewis, who further entrenched my love of reading and the English Language. Her animated readings of parts of Macbeth brought the bard alive for me.
To this day, when I hear the Beatles "Here comes the Sun" or "Come Together", I am sitting in the Beck auditorium at lunch, listening to the music with friends and feeling cool (or was it "groovy"?). The excitement of a fall football game is another fond memory, as well as trying out for cheerleaders and the resultant pain and quaking in my thighs (which made going down stairs extremely challenging)from practicing the splits. Many of these adventures were shared with my friend Jane Fraser, whom I have lost track of. Does anyone know of her whereabouts?
I am currently teaching in Barrie, Ontario; my first career was design and drafting in Orillia, Ont, Vancouver and Toronto. I would be interested in seeing photos of events/people from the late sixties and early seventies.
Cate (Cathy) Tilden
It is great to see the pictures of the reunion last month, and see some of the faces of those who attended. Beck is real special to me, as we had the best training in education from loving, caring teachers. From the time I started in 1943 with Mr. Max Magee as my home room teacher (he had the music for the 1943-44 year, until the time I graduated in 1948 with Principal, Mr. Cliff. Johnson, the standards were high, and I do not remember any student having to be let go for reasons other than they failed to make the grade. I would have loved to have been there, only age-related problems kept me the 800 miles to the south of London where I have lived since 1969 and am now retired. Thank you for this web site. Ron Lawrence, Greenville, SC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Strange isn't it, that Sir Adam Beck has not been home to students in twenty years and yet, in spite of all the physical changes to the school, its spirit doesn't die. Since singing was-is a major factor in that spirit, two song titles sum up that wonderful weekend for me: "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and Bob Hope's theme song, "Thanks For The Memories" which is dedicated to all members of the organizing committee. Bob Gladwell, 56 grad and teacher, 61-65
Oh, it sounds so wonderful! I can’t tell you how disappointed I am; after looking forward to the reunion for weeks, I couldn’t make it at the last minute. I’ve been studying the class photo for 1962-63, and have one question - who are all these people? Will anyone lucky enough to have attended please identify who’s who? Or send more pictures? or anecdotes? or email addresses, or whatever? I'd love to hear from you. Mary-Beth (Ryan)Larone Box 1276 Seaforth ON N0K 1W0 email@example.com
Well, I can't begin to tell the committee what an amazing job they did. You should be very proud of a job well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire week-end of getting to talk to former classmates, teachers and touring the hallowed halls. The photo display was amazing and I got goose bumps sitting in yes, sorry Jim Cash both singing auditoriums and singing along with other Spartans. We still can belt out a tune or two and wasn't it astounding that we remembered the Beck cheer despite the aging process. Yes, I did let my little sister walk down the halls with me and spoke to her. Actually we had our own reunion as well as she flew in from New Hampshire. She had her tickets bought early as she wasn't about to miss this. She sent her school sweater by mail to be included in the front of the school. Although it had yellowed slightly and the crests were sewn on crookedly she was so proud to see it hanging high. 13 were at our table for the supper and were impressed with the entire evening. We were one of the last groups to say farewell. Jacky Grundy Blackwell, I enjoyed our evening together catching up on new events and laughing over old times. We'll stay in touch I'm sure. Got to visit with a former neighbour Jan Cash who I haven't seen in 50 years. My husband was a grad of Wheable but on Sunday following the banquet he said the also had an amazing time. He particularly enjoyed the entertainment. It was very moving to see and hear Larry's son, Andrew perform. My sister and I put the CD on as soon as we got home on Saturday. It will be played often I am certain and bring back those great times at Beck as a Spartan. Congratulations to all those involved! I know I will be there for the next one. Go Spartans!
Jeez, I'm sorry I couldn't be there, but looking at all of the pics and displays here was still lots of fun. I'm impressed with the amazing amount of time and effort that went into the project- no doubt a labour of love for many. So thanks. I guess for me sports was a highlight (Spartan Football 1956-58) but there were so many others- the singing auditoriums on Friday which sound goofy today but were were such great fun, even if Donny Leach couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. The great, caring teachers, the dedicated coaches and most of all that circle of best pals that were always there, good times and bad. I was a very lucky guy. Rich (Punch) Hallam Valedictorian 1958 firstname.lastname@example.org
What a WONDERFUL reunion! Thank you Co-chairs Jim Cash and Bonnie Lynne Wright, core planning group, and large volunteer group for all the meetings you attended, names you tracked, contacts you made, contingencies you thought of, amenities your organized, packages you assembled, decorations you put up and took down, details you handled... it was a fabulous reunion!
Everything seemed to run so smoothly – fun to be in the gym looking at all the memorabilia – beautifully organized – refreshments available, places to sit, slide show with the infamous voices, incredible nostalgia in the singing auditoriums, the glee club - photos, dinner and evening entertainment- humorous keynote, the Beckaneers, the Towne Criers - wonderful-so many memories flooding back in the music - green and white festive decorations, dance music- Glee club at church service. This weekend was a gift – Thank you for creating this opportunity for us to experience flashbacks to the past – and updates to the present. Time to remember those who nurtured our sense of ourselves as good people – those who sang with us songs of strength and faith and fun! Time to remember our innocence, our energy, our alliances, our challenges and successes, our vulnerabilities and moments we might do differently now. Time to thank people who had no idea what wonderful, strong role models they were to us as we moved from Grade nine or ten to become seniors ourselves. Time to hear about so many who have spent their lives since Beck teaching – public school, high school, university, adult learners – work that encouraged and educated, inspired and shaped lives as the teachers this event honored shaped our lives. Time to hear about those who have been in and/or running businesses, those involved in research, politicians, activists, physicians... - so many contributors to our communities. Thank you for all of this!
Karen (Coulson) Shuttleworth
Oh Boy, Did we have fun!!! Hats off to all members of the Organizing Committee; you put heart and soul into every detail. To those of you who missed it: how unfortunate!! From Thursday evening's Glee Club rehearsal to Sunday afternoon's Church Service and social, everything was made for enjoyment. The memorabilia displays in the halls and gym, the slide show, singing auditoriums, and especially the "mingling times" were all wonderful. The "mingling", the meal, the entertainment program, and the dance at the Hellenic Centre made for a fantastic evening. It was a great experience to see so many happy, familiar faces. The only problem was too little time in one short weekend to really "catch up" with everybody you recognized.
What an awesome reunion!! Anne (Semple) Garrett
Does anyone know anything about Patty Lawrence, Sue Hales, or John Miszczyk? email@example.com
If you received a defective CD in your Reunion Registration package, please contact me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or  453-7229. We will replace the original. Sorry for the inconvenience. Bonnie Spencer-Beer
I am devastated!!!! I picked up my five rolls of film from the Beck Reunion and almost broke down and cried in the store because I only got 3 poor photos back instead of 120! The camera broke!!!!!!!!!!! It flashed, it advanced, I smiled and thought what wonderful memories I am capturing. However, the lens did not open apparently. I thought that I had captured almost every 1960 grad there plus lots of other people and things. I am heartbroken. If you took any photos and you think that I would be interested in copies of any of them, please contact me. Thanks. BONNIE SPENCER-BEER, email@example.com or  453-7229
Thanks for a wonderful reunion. I met people I hadn't seen since graduation. I look forward to the next one. Thanks again.
Betty Lawton Brent
Just want to add my thanks to the Organizing Committee for putting together a very special weekend. I'm so glad to have attended ~ it would have been such a shame to have missed the chance to mull through that marvelous collection of photographs, newspaper articles and those incredible scrapbooks, to participate in just one more of Beck's singing auditoriums, and to reconnect at the Hellenic Centre with so many faces and voices from the past. I'm also so glad to have stayed over for the Service on Sunday. The music from the Glee Club choir was such a treat ~ and to be able to sing your heart out in the hymns with that as a background was a powerful experience. Thanks again folks ~ 'twas wonderful! Win (Kincaid) Mancini (59)
Hi all, Greetings from beautiful (wet) Victoria, B. C. It was a thrill for me to be reunited with the rest of the Towne Criers (Tim, Ken and Ian) and to sing the old songs for you last Saturday night. I met Andrew Walsh (Larry's son) for the first time about 1:30 PM that afternoon prior to our first full rehearsal. Talk about a chip off the old block...and what a voice. It brought tears to my eyes as well. I'm sorry the rest of the group wasn't at the Sunday Church service and the reception which followed but I will pass on to them privately the many warm comments which were received by me with regards to our performance the previous evening.
After the reception I lingered too long in Victoria Park with another grad and subsequently missed my flight from Toronto to Victoria by seventeen minutes:-( Although it cost me a hotel room in Toronto overnight, I consider it a small price, as I was able to get to know (in small measure) someone I wish I had known better 40 years ago.
Sincere thanks to Jim, Bonnie, and everyone who had some role to play in this marvelous weekend. I would love to hear from any who would care to correspond with me. Thanks for the memories and belated Happy World Teachers' Day (October 5) Brad Myers Brad_Myers@sd63.bc.ca (alternate) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for the photos...wish I could have been there. It's difficult putting names to my grad year photo folks but. What a good looking group!!! Sounds as if the reunion was a roaring success and I did hear you sing all the way here in B.C....would love to hear from anyone...I remember going on a student exchange to Lansing Mich. when in grade 12..I think Michelle Gore went too but can't remember who else. Yes we were lucky to have had the wonderful Beck experience. Ruth (Fassold) Townsend...email@example.com
Hi again. Sandie Baptie and Martha Martin, could you send me your email addresses, please? Barb Varty firstname.lastname@example.org
When Stu Cunningham & I talked on Oct 6 he immediately said that we would have to start planning the next singing auditorium. Now that we have the ability to reach out to so many of you thru email, we expect that our turnouts will be even better than before. We'll keep you posted. I am happy to read that everyone had a spectacular time - so did the committee -thanks to everyone who attended .....YOU made it a huge success! Sandie (Baptie) Sydorko (1964)
I want to thank all of the alumni and their guests who attended the Reunion this past weekend. I also want you to know that although the organizing committee worked long and hard for a year and a half, WE ALL HAD FUN, TOO!!! I am sure I speak for all of them in saying that without your attendance, none of us could have enjoyed the weekend as much as we did. Thank you, thank you! It was so great to see so many happy faces and wide grins!
Doug Petch (56) email@example.com
My earlier message made reference to staying in touch via e-mail with other Beckites. Our committee's notices in the paper had my e-mail address listed but for those who didn't see them it is firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep Smiling Keith Kindree '67
sorry i forgot to give my email....
Ellanore (Chafe) Brack
Hi everyone,I am a missing spartan....as i am reading these comments, many names and friends to mind, and i am sorry i missed it...my brother Dick gave rave reviews and after reading every comment everyone worked so hard to make it happen.. I am curious about some of the people that were on the list, does anyone know where Ken Mcarthur is these days?? also Barbara Bruner?? Joe Spetman?? if anyone knows please email me...thanks :0) Ellanore (Chaft) Brack 1956
What a reunion! One of my favourite moments occurred on Saturday afternoon. The school song was played as the finale to Paul Cropp's and Bruce Nolan's wonderful slide show. Everyone in the auditorium automatically stood with no prompting and with no one leading us. We sang our hearts out while a spotlight shone on the Beck crest above the empty stage. I shall always remember the "goosebumps" I experienced at that moment.
My accolades go to the co-chairs and core/prime members of our committee who spent countless hours making this reunion the success it was. Special thanks to our website man, Fred Symons, who was working for us several hundred miles away from London. Barbara Husser Dalrymple
So happy to see Roger Macaulay again also. He doesn't scare me anymore either. Still, I only left a naughty picture on his blackboard at noon hour one time. And I will never ever do it again.
I'd like to add my sincere thanks to the organizing committee, for an absolutely fabulous weekend. It was great to see Misses Bell, and Graber looking so well. I wonder where Miss Bell gets her energy. Also Roger Macaulay, who doesn't scare me anymore. There wasn't a moment of the weekend that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Anyone wanting to keep in touch, email me at email@example.com
I had a wonderful time this weekend. Thanks So much to the organizers for organizing so well, and to the other attendees for attending. (and to the tailgaters....WOW!) Now, if we only had dragged a few more folks back to Beck... maybe next time? Or smaller parties in the distant areas. I'd be willing to organize something for anyone else in the Ottawa-Kingston-Montreal area. Barb Varty Collishaw firstname.lastname@example.org
This thank you is for all of the folks who worked long hours to make a memorable weekend come together. The picture boards brought back so many happy memories, and since my own pictures were destroyed in an accident, I especially enjoyed the review.
While I enjoyed singing the old songs, it was the glee club singing that brought out the goose bumps. And the pleasure and pride I always felt in being part of that group hasn't dimmed one iota. The harmony thrilled me and the standing ovation showed that everyone else felt the same.
Personalities have remarkably remained the same. The folks that twinkled back then still do. I felt a gentleness and appreciation in the atmosphere that touched my heart and warmed my soul.
So many thanks to you for a wonderful weekend. Carolyn (Wilson) Blocher '56 Carolynblocher@comcast.net
What a terrific weekend! I applaud the efforts of the committee in making this such a memorable time for all grads. The singing auditoriums were emotional for me...To think about what we were, and what we did, and how we enjoyed those wonderful days at Beck. I had to leave early on Sat night after dinner and regret not saying goodbye to many friends. All the best to you all. I'll remember this as a spike in the enjoyment graph of my life! Jack Buykes- 1959
I'm sitting here Monday morning after the reunion, so thankful to those who made it happen. The Beck years for me were some of my best. The memories flood back to me often. Another chance to see so many of you who were a big part of my life and to sing with such an amazing choir again made it a weekend I won't forget. Thank you! Laurie Taylor/class of 67 (mate to the beautiful Carolyn (Morrison) Taylor) email@example.com
Thanks to all the organizers of this past weekend. While sitting in the auditorium, singing all those "old" songs, you wonder where all those years have gone. You felt like a teenager again. The school spirit is definitely still there as was noticed in the singing of the School Song and Beck cheer! The display in the gymnasium was fantastic and thanks to everyone who brought these pictures and clippings . It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and have time to visit, even if it was short. Until we meet again, have a good life; be healthy and happy. Carol(Wright)Williamson
The Beck reunion was amazing and we enjoyed every aspect of it. The committee really did an excellent job and for such a cheap price (monetarily that is). I’m sure they paid the price in sweat, hours and personal costs. I can’t remember when I have had such a good, easy and fun time. Pass on our congratulations to others who worked so hard.
Carol (Timbrell) Orr
To the organizing committee, thank you so very much for an absolutely great weekend! I felt like I was 17 again! The years seemed to melt away as I saw so many familiar names and faces and then listened to the Town Criers who were amazing -it was 1963 again! Today I felt a sadness that the reunion was over, and I really hadn't had time to talk very long to anyone (and some people I didn't see at all!) I would love to hear from any of you who share those same wonderful memories of '59-'63. Diana Hayman Scholl firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to add my thanks and congratulations to our planning committee for a job well done on our reunion. I moved from Alberta in Aug. 1962 and by some luck or chance, became a student at Sir Adam Beck. Knowing no one, at an age when many of my fellow "Spartans" had friendships formed from years spent together in public school, I nevertheless found a home in the special place that was Sir Adam Beck. Like many others, the singing auditoriums are one of my happiest memories. Being a member of the Glee Club then, and being able to be a part of it again this weekend, was a special treat. As a couple of fellow "Spartans" whom I spoke to this weekend said, if you were not a part of the Beck experience, it is difficult to explain it to others. If you told others you were making a special effort to attend a reunion at a school closed so long ago, they could not possibly understand the special connection you have with Beck which draws you back. I believe that the music was one of the strongest components which made and continues to make, Spartan spirit. My husband, who did not have the privilege of attending Beck, felt that elusive something as we took part in this weekends activities. Thanks again to the organizing committee for making it possible once again to be a part of the Beck family doing what they have always done best - sing their hearts out, and in 4 part harmony!!!! Barb (Czeck) Keller
What a great weekend. In addition to Ron's message, and as a member of the organizing crew, I hope everyone had as much fun as I and that we can keep in touch through e-mails etc. in the future. Dave Whitfield, I'm still waiting for a reply to my earlier message - its amazing how we both remember an incident that took place in an intramural floor hockey game 37 or 38 years ago!! Keep Smiling and letskeep Beck Spartan spirit alive.
Keith Kindree '67
As one member of the large organizing committee for the reunion, I would like to thank everyone who attended the reunion. Without you, it would not have been such a terrific success. What a weekend!
Ron Barned Class of 1964
HI EVERYONE, SO SORRY I MISSED THE REUNION, SEEMS SO LONG AGO I WAS EVEN IN LONDON, I AM LIVING IN ATLANTA GEORGIA , AND RECENTLY RETIRED FROM AT&T AS A TECHNICIAN..WITH 32 YEARS OF SERVICE....I KNOW ALL OF MY TEACHERS WOULD NEVER BELIEVE THAT ONE!! I LOVED BECK AND ALL OF THE FRIENDS I HAD AND WILL CHERISH THOSE MEMORIES FOREVER. THOSE WERE GREAT, FUN YEARS. YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT email@example.com I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE "OLDIES" IT WOULD BE GREAT TO CATCH UP. ELLANORE CHAFE
Thank you all for a wonderful weekend. While driving home to St. Catherine's today I laughed and smiled to myself at all the things that happened. The other drivers on the road must have thought I was crazy as I sang along to the CD and all the old songs. Your planning was amazing, the gym display brought back memories, the singing auditoriums were amazing and the dinner Saturday night was great. Seeing old friends was the greatest part of the weekend for me. Again thank you for all your hard work. Betty Axon
Words are inadequate to express the heartfelt thanks of all of us to the organizing committee. Hearing the Town Criers and in particular the contribution of Larry Walsh's son, Andrew was the highlight of a tremendous weekend. During the singing auditorium I recognized that in trying to live a productive life and make a contribution to the greater good of society as a Social Worker over many years of practice, my grounding could be found in the words of the song No Man is an Island. Beck truly was a unique and wonderful high school. It was great seeing so many friends and having memories flood back. Again thanks to all those who made this possible.
Shirley Ottenbreit (Clement)
I had a wonderful time. It was a bit like going back in time, with so many of my teen-age school friends all in one place. It was really great seeing and talking with all of you again. It sure brought back many, many great memories, and brought to mind the positive impact those years had on me.
I sure am glad I went to Beck when I did.
My thanks to everyone who made this event possible.
David Vollick 'class of 57'
To all committee members and all who helped,
What a fabulous week end! Thank you for all your effort and hard work. We had a wonderful time at the old school, meeting old friends, eating in the cafeteria, and looking at the displays. The dinner at the Hellenic Centre was terrific. We enjoyed seeing so many classmates, teachers and friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Warren and Eleanor Skuse-
WOW what a great time at the dinner last night! Hats off to everyone involved in putting this weekend together. An awesome job. The Towne Criers were amazing. They were before my time at Beck, but I do remember hearing about them. And when they explained who Andrew was, well it gave me goosebumps. I could have listened to them sing all evening. What wonderful voices they all have, and with very little recent practice together. I just can't say enough about how great they were. Once again thanks to all who made this weekend so great. Barb(Elliott)McEachnie 1967
Mike Leech is listed under the missing Spartans yet Mike lives right here in London with his wife and two sons. Check the phone book for his number. P. Leinweber.
An old friend is looking for the whereabouts of Peter Bode. If anyone knows how to contact Peter see Stew Kolpin at the reunion and let him know. P. Leinweber
Looking back over the years gone by at the year book in 1966 the hottest looking woman was Christine Fradgley. I sincerely hope she continues to look great. The idea of a reunion was a good one but the format of the Last Hurrah couldn't be beat. Seeing old friends and meeting new people from more recent years was something I will remember. How did we ever lose to Lucas in that football season and why did I never get to meet Christine, these questions I will take to the grave. P. Leinweber.
Finally found my 'memory' envelope from the '47 to '52 years at Beck, after much panic. I'll only be going to the Sat. afternoon events, so if anyone remembers a redhead called Margaret Lawton & wants to get in touch, I'll be staying at my youngest son's place (Brian Dodge-649-6021) Fri. afternoon to Sun. morning (or e-mail margaret028sympatico.ca.
Hello Spartans! Seeing the Photos and reading the names has that memory part of my brain really going. I'm sure those of you attending the reunion will have a wonderful time. I regret that I will not be able to come. Sincerely, Scott Jackson. p.s. my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to classmates, friends and teachers for fond memories of special people and special moments.
I am a proud mother of two sons and teach music to young children in Calgary, Alberta. Whenever I can, I still visit London - as family and friends are there.
Best wishes to all and wish I could be there to join you.
Teresa (Terri) nee Zarucki (Taylor) 1966 - 68
I'm one of the oldies, graduated grade 13 in 1964. I would love to hear from Bridget Blackwell, Nina Higgins, Dianne Laidlaw or Barb Villeneuve - are you coming and if so, when and how can I identify you (the age/memory thing). Yes, I married my high school sweetheart, Rick and on April 30, 2005 we will be married 39 years. I went on to Teacher's College but never went further. I changed directions and I am now an Insurance Broker for the last 17 yrs. Of course I will bring pictures of my grandchildren (3). Can't wait to see you sometime over the weekend.
June (Steuer) Guay
I am so, so sorry Barry Dunford for getting your name totally wrong. I knew it the moment I read it here. Barry Dunford (of the famous Tidy Sum band!!). And where are you Linda Diver, Bert Denda, Les Holmes, Linda Beech, Sharon Siegner, Rod Trevors, Dean Monk, Hazel Lowther. It sure would be great to see you all this weekend. Barb(Elliott)McEachnie.
Greetings from a Beck Reunion wannabe! I had the privilege of attending Beck during my first two years of high school from Sept'59 to June '61. My family then moved to Edmonton and I gradually lost touch with some very good friends. Hope the guestbook will help me reconnect wih them and catch up on the last 43 years! My maiden name was Sandy Harris, I lived on Queens Avenue and attended Lorne Avenue Public School. Of all my 58 birthdays, my 15th was the worst. It marked my final day at Beck, our last day in London, and a final goodbye to many friends. Have a wonderful reunion and I hope the e-mails start arriving. Contact - email@example.com. P.S. Jeanne Isaac, Diana Hayman, Donna Dynes, Delores Haldane, Keith Tapp and Paula Rahn -always in my mind when I think of those wonderful days! Where are you?
Hi Uncle Ernie, and all I graduated with from 1967! I'm going to the reunion and dragging Bob with me (he is not a Spartan, he went to that other school down to the west on Dundas Street!!) Where are Marg Brown, Marsha Crockett, Pat Skeggs, Judy McLaughlin, Barry Dunmore, John Myszchec (sorry for any spelling errors)? See you there Rosie, Lib and Karen! Sincerely Barb (Elliott) McEachnie. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree that when running through the list of registrants one would love to be there. Unfortunately I am unable to attend but my thoughts and memories will certainly be there. The past year I have been in touch with Doug Petch and Merv Burgard and had lunch with Carolyn Wilson (I'm using the "beck" names!) I've lived in B.C. for over 40 years and love it but often pine for London. Over 30 years ago I ran in to Marg Dow here on the north shore but have lost track of her...saw her name on the list. Other names that caught my attention were Marg Batchelor, Florence Darnell, Marg Scandrett, John Orr and Ken Johnston & Ann Vanstone and many others. My brother Bob went to Beck with Bob Nicholson and his Mom and mine were close friends. My fondest memories of Beck were the music programs with Carl Chapman...I was part of the "Beckettes" and shared the role of Katisha in the Mikado. I was rehearsal pianist for some of the G & S shows. I would love to hear from anyone who would care to touch base...my address is email@example.com...I graduated in '55 and went on to teach at Ealing (I'd attended there too)....Have a great reunion...maybe I'll be able to hear the singing all the way to the west coast!!! Ruth (Fassold) Townsend
As the reunion date gets closer and I check out the list of those who have registered to attend, I am doubly sorry that I am not able to join you. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me and would like to make contact. Lynne (Reynolds) Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Towne Criers
Some of you might remember the group of folk singers from the early 60's;Larry Walsh, Tim Rowat, Brad Myers, Ken Wilson and Iain Crichton. Ken and I were talking on Wednesday of this week. We haven't seen a lot of each other over the last 40 years. We discovered something in common, something very strange. One of my kids is a performer. He's done Beauty and The Beast in Toronto and New York. One of Ken's kids is a performer. She's done Les Miz in New York and on tour. Guess What? My kid did the Les Miz tour for three years! Ken went to Ottawa to see the show. Gee, I went to Ottawa to see the show. I wonder... Unbelievable, Ken's kid Jessica and my kid, Graham, were on tour together. They are both working in New York. See you soon. Tim Rowat email@example.com
Okay folks, one week to go. Where are the other remnants of the class of 1964? I have finally found my box of high-school memorabilia and can promise you 3 partial years of Spartan newspapers, a 13A class photo and the 1964 graduate one that's already on the web, a couple of messy, never-glued scrapbooks (which will make the clippings easier to scan) of bits of the Free Press showing sports, student gov't, drama club and school show, including Beck on Call, and, ta-da, the 2 page spread with all the names and marks of Grade 13 exam writers in London in 1964. (I can tell you a copy of that was a big hit at Central last year, as the boomers got out their reading glasses and people chortled at their friends' and spouses' marks.) And wedding announcements. And my autograph book. There's a copy of the Spartones' record, too.... I arrive Friday at noon. Look out! (Ah, yes, I have the Grade 13 profiles/predictions for everyone, too.) Barb Varty Collishaw
I have been working on the reunion committee and look forward to seeing former classmates and team mates. My committee compatriot for the 65 to 69 group, Barb Gavin, suggested I use this space as a forum to make an apology. In January 1978 I was in a hamburger joint at Hale and Dundas when a young couple pleasantly acknowledged that they remembered me from Beck. Their warmth was met with a rude reply from me. Their feeling of rejection was obvious and resulted in a correspondingly unpleasant comment. I had just come from Victoria Hospital. My mother had a brain aneurysm on Boxing Day of 1977 and was in critical condition. I wasn't living in London, but took a nostalgic trip out Dundas east where I grew up. I don't know who you are or if you will see this. If you do, however, please accept my sincere apology for being extremely rude to you. There is absolutely no justification for my bad behaviour despite what I was dealing with. I have anguished over this incident since it happened and deeply regret it.
The reunion is going to be a great success. They may have closed our school but Beck Spartan spirit lives on!! Keith Kindree '67 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello all, I am impressed with all the work that has gone into planning this reunion. I regret that I can only attend for part of the weekend but will look forward to seeing my classmates of the '66 graduating year on Friday night and perhaps again on Sunday. I now live in Dundas, Ont. I am currently a learning resource teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and plan to retire at the end of this school year. From my Beck days, I remember the opening of the new addition when I first came, my home room in the basement, the ceremony for the raising of the new Canadian flag with the school assembled around the flagpole, the Glee Club, writing a letter to the Governor General in my best handwriting to ask if the Glee Club could sing for him on our trip to Ottawa (We sang for Madame Vanier), Mr. Fagan bowing and shaking Madame Vanier's hand and a loud electrical shock resounding out across the ballroom of Government House, Mr. Doole coming into Physics class and telling us that John Kennedy had just been shot, some guys sitting at the back of chemistry class roasting marshmallows on the bunsen burners on the last day of class, the Current Affairs Club trips to New York and Washington....and yes, the most memorable of all....the singing auditoriums. I guess the song "We will have these moments to remember" is very poignant here. Good luck and a big thanks to the committee as they head into this event. I will look forward to seeing you. Until then.... razzle dazzle sis boom bah, Beck Collegiate, Beck Collegiate, Rah! Rah! Rah! Heather (McLeod) Oliver '66 email@example.com
I see from the registration list that many of my classmates are attending and I am sorry to miss this opportunity to see you. However, I would love to catch-up with anyone who wants to email. I started life as Mary Shimla but have since evolved into Elizabeth Watson. I have enjoyed a great career as a librarian in various academic and government libraries and I am now Head of the Bronfman Business Library at the Schulich School of Business at York University. It is a newly built library and I helped plan it. As regards my personal life, I became a grandmother last November and being a grandmother is just as great as everyone has said it would be. Hope to hear from you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Have a great time at the reunion.
Hoping to meet some of my grade 9 and 10 classmates from 1954 1955.
Anyone remember the play Masque of Aesop, circa 1953?
Wendy Kirk ( O'Reilly) email email@example.com
Having lived in a family of Beck attendees what with Mother and sister attending ahead of me ... in fact I was a "niner" while my sister was doing her last year at Beck ... you know ignoring me in the halls when she was hanging out with her friends ... I am so excited to be returning to the school of great memories and anxious to be reacquainted with old friends and hallowed spaces. I now live in the U.S.A., at the New England seaside but only a flight away from my home... you can take the girl out of Canada but you cannot take the Canadian out of the girl! I am soooo looking forward to this opportunity and want to thank those that have made this event possible. I was fortunate to attend my public school reunion a couple of years ago and see some of you there. Here's to Prince Charles Public School grads too! Go purple, green, and white. Life is good, continuing to get better and made much easier when times are daunting due to strong, healthy and nurturing memories that friends, teachers, and staff provided me during this time of my life. Hey Moe ... If you are reading this ... may I walk down the halls with you this time, please ... just once? If any of you are reading this and played a lot of girls sports ... yep, it's me ... Heather Driscoll, previous address 8 Cornish St, 1960s to early 70s.
To Colonel Ian Haldane Please contact the Beck Reunion Committee as we need address information for your younger brother that you mentioned in your interview.
In my haste to leave a message on this board I wrote the wrong e-mail address It should be firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Barb for letting me know about this error. Joan (Davidson) Wooten
As I scroll down the names of those who have registered it brings back a rush of memories when I read a name that I recognize. I would have loved to join the group to talk about old times. I now live in Springfield, Missouri. and would love to hear from old friends at my e-mail address email@example.com
Joan (Davidson) Wooten
Okay, I've spent the Aeroplan points and booked the flight down from Ottawa, for 2 (Neil went to Central, but I'm sure you'll make him welcome). Anyone want to pick us up at London airport at noon on Saturday? Great to see coverage in the Free Press: that should bring them out of the woodwork. Barb Varty Collishaw '64
Hi Everyone associated with Beck Collegiate! I want to thank the committees for their diligent efforts in arranging this great reunion. I am disappointed that I will not be able to attend as I will be out of the country. Thank you for the letter. The auditorium sing songs were the best! The teachers superb! Just a little note of humour - when we were about to move back to London in 1973, I said to my children, "Now ˙ou will be able to go to my high school!" It was a unanimous response, "It has probably fallen down by now." I attended from 1947 to 1951. My name is Sheila (Towton) Lisowyk and would like to hear from those with whom I've lost contact. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Symons suggested in email that I should add my last name.
John...John Izatt that is :-) ...and pleased to read the interchange online ...
Best wishes John (1960) <email@example.com>
Hi! To all Beck graduates. I attended Beck from 1937-1941 Unfortunately my wife Margaret and I will be unable to attend the reunion which I found out in the London Free Press web site which I check every day. We are now living in Nanaimo BC and would like to hear from any of the students from thos years. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org Ernie Roberts, 5982 Blairmore Place, Nanaimo BC, 250-729-7566
Beck Spartan's Hail!!! I was wondering if you have had anyone from the last couple of years the school was open advise they were attending your function? I attended from 1980-82 when I had to go to Central. (against my will) Even though I only went to Beck for two years I often think back on those days with great fondness. I loved going to that school. I played football and basketball for both years. There was just something about that little school that has stuck with me my entire life. Can you please include me in any future information about the reunion. My e-mail address is email@example.com Thanks Scott Campbell
Neat to see this wonderful site and the images too! It sure brings back a lot of memories! Thanks to Fred Symons for letting me know about the reunion and to the committee for the great work, I am planning to be at the reunion along with Irene who I met at Western in 1963! I taught Core French and Immersion for over 30 years in Thunder Bay and Ottawa. We now live in Toronto where I am working as an internet consultant. Take a look at http://www.enoreo.on.ca.
Best wishes John (1960) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have two requests. Please correct the spelling of my name on the class pictures. My last name was Aldridge not Aldrich. I was in the class of 1950. Does anyone have information on my cousins, Ted and Eleanor Collins. Ted was in the class of '51 and Eleanor was in the class of '53 or '54. I have lived in the U.S. for nearly 50 years, first in California and now in Bend, Oregon and have lost touch with Ted and Eleanor. My email address is email@example.com. I will not be attending the reunion. June Aldridge Serley, Class of '50.
Great to see all the comments and even recognize some classmates. Am hoping to make it to the reunion but not confirmed as yet. My husband is in Real Estate.....what can I say 24/7 job. Happy to see the post from Lynn Reynolds (hi Lynn- seeing your name brought back public school days as well). Do you remember Boyle Public..........gosh fond memories of there as well. Hello to everyone and crossing my fingers that we can make it. Sharon (Ings) Rattle, Bancroft, Ontario
Memories - renewing old memories with new ones! I loved most of my teachers back them - and have better memories of each of them as I grew up. I loved Geography, English, Writing, Art and Music. Played the piano for 100 choir singers when I was in grade 10. Now I continue to remember and play in nursing homes. Art took me on to Beal Tech and I got teacher's first 100! I did miss Sir Adam Beck. Hubby and I both worked but now 27 years our own p&p business has kept us busy and traveling far. Settled on Vancouver Island to enjoy when we can. I was Judi Roberts and for 43 years I am - Judith Marr
Wow - over 50 years. I look forward with excitement to seeing my old classmates. I know that I haven't aged (much). I hope that my classmates and teachers haven't as well. The wonderful memories of those innocent? fun-loving, happy, pleasant years will remain with me for a lifetime. Basketball and football games followed by sock hops in the gym were the best. In May, my wife and I were in Sacramento, CA. and spent several days with my old buddy David Springett recalling those wonderful days. I look forward to meeting you all in October and renewing friendships. Bob Ginsberg, Mexico Beach, Florida, Class of '53.
Following is a "Morning Announcement" about the upcoming "Beck On Call" reunion.
At our committee meeting last night it was identified that some people from other eras (especially the 40's) want to attend but feel they are not welcome.
Our committee wants to correct that impression. They are welcome to join in - as are any Beck alumni who wish to attend regardless of when they attended Beck.
While the Reunion Program is generally aimed at the 50/60 eras (Song selections, memorabilia displays, etc.) there will be many opportunities for others to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
While we do not have the capability of doing the extensive research to locate all those of the other eras, we do welcome any who contact us and wish to attend.
In fact a number of people from the 40's have already registered.
You can get a copy of the “Reunion Brochure” and “Registration Form” from this web site (see menu item on home page). If you know of other Alumni who are not aware then please input their information on the “Roll Call” page and we will then contact them (by phone or mail as appropriate)
Hope to see you at the Reunion - it is coming up fast so get your registrations in.
Cheers (for the Green and White) Jim Cash & Bonnie Wright - Reunion Committee Co-Chairs
Hi Beck First: Hello "Mr. Gladwell"; I was one of your students, and later became--briefly--a teacher. My daughter is now a high school teacher in the same school she attended, and it seems to be commonplace. I am looking forward to this event: last fall I attended the Central 125th with my husband, and found lots of old friends there, so Beck should be even better! And, yes, Committee, I am going to plunge into the attic to find scrapbooks, etc., VERY soon! Barb (Varty) Collishaw 1964
Hello. I'm not a reunion-type guy but this one has all the makings of a very special event thanks to a handful of very dedicated people. Someone at this site referred to the grads as "mellowing"? I wonder what that makes Marsh Morris? With so many of my former teachers (who subsequently became my colleagues for four years) having passed on, I'm really looking forward to seeing MM. Like so many of that era he was a class act. I can't actually say those Beck years were the best of my life (my wife, the former teacher and librarian, Miss Waite would not approve), but they were very memorable for all the right reasons.
Bob Gladwell (51-56 & 61-65)
Back from the ??? Thanks to the "nagging" of Bonnie over the past 30-45 years I finally paid attention to what's going on with Beck Collegiate. Bonnie and I were classmates back when and she has contacted me every 5-10 years to check on me. Love her. High school at Beck more than prepared me for university in the states and without doubt, a successful life. This is just a short intro to say I'm still alive, made it through the Nam (despite rumors) and have managed to stay on the good side of the law. To all my classmates, it was a magnificent adventure with lessons that have assured me an appreciation of life, happiness and well being. Woody (Larry) Woodhouse
Hi Everyone: It's great being able to read what wonderful memories others have from our high school years. I know how hard the reunion committee is working at putting this together, and all of us should be proud of them for taking on such a huge endeavor---let's support them and make this a weekend to remember. Lynn from Atlanta Georgia---you will be happy to know that generally our schools in London are still safe. There are rare occasions of violence, but overall I think Canada is still blessed with less crime then you have there. Thanks so much for sharing your memories. Janet (Moore) Green (1960 Grad)
Norman (BUD) Millson...left BECK in firstname.lastname@example.org
As I have been viewing the old photographs I realize how fortunate I was to have begun my teaching career at Beck. The staff was experienced and dedicated and the students were co operative and friendly. This Beck experience influenced my career in education and affected my administrative responsibilities as principal of two large secondary schools in North York -- Emery Collegiate and Georges Vanier Secondary School. Looking forward to cheering once again for the 'Old Green & White'. Marsh Morris, staff 1949 - 1955
My name is Don Lymburner and I attended Grades 11 and 12 from 1953 until June of 1955 when, unfortunately, my family moved to Winnipeg and I followed in August after a summer at Crumlin airport with the Air Force Auxiliary. I was active with the cadet corps and a member of the Key Club. Aside from the great teachers, Mr. Chapman for math and Mr. Langford for English (Who can forget his text "Grass of Parnassus") I remember best the auditorium sing alongs. A couple of my closest friends were Ron McClatchie and Alex Middleton. I look forward to seeing them and others to renew old acquaintances and reminisce about the good times. If anyone wants to get in touch they can email me at email@example.com . Don Lymburner Vancouver
Life at Beck Collegiate is one of my fondest memories. Traveling each morning on the Hamilton Road bus with friends and neighbours is still vivid in my list of fun times . Here in Nova Scotia It's great to go on the Classmates Web site and see the names of people I remember from Beck. Hope some of them will be at the Reunion so even if we don't recognize one another name tags will go along way to bring back the old days. Special thanks to Bonnie Spencer and Sheila Timbrell for all your special messages.. Bette---- Bettemay Pugh Cussons class of 57
I like to tell my children that I attended school when you actually received an education. I hope that some others from my years spent at that wonderful old place will be there. (1947 - 1952 except for Grade 10 at Dorchester High) Anyone else coming from Kitchener-Waterloo area? Margaret Lawton Barker
It's nice to see so many "Beckites" have fond memories. I attended in 1945 to '49 and still remember some of my old classmates and teachers. Having been blessed with good health, I will be attending even though I am 72 years of age. A lot of water has gone under my bridge but I still remember the old school and the wonderfully huge campus. I hope some of my classmates will be there. Looking forward to see the old school. Russell Falshaw
When I hear others speak of their years in High School, it is not with fond remembrance. As a graduate of Beck in the year 1963, I have only the very best memories of the school, the staff, my classmates and the wonderful activities that we had the privilege to enjoy. I don't know what things are like in Canada at this time. I have lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area for almost 20 years now. Here there are metal detectors and police officers in the schools. Weekly, you hear of a student being expelled for carrying a weapon to school or for making threats against the staff and students. We had it made and I think that most of us knew it. As much as I would love to see all of you, I cannot make it to the reunion. Please know that I am missing all the friends who made those years some of the best of my life. I hope you have a wonderful time in October. LYNNE (REYNOLDS) JOHNSON
We have been blessed to have been a part of this wonderful old school - Sir Adam Beck. This 'family' of people refuse to let the spirit that was generated many years ago die, even though the building itself is no longer a school. Singing Auditoriums still take place periodically, reunions are planned and old friends meet. This October 1,2,3 of 2004 is a reunion for those attending from 1950-69 and it might very well be the last 'big' reunion to take place. I hate to admit it, but maybe we are getting too old to organize another one of this size. That is not to say that the "rah, rah, rah" has fizzled - we have just 'mellowed' a little bit. I do hope to see all my old friends this fall. However, there are still lots of 'Lost Spartans'. Please review this list found on this website and see if you can make this list shrink. Thanks to everyone who has helped with the reunion and for making it a priority in their lives for a long time. It has not been an easy task but the rewards will be worth the efforts. See you at the old school in the fall. BONNIE SPENCER-BEER [grad 1960]