October 2016 - Issue No. 22
3rd Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner
The attendees of the 3rd Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner at the Crow's Nest
The 3rd Annual "Fallen 51" Dinner was held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Crow's Nest Officers' Club. It was a full house with guests coming together to commemorate the fifty-one St. Bon's Alumni who lost their lives in the First World War. Ben Rogers '17 gave a touching tribute to our 51 boys and Mr. Chris Martin enlightened the crowd with a wealth of information on the draft of Newfoundlanders in the Frist World War. Thanks to all who attended for contributing to the success of the evening. Monies raised go to the Bursary Fund which attempts to help families who are challenged financially to cover tuition costs.

2016 Annual Alumni Dinner Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are now available for the 2016 Alumni Dinner which will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Join your old classmates and friends for Mass, a reception and dinner as we celebrate Alumnus of the Year Dr. Kevin Keough '60 and Magis Award recipient David Browne '09. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the President's Office or online here .

St. Bon's Class of '66 Reunion A Success!
The St. Bonaventure's "Blue" Class of 1966
The St. Bonaventure's "Gold" Class of 1966

The St. Bonaventure's College Class of '66 celebrated their 50th Year Reunion on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club. They had a great turnout with lots of laughs, fun and memories. There were forty-nine alumni present, as well as one past teacher, Fred Murphy. Thank you to the Reunion Committee (Martin Flynn '66, Keith Hawley '66, Dave Power '66, Gary Walsh '66 and Joe Williams '66) for organizing such a successful evening. If you are interested in organizing a reunion for your class, we would be happy to assist. Please contact alumni@stbons.ca .

St. Bon's Alumni Biography: Tom Kennedy '66
Tom Kennedy - best known as an investigative journalist with CTV's W5 - was born in St. John's in 1952, and grew up on Queen's Road at the corner of Victoria Street. Although it is just a 5 minute walk from the school, the geography didn't matter as Tom said there was never any question of him going anywhere other than St. Bon's.   His father went there as did his two uncles.  All three of them played hockey for the school. 
Tom's grandmother's brothers also went to St. Bon's.  One of them, Rodger Callahan, was among the St. Bon's boys killed at Beaumont Hamel in the First World War.  

St. Bon's ceased being a high school in the mid sixties so his generation of boys ended out time there after Grade 8.  From there, Tom went to Brother Rice High School.  

Tom then  went to Scotland for a year where he studied mostly music, playing trumpet for the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the (mostly amateur at the time) Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra.  

Tom said he knew he'd never be good enough to become a professional musician.  After Scotland, he returned to Newfoundland to attend Memorial University majoring in chemistry and mathematics.  After three years, he decided to pursue journalism.  Heading to Toronto he studied at Ryerson University while working part time at both The Globe and Mail newspaper and CBC Television.  Upon graduation in 1976, Tom chose television as the medium most suitable for him.  He began a full time career at the CBC in Quebec which, after Newfoundland, became his second home.  He would live in Quebec off and on for more than 15 years.  He stayed at the CBC for 25 years, before resigning to become the European bureau chief for CTV News.  Tom stayed there until 2012 when he returned to Canada to do documentaries and then earlier this year, he retired, moving back to Newfoundland.  

Tom has earned several awards for his news and documentary work, including a couple of Geminis and a Canadian Screen award.

"In my lengthy career, I have lived and worked in many countries on several continents," said Tom, " But m emory can do some peculiar things.  We can forget the names of people we've just met, yet we can remember things from decades earlier.  And who knows why, but I can remember that very first day at St. Bon's, even the weather. "

Alumni Relations

Mr. Tom McGrath, President of St. Bonaventure's College, is pleased to welcome alu mnus Mrs. Jessica Whalen '04 to the President's Office in the role of Alumni Relations Assistant. S he will take on this role in addition to her teaching duties at the school.
             Alumni Announcements                     
Paul Browne '04 showing students the location of Resolute Bay
Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Furlong '62, 3-time Victor Ludorum, on an outstanding performance in the PanAm Masters Championship in Vancouver. Dr. Furlong set 4 provincial records in the decathalon, 80m Hurdles, the pole vault and in the 1500m.

Congratulations to Angelise States '13 and Taylor Young '13. They are part of the Memorial University team winning the 2016 Enactus World Cup in Toronto. For more information click here.

Thanks to Paul Browne '04 for sharing his experience living in Resolute Bay, Nunavut with the Grade 5 class at St. Bonaventure's College. Any alumni interested in sharing their area of expertise with classes, please contact Mrs. Jessica Whalen at alumni@stbons.ca

We regret to inform you of the passing of:
Mr. Bernard Long '37
Monsignor John Wallis '39
Mr. Lawrence Douglas Fahey '51
Monsignor Edward T. Bromley '51

Upcoming Events

Save the date! St. Bonaventure's College will celebrate its 160th Anniversary on December 1, 2016. Details to follow. 


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