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Fare thee well

In accordance with the family wishes, it is with sadness that we announce the passing of the following BCS alumni, faculty and staff, and supporters. We remember the lives they lived and the contributions they made, and we will forever honour their memory.

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  • Cedric Arthur Winser , BCS'41

    January 10, 1923 - December 15, 2020

    Our dear Uncle Ced slipped quietly away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the age of 97. He was the devoted uncle of Kathy (John Robertson), Deb (Hugh Notman) & Sally (Michael McLachlan). Great uncle of Lauren, (David Scott), Diana (Cale Brillinger), Samantha (Matthew Grand), Emma & Morgan and Great Great uncle of Chloe & Joni. He was predeceased by his wife, Vreni, his brother, Frank, and his "belle soeur" Joan.

    Cedric was born in Cowansville, Quebec to Katharine (Cotton) & Frank S. Winser. He attended Bishop's College School, Lennoxville and later McGill University. His studies were interrupted by World War II & he enlisted in the Army - 5th Armoured Division. He had an active war, chasing the enemy through Italy and then Holland. On returning, he completed his BA and joined the Defence Research Board where he worked until 1986.

    Ced loved to travel. After he retired his life took on a new lease. At one dinner party, his family tallied up that he had visited over 140 countries, with lots of adventures along the way. It is difficult to think of a country he did not travel to in later years. These trips were often rounded out with a few days in London, to catch the latest play. He was a registered member of the United Empire Loyalist Association, loved antiques and was known to scour flea markets for deals, he also had a curiosity extraordinaire especially for the derivation of words & sayings.
    He was a devout man who gave of his time to St Paul's Bloor Street Anglican Church. He enjoyed playing bridge & cribbage with his many friends. A kind & gentle soul who was proud of his heritage & loved his family - he will be sorely missed.

    The family would like to thank all the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their exceptional care over the past two years especially Dr. S. Deering, Bailey Hollister, Karen Megson-Dowling, and Rajani Paramanthan, and the whole LGSE team.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre - L Wing, LGSE Unit, 2075, Bayview Ave, Toronto, M4N 3M5 to ensure that our Veterans continue to receive the outstanding care that Cedric received.
  • James “Jamie” Angus Mackay, BCS’44

    1925 - March 15, 2020

    James Angus Mackay died peacefully on March 15, 2020, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his children, John (Gwyn, Alex, and Will) in Halifax; and Katie (Christian) in Sutton, Quebec. Jamie was born to Ada (Robertson) and Angus Mackay in Montreal, Quebec. Although the family moved to Halifax while Jamie was a young child, he maintained a close connection to his mother's family in Quebec. 
    As an adolescent, he attended Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, Quebec, where he developed lifelong friendships with his classmates and cousins. After graduation in 1944, Jamie enlisted in the Canadian Army. In the spring of 1945, he was on a troopship bound for Europe and the Second World War. Jamie served with the Royal Canadian Army in Canada, the United Kingdom, and northwest Europe (1st Medium Regiment RCA, 15th Field Regiment RCA and Number 2 Canadian Special Infantry Battalion). After the war, Jamie returned home to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University where he completed his commerce degree and played on the Varsity Football team. 

    Following graduation, he entered the business world with the Bank of Montreal and followed his father's footsteps and joined The Royal Insurance Company. It was while working with the Royal that he met the love of his life Jacqueline (Jackie) Manuel. They married and settled in Halifax to start a family and his own insurance business (J.A. Mackay Insurance Ltd). Jamie was a life member of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, an avid skier, and a gracious winner at cribbage and hearts. Over the years he served on many boards in Halifax and retired in 1981. 

    The best years of his life were spent in retirement at their property on the Bay of Fundy shore. There, he and Jackie lived comfortably and supported each other as they pursued new interests and projects. Visits from family and friends, bocce ball, pool time, and the annual August 1 birthday party were highlights. They loved to travel, and Banyuls-sur-Mer in Southern France became a ‘home away from home.’ Jamie was actively involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren—he was their ‘number 1’ fan and sounding board. He had a unique way of offering encouragement that was subtly combined with wise advice. 

    Jackie predeceased Jamie in 2000, and Wolfville became his home. He had great friends who kept a watchful eye on him and provided him with a full social life. He maintained his independence and walked one mile daily. He lived his life as a true gentleman and maintained his sense of humour, kindness, and dignity throughout his 94 years. Donations can be made to the QEII Health Centre Foundation.
  • Father Jonathan Robinson, BCS’46

    May 21, 1929 - June 3, 2020

    The Very Rev. Jonathan Robinson, founder and superior of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Toronto, died June 3 at home, after a brief illness. Father Robinson was born in Montreal in 1929 and ordained a Catholic priest in 1962. He was educated in Montreal, Edinburgh, and Rome. For several years after ordination, he served as Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger’s English secretary.

    During a three-year stint as Chairman of the Philosophy Department at McGill University, he felt called to establish a house of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Canada. The Holy See formally erected the Montreal Oratory in 1975, and the Apostolic Visitor of the Confederation of the Oratory blessed the young community’s move to Toronto in 1979. 

    While in Toronto, he served as Provost of the Toronto Oratory, as well as Rector of St Philip’s Seminary, at various times also acting as Pastor of both Holy Family and St Vincent de Paul Churches. He was a Chaplain of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Besides his academic publications, Fr Robinson also wrote four popular books of spirituality: On the Lord’s Appearing, Spiritual Combat Revisited, The Mass and Modernity, and In No Strange Land.

    Donations in Father Robinson’s memory may be made to the Toronto Oratory Renovation Fund, for the construction of a new seminary building, a project dear to his heart: Condolences may be made through
  • Denton Douglas “Doug” Denton Creighton, BCS’47

    August 23, 1929 - June 11, 2020

    After several years of declining health, which he accepted with remarkable and inspiring stoicism, Doug died peacefully on June 11, 2020, in Chester. Predeceased in 2015 by Willa Ogilvie, his love and partner of more than 60 years, Doug's passing is grieved by his children, Denny (Kris Vikmanis), Julia (Michael Frevola), David (Mary Bruns), Caro (Tim Wilde), Andrew (Alison Talbot-Kelly), Kirstie (François Tardif), and Zoë (Jon Simington). He is also sadly missed by his grandchildren, William (Sudi), Esme (Sean), Willa, Sören, Maggie, Henry, Silas, Ruby, Océanne, Chloë, Olivier, and Suki, and by his great-granddaughter, Nava. Born in Montreal on August 23, 1929, to Denton Burgess Creighton and Margaret Gilmour, Doug was predeceased by his only sibling Jim in 2008.

        Educated at Roslyn School, Collège Stanislas, Bishop's College School, and McGill University (B.Com'51), Doug remained a fiercely proud Montrealer his entire life. He skied competitively through university and filled his summers with golf and tennis at the Hermitage Club. As he started spending summers in Chester wooing Willa under clan Ogilvie's suspicious eye, Doug learned how to man a pump, trim a sail, and eventually, helm a boat. They married on October 7, 1954.

    In Montreal, Doug showed his entrepreneurial and innovative drive running companies in finance and investments, fleet vehicle-leasing, and bottled mineral water. Doug purchased Owl's Head Farm in Georgeville, Quebec in 1963 on Lake Memphremagog opposite Owl's Head Mountain. Every weekend, he drove his reluctant family across rather than around the frozen lake, maximizing the number of ski runs possible for everyone. Doug bred polled Herefords and boiled maple syrup, instilling in his children the value of connection to the land. A strong proponent of bilingualism, most received their early education at French schools, while all absorbed Doug's passion for adventure, the value of experience over possessions and strong independence.
    Empty-nesters in the early '90s, Doug and Willa traded Montreal's restaurants and culture for full-time residence in the Little House on Water Lane in Chester. Thick, near-raw steaks were replaced by fresh haddock and mackerel, smoked salmon, and bushels of hand-picked summer berries. The former Montrealers were nonplussed by hurricanes and power failures, always trusting that the two feet of water resulting from frequent coastal gales would eventually drain out of their basement with the next low tide. A more solitary winter recharged their batteries for the annual onslaught of children, grandchildren, and friends from afar. Sailing, golf, and island picnics on Cape Islander Ironbound Loon filled these days, with 12 months of social engagements crammed into eight fleeting summer weeks.
    In Chester, Doug rekindled his love of vocal music, which stretched from opera to the Rat Pack, by singing bass harmony with the St Stephen's Anglican Parish choir. Always a dapper dresser, Doug brought a subtler aesthetic sensibility to his redesign of the church's Bayview Cemetery, ensuring he had a ‘nice view’ for eternity. He worked on the renewal of the Chester Playhouse and sat on its board for many years. Realizing the futility of repeated requests that his children raise the level of dinner conversation, he thrived at the weekly ‘Tuesday lunch,’ meeting a group of male friends where the discussion of politics, biography, religion and philosophy generally trumped idle gossip.

    After decades of competitive play, Doug was named an honourary member of the Montreal Racket Club. At the Chester Golf Club, they called him ‘Ace’ Creighton. Winter sports achievements stretched from his Kandahar Gold pin won with the McGill ski team to his face-first slide down St. Moritz's Cresta in his mid-60s. After almost 80 years of skiing, Doug had his final run down Martock in 2007. And at Willa's sport, he skippered schooner Airlie to multiple George Baker Trophy wins for the Chester Yacht Club's race around Tancook Island. More recently, he supported the restoration of Seneca to Herreshovian splendour. When he finally hung up his topsiders, he would happily sit on the verandah overlooking the CYC starting line to watch Seneca race the other Classics.

    Under the exceptional care of Melinda Walker, Doug remained at Water Lane for as long as he could. He reluctantly left his house 18 months ago, moving to a nearby Heart-to-Heart residence compassionately managed by Lynn Key. The family would like to thank Drs. Mallery and Dobek and caregivers Carla, Theresa, and Trena, who, with gentleness, humour, and ample doses of dark chocolate, made his final months as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chester Playhouse.

    Always one for an aphorism, Doug abided by Juvenal's "mens sana in corpore sano," but delighted in the Satires' naughtier bits.
  • John Wallace Turnbull, BCS’53

    January 8, 1936 - May 19, 2020

    The Honourable John W. Turnbull (retired judge Court of Queen’s Bench) of Quispamsis passed peacefully on May 19, 2020. He was born in Montreal in 1936. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in 1957 and completed his law degree in 1960. Upon graduation, he practiced law in Saint John, New Brunswick, with Palmer O’Connell Leger Turnbull & Turnbull. In 1983, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Brunswick (Court of Queen’s Bench).
    Prior to his appointment, he had served on the Council of the Canadian Bar Association and the New Brunswick Barristers Society, and for several years had taught courses for the Society’s Bar Admission. He had also served as the Chairman of the Society’s Discipline Committee, and as a director on the boards of the Canadian Center for Diversity and G.E. Barbour Co. Ltd. John also served the people of New Brunswick as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the City of Saint John and Saint John Harbour from 1973 to 1978.

    He is survived by his wife of 64 years Kathryn (Mutch), daughters Vera Turnbull (Art Crease) of Quispamsis, and Caroline Turnbull (Mac MacFarlane) of Fredericton, and son Hughie Turnbull of Saint John; as well as by his brother Hugh H Turnbull (Josette) of Toronto, sister Mary Burnight (Halifax), his brother David (Rothesay, deceased), and sister-in-law Christian (Rothesay).

    In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments, quick wit, and unparalleled love for his family and the province of New Brunswick, John was an avid outdoor sportsman, master salmon-fly tyer, and loyal supporter of the Kennebecasis Valley Food Bank.
    For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, remembrances in John’s memory can be made to your local Food Bank or to Independence Plus Limited (long term residential care homes for vulnerable and special needs adults, located in Saint John) or to a charity of their choice.
  • Gerald “Gerry” Evans Manolovici, BCS’54

    January 10, 1937 - May 15, 2020

    Gerard Evans Manolovici, age 83, passed away on May 15, 2020, with his daughters by his side, after a fierce battle with COVID-19. He was born on January 10, 1937, in Bucharest, Romania. In 1939, he and his family fled to Montreal, Canada, in order to escape the Nazis. At age 12, he got a job as a bellboy at the Ritz-Carlton to pay for the schools he attended, Bishop's College School and McGill University, where he graduated in 1958 with a degree in engineering. 

    In 1962, he earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and he subsequently began a long and distinguished career on Wall Street. He worked as a research analyst at Bear Stearns until 1978 when he moved to the investment management business. Among other institutions, he worked at Trust Company of the West, Weiss Peck & Greer, and Gilbert Global. It was while he was working at Soros Fund Management from 1986 to 1994 that he travelled the world, sending his daughters postcards from every city he visited. In later years, he rode the subway every day to Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Company, where he worked until the office closed temporarily in March due to the virus. Twice a week, he would stop at Financier in Grand Central to buy the pastries that made up at least half of his diet. He and his sartorial elegance, his colourful socks, and his penchant for sweets will be deeply missed by all who knew him because to know him was to love him. 

    He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his two beloved daughters, Alexandra Manolovici Wernink and Alison Manolovici Cody, his son-in-law, Pieter Wernink, and his five beautiful grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas, Isabel, Serena, and Declan. He will be buried in a private service and will be reunited with his father after 72 years apart. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund.
  • Thomas Arthur Rogers, BCS’55

    September 7, 1937 - November 5, 2019

    Thomas Arthur Rogers, 82 of Ottawa, Ontario freed peacefully from Parkinson's Disease on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Born in Montreal to Muriel and Jack Rogers, Tom attended Bishop’s College School and later McGill. Tom was a respected member of the Toronto financial community as a technical analyst and later a financial planner. He was active in his church and a baritone in the Timothy Eaton Memorial choir. Tom loved time with his dog, Jiminy, whether it was hiking or occasionally sharing an ice cream cone. 

    Tom is survived by his son John Rogers of San Diego, California; daughter Laura Gammage and son-in-law Randy Gammage, and grandson Cole of Ottawa, Ontario; predeceased by brother John Victor Rogers of Calgary, Alberta. His family would like to express their gratitude for the attentive, personalized care Tom received at the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre (Assisted Living division) and later the Glebe Center (Long Term Care). 

    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Parkinson Canada. We will remember Dad when the fall leaves turn, when dogs happily bark, and when desserts are served. Condolences/Tributes/Donations: Hulse, Playfair & McGarry or 613-233-1143.
  • Christopher Donald Frank Ross, BCS’60

    February 6, 1942 - August 5, 2020 

    Chris slipped away peacefully at home on top of the hill near Rockland, Ontario after 10 months of chondrosarcoma (bone cancer), surrounded by family and friends. We were able to care for him thanks to palliative doctors Daniel Vincent and Richard Plantive, nurses from SE Health (St. Elizabeth's) and personal support workers from three agencies and an OT. 

    He is immensely missed by his wife of 51 years Elspeth, sons Jason and Louis, daughter Lindsey of Saskatoon, and granddaughters Octavia and Samantha; loving sisters Andrea O' Rourke of Calgary and Diana Banks (Dan) of Baddeck, Nova Scotia; nieces Alex Aimoto (Shaun) of Calgary and Isobel Fairway (Nick) of England, nephew Ross O'Rourke (Sara) of Cochrane, Alberta and eight grandnieces and nephews Rose, Willow, Robyn (Fairway), Jordan, Evan, Jesse (O'Rourke), and Francis and Bronwyn (Aimoto). Cousins Peter Ross (Fran), Anne Ross and David Ross, Michael Breakey (Linda), Alan Breakey (Liz) and Lyn Boyd (Bill). Carol and Andy (Randy) Mooney, Phil (Dianne) and Ross (Marj) McLimont and Louise Burstall and Jack (Jocelyn) Burstall and friend Dan Grigorescu in Romania and many more friends. Predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Butcher. 
    Chris was born in Montreal and grew up in Quebec City, son of the late Francis Donald and Evelyn Gladys (McLimont) Ross of Quebec City. Chris was an adventurer and Renaissance man, lover of nature and all the world around us, and enthusiastic promoter of electric vehicles. In memory of Chris, donations would be appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society and at-home palliative care near you.
    A note from Elspeth Ross
    Thanks very much to those of you from BCS who were in touch with Chris and me in the last few months. Remembering his old school meant a lot to Chris, and he wanted to go to your reunions.
    With thanks, Elspeth Ross
  • Malcolm Fraser Blakely, BCS’61

    April 13, 1943 - December 2, 2020

    Malcolm Fraser Blakely, 77, of Wellesley, Massachusetts died peacefully December 2, 2020, at home surrounded by his immediate family. Fraser, 'Pitz', aka 'The Yitzer,' aka 'The Pitzinator,' aka Pops, aka Dad and just Fras, is and will always be deeply loved by all that knew him. 

    Fraser was born April 13, 1943, in Montreal, Quebec, the son of the late Malcolm and Helen Blakely. He was the oldest of three rambunctious boys, with brothers Peter and Hugh, who grew together over the years.
    He graduated from Concordia University in 1966 with a degree in Commerce and parlayed that into a successful career in finance that took him around the world—well beyond Toronto, Montreal and Boston—with a variety of firms until his retirement. Beyond his core career, he was Chairman of the Young People's Theater in Toronto, Vice Chairman of the Canadian Automobile Association, and elected to the Hall of Fame of the Opimian Society in Canada, cementing his reputation as an oenophile. 

    He wed Diana Lorraine Russel, on September 29, 1967, and that led to the legendary status he holds in the minds of most who knew him. He loved music, being 'Up North' in the Laurentians, his dogs (especially 'little one' Cordelia), sailing, woodworking, good food and wine, and the opportunity to sit with one of his grandchildren for as long as they liked. Most of all: he enthusiastically engaged, a joyful and inquisitive spirit resting on the foundation of a loved and loving family.

     He is survived by wife Diana Blakely of Wellesley, Massachusetts; daughter and son-in-law Tara and Robert Lightbody of Roslindale, Massachusetts; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Laurie Blakely of Wellesley, Massachusetts; daughter and son-in-law Martha and Geoff Tuff of Wellesley, Massachusetts; and grandchildren Xander, Bella, Hayden, Owen, Geoff, Rider, Quinn, Mason, and Hunter.
  • Stephen Richard Fox, BCS’66

    April 7, 1947 - April 27, 2020
    Submitted by John Cowans, BCS’54

    At the BCS Closing in 1966, BCS Tankards were awarded to students who during their careers gave exceptional service to the School. Among those honoured was R. Stephen Fox. His citation read in part “…. for his unwavering allegiance to a very high code of ideals.” The School community and especially his classmates were saddened recently to read that on April 27, 2020, Stephen had passed away at the Kingston General Hospital.

    Stephen’s career of service at the School which included Senior Editorship of the BCS Magazine and Head of School Choir continued throughout his life. He was deeply involved in social justice issues; he contributed to work for improvements to shelters for the homeless and particularly for the establishment of protection and shelter for young people. He co-authored the report “A Room of Their Own” and he was a member of the Social Issues Networking Group (SING) and was a Social Planning Council Board Member.

    In recent years Stephen continued to serve his School as Board Member since its beginning in 2008 of The BCS Truth and Reconciliation Association whose purpose is to reach out and help those students who were subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse while at BCS, to promote truth, reconciliation, and justice for them, and to foster help, reconciliation, truth, and justice for any victims of similar abuse in society at large.’

    Stephen is greatly missed by his many friends, his classmates, and especially by his close friend Nadine Radisch.
  • David Andrew Gordon “DAG” Cruickshank

    May 1, 1937 - February 5, 2021
    BCS teacher, coach, choirmaster, and cadet instructor 1965-1982
    BCS Headmaster 1982-1990

    David Andrew Gordon (DAG) Cruickshank, devoted husband, father, grandfather passed away at the Kingston General Hospital on February 5, 2021, at the age of 83.

    David grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where he credits Regiopolis High School for putting him on the straight and narrow. His time as a chorister with the St. George’s Choir was also an influential time for him. It instilled a life-long love of music that stayed with him to his final days. David continued his education at Bishop’s University, Queen’s University, and Worchester College, Oxford.

    As a young adult, David was Lead Drummer at Fort Henry, Kingston, where he met the love of his life, Jean. They married and lived in England where David discovered his calling as an educator. His tenure at University College School, Hampstead, and later Westminster Abby Choir School, set the foundation for years of working with young people. It was during this time in England that David also discovered his life-long passion for Morgan cars.
    David and Jean eventually moved back to Canada and bought a farm not far from Lennoxville, Quebec, where they raised their four children Andrew, Robin, Julie, and Kate. David continued in his role as educator at Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, where he eventually became Headmaster. Over the years he was an Outward Bound Instructor at both Dartmouth, New Hampshire, and the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School at Black Sturgeon Lake. At BCS he founded the Adventure Training program, was an educator, mentor, coach, and choir master, among other roles.

    When not at BCS, David revelled in his life on Faraway Farm with his family, horses, dogs, and cats. He spent many hours cutting paths through the woods, chopping wood with his sons and friends, hosting cross-country ski moonlight parties, and enjoying time with his family at the pond.

    For the past 20 years, David lived on Wolfe Island where he had the joy of watching his family grow. His favourite pastimes included building memories with his grandchildren. David was a devoted father, grandfather, and mentor to many over the years.
    David is the cherished father of Andrew Cruickshank, Robin Cruickshank, Julie Cruickshank, and the late Kate Cruickshank. Proud grandfather of Eliza, Sam, Cecilia Bradley; Owen Cruickshank; Quinn Cruickshank; Noah and Bram Cruickshank. David is also survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Cruickshank (Millward).

    In keeping with David’s wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date once the COVID restrictions have been lifted. For those who wish, donations in David’s memory may be made to Trinity Church, Wolfe Island, the Humane Society, or Breakfast Club of Canada.

    Please look out for a special tribute to DAG in the fall 2021 edition of The BCS Bulletin.
  • Bobbie Tomenson-Filion, BCS employee 2000-2001

    October 25, 1969 - September 28, 2020

    “The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve been, and the memories you’ve made along the way. Goodbye will not be forever, but we will miss you” 

    Cherished wife and best friend of Paul for over 26 years. Beloved Mom to Carter and Cassidy, her companions Norm and Angel. Daughter of the late Joan Mary Tomenson and Rogers Tomenson (Johanna). Daughter-in-law to the late Paul and Grace Filion. Loving sister to Tracy (Rick) and Kelly (John). She was an inspiration to and will be missed by her nieces and nephew, Savannah, Mackenzie, Andrew, Miranda, Sara, Bianca, Kristen, and extended family members.

    Thank you to our many wonderful friends for their kind and compassionate support. We are ever so grateful for those who came to her side and helped our family in this time of need. The family would like to thank all doctors, nurses, and staff at the Walker Family Cancer Center and the LHIN Foundation for their excellent care and kindness. In accordance with Bobbie’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  

    Bobbie won at life and a celebration of her life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walker Family Cancer Center in Bobbie’s honour.

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