Scarborough Fire Department Retirees Honour Guard
Through the efforts of the Retirees, Fire Chief Tom Powell and
Council Ron Watson the Honour Guard was created for the1996
bicentennial. The primary function of the guard was to parade at
most of the mayors functions. The guard lasted until 2001 when
amalgamation saw things go in a different direction.
Contact the SFD Retirees
September 24, 2014
SCARBOROUGH PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS RETIREES
FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER
Another summer has raced by and it's been far too short. (Can't wait
for the snow to fly and
start shoveling again. Winter's only 5 months long!!!!).
We didn't hold a June luncheon since it conflicted with the
Provincial election at that time.
Roy & I also cancelled the July & August luncheons with so many
people away at cottages,
vacations and the Port Perry luncheons being on the first Thursday
of the month.
PORT PERRY LUNCHEONS
Many Thanks to Ray Green and Ted Roncetti for organizing our
'Northern Chapter' lunches.
They were well attended and a great success with over 40 retirees
showing up on several occasions.
The last Luncheon in Port Perry will be held on Thursday Oct. 2nd.
at the Pub on Water street.
The September 11th. luncheon returned us to our regular location at
the Harp & Crown pub and saw
some faces not seen in sometime.
THE KRISTENSEN FLETCHER GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Golf Tournaments held at Oak Hills Golf Club in June and
September organized by Tom Kristensen
and Al Fletcher were a huge success with both being booked to the
limit. I'm sure everyone gives a big
thanks to Tom and Al for taking their time and effort in setting up
and running these tournaments.
Great job Tom and Al.
NEW VENUE FOR THE FALL LADIES LUNCH at the STONE COTTAGE PUB
For our October 9th. LADIES LUNCH We're back in Scarborough to a new
location at the
STONE COTTAGE PUB on the north east corner of Kingston Rd. and
Scarborough Golf Club Rd.
Lunch starts around 11:30 so come out and say goodbye to your 'Snow
Bird' friends. Once again
this luncheon is open to ALL retirees and active firefighters for
the usual cost of $10 (members
spouses are free), so don't hesitate in coming out.
'A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO AL & LYNN ADAMS'
After eight years of service to the members of the Scarborough
FireFighter Retirees, Lynn and Al
have stepted down from running the e-mail website. A lot of time and
effort goes into keeping the e-mails
of members up to date plus the receiving of information and sending
it out to our members. We sincerly
thank Lynn and Al for their 8 years of dedication to our members. We
are constantly receiving comments
and praise for their efforts in keeping the members informed and it
is no doubt a key element in being a
member of the Scarborough Firefighter Retirees.
John Vonk will be looking after the e-mails.
RETIREMENTS OVER THE YEAR
Congratulations to the following Firefighters who retired since last
They are: #561 Andy Jenkins, #591 Pete Kennedy, #820 John Reid, #595
Chuck Carolin, #721
Mike Gaiger #539 Bill Lewis, 544 Brian Power, #535 Kim Colby, 584
John Hill, #598 Blake Fyfe,
#493 Hall Fenton, #516 Ron Elbertson, #547 John Strong, #558 Steve
Nichols, #560 Ed Swiderski,
#622 Ian McCrae, #522 Frank Pagnello, #601 Neil Hurd, #550 Colin
MacDonald, #538 Bruce Gosse,
#545 Paiul Fiset, and #559 Randy Prophet.
We congratulate them on their retirements and hopefully we'll see
them come out to our luncheons.
NEW TREASURER FOR OUR CLUB
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Gord MacBride to our
executive as our new treasurer for the club.
Membership to the club is still only $10.00 per year. And we're
asking that those who have not paid dues
for this year to do so in order to keep the club solvent. The Ladies
Luncheons alone cost between $600
and $800 per year, we currently have 89 paid up members.
Please make dues cheques payable to the 'SPFF RETIREES CLUB' and
mail to: Gord MacBride,
at: 83 Sherwood Forest Dr. Markham, On. L3P-1P9. ph#: 905 294-7173
Our E-Mail communications are key to keeping everyone up to date
with over 230 retirees nowon our list.
This is a major task and we would appreciate it if you could notify
us by email to keep our list updated.
Please e-mail John Vonk at: email@example.com
Gladys Snelling (Al's wife) (ph# 905 683-3260), Sue Brown (ph# 905
509-9456) and Vicki (my better half)
(ph# 905 509-2953) currently man the phones and relay messages for
those who don't have e-mail and
we're very happy for their aid. Their assistance is very much
Chuck West's website 'SCARBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS.ORG' is key to
keeping all informed and up
to date on retiree news and activities. His Web-site can be viewed
Once again we greatly thank Chuck for his efforts in communicating
with all active and retired
Our Luncheons are always held on the SECOND Thursday of the month.
May and October Luncheons
are 'Ladies Day' bring your wife (or significant other) where the
wives of paid up dues members get a FREE lunch.
We do not hold luncheons during JULY, AUGUST and NOVEMBER. If you
are coming to our luncheon
PLEASE notify Roy Fletcher at 416 261-0661 or Myself by e-mail at 'firstname.lastname@example.org',
phone 905 509-2953
by no later than Monday prior so we can inform the restaurant staff
of the number of members attending for lunch.
We are members of ARPFOO (Association of Retired Professional
FireFighters of Ontario) who represent
us on the OMERS Board for retired firefighters to look after after
the interest in our pension plan.
We're also associated with MROO (Municipal Retirees Organization of
Ontario) who also represent us
on the OMERS Board for retired municipal workers. This organization
is excellent for post 65 Health-Dental
and Travel insurance through their carrier ENCON health insurance
and RSA Travel insurance, their rates
are far lower than the competition.
We highly recommend that you join this organization, just mention
that you are a members of SPFF
RETIREES Club and the membership is free. (Otherwise there is a one
time cost of $25.00).
In addition to the above we try to give aid in pension and/or
benefits problems where we may be able to point
you to the right source for help.
We also support and donate funds to various charities, i.e.
'Princess Margaret Hospital for Firefighters
Combating Cancer Research', the 'John McDermott House Canada' at
Sunnybrook Hospital for Military
Veterans, retired Firefighters and Police just to mention some.
SPFF & RETIREE CLOTHING
In addition we have SPFFA and SPFF Retiree clothing available
(sweatshirts, T shirts, Golf shirts & ball Caps).
and SPFFA & SPFF RET window decals for a nominal fee. Clothing is
available at all luncheons and the proceeds go to finance the club
operations and museum.
Cost of clothing is as follows: HATS $15, T SHIRTS $17, SWEAT SHIRTS
$23, GOLF SHIRTS $25, SPFF
WINDOW DECALS 2 for $5. Contact myself (John Vonk) for the above.
RETIREE CLUB CHAPLAIN
Our Chaplain is Ron Nickle. Ron was kind enough to offer his
services to any of our members and families
as our Chaplain. He can be reached at 416 590-9390 or e-mail him at
Thanks so much Ron for helping us out.
We'd like to congratulate Bud Wallace for a belated 90th. birthday
which was on June 15th. the first Scarborough
Firefighter to reach this age. The average age of Scarborough
FireFighters is still only 68.5 years.
For years of retirement Croft Simpson takes the prize with 34 years
(4 years more than he actually worked),
he too will turn 90 on October 10th. At the moment we have over 400
retired SPFF Retirees and
273 former SPFF members still working with Toronto Fire.
VISITS FOR RESTRICTED MOBILITY RETIREES
There are a number of retirees who are incapacitated and would
greatly appreciate a call or visit. They are:
RON WOOD at: Phone 416 755-0161 CEDARBROOK LODGE
520 Markham Road Apartment 422 Scarborough, Ontario M1H 3A1
His Daughter Mary Elstone advises you identify yourself with some
bit of history between you
and Ron - - just to "jog" his memory when you call.
JOHN DAVEY at: The ENA GRAFTON GAGE HOME (Warden & St Clair)
40 Bell Estate rd. Scarborough, on. M1L-0A2 Ph# 416 422-4890
ARCHIE CLYDE at: Phone 905 837-2275 ORCHARD VILLA PICKERING
1955 Valley Farm Rd. Room o-19, Pickering, On. L1V-3R6
KEN KEELER at: Phone # 416 282-2598
144 Centennial Rd. Scarborough, On. M1C-1Z5
OLD HALL 1 SCARBOROUGH FIRE FIGHTERS MUSEUM
The Club also operate and manage The Scarborough Firefighters
Museum, old Hall #1 where we give tours
to various groups and organizations. We are always looking for
volunteers to help out. John Cousins (Al's son)
is our curator who looks after group bookings, museum trucks and
equipment in addition to participating in
community parades and events. Al Watterson is our driver for the old
Scarborough 'Bickle' Pumper.
(a big thanks John & Al their volunteer work.) We'd also like to
thank the Fire Prevention crew of
Capt. Ian McTavish at Hall #1 for all the help in keeping the museum
We are looking for old SFD fire department memorabilia to place in
the new display cases that Al Waterson had
the city make up at the old garage behind old Hall 1.
On a sad note we've lost a number of our Retirees over the past
twelve months. They are as follows:
#152 Pete Chambers Oct 10/13, #142 Ken Haseldon Nov 26/13 age 84,
Charlie Croft Dec 26/13 age 85,
#184 Ed McConnell Dec 26/13 age 83, #408 Glen Brown Jan20/14 age 62,
#494 Neil Harrison Feb 24/14 age 65,
#523 Don Parker Feb 28/14 and #68 Frank Dix Jun 22/14 age 86.
You will not be forgotten.
This concludes our update, don't forget our big CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT
LUNCH is held on December 11th.
We had great turnouts in past 2 years with close to 100 members
showing up and we hope to top that this year,
so come out and see your old fellow comrades.
Hope to see you at the next luncheon:
Co-Presidents: John Vonk and Roy Fletcher
John Davies [Aug 4/14]
Colin Macdonald recently passed along the
John is residing at 40 Bell Estate Rd. off
Warden Ave. south of St.Clair (see below).
John is doing well and would love to see anyone who knows him. He asked me if I would bring him a
treat next time, he would pay me the money! Apparently he only gets
healthy food there, and asked if I could bring him a chocolate bar?
I'm sure it would be good for his spirits to see a few of the old
HELLO EVERYONE: [June 7/13]
This is a reminder that the SFD Reunion is being
held next Thursday, June 13th at the HARP AND CROWN,
Kingston Road and Altona Road in Scarborough – 11:30 a.m. If you
haven’t already responded, please do as soon as possible so ROY will
be able to order enough food. You may contact him at:
416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at: 905-509-2953 or email me and I will
see that your message is passed on to them. Hope to see as many out
I have received an email from Joanne Zubatiuk and
she informs me that there will be a celebration of life for
ALEX “MOE” ( #248),
on Saturday, June 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Sherrin Funeral
Home, 873 Kingston Road (at Beech Avenue) – Moe’s 81st
Birthday. The funeral home has a web site:
http://www.sherrinfuneral.ca that can be accessed with
pictures, biography and information about the memorial.
I have also received sad news from LORNE PHENIX
of the death of KEN WALLACE #363 who started with SFD on July 2,
1968 and retired after 27 years of service. KEN passed away
suddenly at home on Monday, May 27th aged 66 years. I
spoke with his daughter, Laura Robinson and she informed me that
there will be no funeral and that cremation and burial has already
taken place. KEN is buried in Briar Hill Cemetery in Sutton. We
extend sincere sympathy to KEN’S family.
HELLO EVERYONE: [May27/]
It’s with profound sadness that I have to begin
with yet another obituary. On Wednesday, May 22nd, ALEX
(“MOE”) ZUBATIUK passed away at Toronto East General Hospital. He
has been ill for quite some time. Cremation has taken place and
there are no further arrangements being made at this time. I had a
very nice chat with Joanne and she informed me that something will
be planned at a later date.
As well, BILL SHEDDEN has informed me that WALTER
SMITH’S beloved wife, Bridget passed away last Thursday, May 23rd
and as per her wishes, there will be no funeral service. Thank you
BILL for this information and on behalf of everyone, we offer our
deepest sympathy to JOANNE and the ZUBATIUK family and WALTER and
the SMITH family.
TOM KRISTENSEN and AL FLETCHER are once again
hosting their Golf Day on Friday, June 28th at Pine Ridge
Golf Course. This will be the best ball event. Golf, Cart and
Steak Dinner offered all for $46.00. If you are interested, please
contact TOM at 705-653-3295 or AL at 647-351-2659 to confirm your
participation and a tee off time. Pine Ridge Golf Course is on Hwy.
30 - 12 minutes north of the 401.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 13th
for the SCARBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS REUNION at Harp and Crown,
Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering. Time 11:30ish and if you
could, please r.s.v.p. ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at
905-509-2953 or email me and I will pass your response on. Will
remind everyone again when it gets a little closer.
RAY GREEN informs me that there will be a
luncheon held on Thursday, June 6th (and the 1st
Thursday of July and August too) at THE ATRIUM across from Palmer
Park on Water Street, north of Hwy. 7 in Port Perry between 11:30
and 12:00. No advance notice is required and if you want more
information, you can contact RAY at 905-985-5031
Hope everyone is preparing for the summer months
ahead - - that is, ducking the tornados and snow storms. Watch
those tomato plants!
HELLO EVERYONE: [May 1/13]
I won’t go out
on a limb and suggest that it’s safe to pack away your snow blowers
just yet, but the time must be getting very close !
TOM CHRISTENSEN’S Mother, Ruth Christensen passed
away on Tuesday, April 23rd in her 97th year.
We offer our condolences to TOM and his family at this difficult
As well, I am sad to report the passing of TED
SAMIS on Thursday, April 25th in his 82nd
year. A visitation is planned for Saturday May 4th at
10:00 a.m. until the time of a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. St.
Dunstan’s Anglican Church, 56 Lawson Road Scarborough (across from
RCL 258). On behalf of everyone, we extend our deepest sympathy to
Shirley and family.
TOM POWELL has informed me of the death of
CAPTAIN LAWRENCE “ROCKY” CAMPBELL on Friday April 26th
at age 87. “LORNE” was a member of the York Township Fire
Department and among his many achievements he acted a Vice-President
of I.A.F.F. and editor of The Canadian Firefighter Magazine. He is
resting at the Turner and Porter “Butler” Chapel, 4933 Dundas Street
West (between Islington and Kipling). There is a visitation planned
for Friday, May 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a service
in the chapel on Saturday May 4th at 11:00 a.m. Sincere
condolences to the CAMPBELL family.
obituaries for the three can be seen in the Toronto Star online.
Don’t forget folks - - This Thursday May 2nd
at 2:00 p.m. - Retirement celebration for MARK WILLIAMS # 529 to
be held at the Harp and Crown, Kingston Road and Altona Road,
Pickering. Come out and extend best wishes and offer
congratulations to MARK!
As well, if you haven’t already marked Thursday
May 9th on your calendars, please do so. This is our
LADIES’ DAY LUNCHEON being held at the Harp and Crown, Pickering at
11:30 a.m. A delicious meal - - Roast Prime Ribs of Beef is on the
menu. Please r.v.s.p. ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661 or email me and
I will pass your response on to Roy, so he can order enough food.
Hope to see everyone out!
TOM POWELL has also sent an invitation to
everyone to attend SCARBOROUGH DAY on Friday May 31st at
Jack Astors, Scarborough Town Centre from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a
City of Scarborough Reunion. See website:
http://www.scarboroughtowncentre.com/jackastorbar.aspx . It’s
been 15 years since amalgamation so please plan on spending the
afternoon reminiscing and toasting the organization that unites us.
I have received a request from JIMMY BREDIN. If
anyone has any copies of the old Scarborough Fire Newsletters,
please contact him at:
email@example.com . He is particularly interested
in compiling a complete list of “nicknames” on the back page, i.e.
“Penguin, Sweetpea, One Lung,” etc. (I have actually heard of
stranger hobbies). Hopefully someone can help you JIMMY!
Play safely folks!
HELLO EVERYONE: [Apr 8/13]
Just a reminder that the April Luncheon will be
held next Thursday, April 11th at the Harp and Crown,
Kingston Road and Altona Road, Pickering. Time - - 11:30 a.m.
Please respond as soon as possible - - ROY FLETCHER, 416-261-0661 -
- - JOHN VONK, 905-509-2953 or email me and I will pass your message
Also a reminder of the memorial for GORD MAHOOD
being held at the Miller Tavern, 3885 Yonge Street (at York Mills)
on Sunday April 14th at 1:30 p.m.
MARK WILLIAMS # 529 has retired and DON MACDONALD
informs me a celebration is being planned at the Harp and Crown,
Kingston Road and Altona Road, Pickering on Thursday, May 2nd
at 2:00 p.m. for all who wish to extend their best wishes and offer
congratulations to him. Thanks so much DON.
Mark Thursday, May 9th on your
calendars as it is time once again for our Ladies Day Luncheon also
being held at the Harp and Crown. If you could please respond as
soon as you are able so enough food can be ordered (Roast Prime Ribs
of Beef) and send your responses to JOHN VONK at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone him at: 905-509-2953.
Keep the faith - - Spring may finally be here!!
Our Ladies luncheon is coming up on May 9th.
We'd like to continue
this tradition (spring & fall luncheons May & October) since
the only times that we get together with our
We'd like to get a confirmation
A.S.A.P. from you if you will be
attending this luncheon to make sure it will
It will be held at the usual location the Harp & Crown Pub at
11:30, Altona Rd. & Kingston Rd. Pickering.
Ladies are free to paid up dues members.
(Prime rib roast beef for lunch)
We'd also like to remind you that
You can e-mail me at
email@example.com or leave a message at 905 509-2953.
Hope you are
enjoying the hot weather of late and keeping cool enough in the
process. We have many of our members staying at their cottages for
the summer so consequently the AUGUST LUNCHEON IS CANCELLED! Our
next luncheon will be September 13. Please mark this on your
Thank you to
TOM POWELL for sending the message I am forwarding with regard
to OHIP changes (see below), coming 2013. I suppose this could be
considered “Geriatric Genocide,” and to think, many of these seniors
went to war and fought for the same freedoms and privileges we are
now losing. Please read TOM’S message.
The Olympics are now only a few days away and it’s time to dust off
our “rowdy rags” and wave them furiously, cheering on our athletes;
particularly our own Canadians - - CLIFF FERGUSON’S granddaughter,
Jessica Phoenix who is with the Canadian Equestrian Eventing Team
and ROY STROTHER’S granddaughter,
Amanda Reason who is competing
with the Canadian Swim Team,
Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay. On behalf of everyone, I wish
GOOD LUCK to Jessica, Amanda, Ferguson/Phoenix and Strother/Reason
has very kindly posted the pictures of
SUE BROWN’S Retirement
Celebration on CHUCK WEST’S website:
so if anyone would like to see them, they are in the Photo Album
section. Thank you so much KAREN.
Hope to see
everyone out to the luncheon in September.
below is reported to be a hoax
We're sorry for
any anxiety or inconvenience this may have caused.
If any of this is true we all have to make sure
the Ontario Provincial Political parties and our own MPP's know how
we all feel about it and vote for the party that will reverse this
A must read for everyone. A have to read for anyone over 65.
Your life does depend on this. Not only did they raise the
retirement age to 67 but now no emergency medical procedures
after 75 unless permission is given by a review board which
only meet a few times a week. We have worked all our lives
and this is the thanks we get...Our government at work. This
applies even if you have extra medical coverage >
PLEASE READ AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE!
So much for caring for the people who worked hard for this
In a conversation about the "future," Dr. Suzanne Allen,
head of emergency services at the Wilson Medical Center in
Toronto, was asked if she has seen any affects of the
upgraded health Care in her work. "Oh, yes. We are seeing
cutbacks throughout the services we provide. For example, we
are now having to deal with patients who would normally
receive dialysis can no longer be accepted. In the past,
there was always automatic approval under OHIP for anyone
who needed dialysis --not anymore." So, what will be their
outcome? "They will die soon without dialysis," she stated.
What about other services? She indicated as of 2013 , no one
over 75 will be given major medical procedures unless
approved by locally administered Ethics Panels. These Panels
will determine whether a patient receives medical treatment
or not. While details on specific operating procedures and
schedules, Dr. Allen points out that most life-threatening
emergencies do not occur during normal hospital business
hours, and if there are emergencies that depend to be
resolve within minutes or just few hours, the likely hood of
getting these Panels approval in time to save a life are
going to be very challenging and difficult, if not
impossible she said. This applies to major operations such
as receiving stents, bypass surgery, kidney operations, or
treating for an aneurysm that would be normally covered
under OHIP today. In other words, if you needed a
life-saving operation, OHIP will not provide coverage
anymore after 2013 if you are 75 or over. When in 2013? "We
haven't been given a specific date --could be in January or
July....but it's after the American election." This is
shocking to any of us who will be 75 this year. Her
advice--get healthy and stay healthy. We do not know the
specifics of the actual implementation of the full Care
policies and procedures--"they haven't filtered down to the
local level yet. But we are already seeing severe cuts in
what we provide to the elderly -- we refused dialysis to an
individual who was 78 just the other day....we refused to
give stents to a gentleman who was in his late 80s." Every
day, she said, we are seeing these cutbacks aimed at
reducing care across the board for anyone who is over 75. We
can only hope that some day new OHIP will be overturned by
the Supreme Court --otherwise, this is a death sentence to
those who are over 75...perhaps you should pass this on to
your friends who are thinking of voting for
next time around. Regardless if you have private health care
coverage now (a Medical supplement) -- it will no longer
apply after 2013 if the Ethics Panels disapprove of a
procedure that may save your life. Scary, scary, scary.
Think about this. You? Your parents? Your loved ones? Didn't
know about it? Of course, not. As Dalton MaGuinty
said...."well, if you want to know what's in the bill,
you'll have to read it..." after it was passed. This is a
graphic reminder of the need to stay healthy. Get your plot
now at your earliest convenience, while they last. Is this a
death sentence to those of us who will reach 75?... Yes!
Please do pass this along to those in your address book. Dr.
Suzanne C. Allen, MD is a real person. If society deems you
a burden due to age or infirmity, you should be willing to
die to benefit society.
I have received notice that JIM KIRWIN # 443 is
retiring and started with SFD in September of 1974. There will be a
celebration for him at Hooters in Whitby, (Thickson Road and Dundas
Street – Hwy 2) at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Congratulations JIM and we all wish you and DEBBIE a very healthy
and happy retirement.
It’s that time
of year again folks - - - to celebrate “all the Irish blood that’s
in ya!” If anyone is interested in being a participant in the
Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you may contact ROY FLETCHER at
416-261-0661 for all the details. Rumours abound that there will be
the infamous $5.00 Bacon on a Bun offered again this year. Perhaps
some green beer???
Just a reminder
of the luncheon next Thursday, February 9th at the Lawson
Road Legion ( #258) Highland Creek. It’s winter and we must watch
the weather situation, but as soon as you are able, would you please
r.s.v.p. to ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661 or simply e-mail me and I
will pass your message on to ROY.
We still have
MOE ZUBATIUK and JOHN VONK convalescing from their recent surgeries
and we wish them continued success with this.
After 35 years
as a firefighter, ROB REID and NANCY have run away from home. On
February 1st they left for their new home in Mesa
Arizona. Since ROB has fulfilled his childhood dream of one day
becoming a firefighter, feels it time to pursue his next dream of
becoming a cowboy. He’s got the hat, boots, big belt buckle and
(iron) horse and seems ready for this venture. We all send our best
wishes to them for a long and happy retirement. Way to go ROY and
folks; there’s just over a week until the big day - - - It’s that
time of year again and soon you may hear rumblings that your
significant other had a dream that you gave her a pearl necklace for
Valentine’s Day. Just a little warning that this doesn’t mean you
should purchase a book for her entitled, “The Meaning of Dreams!” Be
Hope to see as
many out next Thursday as possible.
“A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says
after that is the beginning of a new argument!”
HELLO EVERYONE! [Jan 26/12]
I’m afraid I have more sad news to report.
RICHARD PHILIP DESCHAMPS (Phil) of Oshawa passed away on Saturday
January 21, 2012 in his 84th year. He was the loved
husband of the late Marion Deschamps who passed away just 4 months
ago and the dearly loved father of SHARON MOONLIGHT and her husband,
BRUCE of Whitby. Family and friends will be received at Barnes
Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Road North, Whitby
(905-655-3662) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 25. A
service celebrating Phil’s life will be held in the chapel on
Thursday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations to
the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation would be appreciated by
the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to
barnesmemorialfuneralhome.com The entire obituary is in today’s
Toronto Star. The MOONLIGHT – DESCHAMPS families have endured a very
difficult time in the last months and on behalf of everyone, I
extend our most heartfelt sympathy.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Hope 2012 will
be very kind to you and all your problems last about as long as your
New Year’s Resolutions. We start this new year with the sad
news of the passing of ED and Janet Schmeler’s brother, Fred (of
Magnetawan, Ontario) on January 02. His funeral will take
place in Burks Falls and on behalf of all our retirees, we send
sincere condolences to the SCHMELER family.
Also, I wish to
remind you of a reception in honour of the passing of JOHN BOND who
passed away December 20, 2011. This will take place at 1880
Valley Farm Road, Pickering on January 15, 2012 in the Recreation
Centre from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The venue is Kingston
Road/Highway 2 East, (if you reach Dunfar Street you have gone
about .1 km. too far) to Valley Farm Road, .2 km past Glengrove
Road. Milos Greek Restaurant is on the corner. JOHN’S
wife Sally and daughters Barb, Bev, Mary and Sheilah will be on hand
to receive family and friends.
Just to remind you that our first luncheon of
2012 will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Lawson
Road Legion (#258) Highland Creek and the fun begins at
approximately 11:30 a.m. Please r.s.v.p. as soon as you are
able to ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661 or simply e-mail me and I will
pass your response on to ROY. If you have not already paid
your membership fee of only $10.00 (per annum), please do so at the
luncheon or mail to JOHN VONK at 460 Rosebank Road Pickering,
Ontario L1W 2N5. JOHN would like to have all this
completed prior to his surgery on Tuesday, January 17th.
JOHN had a hip replacement last year at this time and liked it so
much that he decided to have another this year. Line up girls;
JOHN will be the best dancer on the floor in a few months time!!
is well with no one on the “sick” list and looking forward to our
January 2012 luncheon.
By now you will
all be up to your ears in preparations for the big day and we want
to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas (or whatever event you
celebrate at this time of year). I’m afraid my Christmas wishes are
clouded by the sad news of the passing of JOHN BOND (#203). Marg
Padley informed ROY FLETCHER on Wednesday and I have been searching
but still have found no details of a funeral. When I do, will pass
the information on to you.
received an e-mail from TOM POWELL but suspect it was really Dot who
sent it. It seems they were out Christmas shopping when TOM
disappeared. Dot called him on the cell phone to ask where the hell
he was. TOM’S reply was, “darling, remember that jewellry shop where
you saw the diamond necklace and fell totally in love with it and I
didn’t have enough money to purchase it but promised someday it
would be yours?” Dot smiled lovingly and said yes she did remember.
“Well (said TOM), I’m in the pub next door to that shop!!!!” If you
see TOM over the holidays and he seems to be walking “funny,” you
will know Dot has starched his underwear!
chest is about to burst again with pride for his granddaughter,
Jessica Phoenix who is to be named best Canadian Equestrian (2011).
She has already won gold and team silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games.
Congratulations to Jessica and her families.
We have received
many Christmas cards wishing us the greatest Christmas ever but I
can’t help but think that the 1st was the greatest!! To
leave you with some words of wisdom over the holidays; Everything
you need to know you can learn from SANTA
Encourage people to believe in you
Always remember who’s naughty and nice
It’s as much fun to give as it is to
Some days it’s ok to feel a little chubby
Make your PRESENTS known
Always ask for a little bit more than what
you really want
Bright red can make anyone look good
Wear a wide belt and no one will notice
how many pounds you’ve gained
If you only show up one a year, everyone
will think you’re important
Have a very
merry Christmas everyone and good health and happiness in 2012.
With our sincere
Al and Lynn
This is a
reminder that our Christmas luncheon will be held on Thursday (next)
December 8 at RCL 258 – Lawson Road, Highland Creek (Scarborough).
ROY FLETCHER would appreciate if you would r.s.v.p. so he will know
how much food to order and you may call him at 416-261-0661, or JOHN
VONK at 905-509-2953, or you may simply e-mail me and I will pass
your message on to ROY. Watch the weather and hope to see everyone
out to enjoy some festive camaraderie with each other. Translated -
- - the bar opens just after the sun hits the yard arm. . .
I have a few announcements and the first is.. . .
. . .I have found the perfect recipe for Christmas cake. If you are
in the market, you may purchase them already packaged from ROY
FLETCHER who is selling them once again for the Lions Club. They are
delicious cakes and in answer to a request from LORNE PHENIX - -
they are Haygar Cakes and are offered in 3 choices; Dark, Light and
Cherry. The Cherry Cake is $13.00, the Dark Christmas Cake in a tin
has a nice glazed sheen but no marzipan and this is also $13.00. The
third choice is “Half and Half” and this comes in a box – half light
with marzipan icing and half dark without. All cake choices weigh
900 grams. That’s about a cherry and a nut short of 2 lbs.
It’s time again
folks for the TFS Local 3888 Children’s Christmas party and you can
access all the information as well as a registration form from The
Scarborough Firefighters Website - -
BEEF - - - -Alright, I’ll tell you. You will also find all the
details listed on the
www.scarboroughfirefighters.org web site. The beef is sold in
bulk in various amounts at PHOENIX AND ARNOLD GRASS FED BEEF in
Cannington Ontario. They offer Black Angus and Cross Cattle, No
hormones or drugs, single farm/herd, 100% grass fed, government
inspected and dry aged. For more information and prices, check out
the web site listed above.
on the sick list is well again, busy gearing up for the holidays and
planning to attend next Thursday’s luncheon.
This is to
inform you that CAPTAIN BILL EAGAN is retiring and there will be a
celebration for him next Thursday, November 24th at the
Harp & Crown, Altona Road and Kingston Road. The time is 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door or you can obtain
them from Station 232, Chief 23 – Rob Hewson or Kevin Street.
Well everyone - - it is now time to dust off our
one horse open sleighs and prepare to go dashing through the DOUGH.
Hope you’re all ready! The next luncheon will be held on December 8th
at RCL 258, Lawson Road Legion. I will remind you as time gets
closer. This is a “heads up” that ROY FLETCHER will once again be
selling Christmas cakes for the Lions Club so now is the time to put
them on your list. ROY will send me details of prices and types
soon. They go fast so check your “gift” lists and make plans for
these delicious cakes.
everyone and Play Safely,
It is my sad duty once again to inform you of the
passing of one of our Retirees. HAROLD FRANKLIN SMITH #039 passed
away on Wednesday, November 02 at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay
Ontario in his 88th year. HAROLD started his career with
Scarborough Fire Department on May 19, 1952 and retired as District
Chief on July 02, 1982. HAROLD is resting at the McDougall & Brown
Funeral Home “Scarborough Chapel” 2900 Kingston Road (just east of
St. Clair Avenue East). Visitation will be held on Friday,
November 04th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
There will be a service in the chapel on Saturday, November 05th
at 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens,
Scarborough. The family has requested in lieu of flowers,
donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Royal Canadian
Legion Poppy Fund would be appreciated. On behalf of all members, I
offer our deepest sympathy to HAROLD’S family and his wife (of 63
years), Gwen. This obituary can be seen in today’s star (November
At our last luncheon on October 13th
it was announced that RON NICKLE (“Reverend Ron”) was under the
weather, quite ill. We certainly hope he is now feeling much better,
hasn’t passed this on to Sharon and will be 100% (or the best part
of it) in time for the next luncheon which will be held on Thursday
DECEMBER 08. This is a reminder that there will be no luncheon this
month due to preparations at the Legion for Remembrance Day. I will
send out a reminder for the December luncheon when it gets a little
If you see CLIFF
FERGUSON #116 while you are out and about and wonder why his chest
is sticking out so far. Not to worry; he is not ill, merely a very
proud grandfather. After years of hard work, his granddaughter,
Jessica Phoenix (of Uxbridge) has won individual GOLD and team
SILVER at the 2011 Pan Am Games. Jessica has been competing for
quite some time in Equestrian Eventing and although an injury to her
horse kept her from going to Beijing Olympics, she was not deterred
and has rebounded to make her entire family very proud. We offer our
congratulations to the FERGUSON and PHOENIX families and
particularly to Jessica, her horse, “Pavarotti” and the Canadian
I know everyone
is busy with Thanksgiving preparations but please take a few minutes
to read the following notices:
On a sad note I
am informing you of the passing of Margaret (Toms) Simpson on
Wednesday September 28. Margaret was the beloved wife of CRAWFORD
SIMPSON (#023) who retired in 1980 from SFD. A private family
service was held on Monday October 3. CRAWFORD and Margaret had been
married 65 years. Our condolences to their families. Thanks to BILL
WRETHAM for bringing this to my attention.
I regret to have
to inform you also of the passing of BILL BAILEY (#081) yesterday
(October 6). BILL started his career with SFD in March of 1956 and
retired a District Chief in April of 1990. We send our condolences
to BILL’S wife Norma and brother-in-law CLIFF FERGUSON and their
families. Details will be posted as they become available.
JIM REID must be
in the process of cleaning basements/downsizing and has informed me
that he has and old SFD black petch coat and SFD 2nd
generation uniform jacket that he is willing to pass on to a good
home. If anyone is interested in either (or both) of these items,
please contact JIM at 416-440-0557.
Next Thursday, October 13th is our
Ladies’ Day Luncheon at the Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek and
we hope everyone will be able to attend. The fun begins anytime
after 11:30 a.m. and if anyone requires transportation, please
contact me and I’ll try to find a ride for you. Remember folks - -
this is NOT a couples only event - - everyone is welcome so come on
out for some great food and camaraderie. Could you please r.s.v.p to
ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953 or simply
e-mail me and I will pass your message on to ROY.
Would you also
mark on your calendars that there will NOT be a luncheon in November
(10) as the Legion requires our room in order to prepare for
Remembrance Day Services on the 11th. The luncheons will
resume again on December 8th.
We hope everyone
has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and will enjoy a
wonderful weekend of good food, family and friends.
information received from ROY FLETCHER with regard to Travel
Insurance with Encon. Those who are interested may call the number
listed below for more information.
congratulations to three new retirees: KEN TURNER # 485 started with
SFD on July 5, 1976, STEVE HARDER # 566 commenced employment
September 15, 1981. No celebration information is available for the
above at this time. BILL HILL # 519 is also retiring. BILL began his
career on February 11, 1980 and there will be a celebration for him
at Harp and Crown, 300 Kingston Road (at Altona) on Wednesday,
October 5. Tickets are $10.00 and are available from KEVIN TAUNT,
Hall 10 (243) C shift or DONNY PARKER Hall 11 (215) D shift. They
will also be available at the door.
On a sad note, I
have to inform you of the recent passing on September 4th
of Joyce Gosse, mother of BRUCE GOSSE # 538. We offer our deepest
sympathy to the Gosse family.
As well, we extend our heartfelt condolences
(once again) to the Deschamps/Moonlight families on the passing of
Sharon’s Mother, Marion Deschamps on Sunday, September 18th.
Friends and family will be received for visitation at Barnes
Memorial Funeral Home, 5295Thickson Road North, Whitby
(905-655-3662) on Thursday September 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A
service celebrating Marion’s life will be held in the chapel on
Friday September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. This notice is in
today’s Star. The family has also recently endured the loss of
Sharon’s brother, Phil Deschamps. Keep these families in your
thoughts and prayers.
I will send
another reminder as we get a little closer to the date, but please
mark Thursday, October 13th on your calendars - - Ladies’
Day at SFD Luncheon. All the Thanksgiving dishes should be washed
and put away by this time and our ladies looking forward to the men
waiting on THEM for a change, so we hope everyone will plan to
attend. This is NOT a couples only event so we encourage everyone to
come out and enjoy the wonderful meal and camaraderie.
Hope you enjoy
our last couple of days of summer and looking forward to all the
forthcoming fall colours.
Just a reminder
that the luncheons will resume again on September 8 at the Lawson
Road Legion West Hill. This month will be a barbecue with CHEF CLIFF
FERGUSON at the helm with his trusty spatula. Please r.s.v.p. to ROY
FLETCHER at 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953 or e-mail me and
I will pass your message on to ROY. Hope to see everyone out on
Rona Lumber Stores has a new offer available to
everyone 55 years of age or older. I think we have two or three
members in this category who will be able to partake of Rona’s offer
to discount everything in the store by 10% on the 1st
Tuesday of each month. This pays most of the tax and seems a great
deal. F.Y.I. - - this is an all Canadian Company!
Just a heads up
for next month folks! LADIES’ DAY will be held on Thursday, October
13 and we hope to see as many of our girls as possible.
travelling this Labour Day weekend, we hope you have a safe and
Just a reminder that there
will be NO luncheon next Thursday, August 11 but will
resume again on September 8 for a barbecue. If you know of anyone
who does not have a computer, could you please pass this information
on to them?
COLIN MACDONALD, (JIM’S son)
has presented information to CHUCK WEST with regard to a Wellness
Initiative by TPFFA, Local 3888 which includes suggested annual
medical screening components for firefighters. This information has
now been posted on CHUCK’S website:
www.scarboroughfirefighters.org and can be viewed there. Thanks
so much COLIN and CHUCK for making this available to everyone.
I have received sad news
from Edward Johnston (JIM’S son) of the passing yesterday of RICK
BUCHNER’S wife. We have no further information at this time but will
forward as soon as we receive it. Thank you Edward for bringing this
to our attention.
Hope everyone is enjoying
the summer heat and successfully finding ways to keep cool.
We have another retiree to
celebrate on Tuesday, July 12 so come on out to (where else) the
Harp and Crown, 300 Kingston Road, Pickering (Altona Road and
Kingston Road) and raise a glass to HANS LEPPIK #417 who started
with SFD on July 15, 1974 retiring after 37 years of service. The
fun begins at 2:00 p.m. Mark it on your calendars.
Hope everyone is enjoying
the summer and for all those who will be in town next Thursday, July
14 please join us at the RCL Lawson Road Highland Creek for another
wonderful luncheon and a few hours of camaraderie with former
colleagues. Any time after 11:30 - - the bar will be open. Please
r.s.v.p. to ROY FLETCHER – 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK – 905-509-2953 or
simply e-mail me and I will pass your message on to ROY.
We had a very nice turnout
for the unveiling and dedication of Al Cousins’ plaque at (old) Hall
#1 – SFD Museum on June 16. JOHN COUSINS and his brothers performed
the actual unveiling while many camera shutters flashed. As well as
our own KAREN REID, a representative from the Bluffs Monitor
(Amanda), was in attendance. KAREN will undoubtedly have many
pictures to circulate and there will be an article printed in the
Monitor in the July 1st issue.
Don’t forget to play safely,
HELLO EVERYONE: [June 13/11]
Get the calendars out again!
I have been informed there is to be a memorial
at the home of NORM SINCLAIR for his late wife, Liz. This will take
place on Saturday June 25th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 91
Hemmingford Place, Whitby. Main crossroads are Rossland Road East
and Brock Street. It’s off Garden Street. NORM’S telephone number is
905-668-3844 if you have any questions.
DAVE WINKLEY is retiring folks and there is to
be a celebration for him on Monday, June 27th at 2:00
p.m. – Harp and Crown 300 Kingston Road (at Altona), Pickering.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00. Hope to see
I am sad to announce that MOE ZUBATIUK is under
the weather in hospital and we all pray for a speedy recovery for
him. Joanne, please pass on everyone’s good wishes to MOE and please
keep us posted at to his progress.
RAY GREEN is sending out an invitation to all
to join him and a group of SPFF Retirees the first Thursday of every
month (next one – July 7) at J.W. Coops Pub, Water Street and
Highway 7A in Port Perry. RAY reports that about 26 turned out for
June’s luncheon. Everyone welcome!
I received and e-mail from BARRY MARTIN who now
lives in Vancouver and will be travelling to Ontario in early July
to attend the Highland Games in Haliburton. There will be a
refreshment tent, lots of food, events happening all day and a
parade at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday July 9th . BARRY and
Virginia look forward to meeting up with some of the old guys to
reminisce the old days. It sounds like a good way to spend the day
if you can make your way to Haliburton. BARRY will likely be with
the Bracebridge Pipe Band. He is a member of the Nanaimo Scottish
Pipes and Drums. Come on out for some fun folks and you will most
likely get to see what BARRY looks like in a skirt!!! If anyone is
interested, it’s all explained on the following web site:
This is a final reminder for the unveiling and
dedication of a plaque in honour of AL COUSINS - - next Thursday,
June 16th at the old Hall #1, Birchmount and Highview
(north of Danforth) at 11:00 a.m. sharp. Coffee, tea and cake will
be served. Hope to see everyone on Thursday.
HELLO EVERYONE: [June 7/11]
I have some more dates for
you to mark on your calendars.
Everyone is invited to the SCARBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS
RETIREES MUSEUM at old Hall #1, Highview and Birchmount Avenues
(just north of Danforth ) on June Thursday June 16th at
11:00 a.m. for a plaque unveiling and dedication in honour of
the Museum founder, AL COUSINS. For those who have never
visited the Museum, this is a great opportunity for you to come out
and enjoy browsing through the old artifacts of firefighting as well
as many old photographs. Members of the COUSIN Family will be on
hand for this event. Light refreshments will be served.
Firefighter Golf Day
TOM KRISTENSEN and AL FLETCHER are holding their 3rd
Scarborough Firefighter Golf Day on
Friday June 24th at the Pine Ridge Golf Club. Tee off
times are between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and is limited to the
first 24 golfers to sign up. There are no prizes but a great day of
golf and laughs is guaranteed. The cost of the golf cart and a steak
dinner (this is real steak, not the “ground and round” we use at the
barbecue luncheons) is only $42.00. Pine Ridge Golf Course is on
Highway 30 between Brighton and Campbellford. If you are interested,
contact TOM KRISTENSEN at 705-653-3295 or
AL FLETCHER at 613-475-0746.
It’s time to remind you once
again of the next luncheon which will be held Thursday, June 9 at
Legion # 258, Lawson Road Highland Creek. A barbeque is planned and
ROY FLETCHER will require a head count so he will know how many
steaks to order for this event. Please r.s.v.p. ROY at 416-261-0661,
JOHN at 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will pass your
message on to ROY. The fun begins any time after 11:30 ish and we
hope everyone will be able to attend.
Please mark Sunday June 12
on your calendars. Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Professional
Firefighters Association (Local 3888) will host the annual Fallen
Firefighters Memorial. Among four new names to be added this year is
our own, District Chief JOHN LALONDE from Scarborough Fire
Department, February 2, 2010. The ceremony will take place at 399
Queen’s Quay West (beside Station #334, east of Spadina) at 11:00
a.m. Full dress uniform is preferred.
I have received an e-mail
from Chuck West with information he feels may be of interest to some
of our members. This is a letter from Ed Kennedy, President of Local
3888 and Is with regard to the City of Toronto instituting a service
review programme in advance of the 2012 Operating Budget process.
Community focus groups are ongoing at various locations across the
city and a website has been established with a link for interested
individuals-residents or employees to complete an online survey with
their opinions on which services the city should prioritize and
which ones could be privatized or phased out. It also asks to
provide input on how those services should best be delivered.
Certain elements of Council
and senior city staff have been advocating for reducing services and
have mobilized their supporters to complete surveys for the purpose
of advancing an agenda promoting cutting key services.
While initially, it was believed
that core services (Police, Fire, and EMS) would be spared close
scrutiny, it is now apparent that every service the
city delivers will be looked at with the intent of reducing service
and department budgets as a means of addressing a shortfall in the
2012 Operating Budget.
As outlined in FCC 11-124,
the City Manager has directed all division managers, including the
Fire Chief to show what a 10% reduction from their approved 2011
operating budgets would look like for 2012. If you wish to visit the
city’s service review website at
http://www.toronto.ca/torontoservicereview and take part in the
survey to voice your opinion and show support for the service
firefighters provide to the citizens of Toronto, please fill out the
The ladies’ luncheon last
month was very successful with quite a few in attendance and the
kitchen staff provided us with a delicious meal. Once again it was
wonderful to see TOM CRAIG in attendance.
I am pleased to report that
no one seems to be on the “sick list” this month and those with
metal replacement parts seem to be working alright. This is a good
thing because if we were all still working and received a call to a
wrecking yard, half of us would be hanging from the scrap yard
magnet. That would definitely NOT be “a good thing, Martha!”
Play safely everyone and
hope to see you all on Thursday.
Time to get your calendars
ready to record the following important dates:
It’s time once again to
remind you of the May luncheon next Thursday, May 12. - LADIES’ DAY
. This is NOT a couples only occasion; everyone is welcome. You
don’t even have to be retired yet in order to attend. Come on out
and enjoy the camaraderie. If anyone requires transportation, please
let me know and I will do my best to make arrangements. The fun
starts somewhere around 11:30 a.m. and all we ask is that you
r.s.v.p. so ROY will know how much food to order. You may call ROY
at the FLETCHER residence – 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953
or you may simply e-mail me and I will see that your message is
passed on. We always have a great time catching up on everyone’s
news, looking at pictures of grandchildren, etc. Our ladies in the
kitchen always do a wonderful job of providing a delicious meal.
Hope to see all the retirees out on Thursday, as well as all the
Just a reminder folks of the
CELEBRATION OF LIFE for BARRY WHITE on Friday, May 13th –
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Westshore Community Centre, 1011 Bayly
Street, Pickering – west of White’s Road. As well, I would like to
remind you of the CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Janice Ansell, wife of TOM
on Friday June 3 at LVIV Hall – 38 Lviv Blvd. Oshawa. The doors open
at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a “meet and greet” from 7:00 p.m. –
8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Presentation is planned for 8:00
p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and a dance to follow to 1:00 a.m. Refreshments
will be served throughout the evening - - cash bar. TOM requires an
r.s.v.p. and you may call him at: 905-725-6599 or e-mail:
We would like to extend on
behalf of all members, our heartiest congratulations to our newest
retirees - - JOHN POIRIER and WAYNE PARSON. Celebrations are on the
horizon for these two as follows:
JOHN (a.k.a. – Inspector
Poirot) - - Thursday, May 19th – 2:00 p.m. – Harp and
Crown – 300 Kingston Road Pickering – (at Altona Road). Tickets are
$10.00 and can be obtained through MIKE OGLE – East Training or
(416) 948-9598 OR DAVE COSSITT 232 “A” or (905) 449-2373 or East
Platoon Office “A” Shift. Tickets are also available at the door.
JOHN’S seniority number is #586 and he began his career with SFD in
WAYNE - - Tuesday, May 24th
– 2:00 p.m. – Also at the Harp and Crown. As well, tickets are
available at the door. WAYNE’S seniority number is 577 and he began
his career with SFD on September 15, 1981.
We hope everyone is on the
“well” list and can only assume since I have not received any notice
of anyone not “well.” RON NICKLE had a nasty flu bug and we hope he
didn’t have to pass it on to Sharon in order to rid himself of it.
It will be great to see you both out next Thursday.
Finally - - don’t forget
folks – Mothers’ Day is Sunday May 8 and I don’t recommend you
combine this celebration with the upcoming perch derby at Lake
See you all next Thursday.
Play safely kids!
It once again is time to
remind you that our next luncheon will be held next Thursday, March
10 at the Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek – commencing
approximately 11:30 a.m. An R.S.V.P. by noon on Tuesday, March
8 would be most appreciated so ROY will be able to order enough
food. Would you please call ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661 or
me and I will pass your message on to ROY. BARRY WHITE has
asked that you respond to ROY or me in this regard and it is with
very heavy heart that I have to inform you that BARRY is currently
battling a recent diagnosis of inoperable stomach cancer. He
is very optimistic, in good spirits and I’m certain he knows he has
the love and support of every one of us. In fact, he told me
if he is feeling up to it, he WILL attend the luncheon next
Thursday. We all hope to see you then BARRY.
In further news; Edward
Johnston, son of JIMMIE JOHNSTON has found some old SFD photos and
has forwarded them to CHUCK WEST for inclusion in the photograph
section of his web site and you can find them on
www.scarboroughfirefighters.org. Thank you so much
Edward and CHUCK for sharing these photos with everyone.
It has also come to my
attention that CAPTAIN DOUG TAYLOR #580 will be retiring and a
celebration is planned for Thursday, March 31st 2011 at
2:00 p.m. at the Harp and Crown, 300 Kingston Road (at Altona).
Tickets for this event are $10.00
Watch the bad weather folks
and hope to see everyone out next Thursday.
Keep BARRY and PAT in your
thoughts and prayers.
We had a large
turnout for last Thursday’s luncheon (Feb. 10) where our
guest speaker, Holly Murphy answered our questions with
regard to retiree benefits. For those who could not
attend and those who have more questions, Holly is
encouraging you to e-mail her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org . She also has
a web site - -
www.encon.ca that might also answer your
questions. Her office is ENCON GROUP INC. 1900 –
11 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4C7 -
- Telephone: (And Fax) 416-682-3148 - -
Toll Free: 1-877-732-2879 Ext. 3148 .
Holly advises that she is often out of the office and may
not be able to answer your mail or call immediately but to
have patience – she will get back to you as soon as
It has come to our
attention that we have three new SFD Retirees as of January
31, 2011 - - DOUG MENARD # 499 who started with SFD on
July 11, 1977, BILL CRUICKSHANK # 514 who
started February 11, 1980 and DOUG TAYLOR #580
who started September 15, 1981. Congratulations to you
all and hope to see you out to the luncheons.
committee has approved a donation of $500.00 to JOHN
MCDERMOTT HOUSE, Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Centre-
Palliative Care Unit. Their mission is to promote the
highest quality of life for Veterans, Military, First
Responders and community patients facing the final stages of
a terminal illness. One of the goals is to create an
environment that enables the patient and family members to
make informed choices and to develop the best possible plan
for care. They envision single rooms with additional
accommodation for the family member who wishes to stay
overnight. All rooms will have a private washroom.
Office space will be created for individuals to access a
computer, printer, phone and web cam. These tools will
also enable patients and their family members to connect
with relatives and loved ones who live out of the country.
A space is also planned that could be used for social
gatherings. Often families are unable to take their
loved ones out of the facility and therefore a space could
be used to celebrate birthdays and other significant events.
If you wish to learn more, you can access information on the
McDermott House web site:
It was great to see
TOM CRAIG out on such a blustery February day to attend the
luncheon. He is still up for communication with
everyone and his e-mail address is:
email@example.com . Keep those cards and
letter coming in folks. TOM would love to hear from
HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb
This is a final reminder of
the February 10th
luncheon at the Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek. HOLLY
MURPHY from Encon Group will be on hand to offer advice and answer
any questions you may have with regard to retirement plans.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF SFD RETIREES, OR RETIRED TO
ATTEND. Many have already responded but if you have not and
plan to attend, could you please R.S.V.P. before noon tomorrow so
BARRY will be able to order enough food. You may call him at
416-438-2458, ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661, or e-mail me and I
will pass your message on to BARRY.
Sadly I report that EARL
CLULOW passed away on Monday, January 31 and his funeral was held on
Thursday, February 3 at Jerrrett Funeral Home, Kennedy Road in
Scarborough. Our condolences to the CLULOW family.
EARL’S seniority number is 052 and he started with Scarborough Fire
Department on April 12, 1954, retiring (LTD) on May 8, 1984 after 30
years of service.
We also send condolences on
behalf of all members to the CANNON family on the passing of JIM’S
father, James Cannon on February 4th in his 91st
year. There will be a visitation at McEachnie Funeral Home, 28
Old Kingston Road in Ajax today, (Monday February 7) from 2:00 –
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held
tomorrow, (February 8) at 11:00 a.m. St. Isaac Jogues Church in
I am happy to report that
TOM CRAIG is well and back up on the computer and would love to hear
from everyone. He has authorized me to publish his new e-mail
Hope to see you at the
luncheon on Thursday Tom.
I have another reminder - -
next Monday (February 14) is Valentine’s Day. Make your plans
early folks. I will share some good advice with everyone and
that is, I don’t think she will appreciate a subscription to Field
and Stream. By the way, if love is blind why is lingerie so
Hope to see as many as
possible on Thursday and as always, please watch the weather and
HELLO EVERYONE: [Jan
Hope you all had a
fan-Tabulous holiday enjoying many overindulgences. May all
your problems of 2011 last only as long as your “new years’
resolutions.” Most don’t bother with resolutions at our age,
but I made two this year; one is to NEVER walk past a washroom
without taking advantage of it and the other is to NEVER assume it
will only be a “fart.”
We are fast approaching the
first luncheon of 2011 which will take place on Thursday, January 13th
at the Lawson Road Legion in Highland Creek, commencing
approximately 11:30 a.m. – ish, or whenever the sun is over the
yardarm – whichever comes first. JOHN VONK has asked me to
remind all members who have NOT yet paid their 2011 membership dues
to please do so, perhaps at this luncheon. It is still a great
bargain folks at $10.00 per annum and may be paid on Thursday or
mail to JOHN at 460 Rosebank Road, Pickering, Ontario
In order to prepare enough
food for everyone, could you please respond NO LATER THAN Tuesday,
January 11 if you are planning to attend. You may call BARRY
at the WHITE house – 416-438-2458, ROY at the FLETCHER
residence – 416-261-0661 OR, simply e-mail me and I will
pass your message on to BARRY.
We enjoyed a great turn-out
for our December luncheon, of nearly 50 retirees, many of whom we
hadn’t seen in a long time. Just remember - - you DO NOT have
to be retired to come out and enjoy the camaraderie of the old SFD.
If for any reason you are no longer able to drive, your friends or
relatives (designated drivers) are also welcome to attend. You
will most assuredly have a wonderful time, particularly if you wear
your hip waders, because it gets pretty deep at times. If you
do not have anyone who can help you with transport to the luncheons,
PLEASE. . . let me know and I will try to find someone in your area
who would be available to bring you.
Our news this month includes
the GLEN CARTERS who have in 2010 become the grandparents of two
beautiful grandsons. I saw GLEN in December and received this news
from him. Although there was a huge grin on his face, we have
only to assume that these wee ones are absolutely cute because
“GRANDPA” did not - - I repeat, did not have any 8x10 glossies with
him at the time. FOR SHAME GLEN! On behalf of all
members I send congratulations to GLEN, PAT, Paul, Cara and
families. Speaking from experience, you will have many, many
opportunities for exciting memories with these wee ones.
Our illustrious executive
has suffered a tremendous “hit” over the holidays with Vice
President, ROY FLETCHER having undergone a recent knee replacement
surgery and we wish him a speedy recovery. Our President,
BARRY WHITE’S wife, Pat is awaiting an appointment for surgery with
a problem of fluid behind the eye. We all wish you much good
luck with this Pat. JOHN VONK, our able bodied treasurer seems
to have had an unsuccessful audition for RIVERDANCE because of a
“bummed” hip and is scheduled for replacement surgery on March 14th.
If we could PLEASE request that everyone send remittance for 2011
dues before JOHN enters hospital, he will undoubtedly convalesce
A number of our members have
visited TOM CRAIG at his new residence at Centennial Retirement
Residence and found him happy and in good health with hopes to be
able to attend luncheons in the new year. He most certainly
welcomes visitors and phone calls at 259 Hillcroft Street
Oshawa Ontario L1G 8E4 - - Room
213 - - Telephone number: 905-571-3688.
Hope to see as many as
possible attend the luncheon on Thursday (January 13).
HELLO ALL: [Dec
I am sure everyone is busy
these days with the hustle and bustle of the season - - where the
women shop in the malls and their husbands wait patiently (?) on the
benches outside the stores. Take a walk in any mall and you
will see all the guys sitting there with scowls on their faces, or
in most cases, asleep. A word of warning at this time of year;
watch out for nasty bugs or your celebrations with “Oh Be Joyful”
juice might just be a hot toddy. Don’t forget to wash your
hands frequently, avoid people who are coughing in your direction
and most important of all is something your mother must have told
you many times over - - - DON’T SIT ON THE SEATS! Stay healthy
everyone so you can enjoy this festive season. If we have any
members already under the weather, we hope you recover quickly.
This month’s luncheon will
be held on Thursday, December 9 at the Lawson Road Legion – Highland
Creek, commencing approximately 11:45 a.m. I want to thank
Chuck West for bringing it to the attention of all those who read
his web site:
www.scarboroughfirefighters.org that you don’t have to be
retired to attend the luncheons. Come on out, enjoy the
camaraderie and we will make you most welcome. We simply ask
that you r.s.v.p. by noon on Tuesday, December 7 so BARRY will know
how much food to order. To make it easy for you, we offer the
following numbers to call: BARRY at the White House:
416-438-2458, ROY at the Fletcher Residence:
416-261-0661 or if you prefer, you may e-mail me and I will pass
your message on to BARRY. We hope to see as many attend as
The end of the year is fast
approaching and this means it’s once again time to remit your
membership dues. This is still a bargain at $10.00 and you may
pay at the luncheon on December 9 or if you prefer, you may send
your remittance to JOHN VONK (Treasurer) at 460 Rosebank Road
Pickering, Ontario L1W 2N5.
We wish to thank some of our
members for sending interesting reading we will share with everyone.
BILL WRETHAM sent a video clip entitled, “Why The San Francisco
Fire Department Builds and Restores Their Own Wooden Ladders.”
If you wish to see this, the web site is:
. RICK PICKETT sent an interesting article on “Omers Executive
Salaries and Benefits” that you might like to read:
. With RICK on board, we have our own Wikipedia Leaks! We
have also received e-mails from FRANK MCPHERSON and RANDY RAINTHORPE
with regard to a scam (yes, another) occurring in many retail
stores. Check all your receipts folks, particularly prior to
leaving the check outs because once you leave it’s difficult to
rectify. It seems some are adding “Cash Back” advances to the
tally of purchases, unbeknownst to the customer and then pocketing
the cash. Seems there’s a new scam every day. Be very
careful and DO check your receipts.
The Lions Club is once again
selling their delicious Christmas Fruit Cakes and Cherry Cakes.
ROY FLETCHER will have them for sale at the luncheon. These
cakes are 900 grams (for those still working in the imperial
measurement, this means two raisins and a cherry short of two
pounds) and come in two styles; one is in a decorative tin without
marzipan icing and the other comes in a package of two – one with
icing and one without. The prices are: $11.00 for the
Cherry Cake and $13.00 for the Fruit Cake and the Fruit Cakes are
offered in dark or light. We have purchased these cakes in the
past and can attest that they are the next best thing to grandma’s
home made and they make wonderful gifts.
Play safely kids and hope to
see you all on December 9
HELLO EVERYONE: [Nov 10/10]
Just a reminder that there
will be NO LUNCHEON tomorrow (November 11th) due to
Remembrance Day Services at the Legion. The next luncheon will
be held Thursday, December 9.
As always, we have to be
extremely mindful of the many viruses trying to infect our
computers. Caution and diligence are the keys to avoiding
these dratted “bugs.” We have recently received warnings from
many of the members with regard to this subject and I can’t stress
enough, the importance of being very careful which e-mails you
choose to open. “Hackers” seem to find candidates in which to
infect by invading our “address books.” They somehow then use
names we are familiar with in order to infect our computers.
When we open messages that have been forwarded from many others and
they in turn have also received mail from others (i.e. – fwd, fwd,
fwd, we are then putting ourselves at great risk of infection; to
say nothing about the enormous inconvenience of trying to rid our
computers of viruses. As well, we can also be passing these
viruses on to others. Fair warning everyone - - Tom Powell
warns of us anything coming through marked, “POSTCARD or POSTCARD
FROM HALLMARK.” He cautions we do not open this even if we are
familiar with the sender. This could indeed be the work of a
hacker. Frank Gordon warns of mail with the words, “HERE IT IS
or THERE YOU HAVE IT.” Phil Currell says Osama Bin Laden has
not been hanged no matter which of your “friends” sends message
stating otherwise. A-B-C FOLKS! (Always Be
It seems after 33 years of
service THE BIRD, (Jim McIntosh, #498) has finally retired and will
be celebrated at the Harp and Crown, 300 Kingston Road in Pickering
on Thursday, November 25th at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can
be obtained at the door for $10.00 or from Dave Winkley – Station
232 “C” (Hall #8) - - 416-281-9893.
I had a nice chat with Tom
Craig yesterday and he seems to be feeling quite well these days.
So much so in fact, that he is now looking forward to visits and
telephone calls. He is at: CENTENNIAL RETIREMENT
RESIDENCE, 259 Hillcroft Street, Oshawa, Ontario
L1G 8E4 - Telephone Number 905-571-3688.
His room number is 213 but Tom said he will be moving to another
room soon and I will pass on the new number when I receive it.
Keep up the good work Tom!
Hope you all have your
poppies - - wear them proudly! THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS.
HELLO EVERYONE: [Sept 7/10]
Hope you all had a safe and
enjoyable labour day weekend. Just a note to remind you that
this month’s luncheon will be held this Thursday September 9, same
location (Lawson Rd Legion) and time (11:30 ish). Hope to see
as many out as possible. Don’t forget to r.s.v.p. BARRY
at the WHITE HOUSE: 416-438-2458, ROY at THE FLETCHER
RESIDENCE: 416-261-0661 or e-mail me and I will pass your
RICK PICKETT sent me an
e-mail to inform of the death of JIM DUGAN, Seniority number 095 and
started with SFD on June 5, 1956, retiring on LTD December 12, 1981
(25 years) JIM’S son, Larry told RICK there will be no
funeral, just a private family memorial sometime in the future.
Our condolences to JIM’S family.
Mark your calendars folks -
- Thursday October 14th will be LADIES DAY at the Legion
and we hope many of our girls will be able to attend the luncheon.
Will send a reminder as it gets closer.
Play safely kids,
HELLO EVERYONE: [Aug 7/10]
Once again it’s time to
remind you that the next luncheon will be held next Thursday, August
12 – same location – Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek. BARRY
informs me that we will be having another barbecue so you won’t want
to miss this. The fun starts anytime after 11:30 a.m.
The staff will need to know how many lobsters to thaw so could you
please RSVP before noon on Tuesday August 10 - - BARRY at the White
House – 416-438-2458 - - ROY at the Fletcher Residence –
416-261-0661 or simply send me an e-mail and I will pass your
message on to BARRY.
Sadly I have to report that
TOM CRAIG is still in Oshawa General Hospital but I understand he is
up for visitors. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
BILL WRETHAM has informed me of the passing of CLIFF SMITH’S wife,
Barbara on June 7th and we send deepest sympathy to
On a more pleasant note we
send our heartiest congratulations to our newest retirees, DAVE
SPENCE #502 who started with SFD on July 11, 1977 and GREG POTTER
#543 who commenced employment on July 21, 1980. We hope they
will join us at the Legion next Thursday. Your first lunch is
FREE if you join the club.
granddaughter of CLIFF FERGUSON is once again on the rise.
Forced to withdraw from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the field of
Equestrian Eventing due to an injury her horse sustained, she has
persevered and is now short listed for Canada’s Eventing squad and
the World Games, with sights set on the 2012 Olympics. The
biggest hurdle Jessica and her horse face is funding. To
compete in Beijing, Jessica had to raise almost half of the
estimated $100,000.00 cost. To help her continue on, a fund
raiser BBQ is scheduled for August 15th. Tickets
are $20.00. For more information you can visit her website at
www.jessicaphoenix.ca and you may also wish to browse Jessica’s
I wish to thank all the
“Sherlocks” who helped track the elusive GENE DIONNE. There
were sightings at many localities and he was even spotted attending
a car show with BOB TAYLOR in Fenelon Falls. It’s rather
reminiscent of that little globe trotting Gnome of TV fame who
shows up in some of the darndest places. It’s great to know
you are alive and well GENE. Hopefully you will join us on
Thursday for some great camaraderie while we all catch up on YOUR
gossip. Your lunch too is FREE !
Don’t forget to play safely
kids and hope to see everyone out on Thursday.
I am forwarding an
e-mail from GEORGE TOPPLE with regard to a recognition notice for
former SFD member, ED CROUCH. Thank you GEORGE!
As you know, TOM
CRAIG has been experiencing some difficulties with his health and I
have been informed that he is currently a patient in Oshawa General
Hospital. Will forward more information when we receive
updates from his family. We all wish you a speedy
convalescence TOM and hope you will soon be back up on your feet,
hopefully in time for the August 12th Barbecue.
calendars everyone and if you see GREG SIMERSON on July 28th,
wish “THE OLD ROOT BEER BEAR” a happy 80th birthday.
Don’t worry GREG; age is merely a number and as you prepare to
become an octogenarian, just remember - - - after you reach 80 years
of life, you will first begin to forget names, then you will forget
faces, and oh dear, you will sometimes forget to zip up your fly. .
. . .AND . . . . .ultimately, you will forget to Unzip your fly.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG! My invitation to your party
hasn’t yet arrived so as a “heads up,” thought I should caution you
that I don’t like my lobster over cooked. CHEERS!
WHITBY -- His was the
first face of Whitby's fire service. Now, it's fitting
that Ed Crouch's name has found a special spot at the
department's main station.
headquarters at 111 McKinney Dr. has officially been
renamed the Edward M. Crouch Memorial Building in honour
of the former Whitby fire chief.
"It's a symbol of
our appreciation for the remarkable contributions that
he made and in memory of his historic significance,"
said Mayor Pat Perkins at a building dedication ceremony
held June 30.
Mr. Crouch, who
died last November at the age of 78, was the first
full-time fire chief in Whitby back in 1969. He was
responsible for hiring the first five full-time
firefighters -- putting an end to 120 years of solely
volunteer-driven service -- and igniting a spark in all
who followed in his footsteps.
"During his years
with the Whitby fire department, both the town and the
fire department experienced enormous growth and
development," Mayor Perkins said, before unveiling a
commemorative plaque to be displayed at the building in
"Ed embraced the
challenges and used his extensive knowledge and insight
to lead the fire department as it grew from being mostly
volunteer-based to a full-time force."
During his 23
years of steadfast service to the department before his
retirement in 1991, Mr. Crouch left behind a myriad of
implementing the highly successful junior fire
department program that still exists today, acting as
first chairman of the Durham Region board that
established the 911 system, and garnering the most
efficient equipment for the department.
"He developed the
infrastructure from which we all work today," said
Deputy Fire Chief Bob Mowat, who knew Mr. Crouch
throughout his entire career.
Crouch's leadership, through his purchases, through his
implementation of youth and adult programs, through the
inspections and code enforcement of our fire prevention
staff, through the training and compassionate response
of our suppression staff and through the support of our
council, the citizens of Whitby enjoy a level of fire
protection that is second to none."
Mr. Crouch was
also recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee
Medal for outstanding service, the Ontario Fire Service
medal and the Canadian Fire Service Exemplary Medal.
Currently, there are 467 fire departments in Ontario but
only 201, or about 40 per cent, have a full-time chief
"This goes to show
the passion, dedication and vision that Chief Crouch had
to ensure that the Town of Whitby had the best fire
protection," added Mariano Perini, attending the event
on behalf of the Ontario Fire Marshal's office.
I thought if I called you
all tonight I would catch everyone at home - - finishing up your
Income Tax Returns. I’m not trying to rush you here - - you
still have almost six hours in which to complete this. Good
We celebrated two
retirements this week – JOHN MCGIVERN on Wednesday and DAVE STEVENS
on Thursday. Congratulations gentlemen and welcome to the
wonderful world of retirement. We hope you will join us on the
Thursday of every month for a delicious luncheon and a couple of
hours of terrific camaraderie.
It was great to see SUE
BROWN attend the retirement party without her foot cast for a
change. You will have to take very good care of that for quite
some time, so you might consider kicking Bob down the stairs rather
than up for a while.
STAN AMOS informed me that
Sharon is struggling with the affects of knee replacement surgery
and joins a large number of members who have undergone this
procedure. They will most likely agree that it is certainly no
fun and we all wish you a complete and speedy recovery.
The next Retiree we will
celebrate is RICK TURNER, seniority number 419 who started with SFD
in July 1974 and has served 35 years. His party will be held
on Thursday, May 6 at the Royal Canadian Legion #258, 45 Lawson Road
(Highland Creek) at 7:00 p.m. For more information you may
contact JOHN ZANCANARO AT 905-721-9328 OR
416-951-9328. Congratulations RICK!
SUE BROWN is once again
soliciting assistance on Saturday, May 8 for IODE Geranium Day.
They require help unloading geraniums off the truck and request you
arrive at Stephen Leacock Arena, 2500 Birchmount Avenue Scarborough,
at 6:30 a.m. No, this is not a typo - - it IS 6:30 a.m.
If you are worried about your alarm malfunctioning and you might not
wake in time, you might try what I usually do - - - - just prior to
retiring, I drink a very large glass of water and you won’t have to
worry; you wake in plenty of time to make the 6:30 appointment.
If anyone can help out with the flowers, could you please call Margo
MacKinnon at 905-839-5789. Thanks very much.
I’m giving you a much
earlier reminder of May’s luncheon since it’s LADIES’ DAY and we
hope as many as possible will be able to attend. The venue is
the same – RCL #258 – Lawson Rd. (Highland Creek) and we usually
begin approximately 11:30 a.m. It has been brought to my
attention by a few now, that some are under the impression that this
event is a “couples only” function. This is indeed NOT SO.
Sadly, many of us (men and women) have lost spouses and find it
difficult to socialize. Please consider coming out on the 13th
to catch up on everyone’s news and have a great few hours. If you
would like to attend but for any reason are not comfortable with
navigating on your own, e-mail me and I’ll do my best to find
someone in your area who could pick you up (and/or car pool).
We do appreciate r.s.v.p. as soon as possible and you may call BARRY
at the White House – 416-438-2458, ROY at the Fletcher
Residence – 416-261-0661 or you may simply e-mail me and I will see
that your message is passed on.
FRANK MCPHERSON contacted me
with regard to Firefighter Calendars and the best I could do for him
was to offer a picture of Mr. December 1966 or put him in touch with
the Union Rep at TFS. I haven’t heard if he has had any
success in this venture. If not, I might suggest a SFD
Retirees calendar. Since Frank stipulated he wanted one with
lots of muscle and skin, I thought perhaps we Retirees could at
least come across with the skin part. Muscle tone may not be
overly abundant though. If anyone thinks this may be a good
idea, feel free to bring along (to the luncheon), your “speedoes” or
Y-fronts if you prefer and a bottle of baby oil so we could have
some try-outs. The girls can act as judges for us.
May is a busy month folks
and we also have notice of the ROSS FORFAR 5th
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT on Tuesday, May 25 at Sleepy Hollow in
Stouffville. Proceeds will go toward Firefighters Cancer
Research Fund at the Princess Margaret Hospital. If you plan
to attend, registration forms can be obtained by clicking on
www.scarboroughfirefighters.org and scroll down to the
article and you will be told where to “click” in order to print out
a form. Hopefully we will see NANCY FORFAR out at the LADIES’
LUNCHEON on the 13th.
Friday, May 28 is
SCARBOROUGH DAY 2010 and everyone is invited to Jack Astors (right
beside Scarborough Town Centre) for a celebration. The party
begins at 1:00 p.m. - - - onwards.
I know there is a lot of
information for you all to put on your calendars but there’s still
one more you shouldn’t forget - - Sunday May 9 is Mothers’ Day and
I’m certain we all know somebody’s mother whom we should
Take care folks!