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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.

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NEWSLETTER

September 24, 2014

SCARBOROUGH PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS RETIREES
FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER


Fellow Retirees:

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 October.
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

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION
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: johntv@sympatico.ca

PHONE COMMUNICATIONS
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 appreciated.

WEBSITE COMMUNICATIONS
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 at 'scarboroughfirefighters.org'.
Once again we greatly thank Chuck for his efforts in communicating with all active and retired
Scarborough Firefighters.

LUNCHEONS
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 'johntv@sympatico.ca', 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.

AFFILIATIONS
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 'rnickle@sympatico.ca'.
Thanks so much Ron for helping us out.

MILESTONES
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 ship shape.
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.

DECEASED MEMBERS
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

905 509-2953                         416 261-0661
johntv@sympatico.ca              maroy@rogers.com

John Davies [Aug 4/14]

Colin Macdonald recently passed along the following. 

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 friends.

Colin


Hello Everyone, [Aug 4/14]
 
I hope you are enjoying this great summer.
Just reminder to all about the Scarborough Firefighters Retirees LUNCH
being held THIS Thursday August 7th. at the PUB on Water St.
in PORT PERRY.


Hope to see you there.
 
John V


To all...  [July 3/14]

Thanks to all the active and retirees that showed up in Brighton for the latest golf date (June 20).
We had 38 golfers and 7 non-golfing retirees joining us for dinner. The weather was fantastic,
the course in great shape and not a complaint was heard from anyone.  For all those asked when the next one is, the date is Friday September 26th. with tee times starting at 9:30am.
Once again thanks for the words of encouragement and we will see you in September.
 
Tom Kristensen and Al Fletcher.
 
 
NEXT GOLF DAY:
 
The FLETCHER-KRISTENSEN golf day. It will be a scramble format for a modest fee of $45.00, which includes golf, power cart and a steak or chicken dinner. Enter your own foursome or sign up as a single and they will make up groups for you. The date is Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Pineridge Golf Course, Highway 30 north of Brighton. Tee times start at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a spot (and provide your preference of steak or chicken), call TOM KRISTENSEN at: 705-653-3295 or AL FLETCHER at: 647-351-2659. 
 


HELLO EVERYONE: [June 30/14]

Hope everyone is able to keep cool and away from the foul weather we are experiencing lately.

A reminder for the Port Perry Luncheon this Thursday July 3 at The Atrium Pub on Water Street in P.P. (across from the park).  No response is necessary - - just arrive sometime around 11:30 ish.

I received a new address for Ron Wood from his daughter Mary Elstone and he would welcome a call or visit.
520  Markham Road, apartment 422, Scarborough, Ontario M1H  3A1.
Phone number is the same: 416-755-0161.
Mary advises you identify yourself with some bit of history between you and Ron - - just to "jog" his memory when you call.

After more than eight years "on the keyboard,"  we are retiring and passing the torch to JOHN VONK.  He will now be handling all the SFD Retirees' correspondence and his contact information is:  johntv@sympatico.ca

Have a great summer and we'll see you all at the luncheons commencing in the fall.

Best regards to everyone and

"PLAY SAFELY!"

Al  (and Lynn) 


HELLO EVERYONE: [May12/14]

The ladies' day luncheon was a huge success with quite a large turnout.  Food was a little slow in arriving at our tables but this was not the fault of our Co-Presidents.  Roy and John put an enormous amount of work into the planning of this wonderful event for us and I'm certain I speak for all when we send kudos and thanks to them.  I haven't heard any feedback yet as to how many members went home big winners from the casino.  I'd put my bets on Sue Brown.  We had perfect weather and a wonderful day.  Many thanks Roy and John.

Due to the elections on June 12th there will NOT be a luncheon on that day.  There will also be no luncheon during July and August, resuming again on September 11th at the Harp and Crown.  There WILL be however, a luncheon in Port Perry, at the Atrium on Water street on June 5, July 3 and August 7th.  Everyone welcome and no rsvp necessary.

It was wonderful to see Al Fletcher out again to the luncheon and he seems to be doing quite well.  Must be the terrific nursing skills of Sue!  Al announced that there will once again be a "Fletcher-Kristensen" golf day.  Al and Tom will be hosting another steak and ride golf get together on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at the Pineridge Golf Course - Hwy. 30 north of Brighton.  It will be a scramble format and the fee is $45.00 for golf, power cart and steak or chicken dinner.  Enter your own foursome or sign up as a single and they will make up groups for you.  Please call Tom Kristensen @ 705-653-3295 or Al Fletcher @ 647-351-2659 and state your preference for dinner when you call.  Tee times start at 9:30 a.m.  HURRY!  Spots are going quickly so call soon!

Best regards,
Al


Hello Everyone: [Apr 15/14]

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE LADIES LUNCHEON ON THURSDAY MAY 8 WILL BE HELD AT AJAX DOWNS RACETRACK & CASINO IN THE GETAWAY RESTAURANT.  AJAX DOWNS IS OFF HIGHWAY 2,  TWO LIGHTS EAST OF SALEM ROAD IN AJAX.  ALL MALE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB WILL PAY $10.OO AND AS ALWAYS THE LADIES ARE FREE.  AS AN ADDED BONUS EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE A $10.00 VOUCHER TO GAMBLE WITH IN THE CASINO BUT A PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO USE THE VOUCHER.  ANYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE A WINNERS CIRCLE CARD AND WISHES TO APPLY FOR ONE WILL GET AN ADDITIONAL $5.00 TO GAMBLE  WITH.
 
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DELICIOUS ITEMS ON THE MENU SO PUT A CIRCLE ON THE DATE.  BECAUSE SEATING IS LIMITED WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU (rsvp) BY  SATURDAY MAY 3,  AS ALWAYS CONTACT JOHN (905-509-2953), ROY (416-261-0661) OR EMAIL AL (alan.adams@sympatico.ca).
 
SCARBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS RETIREES CLUB

HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 6/14]

Hopefully this finds everyone well, staying away from all the nasty bugs out there and in the possession of ample amounts of SNOW!  If anyone happens to be near the “shut off” switch  for the white stuff, could you please throw it so we can all make preparations for attending February’s Luncheon on the 13th at the Harp and Crown, Altona Road and Kingston Road Pickering.  The fun begins about 11:30 ish.  Since you will most likely be out shopping for a Valentine gift for your significant other, you might just as well drop by the Harp and enjoy some great camaraderie and a wonderful lunch.  Don’t forget to purchase something very nice, like perhaps a Cruise!  Where else can you pay hundreds of dollars to sleep in a closet?  Above all else - - DO NOT assume it will be acceptable to offer her breakfast in bed on Valentine’s day, by putting the bed closer to the stove in order to make it easier for her to prepare, or you might find you will be spending Valentine night on the chesterfield!

For anyone coping with the effects of Autism, ADD or ADHD of a loved one, our own TOM ANSELL has been researching this and will be organizing a conference in the near future.  If you are interested, more information can be found on the firefighters’ web site at:   www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

Hopefully we will see everyone out at the luncheon and don’t forget to r.s.v.p. - - ROY FLETCHER at  416-261-0061,  JOHN VONK  at  905-509-2953 or email  me and I will pass your message on.

Play safely and watch the weather!

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Jan 4/14]

Just a reminder that Thursday, January 9th is the first luncheon of 2014 and will take place at the Harp and Crown, Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering.  The time is 11:30ish and an r.s.v.p. would be appreciated.  ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661,  JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953 or email me at  alan.adams@sympatico.ca and I will pass your message on.

It’s time once again to renew your membership dues of only $10.00 for the year and can be paid (if you haven’t already), at the luncheon or mail to JOHN VONK, 460 Rosebank Road, Pickering Ontario  L1W  2N5.

Hope to see everyone out next Thursday. 

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE:  [Dec 26/13]

On this Christmas Eve I am sad to announce that our own Charlie Croft who has given 35 years of dedicated service to our members on support 7 is currently in Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital, Neilson Road and Ellesmere Avenue in guarded condition.  He will apparently, welcome visitors to his room, 903.  It might be a good idea to call the hospital at 416-281-7315 before visiting.  I am certain we ALL send our thoughts and prayers for a complete convalescence.

Regards,

Al


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

HELLO ALL [Dec 20/13]

The Christmas Luncheon was a huge success with an attendance of almost 90.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we offer a round of applause to ROY FLETCHER and JOHN VONK for making this possible for us.  They put a considerable amount of time and effort into planning this event.  Thanks so much ROY and JOHN!

We offer congratulations to MIKE GAIGER who has retired after 24 years of service and we wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement.  We are also pleased to report that Muriel Thompson’s hip replacement surgery was a success and she is now at home where we hope she will quickly convalesce. 

In case you aren’t aware - - there are only a few more shopping days ‘till Christmas for those who have yet to complete the list.  Just as a little bit of advice;  if you haven’t yet picked up a gift for your “significant other,” I would not suggest you give her a car wash kit, table saw, subscription to sports illustrated and most importantly, I highly recommend you don’t give her a 3 year subscription to Weight Watchers!”

It’s very important that we all play safely over the holidays, especially if you plan on imbibing in alcoholic beverages.  I was out last night and over indulged a tad but was quick to take the advice of the experts and took a cab home.  It was wonderful being waved through two ride checks without being stopped.  Now I have a huge problem - - I don’t know what the hell I’m going to do with the damned cab!

Anyway - - we hope you all have a Cool Yule and Santa hangs lots of fun on your holidays. 

Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2014,

Al  (King of the Castle) 

And me too (Foreman of the Kitchen)

 

 

HELLO EVERYONE: [Dec 05/13]

It’s time to remind you of the December Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Harp and Crown, Kingston Road and Altona, Pickering, on Thursday December 12th – 11:30 ish.  Please r.s.v.p. to ROY FLETCHER – 416-261-0661,  JOHN VONK – 905-509-2953 or email me and I will pass your response on.

Gary Roncetti has informed me that Howard Lawson has undergone a quadruple by-pass surgery and is now home from the hospital convalescing.  I received an email from Howie yesterday and he welcomes mail from the members.  His address is:   LLAWSOND@aol.com  .   We wish him a speedy recovery.  I am pleased to report that Al Fletcher is doing very with his chemotherapy treatments.  Well done Al - - keep up the good work.  Muriel Thompson (Ernie’s wife) will undergo a hip replacement surgery on Friday December 6th and we also wish her a quick and complete convalescence.  Chuck Carolan has left the fire service on LTD and although his retirement is not yet official, we wish him all the best in the future.

Ho Ho Ho everyone - -it’s time to start jingling your bells and avoid a mad dash on Christmas week.  Roy Fletcher informs me that he will, again this year have his Lions Club cakes for sale at the luncheon.  There will be fruit cake as well as cherry.  This is your last chance to stock up and we can attest that these cakes are delicious!

Play safely everyone. 

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE:

I am forwarding (attached) the Fall Newsletter from the office of JOHN VONK where he outlines information on the function and services offered by the SCARBOROUGH PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS RETIREES CLUB.  I’m not surprised that JOHN neglected to mention on his list of kudos that he and ROY FLETCHER are the very backbone of this club and can tell you, they spend countless hours on our behalf, to make certain our lunches are very enjoyable and camaraderie unsurpassed.  ROY and JOHN we all bang our hands together in a huge round of applause to express our gratitude.

Thursday, October 3rd is the date for the (Scuggog), Port Perry luncheon which is held at the Atrium on Water Street (across from Palmer Park) approximately 11:30 ish.

The (Scarborough) Ladies Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 10th at the Harp and Crown, Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering – same time – 11:30 ish.  PLEASE rsvp to ROY at 416-261-0661,  JOHN at 905-509-2953 or email me and I will pass your message on to them.  Roy and John require a response in order to make arrangements for enough food!! 

If you haven’t already visited CHUCK WEST’S website   www.scarboroughfirefighters.org  please do.  He has information on retirees celebrations and as well,  pictures of BARRY MARTIN #342 taken at a Firehall in Ladysmith British Columbia where he was asked to Pipe in honour of September 11th.  Thanks so much for the pics BARRY.

We send congratulations to our newest retirees:  BRIAN BURROWS # 425,  MATT BRIERLEY # 582, DAVIS INGLIS # 602 and ROB LOVITT # 656 and wish them a long and healthy retirement.

Our own SUE BROWN has recently undergone hernia surgery and hubby BOB informs us that she will most likely return home from the hospital today.  We wish her a very speedy recovery and a much pampered convalescence.

We hope to see everyone out on the 10th and. . . . .

Play safely kids 

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Sept 5/13]

Hope you are all enjoying the remainder of summer and looking forward to a glorious fall season.  Our monthly luncheons will resume on Thursday, September 12th at approximately 11:30 a.m. – HARP AND CROWN, Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering.  Roy Fletcher is currently on vacation and will not be able to attend so PLEASE r.s.v.p. to JOHN VONK at  905-509-2953 or email me and I will pass your message on to JOHN.  Plans are currently in the process of being made for Ladies Day Luncheon to occur on October 10th to hopefully be held at RCL Ajax (Hunt Street), so mark your calendars and we’ll be able to confirm the details soon. 

Congratulations go out to Ron Blizzard, Don Parker, Bill Stevens, Rick Dennis, Kim Bedford, Rick Gallo and Matt Brierley, we wish you a long, healthy and happy retirement. Retirement Celebrations are planned or in the works. Information with regard to venue and tickets can be found at www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

As well, there is a reminder of the Golf Tournament at Pine Ridge on Sept 27th, also with contact information for AL FLETCHER and TOM KRISTENSEN.  Hurry!  Tickets are going fast!

We also extend our heartiest congratulations to our President, ROY FLETCHER and his bride who are currently on a cruise celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary (September 7) and also to the GREG SIMERSONS who have recently returned from a cruise commemorating their Diamond Anniversary (August 22).  Anniversaries are better measured NOT by the number of years you have been married, but by the cherished memories gathered along the way.  Now Roy, Mary, Greg and Fran;  aren’t you glad we ALL decided to forever hold our peace? 

Play safely kids!

Best regards,
Al


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 as possible. 

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. 

Regards,

Al


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! 

Best regards,

Al


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 time.

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.

Complete 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.

HELP!!!

I have received a request from JIMMY BREDIN.  If anyone has any copies of the old Scarborough Fire Newsletters, please contact him at:  jamesbredinjr@gmail.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!

Best regards,

Al


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 on. 

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  johntv@sympatico.ca   or telephone him at:   905-509-2953. 

Keep the faith - - Spring may finally be here!!

Best regards,

Al


Ladies Luncheon [Apr 3/13]

Our Ladies luncheon is coming up on May 9th.  We'd like to continue
this tradition (spring & fall luncheons May & October) since these are
the only times that we get together with our wives.

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 be worthwhile.

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 everyone is welcome.
You can e-mail me at johntv@sympatico.ca or leave a message at 905 509-2953.

Regards

John
 


HELLO EVERYONE: {update} [Mar 13/13]

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of RON FRYER  # 466 who started with SFD in September 1975 and retired November 1995 after 20 years of service.  He passed away at Lakeridge Health, Port Perry on Friday March 8, 2013 age 71 years.  At the request of RON there will be no funeral service.  Cremation has already taken place and if desired, donations to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation or the Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter would be appreciated by the family.  On behalf of everyone, I extend our most sincere condolences to Marg and the family.

Thank you so much CHUCK WEST and Edward Johnston for bringing this obituary to my attention.

I am also saddened to report that Sue Brown’s husband Bob has suffered a stroke and is currently in the Margaret Birch Rehab Centre (Centenary Hospital) and she tells me he is coming along nicely.  Not being one to accept this inconvenience, it is particularly fortunate that he is in good physical condition and should realize a complete, fast recovery.  He already has his speech back and is currently undergoing physio on his left arm and hand.  His estimated stay at the centre is four to eight weeks, but with his intense determination, expect he will be home before very long.  Visitors seem to tire him at this time but will accept phone calls as they seem to cheer him.  Sue will keep us informed of his progress and we wish the Brown family every success in this endeavour.

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE [Mar 8/13]

Just a reminder that next Thursday,  March 14th is the luncheon at Harp and Crown, Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering.  John tells me that “WINGS” will be on the menu and of course, if you prefer, you can order from the menu.  Please r.s.v.p. as soon as possible - - ROY FLETCHER – 416-261-0661,  JOHN VONK - - 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will forward your reply to Roy and John.

JOHN VONK now has SFD Window Decals and they can be obtained at the luncheon - $3.00 or two for $5.00.  If you cannot attend, you may email John at - - johntv@sympatico.ca   and make arrangements with him to have some mailed to you. 

Hopefully everyone is well and the snow storms are over for this year!! 

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 7/13]

Hope you are all hunkering down to weather out the nasty storm that will hit us today.  Please be safe, warm and dry and by all means, take it easy if you will be shoveling snow. 

Our next luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 14th at THE HARP AND CROWN, Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering.  Please r.s.v.p. to ROY FLETCHER, 416-261-0661,  JOHN VONK 905-509-2953 or e-mail me and I will pass your message on so a meal can be ordered for you.  Next Thursday’s luncheon will be fish and chips or if you prefer, you can order from the general menu.  The fun begins anytime after 11:30 a.m. and will finish in plenty of time for everyone to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  A little TIP:  If your “Significant Other” drops hints that she would like to have a new belt and bag for a valentine gift, don’t make the huge mistake of assuming she is referring to vacuum cleaner replacement parts in order to make the machine work better!!!!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 19th.  The “Colonel,”  Captain Gord Dickie # 489 who started with SFD in May of 1976 will retire as Captain of TFS Air-light truck, located at Station 231 (Hall 7).  A retirement breakfast is planned at the Markham Station (Markham Road and Sheppard Ave, South West corner).  Tickets are $5.00 in advance for a gift (breakfast is extra).  Tickets are available from D/C 23 or Air-li9ght 231 on ‘C’ Platoon (both located at Hall 7).  Start time is 7:30 A.M.  Better set the alarms the night before!

JOHN VONK has sent me a warning from the police that I will share with you:

“BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE.  It is a new way to perform carjackings.  HEADS UP EVERYONE!  You walk across a parking lot, unlock your car and get inside.  Then you start the engine and shift into reverse.  When looking into the rear view mirror, you notice a piece of paper stuck  to the middle of your rear window.  You shift into “park,” unlock your door and jump out of your car to remove the paper, (or whatever it is) obstructing your view.  When you reach the back of your car, the carjackers will appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and drive off.  You most likely have left purses and other important articles in the car allowing the carjackers access to your home address, money and keys.  Your home and identity are now compromised.  If you see a piece of paper stuck to the back window, just drive away and remove the paper later.”

I always find it more convenient to try and “drive through” two spaces so I don’t have to back up when leaving a parking lot.  This way, my view would not be marred by anything stuck to the back window.  It seems we have to get up awfully early in the morning in order to outsmart the bad guys.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL EVERYONE and pass this warning on to your family and friends.  Thanks so much JOHN for bringing this to our attention.

Don’t forget to  r.s.v.p. the luncheon everyone and please take a moment to keep Pat and Charlie Croft in your thoughts and prayers.  Pat is currently in the hospital and not doing very well.  This is an extremely difficult time for Charlie having many life altering decisions to make in the next little while.

 Watch that storm folks and play safely! 

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Jan 4/13]

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and may 2013 represent “Lucky 13” for all.

Many people are reported to be on the sick list with bugs and germs all around.  Try to stay healthy - - wash your hands frequently, stay away from those with colds AND. . . for God’s sake, do not sit on the seats  (just like Mom always told you).  If you are one of the few who are well at this time, I wish to remind you that it is time once again for our Luncheon.  A head count is needed for food so please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible so I may pass your response on to ROY and JOHN.  The venue is THE HARP AND CROWN (Altona Road and Kingston Road, Pickering) next Thursday, January 10 - - regular time (11:30 ish).  You may call ROY at 416-261-0661, JOHN at 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will see that your message is forwarded.  JOHN informs me that the menu will include a hot beef sandwich (with veggies and your choice of potato).  There are also other options available.

Don’t forget folks;   The memorial service for RAY TODD will take place tomorrow (January 5) 1:00 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough.  A reception will follow.

CHUCK WEST has placed photos from the spring luncheon (at Harp) on his website:   www.scarboroughfirefighters.org   for anyone who wishes to view them.  Thanks so much CHUCK!

Watch the weather and drive carefully.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE! [Dec 15/12] update

 Our Christmas Breakout Luncheon was a complete success with almost 80 in attendance.  ALL the feedback I received was extremely positive!  On behalf of everyone, we offer a unanimous vote of THANKS to ROY FLETCHER and JOHN VONK for the enormous amount of work they put into making this event so successful.  It was great to see many faces from the past again, enjoying the camaraderie and good food that the day provided.

 On a more somber note, it has been reported that RAY TODD is currently in Scarborough General Hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatment and is now accepting visitors.  More information can be obtained by contacting “Patient Inquiry” at the hospital.  We wish RAY all the best! 

It has also come to my attention that JOHN DAVIES is a patient in the Bowmanville Hospital Room 109 and he also is accepting visitors.  It is advised that you contact the hospital prior to your visit.  We wish you well too JOHN! 

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Dec/12]

Just a reminder that the Christmas Breakout Luncheon will be held next Thursday, December 13th at Harp and Crown (Altona Road and Kingston Road). ROY and JOHN would like to have a “head count” of those attending so if you could please r.s.v.p. to ROY - - 416-261-0661, JOHN - - 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will forward your message on to them.

I received mail from WAYNE HARRIS informing me that Joanne is still a patient in hospital and we certainly wish her a speedy recovery and will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, Marie McPherson is coming along nicely with her convalescence for back surgery. GORD MACBRIDE is currently undergoing chemotherapy following his recent surgery and we wish him all the best luck with this.

I also have sad news to report of the passing of CAPTAIN JOHN SEMPLE , Retired – 31 years with Toronto Fire Services and he was also a member of the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums. His obituary is in today’s Star and he is resting at Accettone Funeral Home, 384 Finlay Avenue, Ajax. Visitations: Wednesday, December 5th - - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6th - - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - - to 9:00 p.m. Friday, December 7th - - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 8th at Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Road, Scarborough at 11:00 a.m. We offer sincere condolences to Sharon and family.

Hope to see everyone at the luncheon on December 13th.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Oct 15/12]

Our Ladies’ Day Luncheon was a huge success with a large turnout and delicious roast beef dinner. It was nice to see so many familiar faces once again. ROY announced that there will be NO luncheon in November due to Remembrance Day preparations at the Legion but don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, December 13th for the next luncheon which will be the SCARBOROUGH FIRE FIGHTERS CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT and this will be held at the Harp and Crown (Altona Road and Kingston Road). Our President and Co-President, ROY and JOHN have been considering for some time now of moving the luncheons to the Harp and Crown on a permanent basis. All members will have the opportunity to vote on this decision.

ROY will be selling Lions Club Christmas Cakes at the December luncheon, but if you require them prior to December 13 they can be obtained at the Lions Club Christmas Craft Sale at the Birchmount Community Centre, 93 Birchmount Road - - on November 4th between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Mark the date on your calendars and DO make a point of attending. This is next door to Scarborough Arena and affords “One Stop Christmas Shopping” in a WARM venue. Just think; you can potentially cross off all the names on your gift list in just a few short hours. For the best selection, it would be advisable to arrive early.

I received an e-mail and had a nice landline chat with GORD MACBRIDE this a.m. and he informs me that he will undergo surgery tomorrow (Oct. 16) for colon cancer. I am certain I speak for everyone when I wish him the best of luck and a very speedy convalescence. GORD, we will all keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Sept 29/12]

I have just picked up a very sad e-mail from DAVE McBRIEN asking me to share with you all, news of the passing of BILL MATTHEWS. DAVE attached an obituary which reads as follows:

MATTHEWS, WILLIAM GEORGE – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Jerry/Bill) George Matthews at Ross Memorial Hospital on Thursday, September 27, 2012. He was a loving and devoted husband of 57 years to the late Dorothy Matthews, beloved father of Laura McBrien (Glenn) and Susan Hrushka, proud paper of Genna McGill (Jason) and great papa (bopbop) of Carter and Alex McGill. He served the Scarborough Fire Department for 30 years as Captain, going beyond the call of duty to protect his crew and those in need. He was a strong, quiet man who put his family above all others. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. At Bill’s request, there will be no funeral service. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of his life at his home at 45 Candelight Court in Port Perry on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

On behalf of everyone, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to BILL’S family.

ROY FLETCHER has provided me with an update on the September 21st Golf Tournament at the Pineridge Golf Club, run by TOM KRISTENSEN and AL FLETCHER. Seems it was a huge success with 40 golfers enjoying golf and dinner. Big winners were Chris Burrell, Mac Burrell and Darrell Savoie who were closest to the pin. The winning team consisted Stu Wright, Mac Burrell, Chris Burrell and Roy Fletcher with a 5 under score. Congratulations to all the winners and particularly to TOM KRISTENSEN and AL FLETCHER for organizing another great day of golf.

Hopefully everyone will have recouped from a huge Thanksgiving Feast in time to attend the October 11th (Thursday) luncheon at the RCL #258, Highland Creek. This luncheon will include the Ladies so we’re hoping for a great turn out! Don’t forget to 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. ROY has informed me that we are to be graced with a visit from Holly Murphy (MROO). Many of our members who are vacationing this winter will be able to obtain information on Travel Insurance. Holly is willing to assist anyone who is about to lose their health benefits, as well as information with regard to dental and other related topics.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. May you be surrounded by your loved ones enjoying the terrific smells and tastes of a time where we give thanks for what we do have. Play safely kids and hope to see everyone on October 11. Don’t forget to r.s.v.p.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Sept 5/12]

As summer winds to a close and everyone is returning from various vacations and visits to the cottage, recreational vehicles and tents etc. where going to the bathroom in the middle of the night requires shoes and a flashlight, it’s time to get back to normal life in the city. Hopefully no one has forgotten how to “boot up” their computers even though some of us (and I won’t name anyone) have to use jumper cables to get theirs up and running.

Now that you’ve sorted all this out, it’s time to jot down a note on the calendar that Thursday, September 13 is the next luncheon date at RCL #258, Lawson Road, Highland Creek. Please R.S.V.P. to ROY FLETCHER, 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will see that you are counted in for lunch. Don’t be surprised if JOHN (and Vicki) sound a little “funny” on the telephone because they have just returned from a vacation in Scotland. We all hope you had a great time kids and didn’t wear out your new hip and knee doing the highland fling ‘till all hours of the night.

If you haven’t already read the news on CHUCK WEST’S web site (www.scarboroughfirefighters.org) , CLIFF FERGUSON’S granddaughter, Jessica Phoenix finished 22nd out of 53 (who completed the Stadium in the Equestrian Eventing) at the London Olympics. ROY STROTHER’S granddaughter, Amanda Reason competed with the Canadian Swim Team in the Women’s 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay. It seems the Canadian team placed 3rd during the heats and finished 4th in the finals, just missing a place on the podium. On behalf of everyone and with great pride, we send our heartiest congratulations to Jessica and Amanda for a job well done!

LISTEN UP GOLFERS:

The TOM KRISTENSEN – AL FLETCHER golf day is set for Friday, September 21 and the event is planned to be a scramble format, as well as prizes. The price is $44.00 for golf, cart and steak or chicken dinner. If anyone is interested in entering a foursome or signing up individually, (and we make up the teams as before), please call TOM KRISTENSEN at 705-653-3295 or AL FLETCHER at 613-475-0746. PINE RIDGE GOLF COURSE is 12 minutes north of highway 401 on highway 30 (Brighton). Please state your preference for steak or chicken.

Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. the luncheon.

Best regards,

AL


HELLO EVERYONE: [July 25/12]

OHIP CORRECTION

This is to inform I have learned that this report (below) about OHIP Changes is a HOAX!! I have received numerous e-mails and telephone calls with regard to this. COMPLETELY DISREGARD! It wouldn’t have surprised me in light of the recent articles in the Toronto Star with regard to seniors undergoing eye (cataract) surgery without the benefit of anesthetic. Thank you so much to everyone who checked into this story. Sharon Nickle is a nurse and she totally discredits the report. As well, she confirms this with the “Snopes” web site. Thanks also to JOHN VONK who called to say that this story has been circulating for many months and he too confirms it to be a HOAX!

Sorry for any anxiety or inconvenience this may have caused.

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [July 24th] 

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 calendars.

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 families.

KAREN REID has very kindly posted the pictures of SUE BROWN’S Retirement Celebration on CHUCK WEST’S website: www.scarboroughfirefighters.org 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.

Best regards,

Al

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The information below is reported to be a hoax - please disregard.
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 legislation

Tom

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 country!!!
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 this government 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.
 


HELLO EVERYONE: [July 7/12]

This is just a reminder and “last call” to reserve a delicious roast beef meal for only $10.00, at the Harp and Crown, (Altona Road and Kingston Road) Pickering for the Scarborough Fire Fighters’ Reunion Luncheon being held next Thursday, June 14th anytime after 11:30 a.m. 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. We have had a tremendous response to date and hope to see as many out as possible. This event will prove a great opportunity to reminisce the old days and as well, perhaps re-fight a few fires of yesteryear.

The Ladies’ Luncheon on May 10th was very successful with a large attendance. ROY arranged for us to have a guest speaker from OMERS who offered valuable information with regard to Spousal Benefits. If anyone has questions in this respect, you may contact Michael Robinson, Manager – Education and Training, at One University Avenue, 16th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2P1 - - Telephone Number – 416-369-3147 fax number - 416-369-0920 or by e-mail - - mrobinson@omers.com

We have reports of a few on the “sick list” and certainly hope by now Shirley Cook is over the nasty bug that prevented her from attending the luncheon.

ROY WATERFIELD will have to miss the Reunion Luncheon as the result of his 3rd upcoming spinal surgery. We all wish you a speedy recovery ROY.

ED SCHMELER is also scheduled for some surgery on his back and we all hope this will be completely successful and you’ll soon be back on that wonderful little lake in Magnetawan scaring the hell out of all the fish.

Don’t forget to R.S.V.P. folks!

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [May 22/12]

I am saddened to report the passing of Joan Isobel Morris at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Wednesday, May 16th at age 81. Joan is the beloved wife of FRANK (for 61 years). Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer Society. On behalf of everyone, we extend heartfelt condolences to FRANK, Craig (Marylin), Michael (Irene), Wayne and family.

AL FLETCHER and TOM KRISTENSEN are once again hosting a golf, steak and ride on Friday June 29th. Cost is $44.00 which includes taxes, 18 holes of golf, power cart and steak or chicken dinner, at Pine Ridge Golf Course which is 12 minutes north of 401 on highway 30 (Brighton). Tee times start at 10:00 a.m. Please call TOM at 705-653-3295 or AL at 613-475-0746 and PLEASE state your preference for steak or chicken.

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [May 1/12]

Just a reminder that the May 10th luncheon is LADIES’ DAY and we hope to have as many as possible come out and join us. As usual, the Lawson Road RCL #258, Highland Creek is the place to be - - anytime after 11:30 a.m. If anyone has a transportation problem, let me know and I will try to find someone “going your way.” Remember, this is NOT a couples only event - - everyone is welcome. If your designated driver is not an SFD member, not to worry; we will make him or her very welcome. ROY has arranged for a guest speaker to discuss Spousal Benefits and many of us will find this information quite helpful and we request you arrive prior to noon. 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 see that your response is passed on to ROY so he will know how much food to order.

We have a mixture of sad news and congratulatory messages to report this month; Walter Burnett, father-in-law of JIM CANNON passed away on Saturday, April 7th. Walter was a retired Captain on East York F.D. His son, Captain Larry Burnett is retired from T.F.D. and son-in-law JIM CANNON a retiree of T.F.S. We offer heartfelt condolences to Walter’s beloved wife, Donna Mae, Jim and Donna Cannon and families.

As well, it has come to my attention of the passing of Eileen “Nel” (White) Schuett, loving wife of the late JOHN SCHUETT, 83 years of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, who died April 23rd in Halifax. Eileen was the sister of Nina Giffin, (wife of OLAND GIFFIN “Ollie”). On behalf of all members, we offer sincere sympathy to the family.

ROY STROTHER is beaming with pride these days since learning that his granddaughter has qualified for the Olympics and is part of the 4x200m relay Canadian swim team. She has previously held a world record time in the 50m breaststroke. Her name is either a carefully guarded secret or perhaps proud “Grandpa” was too busy jumping over the moon to report it. Congratulations to the STROTHER family.

Speaking of Grandparents - - I have recently learned that come November our F.D. family will be welcoming another pair - - KAREN and BILL REID will be joining this wonderful club and you won’t want to miss the December luncheon folks. I’m certain “Grandma” KAREN will attend, armed with 8x10 glossies. I think the knitting needles are already “clacking” at the REID residence. Congrats to all!

While I am extending congratulations, I would like to include the CHASES. It seems Lynda has somehow managed to put up with GARY for 42 years and to commemorate this special occasion they plan to forgo the luncheon and run off to their favourite romantic rendezvous in Northern Ontario. Watch those black flies kids and have a wonderful time!

Muriel and ERNIE THOMPSON never tire of enjoying honeymoons, (sometimes more than once a year) and soon plan to be off again on another terrific cruise. We all hope you have a most enjoyable vacation. I certainly hope the ship isn’t the Costa Concordia something or other, but not to worry Muriel; with ERNIE’s naval experience I’m sure he will be able to handle any adverse situation.

REVEREND RON and Sharon Nickle, on the other hand have chosen to celebrate 20 wonderful years of marriage watching other women dance around a campfire in grass skirts on the beaches of heavenly Hawaii. I don’t think they will find this too tough a venture to handle!! Looking forward to some great pictures around the Legion from all the wonderful vacations and. . . .don’t forget everyone to “play safely.”

JOHN VONK is struggling to complete his convalescence from hip surgery in March and hopes to be “dancing” again soon. We will all keep our fingers crossed for you JOHN and perhaps you and your lovely wife, Vicki will be dancing together following her recent knee surgery, (April 23). Hurry back kids; we miss you!

Unfortunately, hip replacement surgery scheduled for next Thursday, May 3 prevented Pat Croft from attending the 83rd Annual Pre-Gala Luncheon and Off Duty Media Awards. We enjoyed a fabulous prime rib roast menu while we celebrated the winner of the 1st BARRY WHITE Award. This is new for 2012, the Barry White Award will be presented annually to the Volunteers on Box 12/Support 7 for their outstanding and dedicated service to Toronto Professional Fire Fighters members at emergency calls. CHARLIE CROFT is the inaugural recipient and has been a member of the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association for 35 years, responding to close to 1000 alarms providing rehab to on scene fire fighters. CHARLIE has served two terms as President of the GTMAA and was editor of the club magazine, (The Trumpet) for 5 years. He is an executive member of the Scarborough Fire Fighters Retirees Club and has been a member for 20 years. CHARLIE also served on the Colour Guard for 7 years, participating in many fire department functions. On behalf of everyone, CHARLIE I offer heartiest congratulations and enormous gratitude for your devoted service. Pat, we hope you recover quickly from surgery so you will be able to celebrate with CHARLIE!

SUE BROWN has also received an award from the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association in recognition for services rendered and we send Congratulations her way as well. Don’t forget; Sue will be celebrating her retirement on May 10 so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, there is still time. She is also planning to attend the Luncheon on the same day.

We still have an APB out for FRED KERR so if anyone knows his whereabouts could you kindly inform me. Seems a childhood friend, Jim Millar has lost contact and is looking for him. Thanks folks!

Hope to see everyone out on the 10th.

Best regards,

AL


HELLO EVERYONE: [Apr 8/12]

HAPPY EASTER!! (Or whatever you are celebrating today). Hope everyone woke to a house full of chocolate eggs this morning. Beware of the brown jelly beans!!

This is just a reminder of next Thursday’s luncheon APRIL 12 at the Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek. Please r.s.v.p. to ROY FLETCHER 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK 905-509-2853 or simply e-mail me and I will pass your message on to ROY.

Just a “heads up” for next month’s luncheon which will be held at the RCL 258, on Thursday, May 10th and it is LADIES’ DAY so mark it on your calendars. ROY has arranged for a guest who will speak to us regarding our pensions and spousal benefits.

As well, on May 10th we will celebrate the retirement of SUE BROWN and am forwarding the poster with all the details. Thank you KAREN REID and TOM POWELL for this information.
Click on poster to open, then click on it again to enlarge it.

Play safely,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Mar 15/12]

We have more sad news to report. BILL MATTHEWS lost his beloved wife, Dorothy (nee Phipps) of 57 years. She passed away on February 28th at the Port Perry Hospital.

I have just been informed by BILL READ of the passing yesterday of Marie Hay, loving wife of DON. As yet we have no information of arrangements available but will forward when I receive them. On behalf of everyone, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the MATTHEWS and HAY families.

BILL MORFITT has sent me a photograph of the 1974 recruit class and I have forwarded it on to CHUCK WEST so he can add it to the Photos section of his web site: www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

You will find the headings on the left hand side and simply click on photos. As well RON WOOD has a short video clip on the web site that I’m certain everyone will find interesting. He narrates historical facts and shows vintage equipment once used by SFD. Thanks so much BILL and RON.

Don’t forget to wear your “green” on Saturday for St. Patty’s Day and if this wonderful weather continues, we could all enjoy our pints of green beer on our “Patty O’Furniture.”

Thursday April 12th is the date of the next luncheon. Don’t forget to mark it on your calendars.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE!  [Mar 3/12]

It’s time once again to remind you of this month’s luncheon which will take place next Thursday, March 8 at the Lawson Road Legion, Highland Creek. The fun begins anytime after 11:30 a.m. and we would appreciate an r.s.v.p. so ROY will be able to inform the ladies in the kitchen of the amount of food to order. Please call ROY FLETCHER at 416-261-0661, JOHN VONK at 905-509-2953 or simply e-mail me and I will pass your message along.

It has come to my attention that the MOONLIGHT family has once again suffered another tremendous loss. Lillian Moonlight, mother of BRUCE (Sharon) passed away peacefully at Bay Ridges Long Term care in Pickering on Wednesday February 22, 1012 in her 91st year. On behalf of everyone we offer our most sincere sympathy to the family.

We extend congratulations from all to the most recent retirees - - TOM ANSELL # 506 who started with SFD on May 7, 1979 and also to RON BENNETT # 511 who commenced his career on February 11, 1980. We all hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Don’t forget the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 11 and if anyone is interested in participating, please contact ROY FLETCHER (416-261-0661) for the details.

There are two kinds of people on St. Patrick’s day - - those who are Irish and those who wish they are. May this March 17th find you “Dublin” over with joy and good luck and if you wake up on March 18th, face down in a field of shamrocks, you will know you might have had a little too much “joy.”

A bit of Irish history - - The Irish Jig originated from too much to drink and not enough washrooms!

Hope to see everyone next Thursday,

“Play Safely,”

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 16/12]

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???

Play safely everyone!

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 4/12]

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 DALE!! Congratulations!

Don’t forget 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 careful.

Hope to see as many out next Thursday as possible.

Best regards,

Al

“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.

Al


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!!

 Hope everyone is well with no one on the “sick” list and looking forward to our January 2012 luncheon.

Play safely,

Best regards,

 Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Dec 23/11]

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.

I recently 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!

CLIFF FERGUSON’S 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

1. Encourage people to believe in you

2. Always remember who’s naughty and nice

3. Don’t pout

4. It’s as much fun to give as it is to receive

5. Some days it’s ok to feel a little chubby

6. Make your PRESENTS known

7. Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want

8. Bright red can make anyone look good

9. Wear a wide belt and no one will notice how many pounds you’ve gained

10. 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 best wishes,

Al and Lynn

“Play Safely”


HELLO EVERYONE: [Dec. 1/11]

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 - - www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

WHERE’S THE 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.

Hope everyone on the sick list is well again, busy gearing up for the holidays and planning to attend next Thursday’s luncheon.

Play safely,

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Nov 19/11]

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. CONGRATULATIONS BILL!

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.

Keep well everyone and Play Safely,

Regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Nov 5/11]

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 04, 2011)

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 closer.

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 Team.

Play safely,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [October 7/11]

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.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE:  [Sept 22/11]

Am forwarding 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.

We send 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.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Sept 2/11]

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 Thursday.

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.

For those travelling this Labour Day weekend, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Aug 8/11]

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.

Best regards,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [July 7/11]

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,

Best regards,

Al


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 everyone there.

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: http://www.haliburtonhighlandgames.com

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.

Thanks everyone,

Regards,
Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [June 7/11]

I have some more dates for you to mark on your calendars.

Plaque Unveiling
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.

Scarborough 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.

Best regards,

Al


Hello Everyone: [June 5/11]

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 short survey.

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.

Best regards,
Al


HELLO EVERYONE:  [May 5/11]

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 “wannabe” retirees.

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: tojakani@hotmail.com .

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 June 1982.

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 Simcoe.

See you all next Thursday.

Play safely kids!

Al

HELLO EVERYONE: [Mar 3/11]

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 simply e-mail 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.

Best regards,
AL


HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 15/11]

 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:   holly.e.murphy@encon.ca   .  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 possible.

 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. 

Our executive 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:   www.mcdermotthousecanada.org  .

 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:   tccraig@rogers.com  .  Keep those cards and letter coming in folks.  TOM would love to hear from you! 

HAPPY  HEARTS  DAY,

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Feb 7/11]

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 Pickering

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 address:  tccraig@rogers.com

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 popular? 

Hope to see as many as possible on Thursday and as always, please watch the weather and drive safely.

Best regards

Al


HELLO EVERYONE: [Jan 9/11]

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  L1W  2N5. 

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 much faster.

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). 

Best regards, 

AL


HELLO ALL: [Dec 6/10]

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 possible. 

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:   http://www.dump.com/2010/11/03why-the-san-francisco-fire-department-builds-and-restores-their-own-wooden-ladders-video  .  RICK PICKETT sent an interesting article on “Omers Executive Salaries and Benefits” that you might like to read:  http://money.canoe.ca/money/business/canada/archives/20101115/-094605.html  .   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 

Best regards,

Al


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  Careful)

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.  CONGRATULATIONS JIM!!

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.

Best Regards, 

Al


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 message on.

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, 

Best regards,
Al


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 the family.

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. 

Jessica Phoenix, 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 achievements at  DurhamRegion.com

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.

Best regards, 

Al


HELLO EVERYONE:  [July 2010]

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. 

Mark your 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!

Regards,

AL

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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.

Whitby fire 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 his honour.

"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 accomplishments.

These include 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.

"Through Chief 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 on staff.

"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.


April 30/10

HELLO EVERYONE: 

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 Luck everyone! 

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 2nd 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 acknowledge. 

Take care folks!

Best regards, 

Al