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Mini Golf - Saskatoon May 14, 2024

May 12, 2024

On May 14th the Saskatoon pensioners enjoyed a morning of mini golf at the Market Mall mini golf facility, followed by a lunch at the Coachman.  The lunch was attended by 25 people - a nice gathering.  The golf was exceptional with a few holes in one.  There were no serious incidents and it was thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you to Joan Grimley, Gayline Burfitt and Colleen McRae for organizing this event.  It seems this was the 28th mini golf the Saskatoon pensioners have had at Market Mall.

Click Here to view the photos photos.

Submitted by Merilynn Coomber

 


 

BC Lower Mainland Newsletter May 2024

May 23, 2024

The latest newsletter is now available under Resources and Association Newsletters.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Letter to the Editor - Poem about the Closure of BMO IFL - May 16, 2024 Luncheon
By: j.Mesic, Chief Correspondent
5 min read

May 21, 2024

 We recently received the following letter from Karin Haslam and Wayne Fowler who with their cohorts attended the above luncheon which was arranged by their small group of BMO retirees and was self-funded by them. These BMO retirees had been accessing the IFL on a regular basis during their retirement to enjoy the facilities that were made available to all BMO retirees by the bank. Special occasion luncheons co-ordinated by the group have always been a part of their activities.  A wonderful poem was included in their letter about their feelings concerning the closure of the IFL. (Click to read more about this close circle of BMO retirees in a previous letter dated November 12, 2023 “Saying Good Bye to the IFL” filed in our archive.)

Our group of BMO retirees (we are members of the Central Ontario Pensioners), gathered and enjoyed our last lunch in the impressive IFL dining room on Thursday, May 16 with our last delicious IFL bread pudding dessert.  This was our favourite place to meet and enjoy the many facilities that BMO offered to its retirees. Although, the event was a sad one, we did share a happy birthday celebration for one of our member's 78th birthday that day.

As always, the superb Dolce staff looked after us and even gathered us for a group picture on a sunny sad day. One of our members, Frank Flower, wrote and read a poem which aptly captured the history and our feelings about the IFL. Sadly missed but never forgotten!

It is well known, BMO IFL has been sold and will be closing its doors in June and moving to a new location (1).

Karin Haslam, Scarborough and Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario

 Click to read the poem, Elegy for the IFL, by Frank Flower.

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com  We look forward to hearing from you.

 
We need your help!  If already a member, please encourage new members to visit our website to 'Join Us'. If a BMO retiree, but not yet a member, check out the benefits of being connected to the Cyber Pensioners' Community. (Benefits) It's free and easy to register! (Join Us)
 

 


“Tales of The Unknown” - by Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick
By: j.Mesic, Chief Correspondent
3 min read

May 14, 2024

     

Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick has written many stories for our website and has submitted another great short story about some of his memories concerning 'Tales of The Unknown".  The two about his mother are fascinating and quite possibly may resonate with you or with somebody you know.  Click to read his tales about the unknown. 

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 


Mini Golf - Saskatoon May 14, 2024

May 12, 2024

Chatham-Kent held their first Retirees luncheon for BMO employees that retired from a branch or former processing unit in Chatham-Kent.

The organizing committee of Karen Cumming, Roger Kellam & Andrea MacFarlane identified 68 former employees. They were contacted and 53 attended the first luncheon held April 24 at the Links of Kent Golf Course.

Click Here to view the photos photos.

Submitted by Roger Kellam


 

Letter to the Editor - “Believe It or Not - Ghost in Tower” by Joan Mesic, Chief Correspondent

May 9, 2024

We recently posted the above story on May 4th, 2024 on our website as well as our Facebook page and are happy to share some of our members’ comments from Facebook with you. All the comments have been very interesting. The following are memories from Esther Korman Verred about the above publication:

“I was there too. I remember when I joined Architecture and Design shortly after they moved to Front and Yonge after the branch and the building had been closed for a few years.  There seemed to be quite a few stories of "disruptions" at the beginning..... people coming to work in the morning to find the paperwork from their desks strewn on the floor, noises from the claustrophobic basement when people would come in on Saturday to work, (actually happened to me when I was ALONE on a Saturday - the basement was a scary place if you were alone), etc.  But the best memory - pushing my chair back and leaning my head against the back of my chair to look up at the stained-glass dome and taking a few deep breaths. So beautiful!”

Esther Korman Verred, Thornhill, Ontario

If you have any comments regarding this letter or story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


Cyberpensioner's - Regional Representative Newfoundland and Labrador

May 8, 2024

We are pleased to announce Karen Blake has accepted the position of our  Regional Representative for Newfoundland.   I am sure those of you who are in Newfoundland will want to welcome Karen as she is going to establish some retiree social events for your province.  Karen's background is as follows:

A call from Kelly Services in 1986 was the start of my Banking career. After working for them at BMO via contracts I became a full time BMO employee in 1987. While I started my career at BMO at the AFC in Halifax, most of my banking career was spread out through Newfoundland. After working at BMO for 19 years, I ventured to one of our competitors for almost 12 years and then returned to BMO for approximately 7 years. Returning to BMO gave me the opportunity to see some of my colleagues from my early years at BMO retire and to work with new employees of BMO.
 
During my last role at BMO, as Branch Manager at Water St, St John’s I had the opportunity of closing the branch located at 238 Water St and opening the new location at 331 Water St. Since retiring in October, 2023 my time has been spent travelling, enjoying some down time, and spending quality time with family and friends. Especially with my aging parents. 
 
Karen 

 

Letter to the Editor - “Believe It or Not - Ghost in Tower” by Joan Mesic, Chief Correspondent

May 6, 2024

We recently posted the above story on May 4th, 2024 on our website as well as our Facebook page and are happy to share some of our members’ comments from Facebook with you.  The following comments are from Robin Dhillon about the above publication:

“My first job at BMO was in 1988 in the Architecture and Design department at 30 Yonge Street.   My desk was right under the stained-glass dome and was great to sit back in my chair and look up.

I was working late one evening with another colleague doing some photocopying when I heard a sound from upstairs.  I asked if he had heard that and he said, “Don’t worry, it’s just Dorothy”.

It sounded like steps on the creaking floorboards. I distinctly remember thinking there was no way I was going upstairs.”

Robin Dhillon, Uxbridge, Ontario

If you have any comments regarding this letter or story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


BMO Pensioned Employees-Central Ontario - Agenda for Quarterly meeting for May 28th, 2024

May 5, 2024

Hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the warm spring weather. Please find attached the agenda for our next quarterly meeting and confirm your attendance by responding to bmofgpecoc@gmail.com.

Click Here for the Agenda.
 
We look forward to seeing you there.
 
The Executive of your chapter.
 

P.S. This will be our last meeting to be held at the IFL, as it is closing at the end of May, 2024.


 

“Believe It or Not - Ghost in Tower” - by Joan Mesic, Chief Correspondent

May 3, 2024

8 min read

I quite often explore BMO’s history for interesting articles to share with you and came across a few references to ghosts.  One story that caught my eye, which you may have read, is about a ghost who allegedly haunts the Hockey Hall of Fame.  This building was originally a Bank of Montreal branch, Front & Yonge Streets.  It was erected in 1885 and miraculously survived Toronto’s Great Fire in 1904. This story inspired me to think of ghosts and subsequently to write one for you. Click to read.  

If you have any comments regarding this story, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you.


Southern Alberta Newsletter April 2024

April 26, 2024

The latest newsletter is now available under Resources and Association Newsletters.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Annual BOMPA Lower Mainland BC Golf Tournament at Country Meadows Golf Course on #6 Road in Richmond

April 25, 2024

The Committee reminds all interested potential golfers that this event is still set for Thursday, June 6th.  This year there has been a frustrating delay in issuing final details on pricing.  However, we do expect the date to hold and a happy tournament will result.  We do not expect the cost will be reduced from last year’s $82.50 (golf and dinner) and do think any increase will be nominal.  Having said the latter, payment is due by May 15th.  For dinner or golf only, the cost is anticipated to be $45.00.  If the course advises a change in pricing that cannot be absorbed, we will ask for you to contribute a small addition when registering for play on the set day.

If you have not yet advised that you wish to attend (golf, dinner or both) please do so by emailing BOMPALowerMainlandBC@gmail.com and your email will be forwarded to the organizers.

Remember, Pensioners, significant others and friends are welcome.


 

Northern Alberta Newsletter April 2024

April 25, 2024

The latest newsletter is now available under Resources and Association Newsletters.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Harry Gregg - Mississauga, Ontario - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”
By: J. Mesic, Chief Correspondent
8 min read

April 23, 2024

Belated birthday wishes to Harry Gregg from all the volunteers at BMO Cyber Pensioners and our Cyber Pensioners Community. On April 7th 2024, Harry celebrated his 91st birthday! Harry has had an amazing career with BMO. He contributed to Bank of Montreal’s vision in the late 1960s and early 1970s to be the first Canadian bank to go online real-time in Canada and the world’s first in scope. After his career in BMO he went on to hold other financial executive positions.  Click to read what he had to say about himself. 

If you have any comments regarding this birthday communication or would like to recommend a BMO pensioner who is nearing 90 years old or is older for our 90 and Over Birthday Communication, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you. 
 
 
 
 

Southwestern Ontario Luncheon Group April 17, 2024

April 19, 2024

We had lunch at the Old School Restaurant on April 17th. I took the attached photo of the group, Martin Hurst was there also but I did not get a photo of him.

Although the attendance was the lowest that we have had for some time, the meal and service was excellent. We were updated with some jokes and information about members unable to attend.

Thanks to Roy Martin for sharing.

Larry Cox, Ben Parkinson, John Wylie

Dave Johnson, Ben Parkinson, John Luhovy                                               Roy Martin, John Huisman

 

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Bob McGugan, John Huisman                                                                                    Bob Laird


 

Midland Ontario Monthly Retiree Breakfast

April 18, 2024

Our monthly BMO retirees breakfast, missing four today, at the Stacked Pancake and Breakfast House! It's so great to stay in touch and connected.

 

Thanks to Fern Sisulak for sharing.

 


 

Cornwall Pensioners Luncheon

April 18, 2024

Our quarterly luncheon of the BMO retired ladies held at Schnitzels Flavours in Cornwall on April 17.

Photo Supplied by Ann P.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BC Lower Mainland BOMPA News Article

April 13, 2024

Our second SECOND TUESDAY get-together was April 9th and a happy crowd of 13 were lucky to be able to come and enjoy a sunny patio lunch and some frivolities.  A few good stories were exchanged, the veracity of which is never questioned.

The Spring flowers in New Westminster were plentiful and very, very showy. Not to be missed by those approaching via the Patullo Bridge is the massive construction of a new crossing.

Our next get-together is May 14th –  that will follow the shenanigans that May 1st always brings and, of course, Cinco de Mayo.  It will be at Rivers Reach Pub, 320 6th St., New Westminster at 11:30.  Please let Dorothy Cummer or Earl Hansford know by May 12th if you plan to attend.

Earl Hansford


 

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April 2024
Harry Gregg - Mississauga, Ontario - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”
Kent Webster, - South Surrey, British Columbia - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

March 2024
Cliff Lloyd, - London, Ontario - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

February 2024
Bernie Edwards, - Delta, British Columbia - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

November 2023
Desmond Kavanagh, - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

March 2023
Dorothy Hutchinson, Langley, British Columbia - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

February 2023
Darwen Lowe, St. Thomas, Ontario - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”

November 2022
Lloyd Varner, Sackville, New Brunswick - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”
Anne Reed, Ajax, Ontario - “90 and Older Birthday Celebrations”
Colin Bartlett, Parksville, British Columbia - "90 and older Birthday Celebrations”

 
 
 
 

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 New Members

May 23 2024
Doug Amy of Winnipeg, MB

May 22 2024
Laurie Norman of Sicamous, BC
Kevin Peebles of Brechin, ON
William Riseborough of Walkerton, ON
Nancy McRitchie of Bothwell, ON

May 21 2024
Kimberley Myers of Alvinston, ON
Diana Gill of Toronto, ON

May 17 2024
Carmen Adamo-Kaloyanis of Chatham, ON
Carole A Presley of Port Alma, ON

May 16 2024
John Breen of Brighton, ON

May 13 2024
Andrea MacFarlane of Chatham, ON

May 10 2024
Arlene Hess of London, ON

May 8 2024
Eric Li of Toronto, ON

May 6 2024
Brenda Adams of Seaforth, ON
Mary Lou McGregor of Clinton, ON
Carol McClure of Brodhagen, ON

May 1 2024
Julie Seaton of Blenheim, ON

Apr 26, 2024
Ann Reid of Carstairs, AB

Apr 25, 2024
Ann Howells of Drumheller, AB

Apr 24, 2024
Iris Chan of Unionville, ON

Apr 20, 2024
Ian Tycho of Kelowna, BC
Debra Sogen of Surrey, BC

​Rob Serraglio of Vancouver, BC

Apr 16, 2024
Lisa Westgard of Langley, BC

Apr 12, 2024
Merle Virgl of North Vancouver, BC

Apr 8, 2024
Francois Ip Yam of Brampton, ON

Apr 7, 2024
Kelly Adam of Etobicoke, ON

Apr 3, 2024
Irene Dawson of Victoria, BC
​Karen Brake of Conception Bay South, NL

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We look forward to input, material and photos from our registered members.  Please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at cyberpensioner@gmail.com