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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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News of Interest to Corps Members

The most recent changes are listed first.

Photo of Lorne Ferrazzutti (2016)

Congratulations to Lorne Ferrazzutti!

May 20, 2017

I just received this message from Vern Johansson.

"I am very happy to announce that Lorne Ferrazzutti is now a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in the Associate category (a division that rewards those who made a valuable contribution to drum corps behind the scenes rather than in the spotlight.) Barry is a member in the same category. Lorne is elated at the news and will be going to Rochester for DCA weekend to be honoured into the Hall.

This is great news for a man who has done so much for the world of drum corps in Canada. I’m proud to have been involved in his election to the Hall."

Photo of Brian Byrne in 2010

Passing of Brian Byrne

March 11, 2017

It is with great sadness that I let you know that Brian Byrne has passed away.

Prior to joining The Toronto Optimists Brian marched with the Grantham Police Boys Band. When Brian joined The Optimists in 1965 he played French Horn. In 1968 the corps dropped their French Horns and he played Mellophone. Brian was the first of the Byrne clan to join the Optimists. He was later joined by his brothers David, John and Peter.

When the Optimist Alumni was formed, Brian joined. Until health issues forced him to resign, he served on the Alumni Board of Directors as Treasurer. In 2005, the corps was in need of a Drum Major. Brian rose to the occasion, took conducting lessons and served as the corps' Drum Major.

Brian was a wonderful human being and the best of friends. He will be missed by all of those who knew him. Our condolences go to Brian's brothers, John and Peter, and their families as well as the family of Brian's deceased brother, David.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Optimists Alumni Facebook page.

Interment for Brian

Celebration of Brian's Life

Obituary for Brian

Brian William Wesley Byrne, 69, died peacefully, with loving family at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on March 11th, 2017. Predeceased by his parents Clifford and Alice and brother David.  Brian’s wonderful sense of humour, extraordinary tenacity and profound love of life will be sorely missed by his brothers John Byrne (Nancy) of St. Catharines and Peter Byrne (Kathy) of Toronto.  And the ‘world’s ugliest dog’, Brian’s beloved Amos. 

Brian was the favourite uncle of Alison Rochon (Rick), Cameron Byrne (Michelle) and Andrew Byrne (Kristi) as well as Jackson and Christian Byrne, and all their little ones who loved him so very much.  The entire family wishes especially to thank Dr. Patricia Hose who treated Brian with great love and kindness these last few years.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

All are welcome to a Celebration of Brian’s Life to be held  on April 1st at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street in Toronto. A brief service will begin at 2 p.m. to be followed by refreshments.

Photo of Al Miller

This photos shows Al in a dress-up parade in the winter of 1961.

Passing of Al Miller

October 23, 2016

With much sadness we must tell you that Al Miller passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016. Al marched with the Toronto Optimists, the Commanders and the Optimist Alumni.

Al began his time in the Optimist carrying a flag before moving to rifle where he carried a chrome-plated Lee-Enfield .303, complete with a chrome plated bayonet! After aging out, Al joined the Commanders, again carrying a rifle. When he joined the Optimists Alumni he decided that he wanted to be musical and joined our cymbal line. Al was a good man who will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences go to Al's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Optimists Alumni Facebook page.

Obituary

ALEXANDER NIGEL MILLER Passed away in his 76th year, after a long battle with cancer, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on October 21, 2016. Son of the late Alexander (Sandy) and Nola Miller, father of Robert and the late Kirstin, beloved brother of Sandra Bohn, David Miller, Cathy Hufnagel and the late Nola Miller, beloved uncle of Lee, David, Colin, Mark, Darlene, Sarah, Kelsey, Jennifer, Juanita and Johnathon and all his great-nieces and nephews. A longtime member of the Toronto Optimist Drum & Bugle Corps, the Canadian Commanders and latterly, the Optimist Alumni, Alex spent his career in the electronic components industry before retiring to his log home on the Crowe River. Cremation will be at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre, Peterborough, with a memorial ceremony and scattering of the ashes to be held at a date to be arranged. Condolences to the family and donations to the charity of your choice can be made at AshburnhamFuneral.ca Many thanks to the staff at PRHC Palliative Care for your care and compassion.

Memorial for Al

Photo of Henry Beben in 2008

Passing of Henry Beben

September 30, 2016

With much sadness we must inform you that Henry Beben has passed away. Henry had been involved with the Optimists from the very beginning. He was a member of the Boy Scout Band that began it all, then Opti-Corps, the Toronto Optimists and the Optimists Alumni. Henry was also a former Corps Director of the Optimists Alumni and was instrumental in the corps obtaining it's uniforms. In addition, Henry was a key organizer of every Optimists' reunion from the 1980s up until 2008.

Henry passed away on September 30, 2016. He will be missed by all of those who knew him. Our condolences go to Caroll and the rest of Henry's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Optimists Alumni Facebook page.

Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry George Beben on Friday September 30th, 2016 at the age of 76. Henry will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Caroll Beben (nee Karius), his brother Ron Beben (William Denison), his four daughters Deborah Grier (David Grier), Laura Beben-Feehan (Jamie Feehan), Alyson Beben (Derrick Rayner) and Nicole Beben (Ian Walterhouse); and his 11 grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Heather, Daniel, Caitlin, Braedon, Bridget, Julia, Megan, Kate and Luke.

After emigrating from Poland in the 1930s, Henry’s parents, Frank and Mary Beben, settled in Toronto. In high school, Henry was a gifted athlete. He excelled as a runner and played quarterback for the Oakwood Collegiate Institute football team. Through his teenage years, he played trumpet in the Boy Scout Band that later became the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1958, the Corps won the Canadian Championship – an achievement of which Henry was extremely proud. He formed lifelong friendships with many of his fellow band members including Dennis DeCarli, Phil Hennings, Warren Mills, Ed Nanni and Jim Patten.

Henry entered the work force as a stock boy at Fredrick’s Market on Davenport Road in Toronto. His first sales position was with the H. J. Heinz Company where Henry found his passion for the food industry. Over the next 50 years, he built an extraordinary career. As the President and Chief Operating Officer at The Heritage Group (including J.M. Schneider Inc.), Henry spearheaded the expansion of the company. Sales grew exponentially under his leadership.As the President and Chief Executive Officer at Gainers Inc., Henry helped rebuild the struggling company by developing substantial export sales in international markets.

Later in his career, Henry realized his lifelong aspiration to own and manage several companies including his prized business venture - Principal Marques Incorporated. In his retirement, Henry travelled with Caroll, supported the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs by attending many games and enjoyed the company of his friends and family. He took a special interest in the lives of his children and grandchildren, and derived great happiness from their accomplishments. He was fiercely proud of each of them.

Visitation will be held at Marshall Funeral Home at 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 3B8 on Wednesday October 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday October 6th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with service to follow.

Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Visitation and Service for Henry

Photo of Rick Robida

Saturday, July 30th at 11:00 am

A "Memorial Mass" will be held for Rick Robida on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Location:

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Photo of Clare Reid in 2012

Passing of Clare Reid

January 17, 2016

I'm sad to report that Clare Reid has passed away. He was a good man who goes all the way back to the pre-Optimist days at Western Tech. Clare will be missed by all who knew him.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Toronto Optimists Facebook page or on the funeral home website.

Obituary

After a lengthy and courageous battle with his health, Clarence, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at William Osler Health Centre, Brampton, at the age of 80.

Beloved husband of the late Glenda. Loving father of Lesley (Candido), and the late Scott. Proud grandfather of Robert and Rachel; Jack, Lilly, Eli and the late Max. Clarence will be lovingly missed by his brother Vern, family and friends.

A faithful member and executive of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344. He made many friends through his lifelong love of music, serving as a bugle player and instructor with the Western Tech Trumpet Band, executive of the Toronto Optimist and Optimist Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, and President of the Canadian Drum Corps Association. He will be remembered by his many friends in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he and Glenda resided for 15 years while working for DESA International. While there, he and Glenda cared and nurtured many Guatemalan children, awaiting surgery.

Clarence’s family would like to express their appreciation to the health care workers at the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton, for their care and friendship to Clarence. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Kipling and Islington Aves.) on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. A Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday January 20, 2016, at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #344. Online condolences may be made using this website.

Visitation

Funeral

Photo of Rick Robida in 2013

Passing of Rick Robida

January 10, 2016

I'm sad to report that Rick Robida has passed away. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved the Optimists. In 2013 he marched in our Honour Guard proudly wearing the "old" Toronto Optimists uniform.

Rick came to the Toronto Optimists from the Grantham Police Boy's Band. In addition to Grantham Rick marched with the Toronto Optimists, the Canadian Commanders, Guelph Royalaires, the Optimists Alumni and the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni. He has also served as the Corps director for the Optimists Alumni. Our condolences go to Sue and the rest of Rick's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Toronto Optimists Facebook page or on the funeral home website.

Obituary

Richard Thomas (“Rick”) Robida, 73, of Savannah, Georgia, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Proud Canadian and naturalized U.S. citizen, Rick was born February 13, 1942 in Merritton, Ontario. He worked in Toronto and Atlanta as a banking executive with ScotiaBank, Visa Canada, and First Data Corporation. Upon retiring to Beaufort, South Carolina, he turned to his beloved pastime of Drum Corps — marching with dear friends for the storied Toronto Optimists and Hawthorne Caballeros, and serving on the Board of Drum Corps International. He was generous with friends and family and enjoyed playing the horn line, sailing the Great Lakes, telling tall tales, and traveling the world.

Rick is survived by his wife, Suzanne (Morin) Robida; his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Adam Kirk; his grandchildren, Audrey, Valerie and Thomas Kirk; his sister, Margaret Robida of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and his sister-in-law, Maureen (Eldred) Honsberger of St. Catharines, Ontario. He loved and was revered by the Morins of Welland, Ontario, the Eldreds of St. Catharines, and the Kirks of Roswell, Georgia.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Robida, his wife of 30 years, Joan (Eldred) Robida, and his son, Jeffrey Robida.

A rosary service will be held at 5:30 pm, with visitation to follow from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 14 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1003 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31405. Interment will be private. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Canada at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Seeds of Change Building Campaign (www.mbschurch.org/seeds-of-change-campaign) or to Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia (www.komencoastalgeorgia.org).

A "Celebration of Life" for Rick Robida

A celebration of Rick's life will be held in Canada at a later date.

Photo of George Wright in 2008

Passing of George Wright

December 13, 2015

With much sadness we must report that George Wright has passed away. George had been a member of the Toronto Optimists and the Optimist Alumni. He was also a former Corps Director of the Toronto Optimists.

George played Baritone in the Toronto Optimists as well as the Optimist Alumni. He was also a member of Optimists' award winning brass quartet,  He passed away on December 11, 2015. George will be missed by all of those who knew him. Our condolences go to George's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Toronto Optimists Facebook page.

Obituary

With family by his side, George passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015 in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Rose. Loving father of Lisa, Danielle (Jason Cleaver) and Alison. Cherished grandfather of Nathan, Brandon, Alana, Liam and Nolan. A very special thank you to all the staff at Streetsville Community Care and the Doctors and Nurses at Credit Valley Hospital. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga, (Hwy10. N. of the QEW). For those who wish, donations may be made to the Hospital for Sick Children or the Children Miracle Network.

Visitation for George

Photo of Vic Sciore, Jr. in 1977

Passing of Vic Sciore, Jr.

July 10, 2015

I'm sad to report that Vic Sciore, Jr. has passed away. Vic had been a member of both the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists. Those of you who marched with Vic will remember the surname as "Score".

Vic played Baritone in the Toronto Optimists as well as the Seneca Optimists. He passed away on July 9, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Vic will be missed by all of those who knew him. Our condolences go to Vic's family.

Messages of condolences can be posted on the Seneca Optimists Facebook page.

A "Celebration of Life" for Vic Sciore

A celebration of Victor's life will be held on Sunday, July 19th, starting at 2pm. This will be held at his sister Darlene's home. The address is 232 German School Road, Paris, Ontario, N3L 3E1.

If you need directions or have photos of Victor please send an email to: Darlene Boehmer

Saturday, June 13: Post-Parade BBQ at Ric Brown's.

Note: All current and former Alumni members and their spouses or significant others are invited to the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps summer BBQ.

Please send email to Ric (ricbrown at rogers dot com) to confirm your attendance so that the appropriate amount of food can be purchased.

Photo of Paul Thompson

A "Celebration of Life" for Paul Thompson will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The location is the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344, 1395 Lakeshore Blvd. West in Toronto, ON M6K 3C1.

Paul's family has very few photos of Paul. If you have a photo of Paul they ask that you please bring it with you. The photo you bring will be displayed during the remembrance then you can take it home with you.

Photo of Karl Bossert in 1961

Passing of Karl Bossert

March 21, 2015

I'm sad to tell that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Karl Bossert has passed away. 

Karl played soprano in the Toronto Optimists in the early 1960s and had been living in Cocoa Beach, Florida for some time. He passed away in Florida on February 22, 2015 after a battle with cancer. Karl will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Photo of Paul Thompson

Passing of Paul Thompson

January 7, 2015

With great sadness I have to tell that another friend and corps member is no longer with us. We have just learned that Paul Thompson has passed away.

Paul began his connection with the Optimists in 1963 working with his father at the Optimists booster table. In 1964 he joined the corps playing Euphonium and, from 1965 until 1969, Paul played Contrabass. After aging out Paul continued working with the corps as an instructor and, at times, took on the role of drum major. Paul and Ray Roussel even wrote a Bugle Manual that was used, not just by the Optimists, but by a number of other corps. In addition, Paul was one of the architects of the 1972 corps which won Optimists 12th Nationals.

When the Alumni corps began Paul was there, doing his best to help out. He assisted with the music, ran the Thursday night music rehearsals until they were cancelled, obtained the rights for us to play our music and, until health issues forced him to stop, played contrabass.

Paul will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Obituary

THOMPSON, Paul Newman - Age 66 of Toronto, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital, January 6, 2015 after an 8 year battle with cancer. Paul was born in Toronto February 16, 1948 to Bernard and Elizabeth Thompson (nee Balfour). Brother of the late Bernadette Stolte and twin sister Bernardine, Stephanie Keat Brenner and Leo. He will be sadly missed by his nephew Jason Patrick Keat, niece Christine Stotle Eliadas and great-niece Alexandra and nephew Robbie. A graduate of St. Michael's College School and Teachers College, Paul was also a member of the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to marching with the Optimists he served as an instructor and arranger for the corps. Paul believed in higher education and the goodness of everyone. He donated his body to science for the good of others.

Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Paul's Life will be scheduled for the spring. It will be held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344 on Lakeshore Road in Toronto.

Photo of Gerrie Leebody

Passing of Gerrie Leebody

December 1, 2014

I'm sad that I have to tell that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Gerrie Leebody has passed away.  Gerrie marched in the Optimists Alumni snare line in 2006 and 2007. Most recently he had been drumming with Simcoe United Alumni. Gerrie's history with drum corps goes all the way back to the Jolly Jesters, with whom he marched. Gerrie will be missed by all who knew him.

Obituary

Passed away suddenly at his home on November 29th, 2014 in his 77th year. Beloved husband to his wife Janet. Loving father of Scot/Kanika and Steven/Julie. Proudest Papa to Jessie, Brooke and Nyala. Sadly missed by sister Ileene, brother-in-law Doug and sisters-in-law Elaine and Kim. His loss is also mourned by his many cherished nephews and nieces. Gerrie was a man of music and a master of the drum. His talent and passion won him the respect and admiration of all those that music brought together. He was a proud man. Always loved, always respected, always to be remembered. Cremation has taken place.

Please send condolences to leeber@sympatico.ca

Passing of Larry Cheevers

February 2, 1939 — September 6, 2014

Photo of: Larry Cheevers

It is with much sadness the we have to tell you that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Larry Cheevers passed away on Satuday, September 6th.  Larry started in the boy scout band, moved to Opti-Corps in 1956 and played with the Toronto Optimists until 1960, when he aged out.

Obituary

Larry was born in Toronto and moved to Willowdale in his early teens. He was actively involved as a member of the Anglican Young Peoples Association and greatly enjoyed planning their activities. One of his fondest memories was of his time spent in the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps from 1958 to 1960 when they were the Canadian National Junior Drum Corps Champions.

He often reminisced about the house boat trips he took with his son and brother Bob and his family. Larry had begun to enjoy travel; his trips with Susan included an Alaskan cruise, the Dominican, Salt Spring Island in British Columbia to visit brother Phil and family. In the late 1980s, Larry and Susan took his mother back home to Minonk, Illinois to visit her brothers, making a stop at Mackinac Island where there is no vehicular traffic. He was happy that he wasn’t the electrician pedaling the bicycle and wagon used to transport tools, materials and ladders. Larry’s last trip with Susan was to New Brunswick to visit family, stopping in Prince Edward Island for a few days.

Larry was an electrician by trade and was recently honoured with his 55 year membership pin.

As a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 375, Larry spent many years on the Property Committee helping to keep things running smoothly. He was also a dedicated member of the Poppy Committee, spending long hours planning poppy routes and assisting in the delivery and collection of silent poppy boxes.

Larry’s favourite place to be was at the cottage on Harvey Lake, fishing and enjoying nightly bonfires with many cottage friends, especially in the winter. He worked tirelessly to keep the cottage in good repair and could always be found working to maintain the private road. He was an amazing partner to Susan, of over 25 years, always protective and supportive of her.

Larry always had a smile for his loved ones to match his heart of gold. He was never rushed or in a hurry (this was known as Larry time), and was always happy to share a story or a laugh.

Larry is dearly loved and will be deeply missed by everyone blessed to know him, his family, friends and his loving partner Susan.

Visitation

Funeral

Passing of Peter Coward

September 4, 2014

Photo of Peter Coward

With great sadness we have to tell you that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Peter Coward has passed away on August 31, 2014.  Pete was a member of both the Scout Band and Opti-Corps.

Obituary

August 19, 1936 – August 31, 2014

Dad passed peacefully after a battle with cancer. He was pre deceased by his parents Alice and Arthur, brother John, wife Jackie and son Loran (Northcott). He is survived by daughters Dawn (John Bronk), Lorna Jones, Wendy Kirwin , Kim (Bob Parker) and son Steve (Rita), 9 grandchildren , 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dad spent most of his life on the water. He was a Chief Petty Officer 1st Class in the Naval Reserves, worked for the BC Coast Guard and retired from CFB Esquimalt. He was also a member of the White Ensign Naval Club. The greatest love of his life was Jackie and they enjoyed the lives they shared with their family. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Hospital and to the staff at Riverview for making his last weeks comfortable.

Memorial Service

Passing of Bob Brown

Photo of Bob Brown

March 14, 2014

Sadly we have lost another Optimist and must announce the passing of Bob Brown. Bob joined Opti-Corps in 1955 and stayed with the Optimists until he aged out in 1961. While in the Optimists Bob played baritone. After leaving the corps he continued to satisfy his love of music by playing trombone. In 2009 Bob once again played baritone with the Optimists, this time in the Optimists Alumni ensemble that performed at the G.A.S. (Great Alliance of Seniors) gathering in Gettysburg, PA. We offer our condolences to Bob's wife and family.

Obituary

BROWN, Robert Earl - Died March 7, 2014, aged 73, at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of 50 years to Carole, loving father of Graeme and Kevin (Wynne), devoted grandfather of Emma and caring brother and brother-in-law to Andrea Journeaux (Peter), Ian Brown (Darlene), Ann Wright and Ron Wright. A professional engineer, he will be remembered by all for his keen mind, mentorship, humour and wise counsel. Bob's passion for music, especially playing trombone, was a lifelong source of joy and cherished friendships. Bob will be buried in a private family ceremony.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra (cathedralbluffs.com) or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation - Sarcoma Fund (thepmcf.ca).

Photo of Gary "Chops" Czapinski

Passing of Gary "Chops" Czapinski

December 14, 2013

With great sadness we announce the passing of Gary "Chops" Czapinski. In the 1970s Gary designed shows for the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists. The famous parachute of the 1977 Seneca Optimists was one of Gary's creations. The idea is said to have been inspired by Czapinski’s walk through an elementary school one day where he saw students doing an exercise routine with a parachute coordinated to music. Gary will be missed by a great many in the Drum Corps and Marching Band communities.

Gary was instrumental in moving along DCI visual design, and he and his wife Marie have judged marching band and drum corps shows for years. Without Gary's nurturing and constant desire to be new, fresh and different, our activity would be very different today. Possibly a little less imaginative, colorful and forward thinking. He is truly one of the master visual "producer/designers" of our time.

Gary is survived by his wife Marie, a drum corps, winter guard and marching band judge who was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame just this past August.

A celebration of Gary's life will take place for family and friends on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Chicago. A memorial fund has been setup in his honor. Contributions can be made to:

Chops Memorial Fund
c/o Marie Czapinski
7757 Van Buren Street #408
Forest Park, IL 60130

Photo of Evert Botterweg

Passing of Evert Botterweg

September 22, 2013

I'm sad that I have to tell that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Evert Botterweg has passed away.  Evert was the equipment manager and truck driver for the Toronto Optimists from 1971 through 1975. When Seneca Optimists was formed in 1976, Evert became their equipment manager. Evert was not only a wiz at managing equipment he was also a gem of a human being. 

His home for the last 36 years was Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was born in Appledorn, the Netherlands. Evert was 85 years young.

Photo of: Kaiara Rose, grand-daughter of Rick and Cindy Tracey

Congratulations!

September 5, 2013

Rick & Cindy Tracey's grand-daughter, Kiara Rose (pronounced like tiara) was born on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 11:19 am weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz.! She is so adorable and healthy as is her mom, Carissa and dad, Patrick Douglas! Her 7 siblings are delighted by her as she was brought to their home in Sutton at 8 pm on Sunday night! Kiara is Cindy & Rick's 8th grand-daughter and their 15th grand-child! 

Photo of: John Kernahan

Passing of John Kernahan

August 22, 2013

With great sadness we have to tell you that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that John Kernahan has passed away.  John was a member of the Toronto Optimists' horn line in 1969.

A Celebration of John's Life

Thank You from Mike Layton's Family

August 17, 2013

Thank you from Maxine Layton, Mark and Marshall and family to all of those who attended the service for Mike or sent condolences. Dad always talked about the Optimist Corps and the good times he had while being involved with it. I fondly remember being dragged to shows in Syracuse or Rochester to see a show or to go to a Optimist practice downtown Toronto. He really cherished the time with the corps and I believe he wishes his health was better to be more involved with the Alumni corps.

Photo of: Mike  Layton in 2008

Passing of Mike Layton

July 26, 2013

It is with much sadness the we have to tell you that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Mike Layton passed away on Thursday, July 25th.  In 1957 Mike played tenor drum with Opti-Corps then, when Opti-Corps became the Toronto Optimists, Mike marched with them. He was Guard Captain from 1958 through 1960 then instructed the guard in 1961.

Obituary

Passed away at the age of 73 at Niagara General Hospital on July 25, 2013. Loving husband of Maxine. Beloved father of Mark Bentley (Marilyn) and Marshall Lee Andrew. Devoted Papa of Kayleigh, Tyler and Michelle. Cherished by brother Donald of Georgetown and sister Francine Patchett of Burlington. Will be missed greatly by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Retired employee of Ford Motor Company and Long-time member of the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps.

Visitation and Funeral

Photo of: Colin in 2003

Passing of Colin Hedworth

July 19, 2013

With great sadness we have to tell you that another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Colin Hedworth has passed away.  Colin began his drum corps career with the Danforth Crusdaders. Together with Lorne & Barry & Joe and many others Colin moved to the newly formed Toronto Optimists. Colin stayed with the Optimists until he aged out in 1962. Many years later Colin was still helping the corps, this time by driving the equipment truck for the Seneca Optimists.

Service and Cremation

Photo of: Bill in 1998

Passing of William John (Bill) Jay

April 23, 2013

Sadly another former Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Bill Jay passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Bill marched with the Toronto Optimists, was Drum Major for the Optimist Bantams and marched with the Jesters.

Obituary

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, April 21, 2013, Bill Jay, Palgrave, at the age of 75 years, beloved husband of almost 54 years of Marie Elford. Loving father of Brian, Christine, Scott and his wife Ruby. Adored grandfather of Cecilia, Tysen, William, Charlotte, Ryan, and Bryce. Dear brother of Betty Murray. Fondly remembered by his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Wednesday evening 7 – 9pm. The service will be held in the chapel on Thursday morning, April 25 at 11:30am, followed by cremation.

Visitation and Funeral

Photo of: Allison Elizabeth Borsellino, Taunia's daughter and Rick and Cindey Tracey's grand-daughter

Congratulations!

November 12, 2012

Congratulations to Taunia Borsellino on the birth of her second daughter, Allison Elizabeth Borsellino (born yesterday morning, Nov. 11th). Taunia now has 2 girls and a boy. And that makes 14 grandchildren for Taunia's parents, Cindy & Rick Tracey!

Photo of: Warren (about 1957)

Passing of Warren Mills (posted October 18, 2012) (updated October 20, 2012)

October 17, 2012

Sadly another Optimist is no longer with us. We have just learned that Warren Mills passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Warren wore the Blue with Opti-Corps, then both Greens of the Toronto Optimists. He aged out in 1962. When the Alumni Corps was formed, Warren joined, playing mellophone. Unfortunately, after a few years health issues forced him to leave the corps.

Obituary

MILLS, Warren (Retired teacher from Central Technical School, Toronto) (Member of the Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps and the Optimists Alumni) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Warren Mills, after a lengthy illness, at the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Cheryl (nee Kearns). Father of Gord Mills. Dad to Jennifer Toste and grandfather of Sarah & Matthew Toste. Son of Mary McCleverty (Harry) and the late Gordon Mills. Sadly missed by his sister Shirley Terveld (Jack) and by his nieces and nephews. Dear brother-in-law of Wendy Morgan (Steve). Remembered always by his devoted friends who were like family, especially Henry & Carol Beben, Jim & Helen Patten and Phil & Betty Hennings. Warren was an inspiration, a gift of sunshine, and a true blessing. Following cremation, visitation will be held at St. David's Anglican Church, 113 James St., Orillia on Tuesday, October 23rd from 12 noon until time of Memorial Service to Celebrate Warren's Life at 1 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Parkinson Society would be appreciated.  Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.mundellfuneralhome.com

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Photo of: Dick and Chelsea Brown

Passing of Ric Brown's mother

October 9, 2012 (updated October 10, 2012)

It with is with sadness that we tell you of the passing of Ric Brown’s mother on Friday, October 5th. We offer our condolences to Ric and his family.

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BROWN, Chelsea (nee Moore) On Friday October 5, 2012 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre at the age of 77. Wife of the late Richard “Dick” Brown (d. October 25, 2010).  Mother of Ric (Laurie), Debi (Al LaPointe), Bill (Flo) and Bob (Kelly).  Grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 10. Chelsea was an avid supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and received her 25 year pin for her canvassing volunteer work and was a long time volunteer at Etobicoke General Hospital. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Chelsea’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344, 1395 Lakeshore Blvd., W., Toronto on Saturday November 3, 2012 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM.  As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Friends may send condolences or make donations by visiting Hendren Funeral Homes Lakefield Chapel at www.hendrenfuneralhome.com

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September 24, 2012

It with is with sadness that we tell you of the passing of Glenda Tokiwa’s father, Don Lister, on Saturday, September 22nd. We offer our condolences to Glenda.

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Photo of: Carol Munro (2008)

Passing of Carol Munro (posted September 16, 2012)

September 16, 2012

Unfortunately we have tell you about the passing of yet another Optimist. We have just learned that Carol Munro passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Carol passed peacefully, in her sleep, with her Mom and brother at her side.

Carol played Bass Drum with the Optimists Alumni and bells with the Oakland Crusaders. Prior to joining Oakies she marched with the Etobicoke Lancers.

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Gun Munro, Carol Ann: Lois and Richard Gun Munro are deeply saddened at the passing of her daughter, his sister Carol Ann Gun Munro on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Ian Anderson House in Oakville. Carol attended Rosethorn Elementary, Etobicoke Collegiate. She received her Bachelor of Science from Ryerson Polytechnic specializing in Project Management. At 13, Carol joined the Etobicoke Lancers and started a 40+ year involvement in Drum & Bugle Corps. She was an active member of Toronto Optimists Alumni, Canadian Ski Patrol for 20 years, and an ardent ARGO fan and season ticket holder. She will be dearly missed by many family and friends. A Celebration of Carol’s life will be held at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (North of Lawrence Ave) on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 1 p.m with 2 hours of visitation prior. In memory of Carol’s life, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation or Ian Anderson House.

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Photo of: Glenn Copp (1961)

Glenn on Cymbals (Titusville, 1961)

Passing of Glenn Copp (posted March 4, 2012) (updated March 13, 2012)

March 1, 2012

It's hard to believe that we have tell you about the passing of yet another Optimist. We have just learned that Glenn Copp passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Glenn played Cymbals with the Toronto Optimists from about 1959 through 1962. He also played Cymbals in the Alumni Corps from its inception until about 2008. We'll miss you.

Celebration of Life

Glenn's family has planned a Memorial Tribute to allow Glenn's friends to gather and celebrate his life. Unfortunately it has been planned for Sunday, March 18, the same day as our rehearsal and the Tribute to Andy.

The Celebration of Glenn's life will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 13, 1577 Kingston Road (Four blocks east of Warden Avenue) Scarborough, Ontario M1N 1S3. Click on the link for a Google Map to the Legion.

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COPP, Glenn Warren — Aged 69 years of Toronto, ON, passed away in his home March 1, 2012. Born October 18, 1942 he was the first of two children to the late Warren and Dorothy Copp. He will be forever remembered by his wife Irene. His three sons Colin, Peter and David. He leaves behind three grandchildren Darcy, Reese and Zephyr. He will also be remembered by his younger sister Gale Bourjot and her family. Glenn will always be known for his: "do it himself" attitude, love of jazz radio and classic cars, mechanical aptitude, his willfulness to help others, the yellow cottage on Lake Couchiching, an extensive career at The Toronto Dominion Bank and being a strong provider for his family. An informal get together to celebrate his life will take place on Sunday, March 18th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 1577 Kingston Rd., Scarborough.

Photo of: Andy Henderson (2003)

Passing of Andy Henderson (posted February 29, 2012)

February 26, 2012 (updated on March 3, 2012)

Sadly I must tell you about the passing of yet another former Optimist. Andy Henderson passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Andy marched with Optimists in the early 1960s. He started off on rifle then moved to Guard Captain. In 1964 Andy and Vern Johansson were our Drum Majors and in 1965 Andy was our Drum Major. After the 1965 season Andy moved to Commanders.

Andrew had been living in California since about the mid-1980s. About five years ago he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Andrew reacted well to the treatments and recovered very well; however, as sometimes happens, the cancer returned.

At this time we do not have any information regarding funeral arrangements. Hopefully a memorial service will be held in Toronto so that his many friends can gather and celebrate his life. We'll keep you informed.

Memorial Tribute

A Memorial Tribute has been planned to allow Andy's friends to gather and celebrate his life. It will be held Sunday, March 18 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344, on Lakeshore Road in Toronto. It will begin around 4:30pm, after the Alumni Corps' rehearsal. Click on the link for a Google map to the Legion

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ANDREW J. CAVANAGH HENDERSON — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Andrew J. Cavanagh Henderson this past Monday, February 27, 2012. Andrew died suddenly of pneumonia at the early age of 68 in Walnut Creek, California. Andrew was born on September 24, 1943 in Brighton, England and proudly described himself as a war baby since his mother Toni Andrews and father Edward Cavanagh met while fighting in Italy during World War II. Raised in Toronto from the age of 3, Andrew went on to become a distinguished commercial film editor and director. Pursuing his dreams Andrew picked up and moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1984. Andrew will be remembered by many for his loving heart, playful loving nature, charm, wit and wicked sense of humour. He described his greatest moments as being spent at family gatherings. Andrew will be greatly missed by his 2 sons, Griff and Tim Henderson and daughters-in- law Sarah Henderson, Teresa Crarer and Sharyn Bradley and his devoted mother Toni, his dear sister Glennis, his loving partner Kate Harling, his step- children Greg and Brad Crarer, Tracy Radcliffe and Julie Clarke and his lifetime friend Jackie. Andrew's greatest impressions will be left on his 13 grandchildren. The emptiness his passing has left with those of us who loved him can never be filled. He was an original and will be forever missed and loved.

Photo of: Bogo Avsec in Optimists Alumni uniform plus a photo in Toronto Signals uniform

Passing of Bogo Avsec (posted February 17, 2012)

February 16, 2012

Sadly I must tell you about the passing of another friend and corps member. Bogo Avsec passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Bogo was a former member of both the Optimists Alumni and the Toronto Signals. After he gave up marching Bogo continued his love of playing by joining the trumpet section of the Burlington Concert Band.

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AVSEC, Bogo — 1945–2012 Peacefully on February 16th after a long, tough battle with cancer with his dear wife, Marijana at his side. Cherished father of Michelle (Misa), Bogo Martin, Bernadine (Bernie) and husband Zack and Jennifer (Jenny) and fiancÚ Glenn and beloved Dedek to Dylan. Bogo will be remembered by family and friends for his sense of humour and positive outlook on life right until the very end. Bogo always wanted to attend university and was finally given that chance now that he has donated his body for medical research at University of Toronto. Friends are invited to attend Mass at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church at 739 Browns Line on Monday, February 20 at 11 a.m.

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New baby graphic
January 8, 2012

Congratulations to parents Shannon and Tina Sweeney and to grandpa Terry. On January 8, 2012, Shannon and Tina, once again, became parents. This time Tina presented Shannon with a 9lb 11oz boy. Tina and their new son are doing great.

Photo of: Gene Chepswick

Passing of Gene Chepswick (posted January 4, 2012)

January 4, 2012

Sadly I must tell you about another fallen comrade. Gene Chepswick passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Gene was a member of the Toronto Optimists from about 1962 through 1965. In 1964 and 1965 he was our Guard Captain.

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Chepswick, Gene: Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Health Centre on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the age of 67. Beloved husband of Karin. Cherished son of Mary Chepsesuik, dear brother of Lynne Chepsesuik and beloved son-in-law of Wally Frost. Gene will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Yorke" Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere east of Jane subway, on Saturday January 7, 2012 for a Service of Remembrance to be held in the Chapel at 3 p.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Photo of: Jack Timothy Tokiwa, Glenda Tokiwa's grandson
November 23, 2011

Glenda is pleased to share with us that her son Eric and partner Penney welcomed Jack Timothy (aka JT) Tokiwa into their family today (November 23, 2011) in Vancouver B.C. Weighing in at just 5 lbs. 8 ozs. he is a full month early and has started his stay in the hospital's NICU for a few days.

This is Grandmother Tokiwa's first grandchild and we look forward to many years of countless photos and appropriate bragging about all of his future adventures and accomplishments. Congratulations Glenda!

Photo of: Len Perrin

Passing of Len Perrin

November 4, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Len Perrin. Len's roots go back to the beginnings of the Optimists – he was in Opti-corps then the Toronto Optimists and, later, the Optimists Alumni. In the Toronto Optimists Len carried a rifle and, later, he played French Horn. In the Alumni corps he played mellophone. His life was cut short by a tragic accident. Len was a very kind person who never hesitated to help anyone. Rest in peace my friend.

Link to "Len's page" on the Funeral Home's website

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PERRIN, Leonard (Len) Earl — December 18, 1940 – November 4, 2011. Loving husband to Nancy (Nee Roy), doting father to Andrew (Jenn Lewis) & Caroline, brother to Paul (Donna), Marilyn (Late Jack) & Doug, brother-in-law to Ken Roy. Born & raised in Toronto. Actively involved with the Toronto Optimists Drum Corps, both as an adolescent and as an alumni. Volunteered selflessly at the YMCA throughout most of his life. Member of PCYC. Avid skier at Alpine Ski Club to the end. Lover of nature and family. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received Nov 11th from 7 – 9pm at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens (3164 Ninth Line, Oakville). Celebration of Life to occur Nov 12th at 11:30 am at Glen Oaks. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the YMCA or a charity of your choice.

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September 18, 2011

It with is with regret that we have been informed of the passing of Brian Collingdon’s mother, Doris, early Saturday morning.

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Doris Aileen Collingdon (May 25, 1915 - September 17, 2011) It is with great sorrow that the family of Doris Collingdon announce her passing at the age of 96 on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Predeceased by her beloved husband Alfred (1993), sister Leone White, sister-in-law Ellen Cote and nephew James Rowley. Dearly loved mother of Brian, Lynne Cole (Allan), and Karen Davis (Russ), grandmother of Jeff (Paula), Kim (Jeff), Jason (Gordana) and Ashleigh and G.G. of Hayden, Conrad, Duncan, Harper, Gavin, Tatiana and Alexander, and aunt of Roger Rowely (Pam). Doris was a Life Member of Her Majesty’s Army & Navy Veterans Society Ladies Auxiliary. Her love for her family, sense of humour, gentle nature and perseverance to the very end will be with us always. We would like to thank the staff of CTU North for their care, compassion and support. Visitation will be held at the Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home, “ANCASTER CHAPEL”, 378 Wilson St. E. on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family service will be held at a later date. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the CNIB or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Photo of: Isabella Anne Borsellino, Rick and Cindey Tracey's grand-daughter
July 8, 2011

Congratulations to Cindy and Rick Tracey on the birth of their latest grandchild. Her name is Isabella Anne Borsellino. Who knows, if the trend continues we might have a drum corps composed entirely of Tracey offspring!

Photo of: Sam Grosvenor

Passing of Sam Grosvenor (posted May 24, 2011)

May 22, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Optimists Alumni member, Sam Grosvenor. Sam had been a member of our Baritone section for the last couple of years. He passed away during our rehearsal on Sunday, May 22. Sam was a great guy and he'll be very much missed! by all of us.

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Suddenly in Toronto on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the age of 48. Beloved daddy of Shannon. Loving son of Fran & Keith. Dear brother of Debra, Jim (Evelyn), Cindy (Gerry), and Rick (Laura). Best friend of Barb and John. Will be missed by his “other daughters” Christine, Brianne, Alexis and Laura. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Skinner & Middlebrook Ltd. on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 1:00pm. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. “MARCH ON”

Link to "Sam's page" on the Funeral Home's website

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New Baby Graphic
April 19, 2011

Congratulations to Gord Brown and his family. On April 16th, Gord and Irene became a grandparents for the first time! Their daughter presented them with a 9lb 6oz baby girl. Mother and daughter are doing great, but Gord's not sure how the new grandfather is doing.

Passing of Werner Nuss (posted March 2, 2011)

March 1, 2011

Photo of: De La Salle Crest

I'm saddened to tell you that Werner Nuss passed away on Monday March 1, 2011. Werner was one of the founders of the De La Salle Drum and Bugle Corps and a major force in its growth and success. He had also been the musical arranger and horn instructor for the corps.

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NUSS, Werner Francis - Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at his home. Passionate about science, history, literature and especially his family. Proud former member of De La Salle Drum Corps. He was a Professional Engineer, graduating from the University of Toronto, and later achieved his BA of Philosophy. Lover of computers, gadgets, photography and corny jokes. Beloved husband of Marie McBride. Loving father of Catherine, Jeannine (Thomas), Stephanie (Darryl), and Margaret (Steve). Devoted grandpa to Kayla, Evan, Mackenzie and Julian. Missed by cousins Barbara and Kathy, family in Germany and New York and his many friends. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter 'Peel' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011 at St. Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave., Mississauga at 10:30 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or West Park Hospital, would be appreciated.

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Photo of: Frank Rivier

Passing of Frank Rivier (posted January 26, 2011)

January 25, 2011

Sadly I must tell you that Frank Rivier passed away on Tuesday January 25, 2011. Frank had been a member of the Optimists Alumni since 2003. While health issues often prevented him from playing, he regularly showed up to cheer us on.

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RIVIER, Alvin Francis (Frank) After a brief illness, on January 25, 2011, in his 69th year. Beloved husband to Barbara. Loving father of Jason, Stephanie, and Michelle, and stepfather to Richard (Deborah), Kimberley (Richard), and Kirsten. Frank had a strong talent for oil painting, music, and stained glass. After spending most of his career with the Halton Regional Police Force, he retired to become self-employed. He was a member of the Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps and the Halton Police Retirees Association. In following Frank's wishes, a private cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the Just Cremation Chapel (460 Brant Street, Burlington) on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 1 p.m., with a gathering to follow. If desired a donation to the Burlington SPCA would be appreciated. Entrusted to Just Cremation 905-333-3359

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Passing of Dan Moloney

December 11, 2010

Photo of: Dan Moloney

I'm saddened to have to tell you that Dan Moloney has passed away.  Dan was well known amongst many in the Drum Corps fraternity.  Dan was a member of the Blue and Gold at Del during the late 50's and the Del Drum Corps up until 1963.  Recently Dan marched with the Bridgemen at the DCA in Rochester and was a member of the Bridgemen Alumni for many years. He was also a member of Preston Scout House, the DOCA ensemble, Toronto Signals and the DCAT Chorus, as well as a past member of Canada's Marching Ambassadors.  He is survived by his wife Mary, his children and grandchildren. 

Dan was a great guy to know and well respected by his peers, he was a dedicated and committed member in the organizations in which he took pleasure. Dan was integral and vital to both the Del - Oakland Crusader Alumni Assoc and the Stage Band (now Brass Ensemble). He will be sadly missed by all.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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MOLONEY, Daniel Joseph - Passed away December 9, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Daniel is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Siobhan (Duncan) and son Bryce (Daniela). Beloved grandfather of ZoŰ, Connor, Tighe and Harper. He will be missed by his many friends in DCAT, Scout House and The Bridgemen Drum Corps. Visitation Monday, December 13, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, December 14, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., MURRAY E. NEWBIGGING FUNERAL HOME, 733 Mount Pleasant Rd. Funeral service Wednesday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto. Cremation.

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Photo of: Dick Brown

A "Celebration of Life" for Richard "Dick" Brown will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

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BROWN, Richard (Dick) On Monday, October 25, 2010 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre at the age of 77. Husband of Chelsea for 58 years, beloved father of Ric (Laurie), Debi (Al LaPointe), Bill (Flo) and Bob (Kelly), Grandfather of 11 and Great Grandfather of 8. Employed at IBM for 36 years. A member of the management team of the Toronto Optimists and the Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps for many years. He was also Assistant Director of the Midtowners and the Golden Monarchs; Founder and Director of the Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps; and, Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Drum Corps Association from '64 to '69. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344; 1395 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON. on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344. Friends may send condolences or make donations by contacting THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL at 1-877-839-2488 or visiting www.hendrenfuneralhome.com.

Passing of Richard "Dick" Brown

October 26, 2010

On Monday October 25, 2010 Richard "Dick" Brown passed away from cancer. Dick was the founder of the Etobicoke Optimists Lancers as well as the first Corps Director of The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held in November on a date to be finalized in the near future. Details will be posted when they are available.

Passing of John Joseph Pachereva

October 20, 2010

With family by his side, John passed away October 10, 2010 from a battle with cancer. He was born July 25th, 1947 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to John Joseph and Josephine Pachereva.

He is survived by his mother Josephine, his loving partner of 18 years, Patricia Nabinger, his brothers James and Larry, with wife Lisa, and sister Carol, with husband Richard Campbell.

Also surviving are sons Justin Pachereva and wife Christy, Christopher Pachereva and fiancÚ Jesse, Jacob Nabinger and wife Tiffanie, and daughter Sarah Nabinger and boyfriend Alex. His grandchildren are Summer, Jack, Brea, Keegan, Xander, and Liam. His nieces are Kristin Lopes with husband Steven, and Emily. And his great-niece is Sydney, and great-nephew Matthew. He is preceded in death by his father, John and brother Thomas.

He was an avid Drum Corps enthusiast from an early age and grew his first passion as a member of the Preston Scout House Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Toronto Optimists. He continued his support as an instructor, director and composer in multiple drum corps. He had a second passion for all types of Auto Racing, and actively participated in the sport until he could no longer contribute.

John will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Funeral mass will be held on October 21st at 10 a.m. at St. Clement's Church, 745 Duke Street, Cambridge.

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Passing of Ted Key

October 10, 2010

KEY, Edward Lewis - August 5, 1939 -- October 7, 2010

After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, Ted Key passed away peacefully with his loving wife Jean, of 36 years, at his side. Ted leaves behind his sons Teddy and Andrew (Katlyn) and his two adored grandsons, Ryan and Jordan. Ted was predeceased by his mother Daisy Key (Loveridge) and his father Edward Key. Aside from his devotion to his family, Ted had 3 other passions. He loved music. He had a long and successful career as a music teacher with the TDSB at Parkway Vocational School, Brockton High School and Danforth Technical School. He was an excellent teacher who used enthusiasm and humour to bring out the best in his students. For many years, Ted was a member of the Canadian Judges Association which adjudicated marching bands in Canada and the United States. Ted was also the Musical Director for the DCAT chorus which put on many successful performances in the GTA. Ted was a proud member of Remembrance Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite. Finally, Ted loved his cottage at Dickey Lake. It was his refuge and his castle. He loved to put on lavish dinner parties for his friends and neighbours. He could tell a good joke. Ted was a Director and President of Shawano Ratepayers for many years. His family would like to thank the medical staff at Sunnybrook Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time. He was a terrific husband, a great Dad and an indulgent grandfather. He will be sorely missed.

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October 5, 2010

The Optimists Alumni Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on September 26, 2010 at the Legion  The Corps Executive for the coming year is as follows:

There is currently one Director-at-Large position vacant that will be appointed by Management Committee as per the Corps' Constitution.  Anyone interested in helping out should speak to any member of the Management Committee.

The Management Committee and the entire Corps expresses their thanks to the outgoing Directors-at-Large,  Ron Chong and Rick Shearer.

Photo of: Frederick Alan Lowery, Terry Sweeney's grandson

Passing of Alan John Lowery, Terry Sweeney's grandson

September 28, 2010

Alan Lowery, Terry Sweeney's grandson, passed away on Thursday, September 23rd. Although he was only 17, Alan was air cadet pipe band drum major, Paris-Port Dover drum major and K-W firefighters pipe drum major. In addition, he was active with the Cambridge Fusilliers.

The funeral was today with over 500 people at the church. Massed pipes and drums, including about 35 pipers, complete with police escort, marched up from the Armories. They were followed by his Air Cadet squadron. They all came into the church to fill up any spaces inside. Five drummers played inside for about 5 minutes.

"LOWERY, Alan John Passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the age of 17. Cherished son of Kathryn and Glenn Lowery. Dearly loved grandson of Barb and Terry Sweeney and the late Eileen and James Lowery. Alan will also be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins, family and a large circle of friends. Alan was a grade 12 student at Paris District High School and a member of the 296 Cambridge Air Cadets and the Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him."

Passing of Frederick Alan Johnson

August 21, 2010

Photo of: Frederick Alan Johnson

FREDERICK ALAN JOHNSON 'MR. FRED' King Scout - Gone Home On Eagles' Wings It is with deep sadness that our family announces the unexpected passing of our hero Fred on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in his 77th year. Cherished husband of Aileen for 52 years. Devoted dad to Laurie, Cathy, F. Gerard, Carol and sons-in-law Roger Gonsalves and Dave Brazeau. Proud Papa of Tracey and Derek Lavoie, Sean Geddes, Brendan, Vanessa and Patricia Oldman and Trevor Gonsalves.

Fred lived his Scout Promise every day of his life. He devoted his life to his family, friends and community. Scarborough Citizen of the Year 1978, Scarborough Ward 7 Councillor 1988-1997. Retired from Giffels & Associates. Drummer, HMCS York Navy Reserve Trumpet Band and ASM Toronto Region Scout Band. Despite critically injuring both legs in 1955 and instantly losing his left leg, Fred gave his all to his city.

Founder: The Toronto Optimist Bantam Drum and Bugle Corps, Guildwood Indians Football Team, 1st Youth Drop-In/East Scarborough, and Scarborough Girls' Hockey League. Recipient Silver Thanks Award Girl Guides of Canada and Co-Founder of The Toronto Optimist Junior Drum and Bugle Corps. The Guildwood Village Community Association (GVCA) presented him with the title of Mr. Guildwood and an honorary life membership for 20 years of volunteering on the executive as Chair/Vice Chair/Sports Director/Guildwood Day Chair/Membership Chair and Treasurer and coining the term 'Guildwood Day'. Fred spent countless midnight hours flooding community outdoor rinks, even though he could no longer skate. Fred learned only recently, to his delight that Councillor Brian Ashton spearheaded a drive to name a new park in his honour. To the paramedics, firefighters and fantastic staff of Centenary Hospital, thank you all for treating our beloved samurai as family. The Toronto Maple Leafs have another fan in Heaven; praying for a Stanley Cup.

Honouring Fred's wishes, there will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Fred's honour to The Rouge Valley Health System Foundation (Centenary Hospital) or Scouts Canada Foundation - Chief Scout Association. E-mail condolences to king.scout@hotmail.com From a memorial tablet in a Medieval Church in Lincolnshire, U.K. JOHNSON: IN MEMORY OF A LOVING AND BENEVOLENT HUSBAND

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Passing of Stan Biggs

July 16, 2010

Photo of: Stan Biggs

Stanley BIGGS BIGGS, Stanley "Mr. Royalaire" Passed away peacefully, Thursday, July 15, at Guelph General Hospital in his 91st year. Stan will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lil, son Dave and spouse Judy, his treasured grandchildren, Bruce Norton (Isabelle Gaulin), Beth Norton (JP Federico), Joanna Tamilarasan (Maghin) and Pte. Julie McFadden (Matt Birosh) as well as great-grandchildren, Felix, Dante, Kaya, Seneca and Carys, his brother, Lionel Biggs and sister, Katie Firth and his furry friend Indy. Stan's love of marching and music began as a 13 year old when he joined the Guelph Veterans' Band and continued for the rest of his life. After serving in the RCAF during WWII, he joined the 11th Field Regiment Trumpet Band and as the drum major led them to Canadian Championships in 1953 and 1954. In 1955, Stan helped found the Guelph Royalaires Drum Corps whom he would lead as corps director and drum major for many years carrying the name of Guelph proudly throughout North America. Under his leadership, the Royalaires won 16 Canadian championships in 22 years, an unprecedented string of 6 in a row from 1959 - 1964. The corps became widely famed for their entertaining shows and became one of the most successful and popular drum corps of the era. During this time, Stan helped found the Canadian Drum Corps Association and served as its president for 5 years. In 1980, his accomplishments led to his induction into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. In 1963, Stan's love of parades and children resulted in his taking over the Guelph Santa Claus Parade. For 25 years many Guelphites were delighted by this yearly parade that kicked off the holiday season and which Stan and his wife, Lil, directed from their own home. Today the Santa Claus Parade continues as a Christmas tradition in Guelph. In 1974, Stan was recognized for "his contributions to enriching the city and bringing honour to Guelph" by being among those who received the inaugural Mayor's Award of Merit. Stan enriched the lives of many people during his 90 years and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Friends may call at the GILCHRIST CHAPEL - McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home , One Delhi Street, Guelph (from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday). Service will be held at the GILCHRIST CHAPEL on Monday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. with The Reverend Canon B. Jean Mitchell officiating. A reception will follow in the Trillium Room of the Funeral Home. Cremation with inurnment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions to the Guelph Wish Fund for Children or Guelph Humane Society would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at: www.gilchristchapel.com

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July 15, 2010

'We regret to advise that Stan Biggs, founding member, Drum Major, & Bus Manager of the Guelph Royalaires, passed away early this morning.  Stan was an icon in the world of Senior Drum & Bugle Corps for many years.  He was an innovative leader and under his direction the Guelph Royalaires soared to great heights in the Senior Drum Corps world.  Stan was well known and respected by all who knew him and was a Member of the Drum Corps Hall of Fame.  Many of you either marched at some point under Stan's direction or were well acquainted with Stan and his beloved Royalaires - 'the Corps with a heart'

At this early stage, no arrangements have been announced but will be forthcoming soon in the Guelph Mercury for those wishing to send personal condolences.'

May 12, 2010

Photo of: Wayne Dean (1965)

I'm sad to report that Wayne Dean passed away on Tuesday, May 11th. Wayne marched in the Toronto Optimists from 1965 to 1969. He had also been a member of the Optimists Alumni Corps. He will be missed by all who knew him.

"DEAN, Wayne Anthony - Peacefully in his 62nd year, Wayne lost his long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was a model of strength, dignity, courage and determination, always staying true to his motto, 'Never give up.' Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann, his children Christian (Jenni) and Alexis, who brought so much joy and pride to his life, and by his beloved sister Vivian Smith, whose love and kindness will always be remembered. Sadly missed by his many sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. Friends and family may call at the Turner & Porter 'Yorke' Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of Jane subway, Toronto on Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception at the funeral home. If desired, donations to the Parkinson Society would be appreciated by the family. "

 Visitation and Service

April 7, 2010

I'm sad to report that Bob Cook passed away on Monday, April 5th. Bob goes back to the very beginnings of the Optimists. He was a member of the Boy Scout band, Opti-Corps and the Toronto Optimists. Bob marched in the Colour Guard and, in 1961, he was Guard captain.

"COOK, Robert Gordon - September 22, 1941 - April 5, 2010 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bob of Aurora. Beloved husband and best friend of Margaret. Devoted father of Lynn (Rob) and Michelle Christie (Iain). Brother of the late Ron (Rosemary). Son of Violet and the late Robert. Uncle of Phil, Amanda and Jeremy. Bob was very personable and acquired many friends. Employed in his earlier years at Ontario Hydro H.L. Hearn Generating Station for 18 years was also employed with York Central Hospital as Stationery Engineer. Bob had a great love of his garden, pool and loved to travel. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Pkwy. S. (northeast corner of Industrial Pkwy. S. and Yonge), Aurora, 905-727-5421, from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the Memorial Service in the Chapel at 11 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online tributes may be left at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com"

Visitation and Service will be at

March 23, 2010

Unfortunately I must inform you that Dave Parker passed away on Monday, March 22nd. He was diagnosed with cancer only 3 weeks ago. Dave instructed Optimists' drill in 1972 and '73. He had also been an M&M judge for the CDCA as well as the drill instructor for De La Salle. We offer our condolences to his wife Marg and to their family.

"PARKER, David G. - At their new home in Port Rowan on Monday, March 22, 2010. David G. Parker formerly of Sweaburg. Loving husband and best friend of Margaret. Irreplaceable father of Sheri Wheldon and her husband Steve of Simcoe and David Parker and his wife Marisa of Woodstock. Special grandfather of Evan, Quinn, Ava and Naren. Also survived by his sister Jane and her husband Jon of Ottawa. David and Margaret have owned and operated Pet Valu in Woodstock for many years. He was a proud member of the Canadian Drum Corps Judges Association as a respected Judge and Instructor to many drum corps and winter guards. Friends will be received at the Longworth Funeral Home (details below)."

Visitation and Service will be at

January 22, 2010

I regret to inform you that Doris Wilson, Ted Wilson's mother has passed away. We offer our condolences to Ted and his family.

Visitation and Service will be at

December 24, 2009

On December 21st, Serena Ann Douglas was welcomed into the Tracey clan. Mother, Carissa, father, Patrick and baby are all doing well. Serena Ann is Carissa and Patrick's sixth child and Rick and Cindy's tenth grandchild!

November 11, 2009

Please keep Karen Bosworth in your thoughts and prayers.  We've just learned that Rosamund Bosworth, Karen’s mother, recently passed away. We offer our condolences to Karen and to her family.

October 23, 2009

Our Christmas Social

Sunday September 20, 2008

Today was our Annual General Meeting. Gord Brown was elected by acclaim as "Secretary". As part of this meeting elections were held for Corps President as well as the three "Directors at Large" positions.

July 17, 2009

I'm sad to report that, on Thursday, July 16th, Paul Thompson's sister, Bernadette Stolte (nee Thompson), passed away. Here are the details for the visitation and funeral

May 9, 2009

Sadly, I pass on the details of the funeral arrangements for Eleanor Carell, mother of Bob Carell

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February 20, 2009

Shannon Sweeney is a proud father!! And Terry Sweeney is a proud grandfather! Shannon's wife Tina had baby girl on Wed. Mother and daughter are doing fine. Dad changed his first diaper during his Wed night sleep over at the hospital.

November 18, 2008

It is with great sadness that I pass on the details of the funeral arrangements for Edith O'Halloran (Gord's wife)


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September 28, 2008

Sunday September 28, 2008 was our Annual General Meeting. As part of this meeting elections were held for the three contested positions on our Board (all Directors at Large).

Brian Byrne were elected by acclaim as "Treasurer" as was Bill Kane for the VP position. Voting was held for the three contested positions. Carol Munro, Gord Brown and Mike Lang were elected. Our new Executive consists of:

Many thanks to the members of the previous Board for all of their work over the last year. Congratulations to Carol, Gord and Mike who were elected and many thanks to Phil Hennings who, while unsuccessful, expressed his willingness and commitment to serve in yet another role.

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September 17, 2008

Obituary for Tim Roussel

Roussel, Timothy Valentine "Tim" of Chilliwack, passed away suddenly September 15, 2008 at the age of 55 years. Tim was predeceased by his parents Ray and Shirley and is lovingly remembered by his family; his wife of 27 years Denise and his son Curtis. He is also remembered by his 4 brothers, Ray (Carrie), Rick (Susan), Dennis and Lorne, sister Mary (John) Gibb, father and mother in law Sandy and Phyllis, brothers in law Gord (Betty), Jim (Barb) and sister in law Lynn as well as many other family members and friends. Tim's love of family and friends, his great sense of humour, and passion for life will be remembered by all who knew him.

Memorial Service will be held on Friday September 19 at 1:00 p.m in the chapel of Valley View Funeral Home 14660 72 Ave. Surrey. If desired in lieu of flowers donations in Tim's memory may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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September 16, 2008


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August 26, 2008


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June 30, 2008

Funeral for Dot Kane, Bill and Jim Kane's mother


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June 28, 2008

On Friday, June 27th, Dot Kane, the mother of Bill and Jim Kane, passed away. We offer out condolences to Bill, Jim and to their familes.


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May 30, 2008

On Thursday, May 29th, Jim Dwyer's father passed away. We offer our condolences to Jim and to his family.


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March 3, 2008

On Saturday, Kevin Clancy's mother passed away (see the notice in the Toronto Star). We offer our condolences to Kevin and to the Clancy family.


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February 12, 2008

Some folks have been wondering about George Wright. For those who don't know, George is focusing on his health and is taking a break from the corps this year. We'll see him back in the line next year.


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December 23, 2007

Jan's and Judy's sister, Wanda Forsythe, died yesterday (Dec 22nd). The funeral is at Ward's funeral home at Weston Road and Lawrence between twelve and two on December 24, 2007. Jan's sister, Wanda, specifically requested no flowers at her funeral. Jan would appreciate prayers for her sisters soul and comfort for the family. We offer our condolences to Jan, Judy and Bill.


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December 17, 2007

We received this sad message from Gary Duggan ... his brother Bob passed away on Saturday December 15, 2007.

Bob Duggan was an alumnus of De La Salle Drum and Bugle Corps, of its predecessor De La Salle Blue and Gold Band and its successor, Oakland Crusaders Drum Corps. In that regard, he stands alone.

In 1953, as a student at De La Salle College 'Oaklands', Bob joined the De La Salle Blue and Gold Band. He was a member of the Blue and Gold through 1957. When the Band reorganized to become a drum and bugle corps in 1958, Bob was a member of the original De La Salle Drum Corps . He rejoined Del in 1966 as an instructor with the horn line and as a Drum Major.
In the early '70's Bob became corps Director of the Etobicoke Crusaders. He held that position in 1975 when Del and the Crusaders merged. Bob was the original Corps Director of the Oakland Crusaders.

Arrangements are as follows

A notice is to be in the Tuesday Toronto Star.


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November 12, 2007

John Longstreet of the Toronto Signals passed away on parade in Georgetown Saturday evening. This was sudden and quite unexpected. At the time of his passing, he was out front, leading the band as Acting Drum Major.

John first joined SIGs in 1952! He was second-generation SIGs (his father was a founder), a former member of Canada's Marching Ambassadors and an alumnus of the Western Tech Trumpet Band. These connections have made him widely known in Canadian senior band and Drum Corps circles. John will be sadly missed by all who knew him!

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Turner and Porter "Peel" Chapel
2180 Hurontario Street
Mississauga Ontario
The funeral home is on Hwy #10 just north of the QEW on the West side.

Visitation: on Tuesday November 13, 2007 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 until 9:00 pm

Service: Wednesday November 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm (cremation)

Reception: will follow the service. It will be held at:

2542 Argyle Rd. (downstairs reception room)
Mississauga Ontario

Note: At this time it is unknown if there will be a special band tribute. Marilyn will be talking with her Mother and will advise us. We will keep everyone informed when we have more information.


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October 11, 2007


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September 25, 2007

I'm sad to report that Brian Hogan has resigned from the corps. Brian was a charter member of the Optimists Alumni. We know that it was a very difficult decision for Brian to make and we want him to know that he'll be missed.


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September 24, 2007

Sunday September 23, 2007 was our Annual General Meeting. As part of this meeting votes were to be cast for two amendments to our Constitution and elections were to be held for the two contested positions on our Board.

After some discussion we learned that the corps plans on applying for a Trillium Grant and the Trillium Foundation prefers a larger board of directors. As a result of this discussion both of the proposed amendments to the constitution were withdrawn by the individuals who had suggested them.

Peter Burton and Ron Chong were elected by acclaim as "Directors at Large". Voting was held for the two contested positions. Len Perrin was re-elected as president and Henry Beben was elected as Secretary. There is still a vacant position on the board (Director At Large) since there were not enough candidates to run for all positions. The new board will review the constitution and decide a suitable method for filling this position. Our new Executive consists of:

Many thanks to the members of the previous Board for all of their work over the last year. Congratulations to Len Perrin and Henry Beben who were elected and many thanks to Carol Munro and Ric Brown who, while unsuccessful, expressed their willingness to serve and their commitment to the corps by choosing to run in these elections.


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September 12, 2007

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2007 beginning at 11:00 am at the Legion.

Proxy Forms in Acrobat Format:

Proxy Forms as pictures (bigger files)

There are four components to the day's program.

  1. General Corps' business will include final reviews and reports from the President, Treasurer, Business Manager, and Show Director. Time will be allotted at the conclusion of their presentations for your questions and answers.
  2. All members in good standing will be entitled to vote for the 2 Proposed Constitution Amendments below:
    • Submitted by Paul Thompson on July 24, 2007
      • Beginning the Elections of 2008, candidates who run for any Executive Office (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) and who are unsuccessful may then submit their names as candidates for the position of Director at Large.
      • Rationale:  We want to encourage those with the most talent and experience to contest these executive positions and not forfeit the opportunity to serve on the Board
    • Submitted by Ric Brown on August 8, 2007
      • Beginning the Elections 2008, the Board of Directors consist of the following:
        • President/Director
        • Assistant VP/Director
        • Secretary/Treasurer
        • Business Manager
        • Director at Large
  3. All members in good standing are entitled to vote for the positions below:
    • President/Corps Director for 2008 & 2009
      • the candidates are Carol Munro and Len Perrin
    • Executive Secretary for 2008 & 2009
      • the candidates are Henry Beben and Ric Brown
  4. We will conclude the day's events with a rehearsal

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August 27, 2007

Vic Decloux has passed away.  The father of Marc, Vic was a long time supporter of all things Optimist. We offer our condolences to Mary Jane, Mark and to all of the Decloux family.


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August 20, 2007

The elections and the Annual General Meeting are held during the first rehearsal following Labour Day. That date has been scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2007.

Nominations for our Board of Directors

  1. Henry Beben is nominated for the position of Secretary (July 31)
  2. Len Perrin is nominated for the position of President/Corps Director (August 15)
  3. Carol Munro is nominated for the position of President/Corps Director (August 18)
  4. Ric Brown is nominated for the position of Secretary (August 18)
  5. Peter Burton is nominated for the position of Director at Large (August 18)
  6. Ron Chong is nominated for the position of Director at Large (August 18)

Proposed Amendments to our Constitution

  1. Submitted by Paul Thompson on July 24, 2007
    • Beginning the Elections of 2008, candidates who run for any Executive Office (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) and who are unsuccessful may then submit their names as candidates for the position of Director at Large.
    • Rationale:  We want to encourage those with the most talent and experience to contest these executive positions and not forfeit the opportunity to serve on the Board
  2. Submitted by Ric Brown on August 8, 2007
    • Beginning the Elections 2008, the Board of Directors consist of the following:
      • President/Director
      • Assistant VP/Director
      • Secretary/Treasurer
      • Business Manager
      • Director at Large

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May 21, 2007


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May 2, 2007

Dress Rehearsal

Now that we have our uniforms, we need to take them out for a test run!

This Sunday, May 6, part of our rehearsal will be devoted to "The Wearing of the Green"

This will allow us to ensure that all Members are wearing our uniform properly, will give you a chance to wear our uniform, thereby eliminating any unforeseen problems at our first performance of the season and affording us the opportunity to get properly prepared for "And the Bands Played On".

This will be treated like any other performance, so you are required to bring your complete uniform, including uniform shoes (Dinkles) and black socks.  Before hand, make sure that your uniform is fitted properly – including sleeves and cuffs properly sized and lightly pressed, as per the instructions given by Henry and Phil when you were issued your uniform.

Hopefully, this will iron out any bugs in our performance and will take care of any unforeseen problems, which normally occur on "Opening Night".

When Simcoe comes around, we'll be ready to crank up the WOW factor!

Brian Hogan & Dave Burgess, Drum Majors


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May 1, 2007


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April 27, 2007

Housing for DCA Alumni Spectacular


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March 9, 2007

Tom Mellors has joined the corps and is playing snare. Tom is a former Jolly Jester and Royalaire. Welcome, Tom!


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February 18, 2007


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February 10, 2007


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January 31, 2007


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January 26, 2007


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January 18, 2007

Here's the visitation and funeral information for David Byrne, Brian's brother, who passed away on Jan 16th.


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January 17, 2007


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January 12, 2007


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January 3, 2007


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December 18, 2006


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December 15, 2006


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December 3, 2006


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November 21, 2006

Important Communication to All Members of the Optimists Alumni Drum Corps
From Len Perrin - President
 

Dear Fellow Corps Members:

On behalf of your Executive I would like to thank all of you for your support and the trust you have placed in us to lead your organization.  We can only pledge to you, to do our best to continue to progress based on the values and traditions of the Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps.

When the Alumni Corps started in the fall of 2002 we were focused on appearing at the G.A.S. annual convention to be held in Hamilton in May 2004.  This was the commitment that drove the Corps in its early days.  Since that time the Corps has made great strides in improving our collective musical capabilities but we do not have a clear picture of where we want to go and our next milestones.  You, the members have spoken and elected a new Executive body to lead the Corps in its future endeavors and to determine our future direction.  As your President I am convinced that we need to establish a set of realistic goals and how best to achieve them.  I am therefore pleased to advise that your new Board has unanimously agreed to proceed with the development of a Strategic Operating Plan to set the future direction of our Corps.

To be successful in this endeavor it is essential that the plan be based on a consensus of all participants.  Richard Robida has agreed to lead the development of the plan and has the full support of your Executive.  Each of you will be contacted by Richard or one of his committee members to get your input, ideas and opinions.

Thank you for those who have already submitted  the Member Survey form as part of our parade attendance records. This data will be used to keep you involved in this project.  If you have not yet forwarded this information  to our Secretary it is essential that you do so as soon as possible so all interested parties will be included.  Even if you have not committed to be an active member for 2007 we value your opinion and would like to include you in building a consensus for the future of the Optimists Alumni.

I plan to be an active participant in the development of the plan and will keep you posted on our progress.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Len Perrin
 
If you have not already done so, please send an email to Paul Thompson (paulnew48 @ yahoo.ca) and include the following information:
  • Name
  • Instrument played
  • Home address
  • Phone
  • Email address
  • (If none, please advise)

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November 20, 2006

Update on new uniforms

On November 5th the Board created a committee to investigate and recommend a uniform. Henry Beben and Phil Hennings are the members of that committee. Their goal is to create the best possible uniform and do so at an affordable price.

In the two weeks since the committee was formed:

As a result of their research, they also decided to explore companies in the United States. So far

When they have completed their investigation and have prices, they will submit their report to the Board.


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November 6, 2006

Randy Cochrane with 1968 Guard Flag
Randy with the Flag
 


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October 29, 2006

 
Phil Hennings making presentation to Jamie Oatt
Phil making presentation
to Jamie
Phil Hennings' Handiwork
Phil's handiwork


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Friday, October 27, 2006

 

Skit for John Shearer's surgery Skit for John Shearer's surgery


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Sunday, October 15, 2006

On Oct 15, elections were held and a new Board of Directors was elected.
Our new Exec is:

Many thanks to the members of the previous Board for all of their efforts over the last year. Congratulations to those who were elected and thanks to those who cared enough to run in these elections but were unsuccessful. If at first you don't succeed, ....


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Sunday, October 15, 2006

On Oct 15, John Petti, who plays baritone, joined the corps. Most recently John played with Toronto Signals. Back in the mid-60s he marched with De La Salle Oaklands. Welcome, John.


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Friday October 13, 2006

On Friday, October 13 Mr. Nick Ferraro passed away. Nick was the brother of Rose, George Wright's wife, and the brother of Vince Ferraro, a former member of the Toronto Optimists. We offer our condolences to Vince, Rose, George and to the members of the Ferraro family.