Sunday, 14 August 2016

McDERMOTT-ROE FAMILY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND IRELAND

I have been indulging my fondness for digging through old scrapbooks again and I have come across this short announcement published in a local newspaper in 1914.  There is a connection to St Patrick’s Parish so I thought those of you who are interested in its history would enjoy this little snippet.
IN 1914, A "COLONY"

Monsignor James J McDermott was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1872.  Ordained in Ireland in 1895, the young priest came to Newfoundland that same year. 
Msgr J J McDermott
When this announcement of the death of his aunt, Mrs Dillon, appeared in the newspaper in 1914, Msgr McDermott was Parish Priest of St Patrick’s in the West End of St John’s, or as it was then known, ‘Riverhead’, St John’s.  Msgr McDermott had been made Pastor of St Patrick’s in 1909 and he served the Parish until his appointment as Vicar General of the Archdiocese in 1915.  Having spent most of his priestly life labouring in various parishes in Newfoundland, Monsignor James J McDermott died at St Clare’s Mercy Hospital, St John’s in April 1947.  

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

FIRST COMMUNICANTS, CIRCA 1950

Once again I am indebted to Joan REYNOLDS Fogarty!  Joan has sent us this very interesting picture.  The picture, of a large group of First Communicants, was given to Joan by Mary BREEN Kurilko.  It would have been taken sometime around 1950.  Joan has given some names but, as we so often do, we are relying on our readers for help in identifying the other girls.  If you are in this photo or if you are able to name someone who is, would you please contact us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.

JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT
Here are the names Joan has given us:
Row 2,
3rd left, possibly a girl Gushue from Old Topsail Road, 5th left Peggy Roche from Lime Street, 

Row 3,
5th left, Barbara Murphy from Water Street,   10th left, Carol Vavasour

Row 4,
3rd left, Connie Jackman, 5th left, Carol Whelan, 11th left,  Shirley Ryan

Row 5
Joanne Ashley,  4th left, Carolyn Maddigan

The two Sisters are Sr Camilla on the extreme left and Sr Regis on the extreme right.

Joan, would that be Mary Breen in Row 2, 8th from the left?  We think it might be but perhaps you could confirm it for us? Thank you, Joan, for sharing this lovely photo.  You are always a great help to us and it is really appreciated.    

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

ST PATRICK'S SPRING GET TOGETHER

Thanks to the organisational skills of Doreen Walsh Noseworthy, a group of St Patrick's Girls held their Spring Get-together in May. On Friday, 27th May, nineteen ladies met at noon for lunch at the St John's Fish Exchange on Water St.

Nancy Stanley, Alice Prim, Mary Hamlyn, Lila Mercer, Madonna Mercer, Carol Cromwell, Margie Power, Elaine Collins, Marina Grace, Jenny Finley, Alice Hennessey, Bernadette Grouchy, Betty Simms, Sheila Bulger, Cynthia Murphy, Doreen McAllister, Beth Anne McAllister and Doreen Walsh were able to attend.  It was a lovely afternoon with lots of hugs, stories, and laughter.  

We have two photographs which were taken there by an obliging member of staff.
AFTER LUNCH AT THE ST JOHN'S FISH EXCHANGE RESTAURANT, WATER STREET
Unfortunately, the girls at the top of the stairs are lost a bit in the back.  I have cropped the picture in an attempt to show them better. Here's hoping it works!
THE LADIES AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS!

Elizabeth Meaney was due to join her friends at the Fish Exchange. Sadly, at the last minute, circumstances prevented it. However, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Betty Simms, she was able to enjoy a sort of mini get-together  a few days later. Elizabeth, Doreen McAllister, Betty Simms and Beth Anne McAllister spent a very pleasurable couple of hours chatting and reminiscing over a leisurely lunch at Swiss Chalet, Mount Pearl. 
ELIZABETH, DOREEN AND BETTY












THE "MINI" GET-TOGETHER!




Friendship surely is a precious gift and it is truly wonderful to be able to spend time with the friends we made so many years ago. Long may it be so!  

Saturday, 23 July 2016

"WE'LL MEET AGAIN"

A note from Pat HURLEY McDonald brings news of a visit home by Sheelah HURLEY Martin-McArthur and a lunch held in honour of her visit. It seems to me that we St Patrick's folk need no excuse for a get together but when a wanderer returns home for even a brief time it is a wonderful reason to meet up again.  Pat and friends did just that!  

During Sheelah's recent visit, they met for a meal at Pat's Place in Mount Pearl.  Pat has also enclosed a photo of the lovely ladies. 
Pat, Cathy, Sheelah, Judy, Lila, Sheila, Cynthia
The friends who met for lunch are Pat HURLEY McDonald, Cathy TOBIN Healy, Sheelah HURLEY Martin-McArthur, Judy COMERFORD Newton, Lila MERCER Young, Sheila MOYST O'Neill and Cynthia MURPHY Downey.

Thank you once again to Pat for keeping us up to date with her group and for all the help she gives to this Blog.  Sheelah, I am pretty certain that your friends are already looking forward to your next trip home and another chance to meet. Good luck and very best wishes to all of you. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING

Thanks to Christine Mary Butler, we have news of a recent gathering of St Patrick’s Girls. 

On 29th May the ladies held their third annual gathering of Mrs Ann Coady’s Grade 3 Class of 1967/68.  Judy Ann hosted the event, which began at 2 pm, at her home on Waterford Bridge Road.

These girls are well organised as they have already set the date for their next gathering, which will take place on 27th May 2017 Not only that, they have confirmed dates for their 50th Anniversary!  This very special event will take place on 7-8th June 2018.  They also warmly invite ANY St Patrick’s Grade 9 Graduates of 1973/74.  ANYONE who was a Grade 3 pupil of St Patrick’s Convent in 1967/68 is also very welcome to attend. 

Watch out for more details to emerge but Christine says that she can be reached via email at butlerchristine @nl.rogers.com.
THIRD ANNUAL GATHERING

Thanks Christine, for sharing the news and the photo.  Are you able to name everyone in the photo for us?  If you can, please send it along to us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.

**** I am delighted that we now have the names of all in this happy photo and we have Marilyn Melay to thank for it!  

The ladies are, L-R;
Ellen (Stone) Wright, Patsy (O'Reilly) Slaney, Janice Fagan, Ann O'Driscoll, Sharon (Murphy) Traverse, Linda Griffiths, Marilyn (Maher) Melay, Charlene (Whalen) Pike, Colette (Beaudoin) Murphy, Christine (Rossiter) Butler, Cathy (Bishop) Dicks, Debbie (Barron) Anderson, Judy (Kavanagh) Morgan, Donna (Constantine) Walsh, Karen (Mugford) Fitzgerald

Thank you very much, Christine and Marilyn, for all your help.  It is much nicer to have the names so your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, 1 July 2016

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY

Distance Marker on Monument at
Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel
Pte E J Murphy
During WWI, the Newfoundland Regiment served bravely and with distinction in Turkey, Egypt, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany and Great Britain.   Despite its many courageous battles, it is Beaumont Hamel and the first day of the Battle of the Somme that was the most devastating for the Regiment and for Newfoundland.   

Pte F P Woodford
The Battle of the Somme lasted an horrific 141 days, from July to November 1916.  The Somme offensive, which began one hundred years ago today, on 1st July 1916, was a terrible failure.  By the time it ended in November, about 400,000 lives had been lost and the Allies had succeeded in moving the front line just 10 kilometres or about 6 miles.


Lieut R Shortall
As they left their trenches on July 1st, the Allied Forces were mowed down by a barrage of enemy fire.  Of the approximately 800 Newfoundlanders who went into battle on the morning of July 1st, only 68 answered roll call the next day.  More than 700 were dead, wounded or missing.  It has been said that, as they walked into the hell of No Man’s Land that morning, the Newfoundlanders tucked their chins in, as if they were walking into the teeth of a blizzard back home in Newfoundland, and marched on!  The courage of the Newfoundlanders did
Pte J Breen
not go unnoticed on the front lines.  The Divisional Commander, Major General Beauvoir de Lisle, said of their sacrifice, “It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault only failed of success because dead men can advance no further.”  
 
Plaque from St Patrick's Convent School, 
Deanery Ave & portrait of Padre Nangle

Pte M F Kennedy
Among those who died that July 1st, or from wounds sustained that day, were many young men of St Patrick’s Parish.  In 1921, a new St Patrick’s Convent School opened on Deanery Avenue.  This School was erected as a memorial to the men and boys of St Patrick’s Parish who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War I.  The school has long gone but, thanks to Fr Wayne Dohey, the plaque which once adorned the front entrance of the school has been preserved.  Alongside a portrait of WWI Chaplain, Padre Thomas Nangle, it is proudly displayed on the wall of St Patrick’s Church.  Thank you, Fr Dohey, for saving this important part of our School and Parish History.

Pte F J Galgay


We have the names of some of our gallant parishioners but if you know of one who lost his life as a consequence of the Battle of July 1st 1916, please send the information to us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com and we will gladly add it to this post. 


Forget-Me-Nots
We remember and pay grateful tribute to all who gave their lives in WWI but we pay special tribute to these members of St Patrick’s Parish:

PTE JOHN BREEN, AGE
PTE LEO MICHAEL BURKE, AGE 18
PTE JOHN JOSEPH CAREW, AGE 26
PTE LAURENCE JOSEPH CORCORAN, AGE 33
PTE FRANCIS JOSEPH GALGAY, AGE 19
PTE JOSEPH HOLLAHAN, AGE 26
PTE BERT JACKMAN, AGE 27
SGT MICHAEL FRANCIS KELLY, AGE 26
PTE MICHAEL FRANCIS KENNEDY, AGE 22
PTE RICHARD JOSEPH MADDIGAN, AGE 19
PTE JOSEPH MARTRET, AGE 20
PTE THOMAS MELEE, AGE 19
PTE EDWARD JOSEPH MURPHY, AGE 24
CPL WILLIAM JOSEPH RYAN, AGE 25
LIEUT RICHARD A SHORTALL, AGE 25
PTE FRANCIS PATRICK WOODFORD, AGE 24
Beaumont Hamel at night
"BETTER THAN THE BEST"

THE BANKS OF NEWFOUNDLAND, R N R BAND


Monday, 27 June 2016

ST PATRICK'S GIRLS AT JACK'S RESTAURANT

Getting together with school friends is still very important to former pupils of St Patrick's Convent Schools.  Joan Reynolds Fogarty sent us news on their latest gathering.  In May the ladies met for dinner at Jack's Restaurant in the Capital Hotel.
GETTING TOGETHER AT JACK'S RESTAURANT 
Back Row: Brenda Casey Grouchy, Joan Reynolds Fogarty, Rosemary Ashley Healy, Kathleen Dobbin Benson, Joan Connolly Alston, Bonnie Beck Byrne, Rita Kielly, Betty Fitzgerald Pye, Mary Fitzgerald

Front Row: Patricia McCarthy Philpott, Judy Fitzgerald Squires, Mary Bulger Corcoran, Patricia Connolly Leonard, Eleanor Sears Vatcher, Madeline Adams Thompson


Thanks very much, Joan, for sharing this with us. Don't forget to send us news of your next meeting.  You ladies are just amazing!  

Joan also informed us that a stalwart of this class, Catherine Corbett Stanley, lost her beloved husband, Winston, in early May.  We send our deepest sympathy to Catherine and to all Winston's family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT HOLY CROSS

Holy Cross always had an exemplary academic record but it wasn't all brain work there! These pictures from the 1961 yearbook are proof positive that the school had a varied and full programme, designed to develop every attribute that makes a well rounded person and a good citizen.

JUNIOR GLEE CLUB MEMBERS
We don't have names to go with this photo of the members of the Junior Glee Club although several names have been suggested. The names we have been given are Joe Power, Paul Meaney, John Simms, ? Byrne, and ? Healey.  Can you add to this?

***Lorraine Walsh has just contacted us with some more names of boys in the Junior Glee Club.  Lorraine tells us that Bernie Walsh, Leo Hagerty, Tom Coffey and Bob Ennis are among the young singers. Thank you Lorraine. Your input is very much appreciated. 
SENIOR ALTAR BOYS

How times have changed.  Just look at the number of Altar Boys.  And this is just the senior altar boys!  Again, the boys aren't named but we have managed to identify some of them.  They are, in no particular order, Jimmy Murray, Ed Flynn, Pat Byrne, Joe Ashley, Jim Kelley, Kevin Walsh, Robert Wells, Jack Hurley, David Finch, Johnny Murphy, Frank Fitzgerald, Ron Baird, Bill McDonald, Gerry Duggan, Ed Kennedy, Paul Whelan, Clifford Forristal, Tom Molloy, Ray Pollard. Do you recognise anyone else here? Please let us know if you do.

Our third photo is of the High School Bowling Team. Thankfully, the boys on the Bowling Team have been named so we are sure we have it right this time!  However, we hope that someone will be able to give us the full names of J McCarthy and R Nolan.
THE HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING TEAM

Back, L-R: Mike Healey, Rex Snelgrove, 
                 J McCarthy  
Front:        Maurice Cullen, R Nolan

Finally, here are the Brothers who guided these groups.
BR G G McHUGH
GLEE CLUB MODERATOR























BR J M SAVAGE
ALTAR BOY SOCIETY AND
HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING TEAM
























Once again, we ask your assistance with names and any information you have about these groups.  Please get in touch with us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.  

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

MRS LINEHAN'S GRADE 9 CLASS, 1979

Today's picture comes from Paula's 1979 Yearbook.  It is a photo of Mrs Linehan's Grade 9 Class.  Are you in this picture? 
MRS LINEHAN'S GRADE 9 CLASS, 1979

Row 1, L-R: W Pitcher, D Johnson, K Wicks, A Moore, C Harding, C Murphy, A Kennedy, Mrs R Linehan

Row 2: K Ducey, C A Hayes, R Chancey. P Carew, D Hurley, D Blyde, M Evans, D Griffiths,

Row 3:   H Wadden, M Moores, B Brewer, M O'Rielly, L Tobin, L Hickey, J Howell

Row 4:     M Dinn, D Fitzpatrick, J Walsh, C Thompson, M Keating, B Meaney, J Handrigan, S Gough

I am extremely grateful to Paula for the loan of her yearbook.  It contains a wealth of photographs which are a source of many memories for a lot of people.  If any of you have a story, an anecdote or a memory that you would like to share here on the blog, please get in touch at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.  We would love to hear from you!  

Thursday, 5 May 2016

PICTURES OF ST PATRICK'S, SCHOOL AND CHURCH

I have two interesting pictures to post today; one is of St Patrick’s Convent School and the other is of St Patrick’s Church.

The first picture is of St Patrick’s Convent School, Patrick Street.  It comes to us courtesy of LEN EDISON. 

In November last year Len sent us the picture with this note: “My son, Kevin, was at a flea market in Winnipeg this weekend and found this framed picture on sale for $6.  He bought it.”   

WINNIPEG”!  How fascinating is that? 

We don’t know the provenance of the picture so if anyone out there can shed any light on it, we would be obliged if you would share with us at mcallistersmith@gmail.com.
 
LEN/KEVIN'S PICTURE
Our second picture was kindly sent to us by KIM BARRETT-DOYLE.  It is another of KAY SIMMS McCORMACK'S beautiful sketches.  Back in October 2013, we posted Kay’s lovely sketch of St Patrick’s Convent School, Deanery Ave (link here).  Sadly, Kay died in January 2016 and Kim, Kay’s niece, sent us this picture and said, “She was an amazing person and a very special Aunt.  Here is a picture she gave us all of St Patrick’s Church.”
 
SKETCH BY KIM'S AUNT, KAY McCORMACK
Thank you Len Edison and Kim Barrett- Doyle for sharing these delightful pictures with us.  We tip our hats to Len's son, Kevin, for having the acumen to buy the picture of the School!  You have good taste, Kevin!

Monday, 2 May 2016

DOREEN WALSH NOSEWORTHY, TALENT GALORE!

In my humble, and perhaps not quite unbiased, opinion all former St Patrick's pupils are amazing people, each with an interesting life story to tell. In regard to St Patrick's, Doreen Walsh Noseworthy wears two hats - one of pupil and one of teacher! As such, she has been a presence in the lives of many of us.  I thought it would be interesting  to track her down for a chat.

"You were born in St John’s, Doreen.  When? Or is that too personal?  July 2, 1946.  

The eldest of six children, you were followed by four sisters and a brother.  If they don’t mind you letting the cat out of the bag, would you like to put them in order of age for us please?    Zita, John, Marian, Brenda and Mary Elizabeth.

You and your sisters all attended St Patrick’s Convent Schools. Would I be correct in assuming that John was a Holy Cross Boy? You would indeed! A Crusader true!
DOREEN WALSH, THE GRADE 6 PUPIL, IS IN THE VERY CENTRE OF THE FRONT ROW
I remember your grandmother Walsh when she lived next to the shop kept by Miss Hayes.  That shop was a haven for the girls and boys of St Patrick’s and Holy Cross.  Miss Hayes had the patience of Job.  Your Mom took over the shop after Miss Hayes and her warm personality ensured that it continued to be a place of welcome and friendship (and delicious Bulls Eyes!).  How long was ‘Walsh’s Store’ a fixture of West End life?  10 years

Of course I knew your parents, Betty and Leo, well.  Were they both St John’s people?  Yes, they were both townies. Mom grew up on Flower Hill and Dad on Angel Place. Mom went to school at St. Patrick’s (as did her mother) and Dad was a Holy Cross boy.

You attended St Patrick’s from September 1950 to June 1960 then it was off to Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School.  Later you returned to St Patrick’s as a teacher.  What year was that and was it your first teaching position? My first teaching job was at St. Patrick’s Convent School,   September 1964. The first two years, I taught grade four and for the next 13 years, I taught grade five. In 1979, with a very heavy heart, I resigned my position due to health issues with our 17 month old son. It really was a difficult decision to make, since I knew that going back would not be an option. Teaching jobs, especially in the city, were at a premium at that time and once the decision was made, there was no turning back. I felt like I was leaving a part of me behind that June when I left and, in fact, I was. St. Patrick’s had been such a huge part of my life for so many years, it was hard to imagine a time when it wouldn’t. I’ll never forget the feeling, in September of that year, when everyone was returning to school except me. How could my “family”, the teachers I worked with all those years, and the students and parents I had come to know and love, move on without me? It was the loneliest, strangest feeling I had ever experienced up to that point in my life. However, life does go on and later that fall I opened a Nursery School in our home in Holyrood, which I operated for five years, working only mornings, from 9:00 – 12:00. When our children were in school full day, I went back teaching, substituting in schools all around Conception Bay Centre, CBS, St. Joseph’s and Mount Carmel for quite a few years and later retired in 2003, from St. Catherine’s Academy, Mount Carmel, with a career in education that spanned 38 years. 


You were at St Patrick’s for a very long time. 15 years.  

DOREEN, THE TEACHER,
WITH HER GRADE 5 CLASS

You come from a very musical family so music has always been a big part of your life.  I actually remember you playing the spoons for us when we were in Miss Murphy’s Kindergarten!  I have many memories of your parents but the most enduring one of your father is a very old one but also a very happy one.  It was when you lived on Warberry St and I believe it was Christmas.  ‘In the Mood’, having been revived by someone, was a huge hit at the time and we girls were jiving up a storm to your father’s amazing rendition of it.  Tell us about your own musical career. I have been blessed with many good fortunes in my life and, aside from my family, singing and playing my guitar is my greatest passion. I had the great fortune of being born into a musical family. My mother’s parents were both musical and my father’s family even more so. My grandfather, John (Jack) Walsh loved to sing, my father, Leo, played guitar and had an amazing voice, and my Uncle Jack (Jackie Walsh or Cowboy Jack, as he was often called), “Newfoundland’s First Celebrated Country Singer” was a Pioneer of Country Music in Newfoundland. Uncle Jack had his own radio show on VONF (later to become VOCM) and was the opening act, playing his guitar and singing with his own band, when the radio station first went on the air. With a background like that, it was hard not to have grown up with such a love of music.

I am told that I could sing as soon as I learned to talk. In fact, my parents were never sure which came first. I used to play my dad’s guitar but he would have to hold it for me since it was much too big for such a little girl. I would play and sing for my parents’ friends when there were parties at our house. I was seven years old when I got my own guitar, a ukulele, from O’Brien’s Music Store. I remember sitting on the swing in our neighbour’s yard, playing my ukulele and singing to my heart’s content, never realizing that the neighbours were watching and listening. I also remember that when I was in grade three, Harry Brown, known fondly as “Uncle Harry” had a kids show on VOCM radio at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoons. My friend, Joan Roy, and I decided that we were going to go down and be on the “Uncle Harry Show” and that’s what we did. She sang “Changing Partners”, a popular song on the radio at the time, and I did a recitation “Twinkle Eye” which we had learned in school. We did that on several occasions and, of course, we loved the attention we got at school the next day. I guess that was the start of my public performance. 

Of course, music was always a big thing in school, at St. Patrick’s. From Kindergarten, my talents were displayed. Miss Murphy, the kindergarten teacher at St. Patrick’s for over forty years, was a friend of the family and had taught my mom’s mother, my mom and was now teaching me. So she knew of my singing and my ability to play the spoons before I even started school. Whenever the Reverend Mother (Mother De Sales) would come visit our classroom, Miss Murphy would have us sing for her, do recitations and little dances she had taught us, and yes, get me to play the spoons while she accompanied me on the organ.

As we got older, there were class choirs, school choirs, church choirs, plays, concerts, Kiwanis Music Festivals and Trinity College Choral Speaking; and there was I, right in the thick of it all. There wasn’t a Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church I didn’t attend, from grade six to grade eight. The Mass was all in Latin then, and so was all the singing. Lots of work went into learning all that. It started in grade four, with little bits at a time so that, when you got to grade six, you were ready to go it on your own.

When I went to Holy Heart I was in the class choir but, because of bussing, I couldn’t join the School Choir. However, I did continue to participate in the Trinity College Choral Speaking program in grade nine.

The year I started teaching, my brother, John, his friend Gerald Collins and my cousin, Jack (Uncle Jack’s son), were talking about forming a band but they didn’t have a singer. They would always practice at our house because John played drums and they were too cumbersome to move from house to house. Whenever I was around during their practices, they would ask me to sing for them. One of the teachers at school, Helena Gough, had a twin sister who was getting married that summer and asked me if we would play for her sister’s wedding. We had never done anything like that before. It was just a bit of fun up to that point. We agreed to do the wedding and there was born “The Montereys” and a second career for me, as lead singer. Our band played all over the Avalon region of the province doing night clubs, private dances, garden parties, weddings, Christmas parties and the like. We were very much in demand and, I recall December 1970 we played every night, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and played twice on Boxing Day, with a matinee for the Bella Vista staff that afternoon. It was a very hectic month, never to be repeated. Needless to say, the bookings in the Decembers to follow were well checked after that. It was just too difficult, with teaching each day and trying to have a life of my own separate from all that. I stayed with the band until February 14, 1975 when, being 4 months pregnant with our first child, I decided it was time to quit.
DOREEN,  THE "ROCK STAR"

I continued with my playing and singing over the years at local concerts, a little pub work now and then, substitute teaching for music teachers and being involved with musical events in the Conception Bay Centre area. I was “Leader of Song” for 25 years at Holy Cross Church in Holyrood, I am a member of the Cloudberries Community Choir and Holy Cross Church Choir. For the past number of years I find myself filling my summers with music and song at the H.W. Duffet Shriners’ Park in Eastport, NL. We have two nights of music each week and a Gospel Sing every Sunday morning, as well as appearances at the Heritage Theatre in Eastport. Through music and singing, I have made the most rewarding and remarkable friendships and I feel especially blessed because of it. I have always been willing to share my talents because I know that I have been blessed with a gift and gifts are meant to be shared.   

Doreen, you are a lady of many talents. You have surprised me with your very considerable painting ability.  Have you always painted or is it something you took up recently?   I am a fan of your website, ‘Newfoundland Artist Doreen Noseworthy’  (link here).  You have some beautiful work displayed there.  You must get a lot of pleasure from painting but do you paint solely for pleasure or do you also sell your work?   Where can it be purchased? 

Thank you, Beth Anne, for your kind words about my paintings. It is something I took up in retirement. I was never very good at Art per se, but I always said that I would love to be able to paint. My daughter, Nicole, was taking lessons and I was so amazed by what she was doingI have only recently offered some of my prints for sale. I don’t do any advertising, just word of mouth, by family and friends. My daughter set up a Facebook page with some of my work displayed there, as you referenced earlier. I don’t consider myself an “artist” but if people like my work I can’t argue with that.

Do you do specific requests for people or are your paintings all your own thoughts and inspirations? I have done a couple of requests for people but I mainly paint for my own pleasure.

You are married to Gerry Noseworthy.  When and where did you marry? Gerry and I are married almost 44 years now. We were married at St. Patrick’s Church, July 8, 1972. He is my soul mate, my best friend, my confidant, the father of our two children (Nicole and Neal) and we are the proud grandparents of Jaxson Neal Noseworthy who is four years old and lives with his parents, Neal and Melissa, in PEI.

Do you have any other strings to your bow, any more hidden talents that you would care to tell us about? I am very proud of the fact that I have been an advocate for teachers/educators and students all my life. It started with my early involvement as NTA Liaison for St. Patrick’s School when I first started teaching. As time went on, I got involved,  at the Branch level, as part of the Branch Executive. From there I went on to become an elected member of the Provincial Executive of what then became NLTA. Before I retired in June of 2003, I was elected Vice President of Avalon East Division of the Retired Teachers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RTANL). I served two years as VP, four years as President, and two years as Past President of the Division. I have also served at the provincial level and am currently Vice President of Provincial Executive of RTANL and will be running for President in October.

In my retirement, I was also asked to serve as a member of the provincial Aging Issues Network established by Government through   the Seniors Resource Centre. The purpose of this was to research and identify the main issues of seniors living in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The research was done and a report submitted over a period of about 4 years. Subsequent to that, Government established a Department of Seniors’ Wellness and Aging.  

I am also currently serving as Secretary of the Coalition of Pensioners, Retirees and Seniors of NL. This group is also advocating on behalf of seniors throughout the province and is made up of 14 other member retiree groups and former union leaders both provincially and federally. We have been working diligently and  meeting with both levels of government to try to improve the quality of life for the seniors, who have built this place we like to call home, through hard work and sacrifice over the past numbers of decades.

As you can imagine, I am and have always been a very busy person but my summers are still my own. That’s when I unwind, take time to smell the roses and do the things I really enjoy for myself.....visiting with family and friends, singing and playing my guitar, walking, painting a bit (on rainy days) or just relaxing with a good book or  movie.

I am so grateful for the many blessings which have been bestowed on me throughout my life.

What else do you get up to in your spare time?  That is, if you have any ‘spare time’Spare time? What’s that? One of these days I’ll find the answer to that question. (The answer to this question, however, is included in the previous one, Beth Anne.)

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me, Beth Anne. It has afforded me the opportunity to do some reflecting and recall some wonderful memories of times past. There are so many St. Patrick’s girls who have achieved such accomplishments in their lives that I feel truly humbled to be asked to do this. I’m only a cog on the wheel of life but every cog has its purpose and makes the wheels turn as they should. So, if I have contributed in any way, I am very pleased about that. I attribute many of my achievements to the wonderful years I spent at St. Patrick’s both as a student and teacher. We learned about responsibility, leadership, commitment, a desire for learning, being the best that we could be, sharing, getting along with and caring about others from our parents and family initially, but these things were so strongly reinforced through the many experiences of school life at St. Patrick’s. There were times, I’m sure, when we all thought things could have been better or that too much was expected of us. I remember those early mornings when we had to be there for Mass before going to school instead of sleeping in a bit longer, or the late evenings walking home in the dark after festival practice or worse still, having to give up a Saturday morning or afternoon for practice or to sing at a funeral Mass. What were they thinking?? Little did we know that, in years to come, we would be so grateful for the lessons that we have carried with us throughout our entire adult lives; the character building, the motivation, the inspiration, the lasting friendships and wonderful memories – things that have made us the people we are today.

DOREEN ENJOYING SOME OF THOSE
"LASTING FRIENDSHIPS"

In concluding, I would be very remiss if I didn’t say a special “thank you” to the Presentation sisters who made it all possible and who instilled such values and standards of right and wrong into each and every one of us. They weren’t all saints, but they did their best to deliver an education and respect for both learning and living that remains with us to this very day. God bless you all!"   

Thank you Doreen.  It has been a real treat talking to you.  I am sure your school friends, who are many, and former pupils will be delighted to see this post.  You have certainly carried St Patrick's banner through life so, thank you once again and, please, "keep on keeping on"!