Staff Obituaries


This obviously a very incomplete document. Any contributions on other staff members would be appreciated.

David Ainley
Ester Boskey
Bill Boswell
Gordon Day
Herre de Groot
Lois Gerth
Ivy Jennings
Janet Miller
Oscar Purdy
Malcolm Renshaw
Bertha Rohr



Bertha (Merovitz) Rohr
(Teacher at both WHHS and MHS - taught speech and drama, retired in 1970 and attended 2003 Reunion)  
        
Bertha Rohr at July 2003 Reunion (George Novosel behind her) ROHR, Bertha (nee Merovitz). Peacefully in her ninety-sixth year on Sunday, July 17, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Peter. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Moishe and Rivella Rohr, Rosalee and the late Martin Rohr, Elaine and Harry Glazer. Cherished grandmother of 9 and proud great grandmother of 32. Devoted sister and sister-in-law of Mel and Pearl Merovitz, Ida and the late Sam Rosenburg, Annie and the late Alex Albert, Edith and Leonard McKinley, the late Ethel Miller, the late Lilliane Blumberg, the late Gertrude Weinberg. She will be sadly missed by her many dear relatives, friends and the many pupils she taught during her years as a devoted teacher.  
( Montreal Gazette from 7/19/2005 ).







Lois R. E. Gerth

(Librarian during 1960s and 1970s at MHS)
January 6, 2006 in Montreal. (McGill News)






http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Edson
Oscar Purdy

Esther Boskey


Malcolm Renshaw
Photo couresy of Harald Wolf Concordia BA 59, died December 31 2004  in Montreal. Malcolm first enrolled in Sir George Williams Elementary School at age 11, and continued his studies at Sir George through high school and university. In 1961 Malcolm started a teaching career at Monklands High School in Montreal, where he remained until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University from 1978 to 2004, and was especially active on the fundraising committee, where his dedication helped raise thousands of dollars for the Sir George Williams Endowment Fund. He is survived by his children Douglas, David, Donald, Catherine and Steve. Malcolm was 87.

Concordia University Magazine.







Ivy Constance Jennings
February 1, 2008 at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto. Ivy taught English at both the elementary and high school levels in Montreal and Sept Isle. She became a guidance counsellor and later vice principal at the former LaSalle High School. She interrupted her career in education to become the CEO of a successful family business in Trinidad and Tobago. She later returned to education as a school principal with the North York School Board until she retired. She was active in the Black community and generously engaged the youth of the community. She was a founding member of the Quebec Board of Black Educators. Ivy will be sadly missed for the leadership and inspiration that she gave to her family, colleagues and friends who will always cherish her memory.


(courtesy of Harald Wolf)



Janet Miller
March 28th 2006 at Vancouver General Hospital. Born May, 23, 1923 in Dumbarton, Scotland, Janet emigrated to Canada in 1948. She lived and taught in Toronto, Nova Scotia, and for many years at
Monklands High School in Montreal. Janet retired to Vancouver in 1980. She is survived by her brother Dave (Aileen), niece Margaret O'Brien (Sandy and Katie), nephew John O'Brien, nephews and nieces David, Duggie, Andrew, Susan and Katy Miller and their families. Many thanks to the staff at Chalmers Lodge and the Vancouver General Hospital. No service at Janet's request. Vancouver Sun on 3/30/2006.


David Ainley November 24, 1934 - September 19, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Ainley, who died suddenly on September 19, 2013 after a brave journey with Parkinson's Disease. Adoring and devoted husband to the late Marika (nee Gosztonyi), beloved father to Vicky and Mark. Sorely missed by loving family in Montreal - Gyongyi, Jerry, Randi, Stephen, Andrea, Evan, and Harley Belfer - and in his native England - Arnold & Pauline Walker, Susan, John, Daniel & Emily Crampton - and NZ - Barbi Ormandy - and many dear friends around the world. Celebrations of Life in Montreal, Victoria, and England to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre or a charity of your choice. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montrealgazette/obituary.aspx?n=david-ainley&pid=167069075#fbLoggedOut





Esther Boskey
January 6, 2001 at the age of 81. Born to Sam Feigelman and Rebecca Kanofsky, Esther grew up in downtown Montreal and attended Belmont and Victoria Schools and Montreal High.Majoring in English at McGill, she wrote cultural columns for the McGill Daily and was introduced to progressive politics and the struggle for social justice from which she would never shift even when such beliefs became unpopular.As a young woman, Esther hitch-hiked throughout Québec, and to Denver and New Orleans, always exploring the lives of working people. She was director of Camp Lakeview in Saint Donat for four years. Well into middle age, she learned Italian and Russian and traveled to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.As a school teacher for over thirty-five years, Esther was on the staff of Devonshire, Baron Byng, Jewish Peretz and Monklands. She is remembered by many students for her capacity to stimulate a love for literature and an understanding of history, and for her concern for the lives and problems of her individual pupils. She fought to maintain the presence of nurses in the schools; shocked by systemic discrimination in the school system, she worked for the better integration of immigrant students. Always an activist in her union, Esther played an important role in the Federation of Teachers of Jewish Schools and the Montreal Teachers Association. She was the founder and president of the School Teachers for Equal Pensions (STEP) Committee of the PAPT. An exceptionally strong, committed and intelligent woman, Esther took her job as a parent seriously, instilling into her sons a sense of responsibility, passion and determination for the problems of fellow human beings.She was predeceased by her husband, Harry, and is survived by her sons: Sam, long-time City Councillor, and Avner, who lives is Israel with his wife Rachel and their sons Daniel, David, Asaph and Elisha.

David Ainley
David Ainley November 24, 1934 - September 19, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Ainley, who died suddenly on September 19, 2013 after a brave journey with Parkinson's Disease. Adoring and devoted husband to the late Marika (nee Gosztonyi), beloved father to Vicky and Mark. Sorely missed by loving family in Montreal - Gyongyi, Jerry, Randi, Stephen, Andrea, Evan, and Harley Belfer - and in his native England - Arnold & Pauline Walker, Susan, John, Daniel & Emily Crampton - and NZ - Barbi Ormandy - and many dear friends around the world. 

(MHS physical education teacher)





Dr. Herre de Groot

1924 - 2013
Passed away in Montreal on September 19, 2013 at the age of 89. He will be deeply missed by his wife Olive and his son Wilfred. He will also be greatly missed by his brother Sander. At a relatively young age he was a member of the Dutch Underground and was decorated by the Dutch Government. He came to Canada as a trainee for ICAO where he met his wife at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, where he pursued a career in Education and became Assistant Director of Instructional Services and Director of Secondary Studies for PSBGM. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montrealgazette/obituary.aspx?n=herre-de-groot&pid=167121176#fbLoggedOut
Principal, 1966-681924 - 2013  (MHS Principal 1966-68)

Passed away in Montreal on September 19, 2013 at the age of 89. He will be deeply missed by his wife Olive and his son Wilfred. He will also be greatly missed by his brother Sander. At a relatively young age he was a member of the Dutch Underground and was decorated by the Dutch Government. He came to Canada as a trainee for ICAO where he met his wife at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, where he pursued a career in Education and became Assistant Director of Instructional Services and Director of Secondary Studies for PSBGM.




Gordon Day
1930-2013.  December 1 2013, in Perth Ontario, at the age of 83. Art teacher for almost all of Monklands High's existence, Gordon provided more than just art instruction as worked with the drama club, talent show, yearbook, graduation and just about any other student activity that called upon his skills. Born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland (where he became friends with Gordon Pinsent) Gordon moved to Montreal to complete his degree in fine arts. He started at Monklands in 1958 and taught there until 1976 when he was transferred to Lasalle High as part of the downsizing of Monklands prior to its closure in 1979. In addition to his artistic skills he was an actor with the Lakeshore Players, he was a singer and guitar player as well as performing with choirs. He also wrote - including a three act play - and also found ample time for fishing and book collecting. There were legendary stories around the school which involved Gordon, not the least of which were his performances as a disco dancer and as the prominent half of  the MHS Basement City Two folk act. A long time NDG resident, in retirement he lived in Ontario and Nova Scotia.


Bill Boswell

William Caldwell Boswell died peacefully on July 8, 2016. Survived by his loving family: Lois, Anne (Doug), David (Sandra), Tim, Ian (Lisa). Grandfather of William Kerr (Mireille), Arthur Kerr (Gabrielle), Alex Boswell. "Monsieur G-G" to Xavier Kerr. In keeping with Bill's wishes, the family will have a private interment.

Longtime teacher at Rosedale Elementary, Monklands (1959-1979) and Westmount High Schools and later, McGill University.