Nikki (then called Ellen) King (MCHS 1962) has shared Malcolm Campbell High School updates, from the years that followed the 1960s
One of the great things about having a website is that from time to time people add comments at posts that have been written in the past.
One such post, to which many comments have been added over the past year, is entitled:
Provisional list of MCHS ’60s (and other decades) students/alumni/teachers who have passed away
Comment at the above-noted post from Nikki King
A Feb. 27, 2006 comment at the above-mentioned post from Nikki King (MCHS 1962) reads:
“Thomas Herbert VON EICKEN passed away in Anshan, China on May 6, 2003, after a year and a half of teaching and travelling throughout China. (a tribute to his wife, Linda née Chow). I don’t know precisely when Linda died. [Note from Jaan Pill: We have since determined, as noted in a subsequent post, that Linda Chow died on March 31, 1998.] I knew them both, and my sister swam competitively with Tom’s sister Claudia. Also deceased is my classmate Krista LUNIN (later known as LEE). She died June 30, 2010 in Ashland, KY, USA of bone cancer. She and I had known each other (& our families) well for many years during and beyond school.”
Comment from Jaan Pill
In reply, I have added the following comment at the post:
“I much appreciate you sharing these details, Nikki. I have added the information to the list. There is so much value in the sharing of such information. We owe thanks to each person who has helped us and is continuing to help us, in this project, which is aimed at keeping alive the memory of classmates and teachers from MCHS who have passed away.”
Email message from Nikki
In an email, Nikki has added (and I have checked with her first, to ensure it’s okay to post it):
“My name is Nikki King (but in school nobody used my nickname, and I went by the detested name of Ellen). I was in 11D together with Krista Lee (with whom I had an enduring bond which lasted many, many years), Susan Skelly, Susan Labonte, Jacki Ralph (she & her sisters were our neighbours in Pierrefonds; and her younger sisters often came to our house to visit my younger sister Joelle). These are the people I knew best, though I did know Marty Butler, Tom von Eicken, Linda Chow & several others quite well too. I somehow stumbled upon the Y2K Reunion site & read several of the postings there before visiting the preserved stories one. Perhaps age (71 & 72 looming in April) causes a certain nostalgia? LOL.”
In a subsequent email, Nikki adds further commentary
“Incidentally, I noticed a lot of references to Barclay Allen – a passing mention of Peter Jort. No mention of Billy Robert. All of these guys were indeed good friends, and members of the Cartierville Boating Club. As were, incidentally, all the Ralph girls: Anne (eldest), Jacki, Jill, & Jennifer. I have unearthed some early photos of Barclay & Billy. And photos from 2010 & 2012 of the guys.
“I was never much given to strolls down memory lane, however, I have much enjoyed scrolling through the various posts & seeing faces that I recall. I was surprised to see a picture of Steve Suter & to remember him so vividly. Sad to learn of his all-too early demise.
“Krista Lunin & I met at St. Laurent High School before being transferred to MCHS. I was fresh off the boat (literally). Oddly, our lives had crossed paths earlier in a couple of European countries though we had never met until Canada.
“Krista & I were friends immediately, and this lasted through early marriages & somewhat inevitable early divorces & beyond. Her father Paul was a contractor/builder. Many of the homes in the A MaBaie area (housing a host of the names I saw & recognized on the site) were built by him. Including that of the Chow family. Le monde est très petit.
“I noticed a few comments about Timothy Christmas. I have nothing but the fondest recollections of & an abiding gratitude towards that man. I was somewhat withdrawn & given to negative instrospection, but he persuaded me to divulge tremendously personal issues which were troubling me and suggested effective courses of action. Henceforth, I moved forward with a much more positive approach and a philosophy which has sustained and rewarded me to this day.”
1961 Malcolm Campbell High School Prefect Board
Regarding the photo (see photo from Nikki, on right), Nikki comments: “I was amazed to find I actually had an old photo from MCHS. Lonely survivor! From my faded handwriting in back, it appears to be of the Prefect Board, taken in 1961 by Timothy Christmas. I partly recognize a few faces, but cannot put a name to them other than what I have listed below.
“1961 Prefect Board. Photo taken by Mr. Christmas. Front row, left to right, 5th. position Lucy Fabbro(?), 8th. position Nikki King, 9th. position Jacki Ralph.”
[End of texts from Nikki King]
Additional comments from Jaan
As an accompaniment to Nikki’s 196 Prefect Board photo, I have added a Prefect Board photo from the 1961-62 yearbook. In creating the photo from the yearbook, I was pleased to learn that on a MacBook Pro, it’s easy to copy an image from a PDF file (in this case the PDF file of the 1961-62 yearbook), and to create a JPEG file from it.
As well, as I’ve mentioned at a recent post at this website, I have several post-reunion updates to complete, in connection with the successful October 17, 2015 Malcolm Campbell High School Reunion that took place at Old Mill Toronto.
One of the upcoming posts that I’m working on features hand-drawn maps and detailed reflections about the history of Saraguay, that Bob Carswell shared with me when we met recently for coffee at the Birds and Beans Cafe in South Etobicoke in Toronto.
I also need to catch up on posting names about an Ahuntsic School photo from the 1950s.
As with some other posts that I have been working on, however, the volunteer work has to take the back seat while I catch up on some freelance work, for which I have a deadline.
When there’s paid work to be done, that takes precedence; the volunteer work can usually wait – unless you’re planning a reunion, or have some other time-sensitive project in the works, which fortunately is not currently the case.
Click on photos to enlarge them
Regarding the photos from the 1960s, Nikki adds: “I am attaching photos of MCHS members during their summer break: still working (& playing) hard. Members of championship teams at the Cartierville Boating Club. Peter Jort, Billy Robert, & Barclay Allen [ed.note: they look so very young]. Two later photos of same at reunions.”
I want to add that I am very pleased that, as a result of seeing Nikki’s 1961 Prefect Board photo, I was prompted to figure out how to go into any of the PDF-format yearbook files that I have, and extract a high-resolution JPEG file from any of the pages. I had for a long time been wondering how I would in future be able to create such photo files from within a PDF document. I owe many thanks to Nikki for prompting me to learn how to perform this task.
As well, I remember Joelle King from my days at Malcolm Campbell High School; I was delighted to learn from Nikki’s message that Joelle is Nikki’s younger sister.
It blows me away to see Dawson Campbell again. He was in my class since Grade 1, I think….a fabulous guy. And Barclay and Lynda Spence were very good friends. I lived with Lynda for the last month of Grade 11, because my parents had already moved to Brampton, ON, while I still had to finish school. Billy Robert was a super skier. I was one of the Hostesses at MCHS…we were all friends together. I was the girl who was often in the Shriners’ Hospital, for hand or foot surgery, over the years. On July 1st., 1963, I left Quebec, to live with my parents. Sadly, I never saw any of my friends again. I would love to have the email of some of these people, but don’t know how to get them.
Keep up the good work with this link. And thank you so much.
Gail Howell de Vries
143A King St., W.
Hi Gail, wonderful to read your comment.
I’ll pass along some email addresses to you. It may take some time but it will get done. It’s never too late for old friends to re-connect!
As well, I much enjoyed our earlier conversation, the subject of the previous post entitled:
Gail Howell de Vries’ best friends at MCHS were Lynda Spence, Barclay Allan, Dawson Campbell, Brent Holden, Linda McCracken, Bruce McKay
Related posts (some of many) from earlier conversations related to Malcolm Campbell High school at this website include:
Sue (Robinson) Brady (MCHS ’64) shares more details about MCHS Alumni in B.C. and elsewhere
Sue (Robinson) Brady has shared with us photos from an MCHS reunion a decade ago in Vancouver
Before, during and after the great MCHS 2015 ’60s Reunion in Toronto in October 2015, a number of people have spoken about future mini-reunions in Vancouver and Montreal.
I would be pleased to help publicize such events, in case publicity is desired, through the Preserved Stories website.
Prince Edward Island would also be a great location for a mini-reunion, such as having some MCHS grads (who happen to find themselves on the Island in the summertime) getting together for coffee or lunch especially in August.
Re: 2010 Old Cartierville Boating Club members at Mini-Reunion. Left to right Billy Robert, Barclay Allen. [And that’s Neil Bacon on the right; we seek to find out who is standing between Barclay and Neil.] Photo source: Nikki King
Standing between Barclay and Neil is a secret agent man, known to his friends as The Bond. I hate to blow his cover but his real name is Peter Marshall.
I’ve changed the caption for the photo, adding the information that you’ve shared with us, Eric. Thank you for your help; having a complete caption makes for a great photo!