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In Memoriam

J. Fergus Cronin, S BA 48, died December 27, 2006, in Peterborough, Ont. Fergus went into journalism right out of Sir George, and he remained a journalist, editor and editorialist for more than 55 years. He was the editor of the Canadian Cancer Society Magazine and wrote for such publications as the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Star and Time. Fergus was a long-serving and dedicated member of the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, and he founded their writers’ club. He is survived by his wife, Grace, and his sons, Roy, Dan, Kent, Peter and Mitchell. He was 88.

Richard Earle Cormier, S BComm 54, S BA 56, died in Calgary on May 5. Richard received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1958, then worked in the investment industry in Montreal and Calgary until his retirement from Scotia McLeod. He was an avid skier and sailor, and loved his farm in Vermont. Richard is survived by his daughters, Anne Marie and Lynn. He was 75.

Ronal Gene “Peter” Fletcher, S BSc 56, S BA 64, died in Montreal on April 27. Peter received a DDS from McGill University, and had a family dental practice in Montreal for 40 years until his retirement in 2002. He loved his Eastern Townships cottage, his two dogs, and reworking old cars. He was also proud of his association with the Finnish community. Peter is survived by his wife, Rachel, GrDip 78, and his children, David, Tim and Nancy. He was 73.

Ena Lazarus, S BA 69, died in Montreal on July 2, 2006. After graduating from Sir George, Ena completed her Master of Library Sciences from McGill University in 1971 and then worked in business journalism in Montreal and Toronto. She was very active in the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association, particularly for their annual book fair. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Anderson, and her daughter, Sarah Beth.

Harvey Liverman, L attendee 72, died in Montreal on May 10. Harvey played basketball for the Loyola Warriors and was a long-time assistant coach for the Concordia Stingers basketball team. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Mestel, his mother, Beulah, and his children, Lauren, Jami and Carlos. Harvey was 58.

Ella Judith Beswick, BA 79, died in Calgary on March 10. Ella was born in Pambrun, Sask., the youngest of seven children, in 1918. After living in Montana, Winnipeg and Quebec, she moved with her family to Montreal in 1942. Later in life she entered Sir George Williams, eventually graduating from Concordia with a BA in theology and psychology. She moved to Calgary in 1982. Ella is survived by her children, Gene, Elizabeth, Bill and Deborah. She was 88.

Brett Gannon, BComm 83, GrDip (acct.) 83, died in Vancouver on March 26. Brett was president and CEO of Xillix Technologies, and was previously the president of Mainframe Entertainment, both in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife, Carole Nicholson, his mother, Lynne, and his daughters, Michele, Lyanne, Laura and Chloe. Brett was 46.

Capt. Shawn McCaughey, BA 99, died when the jet he was piloting crashed during a rehearsal for an air show in Montana on May 18. He was in his second year as a Canadian Forces Snowbird pilot. Shawn was a former flight instructor with 1,400 hours of military flying time. He joined the Canadian forces in 2000. He was 31.

Lucinda Mason, MFA 05, died in Glover, Vt., on March 9. Lucinda, who also received a BA from Bennington College in Bennington, Vt., was described as “an exuberant artist who could not be contained by paint and the canvas but instead used it to create compelling visions of a world.” She is survived by her partner, Torin Porter, and her parents, Tikona Masson and Douglas Molde. She was 32.


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