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Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Merry Christmas Mike,
Steady at the helm, from your trusty crew:
Ed,Fred,Cloustan,Michael,Alex,Eric,Bruce,B
ryan,Robin,George,Alan and from all the others I may have missed. And from me, Neale.
Thu 26-Dec-2013 01:52 - Victoria BC
Alex Patterson, '46-'51, VUA | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hi Mike,
It’s Christmas Eve here in Montreal and all the family are here for the celebrations, from two years old to seventy eight. We’ve had really poor weather for the last few days with 25 cm of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. The temperature currently is -14 C going down to - 18 C tonight. With the windchill factor it feels like -25 C.
However it’s getting better and promises to be better for tomorrow. So I wish you and all your readers and contributors, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones wherever you may be, after all that’s all that really matters.
Regards from a cold but clear skied Montreal.
Alex Patterson
Tue 24-Dec-2013 21:53 - Montreal, Canada
clouston chalmers | clouston1~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Re David Abernethy.
Worked with David from 1946 until 1954.
One of the men I looked up to in my lifetime
South Shields is a better place today because of the volunteer work David did with the Rotary Club (and others).
It's the quiet people who pass through this life that make a difference.
David was one.
Fri 20-Dec-2013 20:41 - Cranbrook BC Canada
Ed Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
Another Xmas is almost here, I only recall about 84 of them (88 next month)
I'd like to wish Mike & all the GB contributors a great Xmas & a healthy & happy new year from a snowy & caad PEI.
Thu 19-Dec-2013 12:40 - PEI Canada
Joan Geach | jgeach~AT~y7mail~DOT~com
My father David Parr Abernethy passed away suddenly at home in Durham he was 91 years old. He attended South Shields High Scool for Boys from 1931 to 1938.
Mon 16-Dec-2013 05:47

From Mike T:   Joan - a belated thank you for letting us know, and our sympathies.
Alex Patterson, '46-'51, VUA | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
David Callund.
I was saddened by the news of David’s passing and thank Eric for informing us and Neale for his heartfelt words. During one of my ‘googling’ sessions a couple of years ago, I tried David’s name to see what, if anything, would emerge. Not surprisingly, a synopsis of his professional life was displayed as well as a company profile showing his rise through local, national and international successes. There was also a photograph that showed him as an older but not much different version of the David I knew. I was not surprised at his accomplishments, given his personality and abilities when I knew him as a classmate from 1946 to 1951.
He didn’t appear to be a ‘swot’ although his performance in class and exam results would suggest otherwise. He was bright, humorous, articulate and had an air of maturity that I’m sure would have been a great asset in later life. What came to mind when I read Eric’s letter, was Wordsworth’s poem which contains the line, “the child is father of the man” for I am certain that the boy that I was privileged to know, grew to be a good husband and father, a good friend and colleague...in short a good man who lived a good life.
Requiescat in pace.
Alex Patterson,
Montreal.
Tue 10-Dec-2013 01:25 - Montreal, Canada
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Mike
Sad new indeed from Eric on the death of David Callund. As Eric reminds us, David was a debonair and colourful presence in the 1951 edition of 5UA, a clever and talented boy, always one of the first to raise his hand and become involved in whatever discussion a teacher may have introduced. And he could speak English too! David had a ready laugh and a personality to suit.
The fact that he did so well in later life will come as no surprise to those of us who knew him and shared our formative years with him, from 1946 to 1951 (1953 in Eric's case)
Hail and farewell, David.
Mon 9-Dec-2013 19:14 - Victoria BC Canada
Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
David Callund
It is only recently that I have heard that my old school friend died at the age of 77 on 4 June this year. I am sure that his former classmates, Neale and Alex will be equally saddened by this news.
David and I were friends in the sixth form together and although afterwards we almost lost touch, he sought me out when I moved south in 1981 and we met occasionally after that. It was then that I discovered that he had become a world-renowned expert on occupational pensions with appointments including Chief Technical Adviser to the International Labour Office, Adviser to the European Commission on cross-border pensions and Special Adviser to the Chilean government. The firm he founded, Callund Consulting remains a leader in this field.
Throughout this distinguished career David remained his debonair generous self and it was a pleasure to be in his company. My thoughts are with his wife Christine and their family.
Sat 7-Dec-2013 11:02 - United Kingdom
Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Fred Grey
Alumni who were taught by or knew Fred should look up an item currently included in the Cookson Country column of the South Tyneside Today website www.shieldsgazette.com. Fred's life is being celebrated mainly by former birdwatching friends with an exhibition at the Customs House.
Fri 15-Nov-2013 11:22 - Reading, United Kingdom
Bryan Cooper | brayncc~AT~gmail~DOT~com
The match George referred to took place in 1956 and is referred to in this link http://www.southtyneside.info/article/2054/Match-Ma
rks-100-Years-Of-Successful-School-Football-In-Sou
th-Tyneside.
John Talbut & Ronnie Fenton also have their own entries on Wikipedia.
Wed 9-Oct-2013 18:48 - North Wales

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