Chris Lynch - 1964-2020

Chris Lynch and crew
Some members of the Singing 6th: Bruce Hart, Eric Deschamps, Jean Benoit, Colin Togneri, and Chris Lynch.

The Sedbergh community is saddended to hear about the death of Chris Lynch, class of '81. Friends of Chris have posted comments on the Sedbergh Facebook page which strike us as a very appropriate obituary and we are posting some of those comments here. A number of other appropriate comments about Chris are on the Facebook page and can be read there if you are a member of the FB group.

Chris will be missed by all who knew him and we send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

From Vince Purino:
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you the Chris Lynch passed away (class of 1981). Chris was the head boy the year after the fire. He was a dear friend of mine and will always be remembered as a great leader, father, and friend. He leaves behind his wife Carol and his 2 sons Aiden and Liam.

Ronnie (Angus W.J.) Robertson - 1930-2019

Ronnie was buried today in Ottawa. Sedbergh friends at his funeral included Tom and Ann Wood, Boyd Whittall, Tim and Wendy Hartley, Bob Morrow, and Patricia Riveroll.

The Ottawa Citizen obituary reads in part as follows: "Born December 28th, 1930, our beloved Dad died on December 28, 2019, at the age of 89. Ron was brought up in Toronto, Nassau, and Montebello. He was one of the original first-year Charter members of Sedbergh School, and earned degrees from Bishop's University (BA '50), Oxford (Wadham College, BA-MA'53) and McGill University (BCL '56). His career in the Foreign Service included postings to Colombo, Sri Lanka and the UN in New York, and he later served as Ambassador of Canada to Finland. His last posting was as Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland. Ron was an excellent skier and a daily jogger, had a lifelong interest in cooking, and was a generous host to friends and family. His natural curiosity led him to be among the first to try new technology, and he loved travelling and exploring the world until late in his life. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of literature and world history and was a great, and spirited, storyteller. He was a born animal-lover. His home, like his mind, was always open, and many friends gathered at his table over the years. He was a loving father and grandfather, and the keystone to our family. Son of the late Angus Gerald Robertson and the late Catherine Grace Waldron. He will be greatly missed by his children, Miranda Abrams (Douglas), Anthony Robertson (Isabelle Solon Helal), Alexander Robertson (Huma Fazil), and Zoe Robertson; and his grandchildren, Sydney, Elliott, Harry, Emilie, Sophie, and Haris. He will also be fondly remembered by his former spouses, Rochelle de Zylva Schmallenbach and Terhi Salomas and by his extended family and many friends and former colleagues around the world. He was predeceased by his brothers, Douglas and Richard Myles and by his cousin, Susan (Suzy) Robertson Sorese."

Those of us from the early years of Sedbergh have fond memories of Ron's frequent (noisy if memory serves me right) arrivals in the Courtyard of the school in his very exciting, very sexy, brilliantly bright blue MG, which we were allowed to sit in as long as we left absolutely no stains on its shining, impeccable metalwork - and dream, of Le Mans, of course! I had the privilege of knowing Ron throughout his life and for the last decade, he hosted the monthly lunches for Old Sedberghians in Ottawa. We shall miss him.

- Tony

Gordon Somerville - 1962-2019

"Peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday December 8th 2019, at Lakeridge Health Oshawa at the age of 57 Years. Beloved husband of Cindy. Loving father of Kailey, Andrew and his wife Brittney. Cherished brother pf Cathy, Patsy, and Bruce. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and those that had the pleasure of knowing him.

A Celebration Gathering will be held at the DeStefano Funeral Home, 1289 Keith Ross Drive in Oshawa (905) 440 3595 on Sunday, December 15th 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tributes will be said at 2:00 pm. In keeping with the way Gord lived and wishes to be celebrated, please come dressed casually and with your favourite memories to share. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations to the Brain Matters Fund at Sunnybrook Health Foundation would be appreciated."

Sedberghians send their sincerest condolences to Gord's family and friends.

Peter Chapman - 1939-2019

Old Sedberghians from the 1950s will be saddened to hear of the death of Peter Chapman in June of this year.

The following obituary was published in the Victoria Times Colonist in early July -

"Chapman, Peter J: Peter passed away peacefully at home on June 25th. He is survived by his wife, Sue, stepchildren Travis and Jaymie, sister Janet, brother David, and their families. Peter was a man of many talents and interests, from athletics in his youth, dam building to Scope Photography and imprinting and beyond. He was never hesitant to try something new and his inventive mind knew no bounds. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He now rests in God's loving embrace. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com."

My own personal and abiding memory of Peter (Horse as we used to call him) is of his tearing down to the pump house in the Valley to turn on or off the pump before our afternoon group showers in the locker room!

We send our condolences to Peter's family and friends. Thanks to Michael Furst for the information about Peter's death.

Gil Price - 1939-2019

Old Sedberghians of the 1950s and 1960s will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Gil Price.

The following obituary appeared in the Montreal Gazette on October 26, 2019:

Gil died peacefully in his 80th year in the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y., with his wife, Lady, at his bedside. A resident of Constable, N.Y., Gil was born and brought up in Quebec City. He was educated at Sedbergh School in Montebello, Quebec. His business career took him to Montreal, then to Malone, N.Y. where he opened a branch of Seaway Plastics. His interests included the MG car, and he was a long-time member of the Montreal MG Car Club. At Gil's request, no services. Condolences may be passed via the Spaulding Funeral Home of Malone, N.Y.

We send our sincere thoughts to his wife, Lady, to his family, and to all of Gil's friends.