Susan Whittall - 1934-2021

Old Sedberghians will be saddened to hear of the death of Susan Whittall, the wife of Boyd Whittal. Susan was a firm supporter of Sedbergh and its ideals and never stopped being interested in the life of our school. For sixty years, Susan has been a volunteer at the Montreal General Hospital and throughout her life she has always been involved in working to improve the lives of people. After a recent illness, Susan died yesterday at the Montreal General Hospital.

She leaves to mourn her loving husband Boyd, and children Wendy (Tim Hartley), Mark, Cathy (Gordon Harris) and Jane. Also grandchildren Heather Hartley, Geoff Hartley, Meghan Harris, Matthew Harris, Terri Jones Harrison Jones, great-grandson Ellis Hartley and great-granddaughter Arielle Jones.

The family will welcome donations in her memory to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal QC H3G 1A4.

Our sincere condolences go to Boyd, to Wendy, and to all of Sue's family.

Robert Carreau - 1977-2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Kenneth Carreau announces his tragic passing on November 2, 2020 in Rosseau, ON. He was struck by a car while out for his daily morning run with close friends.

He is survived by his wife Lavinia; their children: Keegan (Carreau-Burns), Angeline, Eve and Miles; his parents Robert and Maureen, his siblings Christina (Aaron Steeghs), Jessica and Matthew (Christine Roy-Carreau).

Robert's mother, Maureen sends this message in response to the hundreds of condolences the family has received: "I know we are all heartbroken to lose such a light, such a beacon. We are supporting each other and sharing much love to push through this great sorrow. I believe that to move toward a healing place we must let go of the accident event. There is no value in dwelling on that portion of his story.

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.