Saturday, 26 June 2010

Circular No 451

Newsletter for past alumni of The Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. 
Caracas, 26 June 2010 No.451
Dear Friends, 
I am clearing all the correspondence that I had on the ASAA registration story, although it is an old matter but I want to publish all the information that was received.
From this you can observe what a few individuals are doing and writing on the subject.
But I can assure you that there are many others who do not want to be in the spot light but have been very helpful. 
Here is a movie on a visit to Mt. St. Benedict taken in 8mm. 
FW: ASAA name registration.‏
From: Salvador coscarart (
Sent: Wed 3/17/10 10:08 PM 
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:07:46 -0700
Subject: ASAA name registration. 
Please see attached e mail from Chris Knowles.
I understand that Dennis Gurley got the approval of the Registrar General for the use of the Name.
Glen, it is so strange that the day before the actual signing of the documents that you should write about the communication of information.
Chris wanted to have this done and then break the good news.
I understand that Joe and Chris were supposed to attend Dennis Gurley’s office to sign the relative documents today and Chris will be up dating Ladislao on the issue for his circular.
Glen I will forward an email from Skippy to you.
He may have explained it a little better than I.
After registration a meeting will be held to elect officers and arrangements will have to be made to open a Bank account for the organisation's business.
This morning on the radio I heard Jean Ambrose (also an old boy) stating that the condition of some of the buildings at MSB is deteriorating and we need to address this with the monks as well to see how we can help.
Stand firm brother this is Trinidad and doing anything is like as Skippy says "Pulling Teeth".
American can do ways will not work here.
You were born here and I know you were involved in your dads business so you know how it goes.
Your brother
--- On Wed, 3/17/10, Chris Knowles wrote:
From: Chris Knowles
Subject: ASAA name registration.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 2:50 PM 
We have been informed by Denis Gurley that the Registrar of Companies has approved our use of the name ‘Abbey School Alumni Association’.
Legalities have been set in motion, and in due course we will have to have a meeting to formally set the Association in motion.
Success at last!
We will be in touch as things progress.
Chris Knowles.  
Kitty Marcus
...2 ABRIL 2010
From: Nigel P. Boos  
Thanks so much for your note.
I appreciate the kind gestures of help from David Nath and from yourself.
A million thanks. 
At the same time, I have just concluded a major project, involved with the collection of donations from the MSB Old Boys to purchase a gift of 24 dalmatics (a liturgical vestment worn by deacons) to be given to 24 new deacons who were ordained on Feb 6th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in PoS.
This gift was made by the OB's "in honour of Kitty Marcus and the Old Boys of the Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, and tags to this effect were sewn into the insides of each one. 
I personally do not wish to be involved in yet another effort on behalf of dear old Kitty, as I think we've done enough already.
I'm also aware that her health is very poor, and that she doesn't know, most of the time, what's going on around her.
So I believe that she's on her last legs, and the best thing we can do for her right now is to keep her in our prayers for a peaceful and happy end.
Happy Easter to you and yours.
Nigel P. Boos 
On 2010-04-02, at 6:27 PM, azizul mohammed wrote: 
Hello Nigel, 
Just a little note, and just between us-last year while in Trinidad I met Winston Ramsahai
He told me about raising funds to buy a table & 2 chair set for Kitty from Nath Furniture he even quote me a price, 
Nath gave him that he said was very reasonable. (Nath is an old Mount boy)
I told Winston that my father has a furniture factory in Arouca and that Nath is one of his customers.
If those guys really want to do something it could be done in a heartbeat.
Monday, June 8, 2009 6:26:00 AM
From: Nigel P. Boos 
A totally unexpected and most welcome addition to the database, Gerry.
Thank you very much.
Please keep me informed as further info develops. 
Also, would you mind sending me a one-paragraph summary of your "Life after Mount", together with a +/- recent photograph of yourself, for the records.
Rest assured that your response will be published subsequently in Ladislao Kertesz's (Class of 1960, Venezuela) regular Circulars.
Nigel P. Boos 
On 7-Jun-09, at 10:57 PM, wrote: 
Hi Nigel,
Got a copy of your Old Boys List from Barry Rostant and find it very interesting that someone has kept these records.
There is a lot that I can add/correct from memory and will as I get the time..
Please add the following names and address..
Will get you phone numbers / emails addresses later..
. John Kom Tong   Vancouver BC.. Retired from Construction.. Left mount in 1968?
. John Soo Kaim  Vancouver BC.. Retired  .. Left mount in 1968.
You can update my profile as follows..
Left Abbey 1968.. Retired Banker Manager ..
Currently Self Employed.
Lives in Burlington, Ont. Canada 905-510-8414 cell..
Gerry Chin - Cham  
Abbey Boys List..
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:52:51 AM
From: Nigel P. Boos  
Thanks for the update, Gerry.
Any chance of getting a recent photo?
On 8-Jun-09, at 12:41 PM, wrote: 
Hi Nigel,
Have a few minutes so here I am with the info., you requested..
Left MSB during the Black Power threat which eventually lead to the school closing.
Spend time up to 1972 in Trinidad in family retail business..
Migrated to Vancouver BC in 1972 and attended Simon Fraser..
Left Vancouver in 1978 for Calgary.
Worked for Dun and Bradstreet for a year or so, and then joined Bank of Montreal.
Managed Branches in Calgary and later transferred to Burlington in 1982 to head up a major project.
Later managed the Burlington Data Centre for a couple years, and then transferred to Toronto Data Centre as Sr. Manager.
Later transferred to a Sr. Head Office position at Bay and Bloor.
Retired from the bank in 1994.
On the road to final retirement, I am self employed and own a Commodity Trading Company
Over the years business in Trinidad requires frequent visits back and forth.
Currently active in Trinidad.
Have kept in touch with a couple guys but not to the scale as you have.
I understand that I have missed some re-unions over the years, but intend on attending the next.
I also understand that there is a Canadian Group of Old Boys.
Great to see you are doing this though.
Gerry Chin – Cham 
Date: 18 July 2009 23:11 
Hi Guys ..
Thank you for the update and pictures..
Looks like I missed out on a great night..
Will attend the next gathering for sure..
I knew Cornel well at MSB and would never recognize him on the street.
Time has changed us all, however the memories remain like yesterday..
I remembered Terrance singing "Big Big Bamboo" just about every day in the showers.
Great memories..
From: Ladislao Kertesz
Date: 19 July 2009 09:15 
Dear Gerry,
Good to hear from you.
Do not forget to look up the blog page for all the past issues.
Please help out with the Circular.
Send in your brief Curriculum Vitae so that your friend would keep from guessing of you career.
Any photo???
Also how about the memorabilia, need old stories photos.
God Bless
Ladislao Kertesz (editor) 
From: Glen Mckoy   
Well so good to know Zephryn in back,
Welcome to the Club my brother, we have been waiting a long time for you my friend.
Now I must thank you for these updated, Krishna, you mentioned in another email, about the May 27 election,
I hope not and that the right forces are in the right places, and it depends on who supports whose right ??
Very interesting, Later Glen. 
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 13:25:38 -0700 
Zephryn Robinson from San Juan, footballer, cricket player, best table tennis player on the Mount, member of St Lawrence house (I remember most students by their house affilation after all these years)..
.Skippy St Lawrence goalkeeper, Glen McKoy St Francis, Gangee St Francis good scholar (who helped me with that darn new math), loud at times, been known to take Chinese coconuts from low bearing trees just under the Church...
yes...the same...regards,
Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 20:11:19 +0000 
Thank Krishna
Is this Zephryn from the Mount ? 
If so, it’s nice to reconnect. 
This is excellent reading of many good facts. 
Thank you guys, have a good day,
Nigel Boos
AddWednesday, April 15, 2009 4:41:00 PM 
Hello, Zephryn,
Thanks for these updates.
Everyone is useful, and all information is welcomed.
Can you help me to get the telephone numbers and more importantly, the email addresses of your brothers, please?
Also, if you have any old photographs of your days at MSB, is it possible to scan them and send them to Ladislao Kertesz in Venezuela?
What are you doing today?
Are you married?
Do you have a family?
What is your own contact information?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Happy Easter.
Nigel Boos 
On 15-Apr-09, at 11:02 AM, Zephryn Robinson wrote: 
I enjoyed going through the old boys list and I enjoyed remembering the names of the old boys.
I would like to share some information for the next update the Ramkeesooon you have I think his full name is Ramkisson Rabindranath he was a left hand spinner on the cricket team,
Odderson Moses and Mayuen Joseph died a couple of years ago
Moses died of Aids and Joe died from a massive heart attack.
I also had two elder brothers who attended Mount in the sixties: Noel Robinson an athlete and cricketer and Michael Robinson a footballer.  They both lived in Toronto for a number of years however Noel returned to Trinidad after retiring.
Hope this would assist in updating the data base. 
Now to the photos. 
Ladislao Kertesz at,
XXWK0010UNKNOWNS, Pls send me the names, use this number.
10GC0001GCHCHA, Gerry Chin Cham
61LK0001SPORTSDONATION, Request for donations.
09LK1755LKEBLA, Your editor and Brian Lara

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