Saturday, 25 December 2010

Circular No 477

Newsletter for alumni of The Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. 
Caracas, 25 of December 2010 No.477
Dear Friends, 
I am annexing some of the Christmas Cards that you sent.
Those arriving after Xmas shall be in my next Circular.
The Circular wishes all of the readers a Merry Xmas with a lot of presents, a nice family dinner and a serene evening.
Merry Christmas
..22 dec  2010.
From: Csaba Jakobszen   
Dear Ladislao,
First of all, I would like to wish you and your beloved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011 with good health and lots of luck.
Congratulations for keeping up your good work with the circulars and feeding us with up-to-date information about our MSB colleagues.
How are you? 
Are you still working or did you retire in the meantime?
We are thank God pretty well and our family has been increased this year by another member as in November our daughter-in-law gave birth to another boy. 
Best regards to you and your family
Don Mitchell, CBE QC 
Just a note wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 
Maggie and I have a house full of siblings here in Anguilla visiting from Trinidad and Canada for my youngest brother Stephen's 50th birthday. 
My mother is still able to join us at the dinner table and to laugh with us over old times and long ago memories.
In fact she took us all out to dinner last night at one of our favourite restaurants.
Don Goddard 
Les Deseamos Unas Muy Felices Pascuas y que en el 2011 se cumplan todos sus planes y deseos.
22 DEC 2010 
Krishna wrote
Welcome to our world my friend. 
I look forward to the day of our meeting, as I have great respect for your diligence and good work on behalf of the Abbey old boys around the world.  
Do have a wondrous, and blessed Christmas...
warmest regards,
Krishna Jerry Toolsie" 
Merry Xmas
From: Gmail Jan  
Reminder: Your eCard from FARA & GEORGE  
Para mis mas dilectos amigos, relacionados y afines…. 
Salvador Coscarart 
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 22:06:16 -0800 (PST)
From:  "Attila GYURIS"    
It is talking about soccer (football) team match results in Spain.
It's not our Josh.
I really don't think he wouldn't be playing in a professional soccer team anymore.
Let's keep looking.
Gmail Jan wrote: 
I found this link but I don't eat Spanish, can anybody Spanish filter out if this is the Josh?
There seem to be some Jos Schoemaker in Brazil with his curriculum vitae, which say he lived in Brazil all his life . . .
Groeten van Jan 
----- Original Message -----
From: Attila GYURIS
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 7:00 AM 
Hi Andres:
Jan and I have been conversing about Josh. 
He lost track of him also since the Mount days...
By the way, I think the correct spelling is Schoemacher. (Dutch spelling).
We will keep looking.
He might pop in one day just like the others.
Andres Larsen wrote: 
Hello Jan:
Ladislao Kertesz is very much alive and kicking.
His computer had broken down but I understand he has it back in service now.
His e-mail addresses are and
Speaking of something or someone else:
Attila Gyuris is interested in tracing the current whereabouts of your countryman and our fellow Abbey School Old Boy Josh Schoemaker who apparently moved years ago to Hawaii.
If you have any news on him they would certainly be appreciated.
Andres Larsen
Caracas, Venezuela 
Gmail Jan wrote: 
Hello Don,
Yes I have some more old pictures of the Mount.
I was meaning to contact Ladislao to join the club and then get instructions from him to send him my old pictures to publish in the circulars.
But I did not get any reply yet.
I just hope he did not pick this period to retire.
I have already been mailing with Attila Gyuris, he was my close friend at that time, and he explained to me how it works.
Your name starts with Don, are you a monk of the monastery?
Could you fill me in, I just arrived.
My steady email address is or
I have two others for common use but they are just aliasses, so don't mind them.
Greetings from Jan Koenraadt from the Netherlands. 
----- Original Message -------------------------------------------------
From: Don Mitchell CBE QC
Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 8:47 PM 
Hello Jan,
I hope Ladislao will publish the photo. 
Do you have any more of these historic ones? 
If so, please send them to him so that he can use them in the Circulars.
I understand that Ladislao is having computer problems. 
He is normally very prompt, year after year, in his weekly Circulars. 
However, we have not heard from him for some months now.
I only use the website to upload Ladislao's circulars, and have abandoned them since the Circulars stopped. 
I should really visit them and make sure they are all still functioning.
23 nov 2010
From: Nigel P. Boos  
Neil must be a walking encyclopaedia of info on old cars in TT.  Wow!!!
Just to clarify, for his sake:
My dad, Sydney Boos never worked for McEnearney in San F'do.
In fact, it was my uncle, Oscar Boos, who worked for the company.
It's interesting that Neil even remembered that, though.
Re, the "Stone" lady who was divorced from Antonio Camacho - isn't that Diane Stone?
I last saw her around 2001 when she was arranging flowers for my nephew's wedding in Miami.
I'm not sure how she can help, but if your wife knows her, as Neil suggests, maybe she can throw some light on the matter.
Thanks for your help, Neil.
Nigel P. Boos 
On 2010-11-23, at 12:17 PM, david decastro wrote: 
Some more info on car."bandit"
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:45:51 -0500
RE: PAX Guest House ' REPLY ESPINET . 
There were a few model D FORDS, such as P-1106 owned by my grandfather, Fredrick Espinet.
One was sold and sent to the USA by Lionel Soodeen, who ran Globe and Gaiety theatre, San Fernando.
Many more can be traced in Trinidad thru the Licensing office, but the real old car [ BUICK with canvas top- hood ] , found in Trinidad , was found annexed in the Home in Port of Spain, in late 1960 prior to her death ,
It was sealed up and brand new, no mileage, by the Haddaway family that owned a place down the islands.
The lady who found it was Mahanna Haddaway that owned THE RENOWN SHIRT FACTORY.
What happened to the car, try to find out, using her name .this is a bit that I do remember offhand.
May remember later about others, also knew that one of the oldest Citroen French Cars was owned after the war by Anthony Sabga.
At that time he was not rich and lived in my grandmothers boarding house on Irving or Lewis street?
Neil Desmond Espinet .  
The above can be confirmed by BOOS AS HIS FATHER WORKED AT CHARLES Mac Earney , for many years in the late 1955 .
---- david decastro <calypsobandit@live.comwrote: 
I Neil, wanted to know who own the car, and how many more were in tnt at that time.
Note the licence plate.
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:08:19 +0000
Subject: RE: PAX Guest House 
De Castro,
Hope all ok, great work, great history, I may note that I went their twice, prior to leaving Trinidad went to the church,
On return years later when the Maingot sisters ran an assistance program through ' the living waters group ' .....
On this you can get assistance from the 'stone' lady in Miami , who was divorced from Antonio Camacho,
Your wife knows her, anyways her son worked with living waters on the mount for many years,
Thanks again,
Neil Desmond Espinet . 
---- david decastro <calypsobandit@live.comwrote: 
I wonder how many cars like that were in Trinidad at that time??
I think Neil Espinet father had one ??
'bandit"" Neil put some light on this. 
Subject: PAX Guest House
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:56:14 -0500 
That's progress for yuh. 
Now, all we've got to do is to check out the registration number of the car with the authorities in TT, (of course, the records will be in immaculate condition).
Then, we'll find out who the owners of the car were, see if they're alive or pushing up daisies, contact their great grandchildren who won't care a damn, who will slam down the phone on whoever's calling, and we'll be nowhere further in solving the mystery.

The good monks at MSB don't seem to have gotten any further themselves, or, if they have, then I've not been told about it.
However, Trevor Evelyn has confirmed that he was a student at MSB in 1945 and that the steps down to the guest house had already been replaced by the ramp.
So all we can say for sure is that the photograph was taken pre-1945.
I'm going to say it was taken in 1940, unless someone wants to challenge that date.
It's been a great hunt, David.
MSB Guest House in 1940
Number plate of the car - P 4157 - Courtesy David de Castro
MSB Guest House circa 1950
On 2010-11-20, at 11:33 AM, David de Castro wrote: 
Hi Nigel,
I have my boys on the trail.
Subject: Fw: PAX
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 20:21:55 -0500 
Ah even get the licence plate number for you
Now you own me, more big Brazilian women hope you can open this picture is even better.
Please, let me know if you can open.  
Now to the photos. 
Ladislao Kertesz at,
10LK0021LKEBIK, Ladislao Kertesz in Valencia, Spain
59UN0002CLASS1959, Please check this out.
10UN0005EDIMSB, Statue of St. Benedict

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