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Boyd Whittall - 1928-2024 - Celebration of Life

Boyd died peacefully in Montreal on February 20, 2024. He was predeceased by his loving wife Susan. He will be dearly missed by his children Wendy (Tim Hartley), Mark, Cathy (Gordon Harris) and Jane. Also grandchildren Geoffrey Hartley (Kim Hartley,) Heather Hartley (Colin Wilkins), Matthew Harris, Meghan Harris, Terri Jones, Harrison Jones, as well as great grandchildren Ellis Boyd Hartley, Arielle Jones and Olive Susan Wilkins.

A celebration of life will be held in The Chapel at Mount Royal Cemetery, 1297 chemin de la Forêt, on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 2 pm. A reception will follow. The family would welcome donations in Boyd’s memory to The Montreal General Hospital Foundation (1650 Cedar Ave, Montreal QC H3G 1A4).

Live streaming of the service can be accessed at

Boyd Whittall - A Life Well Lived - Oct 1, 1928 - Feb 20, 2024

As many of you know Boyd (Gramps) passed away in the early evening of February 20 at his beloved Montreal General Hospital. After a wonderful family Christmas, he had a fall and the recovery was difficult: his mobility was affected and he wasn’t able to get up and out for his daily walks. Thankfully he had no hospital stay, no wheelchair, no convalescent care and wasn’t a burden to anyone. That was the way Boyd did things. A tick in the box of “a life well lived”.boyd whittall 489x710

To say that Boyd led an active life was an understatement. He could hardly sit still and could not stand seeing idle labour, should any of us be found sitting around when he had something better for us to do! Boyd was never without a ‘job list’ and always took advantage of ‘available muscle’. He loved life: he skied both downhill and cross country, he cycled, he curled and loved his daily walks, “The lake” was a beloved part of his life from the age of 8, where he and Sue welcomed friends and family over the many years. There was a rhythm to these years: swimming and wharf time, churning ice cream, the Job List, the Best Boat, cutting wood; each fall culminating in ‘the Boys Weekend’.

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Vincent Lavoie - 1919-2022

A Life Well Lived

Many Old Sedberghians and staff members have written very moving comments about Vincent since word went out that he had died. All of us who knew him recognize that he was a very special human being and that we are all the better people for the time he spent with us.

Those who knew him best, Tom Wood and Ann, Boyd Whittall, Tom Burpee, and Peter Kirby have reminded me of so many of the stories of Vincent's life and his relationship with Sedbergh and I include in this essay some of those stories. I too have looked back and will share with you moments that I have not forgotten.

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Hugh Wallis - March 27, 1929 - January 27, 2022

Hugh Wallis attended Sedbergh from 1942 to 1946. He died peacefully on January 27, 2022 in Ormstown. He was a gentle soul who cherished family, friends, music, and ‘four legged’ horses. Once retired, Hugh owned and operated a 200 arpent, 13 horse equestrian centre, complete with indoor arena outdoor hunter/ jumper school trails, etc. The good grounding at Sedbergh, he maintained, was a great influence on the active life he led.

A memorial will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

Jan Eric Dubravcik - 1969-2022

Our hearts are broken because he is no longer.
His spirit resides in us all.
Bon Voyage; RIP
Son, Brother, Friend, Partner

Jan leaves in mourning his mother Barbara Monaghan and
his brother Karel Dubravcik, as well as his Monaghan 
family and many friends.

Sympathy and condolences may be expressed by donating
to the charity of your choice.

A ceremony will be announced at a later date.


 Jan Dubravcik