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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

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.

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