Friday, 24 February 2017


Mrs Roseanne Linehan
Today's post is a sad one as we pay a small tribute to one of St Patrick's respected and well loved teachers, Mrs Roseanne Linehan, who passed away on 23rd February 2017. Roseanne will be remembered by some former pupils as Miss Wakeham and by others as Mrs Linehan. From the comments we have received, it is obvious that she was popular with her colleagues and pupils. Her former pupils describe Roseanne as a "brilliant Maths teacher", "a caring teacher who always had your back", "kind", "inspirational", "one of the best teachers I ever had", "an amazing teacher and mentor".

Here is Roseanne's obituary as it appears on Caul's website.
"Roseanne Linehan 
July 2, 1944 – February 23, 2017 (age 72)

Passed away at the Health Sciences Centre on Thursday, February 23, 2017, Roseanne Linehan (nee Wakeham). Left with fond memories are her loving and devoted husband of 44 years Patrick and son Patrick Jr. (Ashley MacKinnon). Predeceased by parents Thomas and Ellen Wakeham, brother Patrick Wakeham (Carol), and sister in law Catherine Ellen Nash (Dolph). Also leaving to mourn, Brothers and Sisters: Tom Wakeham (Gail), Vince Wakeham (Betty) and Mary Taylor (Glenn); Brothers and Sisters in Law: Leo Linehan (Eva), John Linehan (Emily); Nephews and Nieces: Jennifer (Brian), Valerie (Garnet), Lindsay (Jason), Lou-Ann (Brian), Sean (Joan), Karen (Craig), Steve (Lucy), Blair (Cat), Colin, Evangeline (Rob), Roberta, Roxanne and Deea; and many other members of her extended Wakeham and Linehan Families. An educator for 34 years, Roseanne treasured her many friendships with past colleagues and will be missed by a wide circle of family and friends.

Resting at Caul’s Funeral Home, LeMarchant Road with visitation on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm. Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, February 27 at 9:30am at St. Patrick’s Church on Patrick Street with inurnment to follow at a later date.

Flowers gratefully accepted, or donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society." 
Mrs Roseanne Linehan & her Grade 9 Class, 1978/79

I know that there is a lot more we could say about Roseanne Wakeham Linehan but her memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved her and her legacy in the girls whom she inspired.  Rest in Peace, Roseanne.

Sunday, 5 February 2017


This photo was posted on the blog some time ago but I am happy to re-post it because we now have the names of the boys and the Christian Brother with them.  Recently, I was delighted to receive a wonderful email from Ray Simms.  Ray is the handsome little boy on the far right of the back row, and he has identified most of the other boys for us.
Holy Cross Boys, Confirmation, 1942

 Front Row, L-R:  J O'Brien, unknown, P Murphy, J Cleary, B Evans, J Barron, R Morrissey, J Baird, C Baird, J Walsh, P Roynayne
Row 2, L-R B English, J St George, J Greene, C Penney, B Whittle, A Fitzgerald, D Molloy, B Kielly, L Hickey, C McKay
Row 3, L-R:  C Ennis, P Miller, R Kavanagh, D Baird, T Brewer, J McAllister, R Whelan, B Parrell, C Carew, Brother Drayton
Row 4, L-R:  J Hickey, E Parsley, B Fanning, J Whelan, R McGrath, F Kavanagh, F Gough, R Simms 
Ray, I can't thank you enough for your help with this.  It is really great to hear from you and we hope you will keep in touch.  Thank you so very much.

Friday, 3 February 2017


I have recieved a photo from Joan Reynolds Fogarty and I am so happy to hear that she and her group of school friends are continuing their tradition of meeting up several times a year.  This photo was taken at their Christmas get together which was held at Rumplestilkins.    
The friends  pictured are, left to right;

Betty Fitzgerald Pye, Catherine Corbett Stanley, Mary Fitzgerald, Eleanor Sears Vatcher, Brenda Casey Grouchy, Mary Bulger Corcoran, Joan Reynolds Fogarty, Joan Ryan Cobb, Patricia Connolly Leonard, Kathleen Dobbin Benson, Rosemary Ashley Healy.
Thanks Joan for letting us share your Christmas gathering.  Thank you also for all the help you have give to this blog over the years.  It is very much appreciated.  I would also like to commend you and your group on the loyalty you show to one another.  You ladies really show us what friendship is all about.