Ninety-Eight and Holding


Brother J.B. Darcy's Birthday - March 3, 2018.

On Saturday, March 03, 201 Brother Joseph Bertrand Darcy celebrated his 98th birthday at Mt. St. Francis in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Bert was in fine form and had two days of celebrations. On Saturday, the Alumni Association of St. Bonaventure’s College treated Bert and the community to a lunch at Mt. St. Francis. The President of St. Bonaventure’s and two other staff members associated with the Alumni Association attended, as well as ten “old boys”, alumni from the days when St. Bon’s was a Brothers’ school. There was much remembering of days of long ago.

(l to r) Father Bill Brown, SJ, Br. Bert Darcy, Br. Raph Bellows
Preparing	to	cut	the	cake.

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(l to r) Father Bill Brown, SJ, Br. Bert Darcy, Br. Raph Bellows Preparing to cut the cake.

On Sunday, the community hosted Bert’s family (his brother and his family) to a birthday dinner.

(l	to	r)	Ann	Bowen	(niece)	Harry Bowen,	Dr.	Jim	Darcy	(brother)
Br.	Darcy, Br.	Bellows,	Iris	Darcy,	Dr.	Steve	Darcy	(nephew).

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(l to r) Ann Bowen (niece) Harry Bowen, Dr. Jim Darcy (brother) Br. Darcy, Br. Bellows, Iris Darcy, Dr. Steve Darcy (nephew).

With the St. Bonaventure’s College Alumni:

Seated	(l	to	r)	Br.	Harry	French,	Fr.	Bill	Brown,	SJ,	Br.	Bert	Darcy,	Br.	Raph	Bellows,	Mr.	Tom	
McGrath,	President	of	St.	Bon’s,	and	Derm	Whelan
Standing	(l	to	r)	Br.	George	Fitzpatrick,	Steve	Jackman,	Gary	Walsh,	Dave	Jackman	(Alumni	
committee	Chair),	Gerry	Puddister,	Graham	Wakeham,	Br.	Bosco	Wakeham,	Brian	Kennedy,	
Ron	O’Brien,	Br.	Dave	Murphy,	Jessica	Whelan	(St.	Bon’s	Alumni	Affairs	Officer).

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Seated (l to r) Br. Harry French, Fr. Bill Brown, SJ, Br. Bert Darcy, Br. Raph Bellows, Mr. Tom McGrath, President of St. Bon’s, and Derm Whelan Standing (l to r) Br. George Fitzpatrick, Steve Jackman, Gary Walsh, Dave Jackman (Alumni committee Chair), Gerry Puddister, Graham Wakeham, Br. Bosco Wakeham, Brian Kennedy, Ron O’Brien, Br. Dave Murphy, Jessica Whelan (St. Bon’s Alumni Affairs Officer).

It was a great weekend, celebrating the long life of our oldest Brother in the Congregation. And the weekend would not have been complete without an original poem from our resident Poet Laureate.

What can we say About Bert today, Except that it looks Like he's here to stay?

Except for his back Which is all out of whack, The rest of him seems Immune from attack.

When he hits a hundred, Those who are still here, Rejoice with him and celebrate, And have another beer.

We thank Bert for the example Of the religious life he's led, He is faithful to his daily prayers, But he can't make his bed.

But let's not 'wait, He's ninety-eight, It's time for us To celebrate.

E. B. Wakeham, CFC (2018.03.03)

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