Valerie McIntyre McIntyre-cyr

Profile Updated: July 21, 2018
Spouse/Partner: Widowed since 1993.
Residing In: Orleans, ON Canada
Homepage: Vmcyr1944@gmail. Com
Occupation(not retired, what did you do during the other 50 years?): Career in banking. The Bank of Nova Scotia.
Children: One daughter, Rachelle Cyr-Kelderman. Two grandchildren, Antony and Lara Kelderman. My daughter and More…son-in-law both work in the Federal gov't and my grandkids both are in The Royal Canadian Army Cadets. Very proud of them all. My daughter graduated from the University of Ottawa and did graduate work at University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Retired? y/n when?:

2012

Comments:

Enjoying retirement travelling. Have been widowed since 1993. Have lived in Canada since October 1966 married a Canadian (French). Enjoyed a long career in banking I have been a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Have been President of The Ladies Auxiliary for several years. I spent a lot of time travelling in England. Favourite places are London, Windsor and Leeds and Dover. The place I love best in Canada is Nova Scotia The Great Big Sea. What can I say.. Still go down home, but most of my family are gone or scattered about in Ohio, Michigan and California. Lots of years have passed but I still think of good times in B'ville and the fun playing sports and going to basketball games on Friday nights. And, the old Mildred Avenue gang of Carl "Buddy" Lowery, Harry Garret and the Judds. The best fun ever for kids growing up in a kinder, gentler time. The move to Canada was a big transition for me. Lots of adjustments, homesickness, the usual, but, I have never looked back. Life has been good and I have enjoyed my new home. It is a different perspective being an " ex- pat" , that outside looking in feeling and it has made me appreciate a great deal more of what life throws at us.

School Story:

I started school in B'ville at South Side School in second grade moving from Warners. I left Baker following my junior year when we moved back to Warners, a hard change in life. I continued on to The Convent School in Syracuse for senior year where I joined old classmates Joan Hanbury and Sally Potter. Joan and I have remained best buddies ever since. Following graduation I attended Syracuse University majoring in history/poli-sci and spent a lot of time at LeMoyne where a lot of friends were. Lots of things going on in life left me at loose ends and I came close to leaving it all for the Navy... wanting to follow in my Dad's footsteps. Fate stepped in (my Mother) and that fell by the wayside. Following my Father's sudden passing, I really felt at a crossroads and decided to leave S.U. After finishing 5 terms and the Canadian border called. Joan was going to follow me when she finished LeMoyne but she chickened out. We laugh over it still. She calls me her hero because I carried through. My Mom said I would last 2 weeks. Over 50 years later...still here. Still crazy after all these years. (apologies to Paul Simon ) . I got into a very good career, learned French, married Jean-Paul, had a fantastic daughter and just kept on with life. A simple life. In secret, I still miss not having gone into the Navy. I hear that guys really love a girl in uniform !!!!

Name one thing on your "Bucket List."

To return to England and visit my old haunts. Love, love London.

What would we never guess about you?

Cannot think of anything very exciting except that I struck out on my own at twenty- two to live out of my comfort zone and it all worked out. Having been so timid all my life I guess that rates as something different. I have become good friends over the years with someone quite notable . Maybe some still remember the actress, Dolores Hart. She was in several movies... back in our time, and two she starred in with Elvis Presley. She left Hollywood to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. She is now Mother Dolores Hart, Prioress of her Abbey. A very lovely woman. She left the movie life, but, still remains close to those days, still a member of the motion picture guild. She has become a great inspiration in my life and has brought me back to living a simpler, more satisfying life.

If you've learned one important thing in 50 years - what is it?

Take one day at a time. Have no regrets. Try not to waste time on things you cannot change or do anything about. Sorry..... I guess that makes 3 things.

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Happy belated 4th of July, Tom. I think we both have fond memories of Baker and of C.Y.O. Those were good times. Father Kelly is still going strong at a parish in Oriskany Falls. I know you have kept up the good works in B'ville and are a great credit to our old class. I left a whole lifetime ago... over 50 yrs. but keep up with the news. Keep up the good fight and all the best to you and yours. God bless. Valerie.

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Apr 24, 2018 at 6:07 PM

Hello, Jimmy, Well, we sure go back a lot of years from South Side School through to Baker. Great memories of Latin... and German classes, if my memory hasn't failed. And of course, C.Y.O. and Father Kelly, who is still at a parish in Oriskany Falls. From your profile, it sounds like you've had a busy life. I can't believe I've been in Canada over 50 years. I get " down home " occasionally to visit family. I still remember your Grampa, Chief Spring, always standing near the Four Corners. He was a real fixture in B'ville. Lots of good memories of a quieter, gentler time. Take care, and always keep that great smile. All the best, Valerie

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Hello, bob, just found out that another classmate is living in Canada. Small world. I have spent a lot of time in the maritime, mostly Halifax, lunenburg and lovely Mahone bay. I have several friends in pictou and one wonders if you know of a friend he was in the military with, al poccomackie. (That spelling has to be wrong) and I think he said this guy has a mussel farm? Anyway, I live in Orleans, Ontario near Ottawa. I have been in Canada since October, 1966. A lifetime. I hope you are doing well out there in god,s country. Nova Scotia is a paradise. Take care and the best to you and yours. Valerie

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Jan 13, 2018 at 4:02 PM

Hey, buddy, from one old member of the Mildred ave gang to another ! Wow! You have had a busy life. Go, navy!!! Nearly ended up there myself until my mother found out I had been to recruiting. Just wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps. I recall all the fun stuff in b'ville an d all our years in school. I wonder if you recall when harry garret threw a baseball bat at me and nearly broke my nose ? Remember the late jimmy clancy at south side school ? We all had great fun getting into... or, up to no good. Anyways, have a good and healthy new year and , don't worry.... navy will beat army next big game. All the best, Valerie.

Jan 13, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Happy new year, terry, and all the best to you and yours. Looking at all the photos on this site is really something. Were we really all that young ? Last I saw you was " doctor zhivago... remember ? After that I headed north to Canada and, I guess, the rest of my life. I don't get down home much anymore, but I remember fondly of b'ville, school days and old pals...and you sitting behind me in mrs. Webb' class asking me if I had any gum ? Cheers to the old days.... and to a good new year. All the very best, Valerie.