Valerie McIntyre McIntyre-cyr

Profile Updated: July 21, 2018
Spouse/Partner: Widowed since 1993.
Residing In: Orleans, ON Canada
Homepage: Vmcyr1944@gmail. Com
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.
Occupation(not retired, what did you do during the other 60 years?): Career in banking. The Bank of Nova Scotia.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Retired? y/n when?:



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.

What has happened in your life since our 50th reunion in 2012

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 60 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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Feb 17, 2022 at 2:13 PM

  So sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. We all lived on Mildred Avenue and had the best of times playing softball, usually in the lot between Harry Garret’s house and mine. Butch was such a great guy, and a good friend. I remember Debbie and I’m so sorry for your loss.  He certainly had an impressive career.                                    Valerie McIntyre - Cyr.  Of the old Mildred Ave. Gang

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Aug 02, 2020 at 12:50 PM

Hello, Marie, I do hope this finds you keeping well. Sooo many years have passed. I think of old school days in B'ville so often. Think of the fun in CYO . I hope life has been good to you. I think of Francis, or, I should say Father Francis. Not long after moving to Canada, I met the fiancé of a coworker and he had been in the seminary ,I think in Kitchener, Ontario, but had left. He found out I was from Baldwinsville and put it together knowing that's where Francis was from. If you should see him, please say hello for me. It's been a long road to travel all these years, but, we are surviving. I wish you good health, take care in these crazy times and God bless. Valerie

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Sep 03, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I first heard about Peggy's passing in 1993 and was shocked. We had so much fun in school and in C.Y.O. Laughing all the way. She was a great "Wee Little Buddy" and we had our hands full struggling through Latin. If I needed a lift from feeling not so great in any way, I knew I could count on her to bring me back. Always smiling, laughing, and a great pal to be around. You left too soon, Peg. Think of you a lot. Rest in Peace, Dear Friend.     Valerie

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Jul 05, 2018 at 6:28 PM

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.

May 28, 2018 at 6:22 AM
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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