Sharleen Fought the Good Fight

On August 3rd, Pat McCambridge posted on Facebook the following:

Some of you may have already heard but for those who didn’t, today my Sister Sharleen McCambridge passed. Shar has been battling Cancer for 10 long years now. We were just at the Wish Tournament on Saturday as she insisted upon going. On Sunday she was brought in by ambulance with severe pneumonia .

We, as a Family, are heart-broke.  Our Sister was a real fighter and fought bravely right until the end. She passed with dignity with her Family by her side. Keeping her positive attitude and putting on a brave face for her nieces and nephews. She has touched so many in her short time with us. One of a kind, who will not ever be replaced. Please do not be sad for her but celebrate the good times you have shared together and be happy that her soul has been released to join the many others waiting for her.

To say this news was a shocker is an understatement. Sharleen was a year ahead of me in my brother’s graduating class at St. Thomas More Elementary in Verdun in (I think) 1979. But I really didn’t know her then. I was more aware of her cousins Brent and Derek, Brent being in my year and Derek in my sister’s 5 years after. I suppose had I gone to Verdun Catholic Comprehensive High School that Sharleen would have had ample opportunity to “kick me in the arse” both figuratively and physically… and it would have mostly been deserved on my part. Sharleen didn’t suffer fools lightly and in those years (and some would say even now) I was a fool.

I really got to know Sharleen in adulthood when we were both involved with the United Irish Societies of Montreal.

So, when a longtime UIS members pass on, I do my most to research their family’s history into the City of Montreal and to blog about it and/or report at UIS General Meetings.

Obviously, Sharleen was a  member of the reknowned McCambridge Family. Her McCambridge ancestor with origins in Ballymena, Co. Antrim seems to have immigrated to Canada sometime after his birth in 1871. She was the daughter of Michael “Mickey” McCambridge and Margaret “Peggy” Sheen

Sharleen initially beat breast cancer sometime around 2005 however the dastardly disease returned a few years after. 

Sharleen was always supportive of her brother Michael  when he was chair of UIS Christmas Baskets in 2000, 2001, 2005 and when Parade Director in 2008. She herself took on the role of Vice President of Advertising & Public Relations in 2012.

A little less known to us Irish folks, Sharleen was involved with Dawson Community Center. She actually convinced my father, Joseph Quinn, to join the Dawson Executive as Treasurer in 1997, Joe being a lifelong resident and an actual Charter Member of Dawson Boys and Girls Club from 1959. So, Sharleen understood the importance of continuity and community involvement.

Sharleen leaves behind her mother Margaret (Peggy) (Sheen) McCambridge, her sister Colleen, her brothers Michael and Patrick, nieces and nephews, and a really large extended family.  

Per brother Pat’s August 12th Facebook post, On Saturday, September 10 we will have a wake for my Sister Sharleen. It will be held at the Lachine Legion, 3015 rue Henri Dunant, Lachine, QC. It will be Held between 12 p.m and 4 p.m. Friends and Family are all welcome to join us. Thank you

Click here to find the funeral home obituary and to leave your condolences to the family.

I do hope you will be able to attend to celebrate the life of our friend Sharleen, who has left this earth much too soon.

Ken Quinn, Historian

It Was Time to Say Goodbye

Today was the day a family and the community said goodbye to their loved one. John McDonaugh passed away on January 1, 2022. COVID was still rampant and the family made the wise decision to delay their public goodbye to their loved one. Shortly after his passing, I wrote some thoughts about John. Today I learned a little more about John. A patient man. A forgiving man. A man who was dedicated to the idea of giving people a second chance through the St. Leonard Society and Maison Crossroads. His children spoke eloquently and at length about their relationships with their dad. Sean was our 1998 Chief Deputy Marshal, walking in the GIANT footsteps of his grandfather Simon, and Shannon was a Parade Princess in 1990 before my association with the organization.

What struck me today, and perhaps I should have written about this previously, is that despite John’s many accomplishments in sport, in our community, in education, in the community he never ever was boastful. The community continues to learn about the great works of John McDonaugh.

It was comforting to see so many familiar faces on the Altar at St. Veronica’s today. Father Fred. Father Joe Sullivan (!), Father Peter Laviolette, *and* Monsignor Sean Harty, who spent some time posted at St. Veronica’s and who was today’s main celebrant. That these shephards came together to celebrate the life of a member of the flock is a testament to the work John accomplished, mostly behind the scenes.

At the conclusion of Mass, members of the community camr together to offer the family a Guard of Honour. Led by Innisfail Social and Sports Club and followed by the United Irish Societies of Montreal and St. Patrick’s Society, John and his family were provided with a fitting honour for a giant of a man who impacted anyone who crossed his path.

Until we meet again, John.

Ken Quinn, Historian.

Des Whitty (1901-1952)

John Leslie Whitty was born June 8, 1901 the son of Patrick Whitty and Emma Chase. He was baptized June 16 at St. Patrick’s Church.[1]

At the time of his passing, Mr. Whitty was assistant works manager of the C.N.R.’s motive power department in Point St. Charles. He was purportedly an active sports enthusiast who played for the Grand Trunk football team in the Quebec Rugby Football Union and was a paddler for the Grand Trunk. Mr Whitty began has railroad career in 1917 as a machinist apprentice. In 1939 he moved to Toronto as an inspector of motive power and car equipment. A  year later he was appointed car shop foreman in Montreal. He then spent eight years in Stratford, Ontario as general foreman before being appointed assistant works manager at Point St. Charles in 1951.[2]

Within the organization, Mr. Whitty served as John Loye’s vice president from 1939 to 1943. Mr. Whitty served as president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for a time.   

J.L. (Desse) Whitty passed awy at his residence on Demarchais Street in Verdun on September 9, 1952. His funeral service took place September 12 at St. Willibrord’s Church, after which he was interred at Cote des Neiges Cemetery.[3]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] Rites Tomorrow for J.L. Whitty, C.N.R. Official, Montreal Gazette, September 11, 1952, p. 25

[3] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, September 11, 1952, p. 25

Most Rev. Lawrence Whelan (1899-1980)

Lawrence Patrick Whelan was born October 16, 1899 in Montreal the son of Thomas Henry Whelan and Elzear Lacroix. He was baptized October 19 at Imaculée Conception Church.[1]

Father Whelan was ordained a priest on December 19, 1925 and became the first English speaking priest to be appointed Bishop in 1941 when he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal and Titular Bishop of Opus. Along the way, he taught at the College de Montreal from 1925 to 1930, was appointed Curate of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, where re remained until 1932 when he was named Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese and a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1938. In 1940 he was appointed Vicar General

 Bishop Whelan was consecrated Bishop on August 15, 1941 at St. James Cathedral (now Mary Queen of the World) in the presence of religious, elected, and community officials from many organizations[2]

Bishop Lawrence Patrick Whelan passed away October 4, 1980 at Ma Maison St. Joseph of the Little Sisters of the Poor. His funeral took place October 7 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, after which his remains were placed in the Bishop’ Chapel of the Cathedral.[3]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] Two Auxiliary Bishops to Be Consecrated, Montreal Star, August 14, 1941, p. 3

[3] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, October 6, 1980, p. 40

J. Clifford Webber (1924-1984)

James Clifford Webber was born September 11, 1924, son of James Aubry Webber and Mary Agnes Waldron. He was baptized September 21 at St. Gabriel’s Church.[1]

According to some Ancestry family trees, Mr. Webber married Elizabeth Marie Dunne September 29, 1947 and together they raised their seven daughters.

Within the organization Mr. Webber served as Custodian of Ceremonial Regalia, minimally in 1979 and 1980. He was also a marshal and appears in the marshals photo published in the 1980 Banquet Program.

Clifford Webber passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital September 1, 1984. His funeral took place at St. Gabriel’s Church followed by interment at Cote des Neiges Cemetery.[2]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, September 4, 1984, p.  E6

Catherine (Kay) Weatherby (1910-2001)

Mary Catherine Mullins was born late December 1910 the daughter of John Mullins and Ellen Reilly. She was baptized on January 8, 1911 at St. Gabriel’s Church.[1]

Although I have no doubt Kay married a Weatherby at some point, as of now I cannot find any record. I do know she went by Weatherby.

Her obituary mentioned she was the former owner of Jocelyn Hat Shop, which seems to have been located close to Pat’s Mens Wear in Verdun. Though I have nothing concrete, I am fairly certain Kay (Mullins) Weatherby was related to the Mullins family of Pat’s Mens Wear fame and quite likely the sister of *the* Pat.

Kay was involved in the Soroptomist International of Verdun club. In 1955 she is mentioned as being its treasurer.[2] By 1958 she had ascended to the presidency of this women’s service organization.

Within the United Irish Societies of Montreal, Kay Weatherby served as Historian for the 1988, 1989, and 1990 seasons succeeding Jake McConomy and preceding Don Pidgeon. She was presented with Gold Card (Life) Membership in the organization in 1999 by outgoing president Margaret Healy.

Kay Weatherby passed away at LaSalle General Hospital on April 17, 2001 at the age of ninety. Her funeral service took place at St. Thomas More Church on April 20 followed by cremation.[3]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] Anne Bateman Leads Soroptomists, Montreal Gazette, May 28, 1955, p. 27

[3] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, April 19, 2001, p. E9

Gerald Thornton (1921-1955)

As with previous research, Gerald Thornton is a name I am unfamiliar with. However, given the position of the name on the plaque, in alphabetical order with the originally included names, I believe this Gerald Thornton passed away in 1980 or before. In doing some research, based on the location of the funeral service I believe I have found the correct Gerald Thornton.  James Gerard thornton was born January 7, 1921 the son of Albert Gordon Thornton and Kathleen Burke. He was baptized January 16, 1921 at St. Patrick’s Church.[1]

In 1954 Mr. Thornton served the organization on its executive in a capacity unclear to me.[2]

Gerald Thornton passed away at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, on July 31, 1955. His funeral service took place at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on August 4 followed by interment at Cote des Neiges Cemetery.[3]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] United Irish Elect J. Loye President, Montreal Gazette, January 18, 1954, p. 27

[3] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, August 2, 1955, p. 25

Doris Taugher (1929-2013)

According to an Ancestry family tree, Doris Morgan was born January 11, 1929 in Montreal the daughter of Lorne Morgan and Robina Galloway. She married Patrick Joseph Taugher October 30, 1954.

When we hear the name Taugher spoken, we think of St. John Brebeuf Church jack of all trades (and bar man) Patrick Taugher, son of Doris. Longer standing members will remember Doris and her friend Joy Lafrance taking money at general meetings in exchange for refreshment tickets back when purchasing a refreshment was a two step process – purchase ticket then exchange ticket at the bar.

Doris (Morgan) Taugher passed away October 5, 2013. Funeral service took place at St. John Brebeuf Church on October 9.[1]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Obituaries, Montreal Gazette, October 7, 2013, p. B10

Herbert Tansey (1903-1958)

Owen Herbert Tansey was born in Montreal February 11, 1903 the son of James P. Tansey and Maggie Morrissey. He was baptized at St. Patrick’s Church February 15.[1]

On March 5th, 1927, Owen Herbert Tansey married Marie Alida Helene Sabourin at Holy Cross Church.[2]

Herb Tansey served as Deputy Parade Director in 1956 and in 1957 and, in 1958, he ascended to the position of Parade Director following the retirement of William C. Hickey.[3] His time as Parade Director was short lived, however. Herbert Owen Tansey passed away suddenly June 26, 1958 at St. Mary’s Hospital. His funeral took place June 30th at St. Michael’s Church followed by interment at Cote des Neiges Cemetery.[4]

Ken Quinn, Historian


[1] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[2] Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), Ancestry

[3] Irish Name John Lucey as Chief, Montreal Star, February 3, 1958, p.6

[4] Obituaries, Montreal Star, June 28, 1958, p. 14