SPECIAL SECTION - MOURNING OUR LOSS
SPECIAL SECTION - MOURNING OUR LOSS
A L U M N I M A G A Z I N E | S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 | V O L U M E 2 3 SPECIAL SECTION MOURNING OUR LOSS: Remembering Fr. Zinger, CSB, OSM ___ 8 ___ ARCHANGEL’S DEN ___ 20 ___ ED SANTI, OSM Remembered ___ 13 ___ DOUBLE BLUE PICTORIAL: Turkey Roll ___ 18 ___ ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL ___ 14 ___
2 GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS PRESIDENT: Fr. Jefferson Thompson, CSB ’79 EDITOR: Gavin Davidson ’93 CO-EDITOR: Michael De Pellegrin ’94 CONTRIBUTORS Joe Younder ’56, Frank Di Nino ’80, Brandon Sousa ‘07, Kimberley Bailey, Stephanie Nicholls, Peter Fillman The St.
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Zinger, CSB, OSM. Pictured here celebrating mass at Holy Rosary Church, Toronto.
President’s Message Alumni Association Message Editor’s Letter Letters to the Editor Reflections on a Man for all Seasons: Fr. Zinger, CSB, OSM Remembering Ed Santi Order of St. Michael Nominees Double Blue pictorial: Turkey Roll Welcome to the Den, Gentlemen Thank you Frank Securing our Future by giving back: Leaving a Legacy Where are they now: Buzzers edition Where are they now In Memoriam The way we were: St. Michael’s College School flashback 4 5 6 7 8 13 14 18 20 24 25 26 27 30 34 Recognizing the leaders in our community who embody our motto “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” stmichaelscollegeschool.com/osm Honouring: Hon.
Consiglio Di Nino (Honorary ’13) Jerry Howarth David Keon ’60 Reg Quinn Armand Scaini ’58 Justice Bryan Shaughnessy ’68 The Order of St. Michael 2018 Induction Ceremony May 30,2018 Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex Tickets $200 stmichaelscollegeschool.com/osm Honouring: Hon. Consiglio Di Nino (Honorary ’13) Jerry Howarth David Keon ’60 Reg Quinn Armand Scaini ’58 Justice Bryan Shaughnessy ’68 Induction Ceremony May 30,2018 Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex Tickets $200 Includes HST
4 GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 5 My fellow alumni, As winter draws to a close, so does my tenure as your president. What an experience. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you. Three years ago we established three key areas of focus. I am proud to say we have made great progress in achieving our objectives. We continue to bring graduates back to the school with events like Turkey Roll, the Spring Reunion and BBQ, and Homecoming to name but a few. We have built solid ties with the Parents’ Association, working together to enrich the SMCS experience for our students.
The achievement I am most proud of is the focus on mentoring. We have held a number of networking and mentoring events where recent graduates have had the opportunity to be paired with professionals across a variety of industries. Most recently, we held our first ‘Archangel's Den’. Graduates under age 30 presented their business ideas to a panel of judges and had the opportunity to come away with funding to help develop their ideas. It was an impressive event and one that is sure to be repeated. None of this could have happened without the tireless efforts of the SMCSAA members, the Advancement Office, and the school's faculty and administration.
I sincerely thank you all. After a nomination and voting process among the Alumni Association Directors, I am happy to announce the Executive for the 2018-2020/21 term: President – JOHN P. O’NEILL ’86 John has been an active member of the SMCSAA for many years. Most recently, John held the position of Vice-President and Order of St. Michael committee member.
Vice-President – MATT MONTEMURRO ’05 Matt has been an active part of the association and for the last three years been on the Executive as Events Coordinator. Matt is the co-founder of the Enzo Montemurro ’81 Touch Football Classic and coordinated several successful networking events. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MESSAGE PAST PRESIDENTS Frank Di Nino ’80 Marc Montemurro ’93 Josh Colle ’92 Romeo Milano ’80 Peter Thurton ’81 Dennis Caponi Jr. ’86 Rob Grossi ’72 Paul Grossi ’69 Daniel Brennan ’70 2nd Vice-President – GAVIN DAVIDSON ’93 Gavin has been the co-editor of the Blue Banner since Fall 2015. Gavin has assisted with Skate for Kids and most recently, brought the Archangel’s Den initiative to fruition.
Events Coordinator – RON SCARAFILE ’05 Ron has been involved with the Alumni Association since 2012. Ron is the co-founder of the Enzo Montemurro ’81 Touch Football Classic and has volunteered for many alumni events. In closing, I encourage you to stay connected to the school and make St. Mike's a part of your daily life. Attend the alumni events and, better still, become active in the SMCSAA. It is a truly rewarding experience and a great way to give back to our growing community.
I hope to see you at the porchetta table at the upcoming Turkey Roll in November. God bless and may we continue to take care of each other and practice Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge every day. Frank Di Nino ’80 President, SMCSAA John McCusker ’57 William Metzler ’65 John Bonvivere ’50 + Michael Duffy ‘65 Ross Robertson ‘64 William Rosenitsch ‘57 Paul Tomson ‘65 John G. Walsh ’58 + Frank Thickett ’57 W. Frank Morneau ‘59 Frank Glionna ’53 + George Cormack ’49 Richard Wakely ’64 + Gordon Ashworth ’45 + G. J. McGoey ’58 + Paul McNamara ’40 + Joseph Primeau ’28 + Dick Foster ’30 + MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear St.
Michael’s Alumni and Friends, It is a school day in early Spring in Toronto as I begin to compose this greeting. Many of our students are remarking that it is snowing outside today (stop chuckling, you Alumni in warmer climes). I am trying to reassure our young men that it is not snow that is falling – surely not snow in Spring! – but manna from heaven. That’s right, because we know that St. Michael’s is the Promised Land, or very close to it.
The Israelites wandered in the desert, looking forward to a Promised Land that would be flowing with milk and honey. We look forward to our Promised Land where we will meet our Risen Lord face to face, in the company of all those whom we have loved in this world and who have loved us. We will gather around the table of the promised heavenly banquet, in the full presence of God and the Saints. The saintly are among us even now. We will always remember and cherish Fr. Cecil Zinger, OSM, CSB with deep love and gratitude, praying that his life of faith and devotion to our Lord and to St. Michael’s may serve as a perpetual exemplar for all of us, in the certainty that he is moving from the saintly whom we knew to the Saint whom we shall meet again.
The 2018 inductees into the Order of St. Michael are outstanding models of faith, character, and service in our community: Hon. Consiglio Di Nino (Honorary ’13), Jerry Howarth, David Keon ’60, Reg Quinn, Armand Scaini ’58, and Justice Bryan Shaughnessy ’68. May their embodiment of the motto of our school and the Basilian Fathers, their examples of leadership and service, and their presence to us as the face of Jesus Christ act as beacons that light the way for us and our students. The Double Blue Brotherhood of the past 165 years and the entire St. Michael’s community join in one enthusiastic chorus to congratulate and celebrate the Graduating Class of 2018.
May their education, formation, and accomplishments at St. Michael’s College School, and especially their many valuable contributions to the world in the years and decades to come, inspire faith and confidence in us all to believe and proclaim that the saintly are indeed among us even now.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us. St. Basil the Great, pray for us. Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Jefferson Mark Thompson, CSB ’79 President
6 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR DEAR EDITOR, I actually graduated in '98 I think, definitely not '17. Never- theless, I'm flattered by the mention. Krisjon Vargas ’98 ED’S REPLY: It is the magical Blue Banner Time Machine, Krisjon. It will take years off your life! DEAR EDITOR, I am an alumnus of Saint Mike’s, going back to the class of 1958. It was a long time ago but I still wear my graduating year school ring.
I have supported the Fr. Neil Hibberd Bursary for some years now as Neil and I go back to grade school at St. John’s in the east end of Toronto. He is a very long time dear friend. I have just completed reading the book Father Bauer and the Great Experiment by Greg Oliver, which I learned of in the latest issue of the Blue Banner, which I regularly receive. It is a wonderful book as it brought back many cherished memo- ries of my time at the school.
Fr. Bauer, CSB ‘XX was my Grade 9 Homeroom teacher when I first entered Saint Mike’s in the fall of 1953. He was ‘Mr. Bauer’ as I recall at that time and was ordained shortly after. He taught us Religion and was frequently advising us when we got a little restless, “Prudence, boys, prudence.” He stated many times quietly that he could run through the entire class with the football. In fact he did just that. One day as he took the entire class out on the football field and lined us all up at one end of the field with him at the other. He tucked his cassock into his belt, received a kick off type of ball, and very gradually manoeuvred through the entire class down to the other end without a hand being laid on him.
Unforgettable. After his passing, I attended his wake on St. Joseph Street. With regard to the book, I feel it should be required reading for every alumnus and for every student currently enrolled in the school and those to be enrolled in the future. Fr. Bauer’s life journey really emphasizes the values we all received through our education at the school. I consider my time at the school being taught by priests like him (Fr. Higgins, CSB, Fr. Egsgard, CSB, Fr. Mullins, CSB, Fr. Cowley, CSB, Fr. Gorman, CSB, Fr. Penny, CSB) as an incredible blessing in my life. Very best wishes, Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Kuzminski ‘58 ED REPLY: Thanks for the thoughtful submission, Larry.
Think I will run out and buy myself a copy of that book!! CORRECTION: The Blue Banner would like to apologize for an omission on pg. 34 of the Fall 2017 (Volume 22) edition. Mr. Vince Pagano was referenced as a former teacher instead of a former teacher and Vice Principal of St. Michael’s. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Fr. Jefferson Thompson, CSB ’79’s homily at the memorial prayer service held in the school gym (p.8). Our ranks may be thinned, but they remain strong, as evidenced by the latest collection of inductees to the Order St. Michael (p.14). This year a total of six supporters of the school, a mixture of alumni and friends of St.
Michael’s, will be inducted into our hallowed order. The induction ceremony, which will be held on May 30 at the Liberty Grand, is always one of the highlights of the year when it is held (year when occurs every third). I encourage you to go out today and get your ticket so that you can help dedicate a night to those who have dedicated their lives to the school. Not only is the Order of St. Michael bursting at the seams with worthy inductees, the younger generation of SMCS alumni are also achieving great things in the world beyond these yellow bricked walls. The recent Archangel’s Den competition provided a chance for ten alumni groups to showcase their projects, with the winner taking a home a cool $10,000.
All the excitement, and what it might mean for the school, is detailed in a fantastic article by regular contributor Brandon Sousa (p.20).
Despite the loss of leading lights, our future looks bright, even as we continue to gaze on the legacy of our past, as do Domenico Frascà ’69 and Justice Antonio Di Zio ’69 in this edition of The Way We Were (p.34). Because we would not be the way we are, were it not for the way we were. Joyous Reading! Gavin Davidson ’93 Editor Dear Readers, By the time winter eventually drags itself to a close around these parts, most people are glad to see it go, but that is the furthest thing from the truth when it comes to Frank Di Nino ‘80’s term as President of the St. Michael’s Alumni Association. Frank has truly been a blessing for both the Alumni Association and the school.
We say goodbye now with a tinge of sadness to President Frank, but take joy from the fact he will remain active with the Alumni Association in the role of Past President.
Of course we recently said goodbyes of a much more permanent nature to two prominent members of our commu- nity, and members of the Order of St. Michael, who, though neither were graduates, exemplified what it meant to be St. Michael’s Men. Ed Santi, OSM and his wife Leda, OSM were typical St. Michael’s parents, working hard and juggling multiple roles to put three children through private school, who became tightly tied to the school through tragedy. In Remembering Ed Santi (p. 13) the Blue Banner pays tribute to the respected family man with a strong value system and great sense of humour.
It was of course a massive blow to the community to lose in quick succession a major benefactor and booster of the school in Ed Santi and the one man who, more than any other, came to not only represent, but define St.
Michael’s College School. Here at St. Michael’s it is said that no one man is bigger than the institution, but Fr. Cecil Zinger, CSB, OSM was himself an institution, one inextricably linked with the school that he called home, and loved, for more than 50 years. Fr. Zinger played such a large role in the school’s history and development that we could have easily dedicated an entire issue, but instead we present a selection of poignant remembrances, headed by as beautiful a piece of writing as you are likely to see, a transcript from GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 7 DEAR EDITOR, Once again I note that the list of some of the biggest contribu- tors to the continuation of the Alumni Association has been forgotten.
This is not the first time and probably won't be the last time that this has happened. Several of these distin- guished gentlemen have passed on and it's a good thing, as I am sure they would be greatly offended by the fact that their efforts over so many years are not important enough to be remembered. Or aren't the old timers who are no longer able to contribute their time, effort, and most importantly, it seems, their money, of any value or concern. Shame on you! It has always been a feature of the Blue Banner to include the names of ALL the Past Presidents (living or deceased), going back to my time as publisher of the Blue Banner and prior to that, Paul Thompson ‘65's time as publisher, and as far back as I can remember being part of the Alumni Association (since the 50s).
It has just been a note at the bottom of one of the early pages. I wrote to Joe Younder ’56 the last time the omission occurred (and was corrected). Hopefully we can look forward to the re-emergence of the list. Thank you for your response and attention to this matter. I look forward to receiving each edition of the Banner. John H. McCusker ’57 ED’S REPLY: John, thank you for pointing that out. You will note that the Past Presidents listing has been restored on page 5. DEAR EDITOR, Just wanted to thank the Blue Banner for its role in organizing the first Archangel’s Den. I thought it was very well run and I am excited about what this can become in the future.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in helping to advance and encourage entrepreneurship in the SMCS community! Best, Greg Fedele ’13 ED’S REPLY: Greg, congratulations on your second place finish. You have a fantastic product, I wish you all the success and I’m sure you will be a great resource to our alumni community moving forward.
8 REFLECTIONS ON A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: FR. ZINGER, CSB, OSM On October 27, 2017 the St. Michael’s community was rocked by the loss of a universally loved and respected cornerstone of the College School. Fr. Cecil Zinger, CSB, OSM left an indelible mark on literally thousands of members of the St. Michael’s community. Here, he is remembered by former student and current school president, Fr. Jefferson Thompson, CSB ’79, and by a variety of SMCS community members, whose lives he touched in similarly meaningful ways.
Reflections from Fr. Thompson‘s homily delivered at Fr. Zinger’s, CSB, OSM memorial prayer service held in the school gym on Monday October 30, 2017.
On my first day of Grade 9 in September of 1974, in Period 2, I went down to Room 12 for Religion. Standing at the front of the classroom was something that I had never seen before: a priest who was also my teacher. It was you, Fr. Zinger. I am standing here before all your friends this evening because you, Fr. Zinger, stood at the front of my classroom. All of us are here this evening and we all stand where we do in our lives because you, Fr. Zinger, either stood at the front of our classroom or came to stand for what means the most to us.
Cecil Harold Zinger, you came to St. Michael's College School in 1957 as a Basilian Scholastic to spend three years teaching and being involved in student life. You must have GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 9 loved it, because you returned to St. Mike's as a priest in 1966. Ever since that happy year, five decades of the St. Michael's Family have constituted the totality of your Basilian life and ministry: five decades of that warm smile and cheerful spirit, ten generations of students witnessing your beautiful and genuine humility, and learning from your profound wisdom.
St. Michael's students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families have come to find in you, Fr. Zinger, a model and a beacon of inspiration, a light that will never be extinguished in our lives. Every one of us has Fr. Zinger stories of our own, and don't they sound better with each retelling? You have been our priest, our teacher, our colleague, our coach, our mentor, our spiritual director, and our friend. Basilian Fathers of my generation have heard me refer to you as my Basilian grand- father. You have taught us, you have married us, you have baptized us, and you have prayed for us, at least every afternoon in the school chapel, around 5 o'clock, where I saw you daily as I left school.
And you even let me interrupt your prayers to chat about my pretensions at being a gardener. Fr. Zinger, you are the epitome of the St. Michael's Gentle- man, never wavering from your selfless dedication to teach- ing and living goodness, discipline, and knowledge. If it is true that one is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth, then surely it was goodness and Godliness that were soaking into our bones and growing under our feet with each detention we served with you in the school gardens. Surely it was discipline that you were shoot- ing at us with your water pistol in the 1970s and 80s.
And because we thirsted for more and more discipline, surely it was we who forced you, reluctant though you were, to upgrade to a super-soaker in the 2000s. Your knowledge of us was never anything else but your love for us, which we see to this day hanging on the walls of your Classroom 12. Seeing ourselves there, younger versions of ourselves in the making, we understand now how blessed we all are to have known you and loved you. You have been the incarnation of goodness, discipline, and knowledge before our very eyes. Fr. Zinger, we couldn't help but notice that you seldom wore a jacket that did not bear our school crest on it.
You are the very embodiment of the St. Michael's Man, devoting your life to us so that we may grow and flourish as St. Michael's Men ourselves. Your ubiquitous presence in the school, your nurturing of our spirituality, your unfailing kindness, and your immeasurable generosity have contributed, and will not stop contributing, to our collective spiritual growth and happiness. We have come to understand that you were always striving to educate and form us in mind, body, and soul. Your indelible influence in our lives can never, will never be under- estimated. Even now, your prayers of intercession are supporting us.
Fr. Zinger, you have touched our souls and you have sealed them for Christ.
If we had tried to say any of this to your face, Fr. Zinger, if we had tried to express to you how much you mean to us, you would have stopped us at the first comma. So often it felt to us like your simplicity, your humility, your charm, were always getting in our way. Fr. Zinger, we are heartbroken that, finally, you can't stop us anymore from saying all of this to you now. And we are saying it to your face, a gentle and loving face that is forever before our mind's eye, forever at home in our hearts, forever written into the contours of our souls. Please know, Fr. Zinger, we feel that we have lost an important part of ourselves, but please know also that you have given us so much more to fill our void of sadness.
Our grief is the price of our love for you.
When any of us, all of us, first met you, Fr. Zinger, it was either at this school, or at some gathering or event connected to this school. And then, through the years and decades, when we encountered and engaged you on multiple other occasions in various other locations, again it had something to do with this school. It has always been on the mountaintop of St. Michael's College School, hasn't it, where, during our young and forma- tive years, you taught and revealed to us the glory of God's love for us, made manifest through his Son Jesus Christ. Because of your mediation through the years and decades, Fr.
Zinger, we see now in hindsight that we felt as if transfigured in your classroom, in your conversation, in your presence. How wonderful it would have been to remain there, here, with you. But you always sent us back down the mountain to take the teachings of Jesus Christ, so lovingly handed on and explained to us by you, to light the way throughout our lives of faith, character, and service in our families and in our world. You emptied yourself to serve us at St. Michael's College School so that we might move out of ourselves in our own lives to serve the Church and the world. Fr. Zinger, we hope you are smiling with pride now as you see us applying the lessons you taught us so well, taking our mourning and our prayers tonight from here, St.
Michael's College School, to the joyful celebration of your life and legacy tomorrow in St. Basil's Church in your Mass of Resurrection. More than just symbolic of the fullness of your Basilian life and ministry, this movement from school to church is our pledge to you, Fr. Zinger, that we have embraced your love for the faith and for the Church, just as much as our hearts have embraced you. According to the proverbs that have always adorned the top of your classroom walls, Fr. Zinger, we will never stop hearing your good music as but a shadow of divine perfection, just as we will hear your composition of the fanfare introduction to the Hymn to St.
Michael this evening, for it was you who showed us that true nobility comes from virtue and not from birth.
So, not a tragic hero here, but just you, our dear and beloved Fr. Zinger; nevertheless, was there ever a farewell so well suited as these immortal words are to you: Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet Prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Dear Fr. Zinger, may you and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in the peace of the Risen Christ. Because more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, please pray for us, Fr. Zinger, as we shall pray for you, so that one day we may all merrily meet in heaven.
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Ian Boyd, CSB Fr. Cecil Zinger was a priest who did not understood arithme- tic. He could not count past one. For him, everyone he met was unique and irreplaceable. If you were his friend, you were not one of a group of friends. He treated you as though you were his only friend. How many hundreds of St. Michael’s alumni could rightly regard themselves as Fr. Zinger’s special friend? And so they were. Each of them was his special friend. Once he knew you, he never forgot you. After you left the school, he followed your personal and your professional career with the keenest interest. He was someone who was always there for you when you needed wise council or consolation.
Yes, he was a teacher, but before he was a teacher, he was first and always a priest. May I end this brief comment on a more personal note. I have known Father Cecil for some sixty years. We were students together at St. Thomas More College in the University of Saskatchewan in the early 50s. Both of us went to the Basilian Fathers noviciate after our graduation in 1956. As seminarians, both of us taught at the College School and both of us studied theology together in preparation for our ordination to the priesthood in 1963.
Our careers as Basilians took us on somewhat different paths. Fr. Cecil returned to St. Michael’s and taught there for the rest of his life. I returned to Saskatoon and taught there for some thirty years, until my transfer to Seton Hall University in New Jersey. But although our work separated us, it never disturbed our friendship. When I visited my community in Toronto, as I often did, Fr. Cecil was always the first person I would try to see. We would walk down St. Clair Avenue to the Pizza Hut and talk to each other about what was happen- ing in our lives. I was grieved to receive word of his sudden illness and death, and I was pleased to be asked to preach the homily at his funeral.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 11 St. Basil’s Church and the church was filled to capacity by Fr. Cecil’s friends, many of whom were graduates of the College School. May he rest in peace! He will be greatly missed. Reflections from Cathy Di Nunzio, SMCS Staff Fr. Zinger was an outstanding educator and a model priest with a beautiful soul inside and out. He embodied what it means to be a St. Michael’s Man, displaying goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Fr. Zinger had a warm and wonderful smile that lit up as soon as he entered a room.
No matter who you were, young or old, he always made time for you. Fr. Zinger you will be missed, but never forgotten. Reflections from Sandy Gray, Librarian Fr. Zinger made me welcome in the library when I arrived 10 years ago. His kind and thoughtful support never wavered, and in him I found a true friend and confidant. His quiet, caring presence in the library, in the gardens, and in my family's life is a lasting treasure. Reflections from Isaac Kuk ’18 To all he was a friendly priest, always ready with words of wisdom or a cookie from the library. But to those who were fortunate to know him better, Fr.
Zinger was a friend, a mentor, a rock amidst the turmoil of everyday life. Reflections from Cristian Mastrangelo ’18 I think the best quote Fr. Zinger ever told me was this: "The things of God come before the things of St. Michael." Fr. Zinger was a man who dedicated his entire life to God and his faith. Even amid the hectic goings of SMCS, Fr. Zinger ensured everyone stayed true to their faith and maintained God as a priority. This almost holy nature of his resonated within everyone he met and left them feeling inspired. For example, I never felt more in touch with God than after choir rehearsals with Father.
Reflections from Romeo Milano ’80 It is difficult to put in words what Fr. Zinger meant to me. He was the most pious man who inspired me through his actions and teachings. Fr. Zinger was thought provoking when talking about the poor and the homeless. He was opinionated, but always consistent with the teachings of the church. As students everyone saw him as a disciplinarian, but he was very sensitive and gentle. When his mother passed away in the late 70s I was in Grade 10. I was nominated by the class to write a letter expressing our condolences for his loss. He kept that letter and would always remind me of how much it comforted him.
He would always tell me that he prayed for me as well as all St Michael's students. When I visited him in hospital he only asked that I pray for him. In my life I have never prayed for anyone as much as I have prayed for Cecil Zinger. A very sensitive and loving human being who in his lifetime must have said over a million prayers for humanity. I cherished our many talks and the warm embrace as we said our goodbyes. I miss him. Reflections from Dom Montemurro ’78 I think the most memorable thing about Fr. Zinger was that he was always there. Whether you were celebrating a marriage, birth, christening, he was just there.
Fr. Zinger was there for so many people, which makes him amazing. I can’t say that I know a lot of people that are there for everything.
Fr. Zinger was there for my father, then my family. It impresses me that when speaking to friends, they have moments in their lives that Fr. Zinger was part of - presiding weddings, giving last rights to dying parents, baptizing children. He had time for everyone, sharing laughter or tears, offering life advice or forgiveness. Now that Fr. Zinger is gone, a void has been created. Reflections from Very Rev. George T. Smith, CSB Fr. Cecil Zinger, CSB was a fixture on the campus of St. Michael's College School for 60 years. He was dedicated to his teaching, and had a genuine rapport with his students.
Fr. Zinger had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young men, and was the living embodiment of the school’s motto ‘Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge’. Reflections from Peter Thurton ’81 When I think of a Saint, I conjure up images of someone who in all that he or she does, they do them because in and of themselves they are good, right, just and done in God's name and to please God. I have known the late Great Fr. Cecil Zinger for over forty-two years, and during that time we had many personal and intellectual exchanges. His actions, words and thoughts, all of them, to put it simply were: Saintly.
Reflections from Joe Younder ’56 (excerpted from Fr. Zinger’s introduction speech at the Order of St. Michael Induction Ceremony on April 23, 2015) At the beginning of Robert Bolt’s A Man for all Seasons the ambitious Richard Rich, who wanted only advancement, asked Thomas More what he should do in life. More replied he should become a teacher, saying “you’d make a fine teacher, perhaps even a great one”. Disappointed, Rich asked, “but if I was, who would know?” “Ah,” replied More, “you would know it, your pupils, your friends, God. Not a bad audience.” Such is the makeup of our final inductee, Fr.
Cecil Zinger, CSB, OSM. If the purpose of life is to lead a life of purpose, then you will find this man of God, either in a classroom teaching your son ethical values, or those prayers once taught at our bedsides, or tending the school gardens some- times in the company of wayward students (ed’s note: like me) in detention doing spring clean-up, or planting new growth, or you may find him in the library assisting inquisi- tive minds, or perhaps playing the piano, or leading the choir in school celebrations.
Many will remember Room 12, his basement oasis, a drop- in center for graduates, where many young minds have been nurtured. It is a room filled with the pictorial history of his classes, statutes of Mary and St. Joseph, and his ever-present piano. This and more is Fr. Zinger. However, many of you might not know that Fr. Zinger is not only a very accomplished musician, but also a songwriter? He once confided in me that it took him 15 years to write a lullaby. I said, "Cece, 15 years to write a lullaby, why so long?" He replied, “I kept falling asleep.” Funny guy, Cecil. A priestly man, he leads by example in humility, in persever- ance, in kindness, and in love of his students and his Basilian community.
He is indeed a humble and gentle man, a man for others who has brought light, warmth, and faith to those he has touched. His very presence commands a loyalty and a respect given to few. His many life stories surround students and if you now listen carefully to his words, you will hear his message.
12 GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 13 The St. Michael’s College School community was saddened by the passing of Edward ‘Enzo’ Santi in his 71st year on November 2, 2017, after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer. In recognition of his many contributions to the school, and to his community, Ed and his wife Leda were inducted into the Order of St. Michael in 2008. Ed and Leda became members of the St. Michael’s commu- nity when their son, Paul ’99, entered Grade 9 in 1994, followed by Marc ’01 in 1996, and David ’03 in 1998. “I think the relationship with St.
Mike’s started because my parents were looking for a good school that was driven by strong principles and guided by the Church,” recalled eldest son, Paul. “My dad was very concerned about our character development and found that in the holistic approach at St. Michael’s.” The Santi boys enjoyed a very active and fruitful experience at St. Mike’s, however, their time at the school will be forever marked by the tragic death of Marc, in a car accident during his graduating year. Following Marc’s passing, Ed and Leda established the Marc Santi Foundation to honour his legacy by supporting many charitable organizations, institutions, and individuals in need.
“The impact the school had on us as a family after Marc’s death was overwhelming. I know my dad felt forever indebted to the school for the support they provided during that time,” notes youngest son, David. “It spurred him to get involved in a variety of ways to help the school.” Edward was dedicated to St. Michael’s College School and volunteered his time to a number of committees, including gala dinners for the school’s 150th anniversary and 100 Years of Hockey, as well as the Annual Golf Tournament. REMEMBERING ED SANTI, OSM “Ed became a benefactor of SMCS in 1995 as his sons entered the school,” recalls Kimberley Bailey, Director of Advancement.
“His relationship continued to grow stronger into various volunteer roles long after they graduated. His wisdom, assistance, and presence will truly be missed.” In addition to his generous volunteer efforts, Ed and Leda established the Marc Santi Exit Scholarship in memory of their son, as well as sponsoring a stain glass window that now appears in the grand foyer of the school. Ed was also very generous with his time in his local community and was very active with a variety of organizations. He was a board member for the Richmond Hill Hockey Association, Mackenzie Health, Crime Stoppers, and the Richmond Hill Public Library.
He also spent time volunteering at his church, Our Lady Queen of the World.
“Ed was one of the most affable people I knew, someone who instantly made you feel comfortable and welcome,” remembers Michael De Pellegrin ’94, the school’s Director of Communications. “He held St. Michael’s close to his heart, as an extension of his own family, and was always thinking of different ways to support us.” Edward will be remembered as a family man who had a great sense of humour and was defined by a strong value system. He was extremely personable, and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
The Order of St. Michael is the highest honour that St.
Michael’s College School can bestow on a member of its community. It is awarded to individuals who embody the Basilian Fathers’ motto ‘Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge,’ through their contribution to the spiritual, academic, or material welfare of the school and the greater community. The members of the Order serve as models for our students and for all of society. This year’s six worthy inductees will be honoured at a ceremony held at the Liberty Grand on May 30, 2018. For more information and to get your ticket visit stmichaelscollegeschool.com/osm.
14 GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 15 THE HONOURABLE CONSIGLIO DI NINO (Honorary ’13) For more than five decades Hon. Consiglio Di Nino has been responsible for senior executive positions in a variety of businesses, community organizations, and in the public sector. His involvement in these areas has contributed substantially to the success of two Ontario trust companies (Federal Trust Company and Cabot Trust Company) and several charitable and not-for-profit organizations (particularly Villa Charities Inc.). In 1979, after 23 years’ experience in the financial sector, Mr.
Di Nino, together with a group of other Ontario business persons, founded and presided over Cabot Trust Company and subsequently Cabot Capital Corporation, the trust company’s parent. Under Mr. Di Nino’s stewardship, Cabot Trust grew to a profitable, successful mid-size company, widely respected within the community.
In addition to his business experience, Mr. Di Nino has an extensive background of volunteer commitments to various community service groups. He has served in senior capacities in numerous organizations including: Chairman, Harbourfront Corporation; President, Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association; and President, Scouts Canada, Greater Toronto Region. For the past 40 years, Mr. Di Nino has been a founder and a major participant in the development of the Villa Charities Inc. campus at Lawrence & Dufferin Avenues in the central Toronto area. This campus consists of an 18-acre parcel of land, containing some of the world’s most successful examples of charitable and not-for-profit programs.
The 391 bed Villa Colombo Home for the Aged provides exceptional care for seniors requiring 24 hour permanent nursing care. The 170,000 square foot Columbus Centre delivers social, cultural, recreational and educational services to several thousand participants each year. As past Chairman of Villa Charities Inc., Mr. Di Nino has played, and continues to play, a major role in the devel- opment of this outstanding community organization which has received both local and international acclaim. Mr. Di Nino was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1990 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, where he served until his retirement in 2012.
Mr. Di Nino attended SMCS from 1953-55 before withdrawing to support his family. The Di Nino legacy continued when his son, Frank graduated from St. Michael’s in 1980. In 2013, Di Nino was presented with an honorary St. Michael’s diploma.
DAVE KEON ’60 Dave Keon is known as the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of all time. His famed number 14, now retired by the Leafs, hangs proudly from the rafters of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. During his time with Toronto, Dave Keon captured four Stanley Cups and served as one of the franchise’s celebrated captains. During his 15-year career in the NHL, he won multiple National Hockey League awards. In 1986, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in 2010 he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and most recently, his statue was proudly unveiled on Toronto’s famous Legends Row at the entrance of the Air Canada Centre.
Mr. Keon is a significant part of Canadian sports history. He is also a hallmark of the sports legacy at St. Michael’s College School, where his hockey career began playing Junior A for the St. Michael’s Buzzers from 1956-1957 and for the Majors from 1958-1960 and where he was a student for four years, graduating in 1960. Mr. Keon is a true ambassador for St. Michael’s College School. He has always capitalized on opportunities to promote the school in the media and speaks fondly of SMCS referring to himself as a St. Michael’s Man. Through his success, and poise during and after his hockey career, Mr.
Keon continues to inspire generations and reminds our nation of the core values that define us as athletes, but more importantly as human beings.
Mr. Keon epitomizes the St. Michael’s and Basilian Fathers motto, “Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge,” both professionally and personally, with his admirable and humble character and unwavering faith. JERRY HOWARTH Jerry Howarth, a Canadian citizen who grew up in San Francisco, recently retired as the Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster after spending 36 years at the microphone. Jerry started his career with the Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League in 1974 and 1975 before moving to Salt Lake City where he broadcasted another three seasons. He then joined the Blue Jays in 1982 working with Hall of Fame broadcaster, Tom Cheek.
Jerry broadcast an estimated 7,500 games in his professional career which included Toronto’s back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993.
In 2012, Howarth was honoured by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame with the Jack Graney Award for lifetime contributions to baseball in Canada. In 2003 he received the Sports Media Canada award for achievement, with Cheek, and in 2016 won the award again for his individual efforts. Howarth has two sons who graduated from St. Michael’s College School, Ben in 1996 and Joe in 1997. Jerry has been a strong ambassador and advocate of the school, while contributing to the school community in public speaking and mentorship capacities. He has contributed significantly to many Christian Charities in the city.
The Order of St. Michael 2018
REGIS QUINN Regis Quinn, fondly known at St. Michael’s as Reg, is a business man who has spent many years serving St. Michael’s College School as a member of the board of directors. Quinn was largely instrumental in the early success of the school’s re-entry into Major Junior hockey. Quinn started working at a very young age to help out his family financially. It all started with his first two summers at Atlas Steele in Welland. He then went on to study and become a barber and a hairdresser, but quickly abandoned that to join Litton Industries selling computers in the early 60s.
At the age of 24, Regis became the youngest Canadian Tire Dealer in history and he soon came to Toronto to run one of the largest Canadian Tire Stores in the country.
Ownership in hockey soon followed with the purchase of the Young Nats Organization. He also became a sponsor of St. Michael's Buzzers, which included buying a Zamboni for the St. Mike's arena. Quinn then bought the Niagara Falls Flyers. He worked with Fr. McLean and Fr. Fitzpatrick, CSB, who was the principal of St. Mike's at that time, to try to bring Major Junior A Hockey back to St. Michael's School. Quinn was asked to meet with Fr. Mohan, CSB for the first time, when St. Michael's was again trying to acquire a Major Junior A hockey team. Fr. Mohan asked Regis to assume a leadership role in the school's Expansion Project in the late 90s and to serve on The Board of the School and to head up the Financial Committee.
Quinn also served on the Investment Committee under the leadership of Fr. Redican, CSB, He also worked with Fr. Redican on the committee to open Holy Name of Mary College Catholic School which was supported by the Basilian Fathers.
In the late 90s, Regis sold his Canadian Tire store and started Protect Air with his brother. Protect Air is a vehicle emissions company that runs emissions programmes in many states and provinces throughout North America. This business grew very substantially in a very short period of time and was sold off. In 2001, Regis opened his first BMW store and over time opened seven more dealerships. Reg is a big supporter of St. Michael’s College School, he has made donations to the Centre of the Arts, and even donated a Mini Cooper car for a school fundraiser.
In closing, one of Regis favourite past times, that he still enjoys to this day, is playing hockey with St.
Michael's Oldtimers. 16 GOOD-NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE; AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST 17 ARMAND SCAINI ’58 Armand Scaini graduated from St. Michael’s College School in 1958. He is known for his passion, intelligence, and his steadfast dedication to improving the lives of those around him. At a young age, Armand and his family moved from Italy to Canada. Not knowing the language, he was forced to start two years behind the Grade 6 education he had completed in Italy. He quickly picked up English and believed he was destined to attend SMCS and worked extra hard in Grade 8 to achieve marks high enough to attend.
During his time at St. Mike’s, Armand developed a strong respect for his teachers including Fr. Ronan, CSB ’41, Scaini’s shop teacher whom he was most fond of. During his time at St. Mike’s, Scaini assisted Fr. Ronan with various building related projects, many of which took place at Henry Carr Farm.
Since his time at St. Michael’s, Scaini has had a very successful construction career. During this time he took on a volunteer position as a member of Famee Furlane where he focused much of his efforts on social housing and long-term care facilities for the Italian-Canadian community. His lifelong ambition has been to assist with social housing within the community, and he is known for his expertise, technical know-how, cost-effective solutions, and innovative ideas. Scaini is a true humanitarian who is inspired by helping others live their best life by bettering communities. Armand is also a major donor and an ardent benefactor of St.
Michael’s College School.
BRYAN SHAUGHNESSY ’68 Justice Bryan Shaughnessy attended St. Michael’s College School and graduated in 1968. He then attended the University of St. Michael’s College, where he graduated with Bachelor’s Degree. After obtaining a BA, Justice Shaughnessy attended Queen’s University Law School, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws. He then articled at Phelan O’Brien Ruther- ford Lawer and Shannon and upon completion of the Bar Admission Course was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976 as a Barrister and Solicitor.
During his professional career, Justice Shaughnessy practiced law primarily in civil litigation, first at Phelan O’Brien Shannon and Lawer in Toronto, and thereafter in partnership in the law firm of Sosna and Shaughnessy in Whitby, Ontario.
In 1998, Justice Shaughnessy was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, and from 2000-07 was the Regional Senior Judge for the Central East Region. Currently Justice Shaughnessy sits as a trial judge in the Superior Court of Justice in Oshawa, Ontario.
Justice Shaughnessy is heavily involved in law moot court programmes at many secondary schools, including St. Michael’s College School where he works with students to establish an understanding of the students of the Canadian law and justice system. He was instrumental in building the foundation for the Law and Moot Court programmes at SMCS (still in operation today). Justice Shaughnessy donated the trophy which is awarded annually to the winner of the Moot Court Competition and also donated the St. Thomas More Legal Advocacy Award, awarded annually to the graduating student who has shown an aptitude for the study of law and for the various forms of advocacy practiced during the year.
He has also volunteered as a judge for the Moot competition since its creation over 15 years ago.
Justice Shaughnessy has remained close to St. Michael’s, as his three sons all graduated from the school, Sean in 1998, Kevin in 2000, and Paul in 2003. stmichaelscollegeschool.com/osm Induction Ceremony May 30,2018 Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex Tickets $200 Includes HST