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Lucy Richards Centenarian 18 Mar, 2006
Posted 24 Mar, 2006. Photos by Linda Rodd added 2 and 23 April 2006
Panoramic composite by Howard Clark added 24 April 2006


Summerlea's Lucy Richards celebrated her 100th birthday 18 March 2006. Still living in her own home and active in community activities, Lucy is an inspiration to us all. On Friday March 17th she was interviewed by CTV at the Teapot Senior Activity Centre in Lachine and appeared on CTV news at 6 and 11 PM.

On Sunday the 19th, Summerlea celebrated her birthday with refreshments in Acadia Hall after the service. Activities included singing of the Happy Birthday song, presentation of messages from the Queen, Quebec Premier Jean Charest, local Minister of the National Assembly Claude Dauphin, the Teapot, and the Summerlea congregation, a gift from the Serendipity group, two cakes and a closing song by the choir and congregation, 'Til We Meet Again.

In her closing comment, Lucy said something to the efffect of "Now on to the next hundred".

Our very best wishes to a wonderful lady.

Following are a few photos of the event. You can pick a small photo to see a larger version, then pick Back on your browser to return to this page.

Acadia Hall was set up with sandwiches
and other goodies for the celebrants to enjoy.
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Two birthday cakes sat either side of a bouquet on the head table.
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Two of the congratulatory letters received from the Queen,
Lt. Governor Lise Thibeault, Quebec Premier Jean Charest and MLA François Ouimet.
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A few of the many folks who came up to view the photos
and letters of congratulation, and to greet Lucy.
1. Norma Burleigh and Muriel Hill
2. Don Blackmore, a relative
3. Richard Legault
4. Jack Hill
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Doctor Musgrove, whose care over the years has helped
keep Lucy well so she can stay in her home.
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The congratulatory letters were formally presented to Lucy,
1. Rev. Howard Clark presented the letter from Queen Elizabeth II,
2. Mary Guynan presented the letter from MLA François Ouimet,
3. Ruth Heim presented the letter from Lt. Gov. Lise Thibeault,
4. Undeg Edwards presented the letter from Premier Jean Charest
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1. Lucy seated with Mrs. Dr. Musgrove
2. David Pryce presented the card from the congregation
3. Mary Guynan presented her St. Hubert Barbecue gift certificates
to satisfy Lucy's chicken craving.
4. And Lucy stood to thank the crowd.
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1. Lucy with Dr. and Mrs. Musgrove, Don Blackmore,
John Closs, Lynn Closs, Eileen Blackmore.
2. Same plus Rev. Howard Clark.
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Blowing out the candles and cutting the cakes.
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The choir and congregation joined to sing
"May the good Lord bless and keep you
'til we meet again".
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The photo below gives a panoramic view of the above shots,
thanks to Howard Clark
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A couple more shots of the lady of the hour.
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Some of the celebrants
1. Don Blackmore and Connie Osborne, Summerlea's music director
2. Dale & Frank Romagosa & David Pryce
3.
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More of the celebrants
1. Jane Percy, Kathie Williams, Iris Percy
2. Betty Godin
3. Michèle Bitauld
4. Ray Golden & Rolf Smart
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And still more of the celebrants
1. John Parmater & Granddad Victor White
2. Sarah McCall, Pearl Sargent & Mary Plant
3. Marjorie Walker & Nancy Bourne
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At the end of the ceremony the young folks from the Sunday School made their own presentation to Lucy,
who was a long-time Summerlea Sunday School teacher.
L-R: Robbie Rodd, Jacob Osborne, Erin Overbury, Alayna Roy, Michelle McKenzie,
Shauna Overbury, Justin Roy, John Parmater, Keith McKenzie, Susan McKenzie.
Photos thanks to Linda Rodrigues-Rodd.
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Happy 100th birthday Lucy, and best wishes for many more
from your Summerlea and Lachine friends.
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