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 Canada, Let's Clap Hands to Thank Frontline Workers !

April 1, 2020

Canada 👏 👏 👏 👏 
Ladies and Gents, on Saturday April 4th at 8:30 pm, please turn on your patio lights and stand on your doorsteps or open a window and clap and cheer as loudly as you can for all the frontline workers - Medical professionals and staff, care givers, food and medicine delivery drivers, shop workers and anyone else on the frontline, risking their own lives to makes yours better. Let's try and get this around the country.
Copy and paste and keep it moving to as many as we can ❤❤❤❤❤❤


Cancelled - BMO Pensioned Employees-Central Ontario Quarterly Meeting (April 2nd, 2020)

March 20, 2020

On behalf of your executive team, I would like to inform you that our Quarterly meeting, scheduled for April 2nd, 2020, has been cancelled due to the current Pandemic Coronavirus-19. Our next scheduled meeting, scheduled for Thursday June 25th, 2020, is at this time still planned, however with the uncertainty of the Virus status, the situation is fluid and we will provide further updates to you all as soon as we receive them.

These are uncertain times for all of us and we hope that you are well and following your regional medical and Public Health guidelines.  Stay safe and look after yourselves.

Gabby Winterstein, President


Message from the Team - “Stay Safe and Healthy”

March 19, 2020

We are reaching out to you, our members, to let you know we are thinking about you in this time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus).  We are all in our different ways trying to cope with this unprecedented situation. Our loved ones, friends, kind neighbours and others who are helping out mean so much to all of us in this difficult time. We sincerely hope and pray that this situation resolves itself as quickly as possible so we can all get back to our regular routines.

Remember our website and Facebook communication vehicles are here for you to use, enjoy and to keep plugged in with your friends and family.  If you would like to email us or post on our Facebook page, how you are doing or by trying to keep your minds busy with any little life anecdotes, please feel free to contact us.

You have heard it numerous times from all sorts of health experts that washing your hands correctly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is vital to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.  We here, are all washing our hands, just like you.

From all of us at BMO Cyber Pensioners keep safe and stay healthy.

Al, Cecilia, Colin, Dave, Heinz, Joan, Roy, Sandy and Tom

"The pictures symbolize a passage of time to happier days."

Acknowledgement:  "Thank you to Heinz Hiob, one of our team members, for giving us permission to use the three pictures from one of his many adventurous vacations. These pictures are from his trip to South America. (Photo Gallery - Photos 2018 - April 20, 2018 - "Cyber Pensioners Lorraine Burbage and Heinz Hiob South America....."  Click Here 

“If you have any comments regarding our message, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe.” 


Lower Mainland BOMPA Honors Founder Marking 90th Year

March 16, 2020

Although her birthday is not until early April, Gwen Lamacraft began celebrating on March 11th with a lunch at The Arbutus Club in Vancouver.  The Lower Mainland Club hosted 40 guests to a delicious pasta lunch complete with an appropriately decorated birthday cake.

It was doubly appropriate as Gwen was a founding member of the association in B.C. in 1978 and has been promoting it ever since. Gwen will be 90 years old and President Cheryl explained that ladies can extend the range of their party plans to 5 weeks or even more…..apparently it is a privilege of gender. 

Congratulatory messages were formally extended by the Governor General, Prime Minister, Lieutenant-Governor and other politicians – while the Queen awaits the 100th birthday occasion to send her personal best wishes. 

Many cards and gifts were presented to Gwen and she won a bottle of wine in the draw – it was her lucky day.

In a thank you speech she spoke of the larger perspective that recognizes many people are necessary to produce the effort needed to make a success of a club such as ours .  She mentioned several other people important to the formation of this BOMPA club and reminisced on the progress made from those long ago beginnings. 

It was a lovely time!

Click Here to see all the pictures.

Many Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing the information and photos.


Letter to the Editor - “Guns in Branches”

March 11, 2020

We recently received the following letter from Ted Hall, Owen Sound, Ontario, about guns in branches in the 1960’s and are pleased to share it with you. Thank you Ted for taking the time to send us your story. It is much appreciated and we are sure our members will enjoy it.

“I was a career BMO employee for some 39 years and pretty much covered Ontario in the course of nine moves in ten years winding up my career in Owen Sound. My father, Wellington (Duke) Hall, also spent some forty years with the bank retiring as Manager of Cornwall main office.

This little story has to do with the short time I spent as a junior in St. Marys BMO back in 1962. One of my jobs was to put the guns away in the vault for the night. This little episode happened in the evening when the Accountant, myself and another junior attended the branch to count stationary along with a case of beer. Well as you can guess we imbibed a little too much over the course of the evening and got into a conversation about the bank's guns which I had left out by mistake.

We thought it would be interesting to fire one of the guns (a 38) so we took it down to the basement which was a old basement with limestone rock walls and an old empty coal bin and I was to take the first shot. So I aimed it into the coal bin and fired. Do you have any idea how much kick a revolver of that size has? Well, I'll tell you, it damned near jumped out of my hand with a loud roar and then the fun began as the bullet ricochet all over the basement bouncing off the walls. No one got hurt but right then and there we decided this was not a good idea. We retired for the evening and our little adventure ended."

Edward (Ted ) Hall, Owen Sound, ON

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BMO Okanagan Annual Retirees Luncheon - Friday December 6, 2019

March 11, 2020

BMO Okanagan Annual Retirees Luncheon was held on Friday December 6, 2019 in Kelowna, BC with over 100 retirees were in attendance.

Grace was given by Denis Knox and Karen Warner gave a toast to the absent friends.

Dave Murison VP BOMPA Okanagan gave the address to the retirees on behalf of the President of BOMPA Marianne Evashuk who was unable to attend.

Please enjoy the pictures and I apologize for the delay in this article. See you in the Spring at our next meeting.

Click Here to see all the pictures.

Many thanks to Marianne Evashuk for the information and the photos.


"A Journey into Bank of Montreal’s International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices"
“Stepping Out on 3 Continents” - 2nd Instalment by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent

March 9, 2020

“A Journey into Bank of Montreal’s International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices” (February 13, 2020) Click What the New York Agency Does to read in case you missed it.

“Stepping Out on 3 Continents”  - 2nd Instalment by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent  

This is the second instalment of “A Journey into Bank of Montreal’s International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices” dated February 13, 2020 which focuses on Bank of Montreal’s expansion, “Stepping out on 3 Continents”. The bank’s policy at that time was to bring on-the-spot service wherever Canadians did business which led to the extension of its international operations in Asia, Europe and North America. To read more Click Here.


Letter to the Editor - “Thank You” from Frank Chaffey, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 3, 2020.

March 4, 2020

We are pleased to share with you a letter from Frank Chaffey, thanking our team for our customer service which we always endeavour to maintain at a high level. Thank you Frank for taking the time to write to us and we sincerely hope you enjoy our website.

“My sincere thanks for your prompt response to my enrolment as a BMO Cyber Pensioner. I personally know many of the members including Hall of Frame members Lloyd Varner and Bob Mills. Regretfully, over the past 10 years many of our banking friends are no longer with us other than our great memories of them.

Hard to believe in 1978 we never had ABM's in Atlantic Canada. It's a whole new game of banking for old folks like my wife Lorna and I; especially on-line banking which is now the norm including downloading tax forms for income tax annual filings. Photos and Archives are great.

Thanks to all your team.”

Frank Chaffey, Halifax, Nova Scotia    


Notice to our Members - "Becoming More Effective and Efficient"

February 27, 2020

In the pursuit of our constant process improvement endeavours, please note that should you change your address or other contact information about yourself, please send an email to us at 

You do not need to complete a new registration form. Thank you for helping us become more efficient.


Letter to the Editor - Re: “Tribute to the late Alfred John Ellis - May 27, 1915 to January 29, 2020”

February 24, 2020

We recently received the following letter from Dale Parker, Vancouver, British Columbia about John Ellis’ passing and are pleased to share Dale’s tribute to his old friend and mentor.

“As with most of my young colleagues I was more than a little nervous to meet John Ellis the new Superintendent, Atlantic Provinces in 1954. We were in awe of this 39 year old dynamo, hardly our image of the typical reserved bank executive. What struck me was his dynamic leadership style and that has stayed with me over the past 66 years. During the past 40 years living on the west coast, he became my mentor and friend. John never lost his sense of optimism and dedication to making this a better world. By way of illustration, one of his numerous philanthropic endeavours was the establishment of an endowment fund with the Simon Fraser University, an institution he helped in launching. His endowment annually awards scholarships to five worthy MBA students. John was not satisfied to simply make the scholarships possible but wanted to develop a more lasting relationship with these students. Each year he invited the new recipients to a luncheon along with a few of his friends where they were asked to comment on their past, their plans for the future and then field questions. It was an informal event but John’s questions were always challenging ones.

During one of my last visits he passed on a set of brass Newfoundland moose bookends that had been given to him by Joey Smallwood. A gift I will treasure.

When asked how he was doing the response was frequently, “Great and Getting Better”. Let’s remember John by projecting such a wonderful attitude.”

Dale Parker, Vancouver, British Columbia

Other articles related to John Ellis:

For the Tribute to the late Alfred John Ellis - May 27, 1915 to January 29, 2020, Click Here.

For the Wisdom from A. John Ellis - 102 Years Young - Happy Birthday John Ellis, Click Here.

For the In Memoriam - Alfred Ellis (John) OC, ORS, LLD, Click Here.

For John’s Obituary at Everhere, Click Here


Letter to the Editor re: "What the New York Agency Does"

February 23, 2020

Barbara Musgrave, Mississauga, Ontario wrote to us recently regarding “What the New York Agency Does” which is the first of our stories under the header, “A Journey into Bank of Montreal’s International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices” which was launched on February 13, 2020”. 

We are pleased to share Barbara’s letters with you and her wonderful pictures that her father, Pat Daniel, took while he was working for Bank of Montreal, New York Agency.

“Hello!  My father, Roy Patrick Daniel (Pat Daniel), also worked for BMO from 1938 to 1983 (with 5 years overseas in WWII).  He was assigned to New York Agency from January to July 1948.  I have pictures taken by him and the men he was working with all around New York city during that time including Coney Island, Rockefeller Centre, Empire State building, a baseball game, the zoo and a Veterans Day Parade.  There is also a picture of the hotel they were assigned to “Hotel St. George” on Clark Street in Brooklyn as well as some shots in their room. A picture of some of the men playing chess in their hotel room was noted as having been published in the staff magazine July 1948. There were six employees on my father's team as follows:  

    •       Jerry Kumm

    •       Stan Marshall

    •       Tom Salton

    •       Fred Redgewell

    •       Hart Cunningham

    •       Bill Burgess

Please note, that they are good shots and well recorded as my dad was an amateur artist. 

Barbara Musgrave, Mississauga, Ontario

Click To read more about Pat Daniel’s career in the bank.


BOMPA Southern Alberta Newsletter January 2020

February 21, 2020


The latest BOMPA Southern Alberta Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Gillian McKinnon for sharing.







Tribute to the late Alfred John Ellis - May 27, 1915 to January 29, 2020

February 20, 2020

We are very sad to hear that John Ellis passed away on January 29, 2020. He was 104 years, a few months away from his 105 birthday.

John lived a full life filled with many accomplishments which are eloquently captured on the internet.  In May, 2017 we had the honour and pleasure of conducting a telephone interview with John about this thoughts concerning longevity. At that time he was 102 years young and going strong. We are convinced that John lived by his comments he provided us on his long life.  Comments that as we read them again, ring true for many of us.  The following is John’s quote which he was very earnest about us getting it right.

“People are like grains of sand on a big beach.  Don’t take yourself too seriously but take your work very seriously which helps to create a good world.  Enjoy lots of love, humour and laughter, and of course, music.  Enjoy loved ones and friends.  Eat blueberries everyday which have lots of antioxidants.  Luck of course plays a part in longevity” Click to read full article.

John was a longtime member of our website and well-known to many of our members.  We at BMO Cyber Pensioners send our deepest condolences to John’s family and friends.  Rest in peace dear friend. Click for John’s obit.

For the Letter to the Editor from Dale Parker - Re: “Tribute to the late Alfred John Ellis - May 27, 1915 to January 29, 2020”, Click Here.

For the In Memoriam - Alfred Ellis (John) OC, ORS, LLD, Click Here.


Bankers Lunch in Stratford - February 17, 2020

February 18, 2020

Here are photos from yesterday's Bankers Lunch at the Arden Park Restaurant in the Best Western Hotel in Stratford.  We had 28 in attendance and the hotel kindly put us in a room by ourselves which made it quiet for their other patrons.

As usual everyone had a great meal, conversation and we left about 2 pm in time for other Family Day activities.

Click Here to see all the pictures.

Many thanks to Chuck Joynt for sharing and to Ken Summers for the photos and adding names to each photo.


BOMPA BC Lower Mainland Newsletter February 2020

February 17, 2020


The latest BOMPA BC Lower Mainland Newsletter is now available.

Go to the Association Newsletters webpage to read the latest issue. 

Thanks to Ron Gillies for sharing.







"A Journey into Bank of Montreal's International Banking Subsidiaries, Branches and Offices" by Joan Mesic, Senior Correspondent

February 13, 2020

We will be publishing a series of vignettes about Bank of Montreal's international branches, subsidiaries and offices, some of which have been closed. With the help of our friends in BMO Corporate Archives, we have been provided with material that we will be sharing with you over the next while.  

Our journey on this topic starts with the fascinating history of Bank of Montreal's New York Agency.  Did you know that the "New York Agency of the Bank of Montreal was opened January 1, 1859 two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War." Read more and find out interesting facts and information like the largest cheques ever cleared, the history behind the name Wall Street, etc. Read "What the New York Agency Does" CLICK HERE.

As we showcase information from the archives on this subject, we would love to hear from you if you have had any experiences with these entities whether working at the location or interfacing with them during your careers or as a customer. Please send us your stories at We look forward to hearing from you. Happy reading!

Material and images are the property of BMO Financial Group's Corporate Archives. No part of the material or photographs may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the Corporate Archives.”

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