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BOMPA Lower Mainland BC Picnic September 9, 2021

September 13, 2021

On Thursday, September 9th, 30 BC Lower Mainland BOMPA members gathered for a picnic in Central Park, Burnaby. This was our first event in over a year and a half and it was wonderful to get together again.  It was great to catch up on what everyone has been doing to keep busy during COVID and to see that all were healthy.  Thanks to Elsie and Earl for organizing the picnic.

Click Here to see all the pictures.

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

"Letter from our Cyber Pensioners Co-Founder - Barry Gemmell Re: Our Tribute to Tom Mitchell (October 9, 1942 - August 8, 2021)”

August 14, 2021

We received the following tribute to Tom Mitchell from Barry Gemmell, one of the two co-founders of the BMO Cyber Pensioners website and are happy to share it with you. Barry Gemmell, Jim O’Neill (1932-2020) and Tom Mitchell called themselves the “three amigos”. Barry and Jim developed our website in 1991 and Tom joined the team in 2002.

“Tom! you are missed by many and I personally will grieve for my loss of your interaction with me. You were a perfect team member and a friend to me. The original three amigos Jim O’Neil (1932-2020), Tom Mitchell and myself spent many hours discussing our ability to contribute to our fellow pensioners. Tom was never short of ideas and gung-ho to make the communication better for BMO pensioners.

Thank you Tom for adding to my life, I only wish I could have said goodbye before you left. RIP “

Barry Gemmell, Kingston, Ontario

P.S. In our Archives - May - 2011, there is an article, "BMO Cyber Pensioners' 20th Anniversary", that is about the founding of the website. It's about Barry, Jim and Tom and how they came together and the evolution of the website. Click to read, “BMO Cyber Pensioners’ 20th Anniversary”

If you have any comments regarding this tribute, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you.


In Memoriam – Tom Mitchell

August 10, 2021

We deeply regret to advise the passing of Tom Mitchell. Tom was a vital member of our News Team. We will greatly miss his experience, expertise and advice, his friendship and sense of humour, his values and principles and that often needed uncompromising way he chose to express his opinions.


After a distinguished career at BMO, Tom became part of the team, joining the two original BMO Cyberpensioner founders - Barry Gemmell and Jim O’Neill - in 2002. He arrived in the nick of time to bolster the small team with his creative thinking and technical savvy. He was the original website manager and until now has been technical advisor to the current team. His role in the evolution of our network can be found by clicking the link in the About Us section. Without his contribution back in 2002 and through subsequent years it is true to say the network we enjoy would not exist. That contribution was recognized by his induction as an Honorary Member of the News Team.

We are so sad to say goodbye. Our thoughts are with his family. 

We will post his obituary when it becomes available.

Rest In Peace Tom.

The BMO Cyberpensioners News Team.


BMOFGPEFG Central Ontario Chapter - Executive Announcement

August 9, 2021

Hi, everyone, it has been a while since I last communicated with you and for that I apologize. I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the warm sunny weather.

The last year and a half has been like no other, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This Pandemic has impacted all of us with seniors being particularly vulnerable. My hope is that you are all safe, have had the opportunity to get vaccinated, and have started to enjoy, slowly, some form of normality.

While we still have bridges to cross related to the Pandemic, I thought, on behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to share with you some details related to our chapter and next steps.

Terry Miller has been working with the IFL and passed on some of the items that I will share with you. Firstly let me offer my thanks to Terry for his efforts as well as to Denise Valleau and Ben Bocian for their on-going support regarding membership enquiries, during this difficult time.  

  • The IFL remains closed until further developments, based on regulatory decisions.
  • The earliest we would be allowed to hold a quarterly meeting would be early 2022, again depending on guidelines and regulatory decisions.
  • Terry was able to tentatively reserve Friday, December 10th, 2021, for a Holiday/Christmas luncheon, which is once again dependent on opening of the IFL.

Should you have any questions about the chapter, please don't hesitate to contact us.

That's all for now, but as new information is made known to us we will share it with you.

In the meantime I hope you can spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy the warm weather and stay safe. I know that when we finally all gather we will have plenty of stories to tell each other.

My very best to you all and hope you all enjoyed the Olympics and how successful Canada was.

Gabby Winterstein, Chair BMOFGPE Central Ontario Chapter

BOMPA Northern Alberta July 2021

August 3, 2021


The latest BOMPA Northern Alberta Newsletter is now available.

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

Thanks to Bill Kilgour for sharing.






Notice to our Members - Re: Our Facebook Page

July 29, 2021

If you would like to read our stories, articles and obituaries which we post on our BMO Cyber Pensioners website as well as our Facebook page, the following steps are what you need to know in order to gain access.

  1. Register yourself on Facebook and become a member.  If you do not want to provide too much personal information on your Facebook registration just complete the mandatory information.  We have no commercial connection to Facebook. The option to access our Facebook page is strictly at your discretion. We are not responsible for Facebook.
  2. If you are not a BMO Cyber Pensioner member, you must be a BMO retiree if you would like to join our Facebook page. Please be prepared to share some of your BMO work history with us which we will require for security reasons. Please send your request to: BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at:  
  3. If you are a recent member of our website or plan to join our website and you are a BMO retiree, on our registration form we ask if you are a member of Facebook and if you want to be ‘friended’.
  4. Once you have registered yourself on Facebook, you can ask us via our Facebook page to ‘friend’ you or use the following link to advise us:

You can 'friend' us at Bmo Pensioners | Facebook

5. You can also search for BMO pensioners on Facebook and ask us to ’friend’ you.

We hope this helps BMO retirees and members of our website who would like to enjoy the option of reading some of our material on our Facebook page. Our Facebook page has 2 features which are: 1) you can indicate if you liked the material and 2) you can also write your comments about the publication. One of the things that our Facebook friends enjoy the most is reading the many comments that are made by our members on every one of our postings.

However, as members of our website know, there are many more features that are offered to our members directly on our BMO Cyber Pensioners website and are unavailable on our Facebook page.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for the great articles and stories that they have been sending us which are enjoyed by all our members at BMO Cyber Pensioners.


BMO Cyber Pensioners

If you have any comments regarding this notice, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you.


Letter to the Editor - “Remembering Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017) and Customer Relations”

July 26, 2021

We are pleased to share the following letter we recently received from Norm Pfeifer, Victoria, British Columbia, about Thomas Mah and his amazing knowledge of his customers.

“I read the wonderful tribute to Tommy Mah dated, July 22, 2021 which brought back some fond memories of him.

I knew Tommy for many years as a fellow banker. Once while I was doing an inspection/audit at his branch in Chinatown, Vancouver, I was sitting in Tom’s office going over some findings and a customer waved at Tom from the front counter area. Tom could see him through the glass walls or door of his office. After a series of facial, hand and shoulder gestures between the two, including some fingers in the air, Tom nodded and made a gesture that looked like the customer should grab a pen and sign something at the counter. A clerk at the counter had been watching and got a piece of paper out of a drawer and got the customer to sign it. The customer waved thanks” to Tom and left. It is difficult to put in words the nonverbal communication and evidence of, "know your customer”, that took place. Priceless!

So, I asked Tom what was that all about. Tom said this long time customer was in a hurry, needed $10,000 for 3 months for sundry purposes and would pay it back from selling something. Seemed like a classic character loan to me. Documentation would follow! And I’ll bet that loan got repaid. Tom was a good one.

Tommy often went the extra mile and hosted gatherings for bankers who ‘needed’ to have lunch or dinner after downtown bank meetings. He would take us to a favourite Chinese restaurant, and because he was so well known and regarded, he was accorded special space or a room. He would order for all of us and not from a menu. The good stuff. We always appreciated experiencing how thoughtful and special he was.”

Norm Pfeifer, Victoria, British Columbia

If you have any comments regarding this story or one of your own, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you.


“A Tribute to My Father - Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017), BMO Senior Representative, Beijing, China” - by Pamela Quan, Vancouver, British Columbia

July 22, 2021

"Pamela Quan, Vancouver, British Columbia has written a tribute to her father, Thomas Mah, who was the first Chinese bank manager in BMO and in Canada.  Mr. Mah has been recognized by the Bank of Montreal and is featured on BMO’s blog in a short video. His tribute is also part of the Chinese Storytelling Centre which is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and has been sponsored by BMO with a sizeable donation.  This fall, 2021, BMO will be showcasing a slightly longer video of Mr. Mah at the opening of the Storytelling Centre.  (Links to BMO's Blog and Mr. Mah's obituary are at the end of Pam's tribute.) Click to read, "A Tribute to My Father - Thomas Mah (February 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017) BMO Senior Representative, Beijing, China."

If you have any comments regarding this story or one of your own, please contact the BMO Cyber Pensioners News team at We look forward to hearing from you.



“Power, What Power?” By Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario

July 12, 2021

"Wayne Fowler, Markham, Ontario has written an interesting and informative story about an event that happened on August 14, 2003.  It was summer and hot when a power outage occurred with significant impact for many of us. Click to read, "Power, What Power?"

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