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A bunch of retired credit guys

November 9, 2018


Every few months a few retired credit guys in the Oakville area get together for some good conversation and supper.  It’s great to hear how everyone is doing and all their travels to exotic places. A lot of these faces might not be familiar as we spent more time on the phone than talking in person so I will give names starting from the left side: Dave Lowe, Ron Patterson, Brendan Saunders, Bill Matthews, Jack Kearns, Dave Lusby, John Luhovy, John Cox, Frank Granger. 


Submitted by Ron Patterson.



BOMPA Northern Alberta October 2018 Newsletter

November 4, 2018

The BOMPA Northern Alberta October Newsletter is now available. 

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

Association Newsletters

Thanks to Bill Gilmour for the information.


Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador Pensioners’ Luncheon - October 17th, 2018

November 1, 2018


We have pictures from the Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador pensioners' luncheon held at Clovelly Golf Club on October 17th, 2018.

Please CLICK HERE to view the pictures.

Submitted by Karen Brake, Branch Manager.


Announcement: BOMPA Northern Alberta Christmas Luncheon

November 1, 2018

The BOMPA Northern Alberta Christmas Luncheon will be held on Wednesday December 12th, 2018 at the Chateau Louis 11727 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, For costs and registration information, see the Event Announcements.

Thanks to Donna Brausen for the information.


Montreal Pensioners' Luncheon - October 25th, 2018

October 31, 2018


We have pictures from the Montreal Pensioners' Luncheon held on October 25th, 2018. To view these pictures. CLICK HERE.

Submitted by Daniel Jarry.



New Regional Representative for Vancouver Island

October 30, 2018

Joan Firkins is our new regional representative for Vancouver Island taking over from Donna Whitford. Welcome Joan and thanks to Donna! Below is a short biography of Joan.

Joined BMO in 1961 at the age of 17 and worked 40 years to the day, retiring August 28, 2001. Started at Broadway and Yew, then went to Main branch in Port Coquitlam and was later transferred as Manager to Westwood Mall branch in Port Coquitlam. Transferred as Manager to Shelbourne & Pear branch in Victoria in 1978, then to University of Victoria branch, James Bay branch (twice), Fort & Bank branch and finally as a Financial Services Manager, Main Office, Victoria. After retiring, I took up lawn bowling and now am a competitive lawn bowler throughout the summers. I am also very involved in Rotary and have served at all levels (club, District and Zone) and was the first woman District Governor in our District in 2005-06. I have now been a member for 26 years and am passionate about the global goal of Rotary to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. For a link to a local story about Joan, CLICK HERE .

Lower Mainland (BC) Pensioners Lunch

October 27, 2018

On October 23rd thirty five pensioners met for lunch at the Clayton Public House in Cloverdale.  It was great to see so many faces that we don’t normally see at the quarterly lunches at the Arbutus Club.  Plans are to continue to organize these “ad hoc” lunches in an effort to bring out more of the lower mainland group.  To stay informed about future plans, consider joining BOMPA (Bank of Montreal Pensioners Association).  To read the rest, CLICK HERE    

Submitted by Ron Gillies


BC Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island Credit Lunch (otherwise known as the “Old Guys Semi-Annual Lunch)

October 27, 2018

For a few years, a group of former commercial lenders has been meeting alternatively in Ladner and Sidney, BC for lunch.  Twice a year, Spring and Fall, once in each location. On Oct 25th we met in Sidney – four Lower Mainlanders and one from Salt Spring Island were picked up at the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal and whisked to a gathering of Vancouver Islanders.  As the pictures indicate, we had a very pleasant time and renewed old acquaintances, solved current political and economic quandaries and mapped a clear path for our beloved former employer to regain and/or maintain top dog status in the financial world.  To read the rest, CLICK HERE    

Thanks Earl Hansford for sharing.


2018 New Brunswick Pensioners Luncheon

October 26, 2018

The 2018 BMO Pensioners Luncheon was held on Wednesday, October 17th at the Kingswood Golf Course in Fredericton. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with old friends and to make new acquaintances during the cocktail hour.

Attendance was good with 66 pensioners in attendance. Saint John and Fredericton each represented approximately 35% of those in attendance, while the last 30% were from different locations around the province. 

To read the rest, CLICK HERE    

Thanks Susan Parker for sharing.



October 23, 2018

On a bright and sunny day in October, the BOMPA Vancouver Island group of about 40 met at the B.C. Aviation Museum for our Annual General Meeting, followed by a delicious lunch! After lunch we were treated to a talk about the BC Aviation Museum by the husband of our newly elected Secretary Jean Rollins – both she and her husband are very active volunteers with the Museum. 

To read the rest, CLICK HERE    

Thanks Joan Firkins for sharing.


Club 25 Newsletters

October 27, 2018

We have the latest French and English Club 25 newsletters. See Association Newsletters on the right.





B O M P A Okanagan, Thompson & Kootenay Chapter Fall Meeting

October 23, 2018

The B O M P A  Okanagan, Thompson & Kootenay Chapter Fall Meeting was held on Thursday,  October 18th, 2018 at the Kelowna Springs Golf Club. Following brief remarks from Denis Knox and an introduction the new leadership team, Dave Murison and  Vince Lemke entertained the group with a number of jokes. The 28 members in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Our guest speaker was Craig Tostenson, a local pharmacist,  who spoke to us about 'medication adherence'.  To read the complete news CLICK HERE 

Thanks Linda Engels for sharing

Invitation to Reserve: BMOFGPE - Central Ontario Chapter - Holiday Luncheon at the IFL

October 23, 2018

Date: Friday December 14th, 2018,  at noon
Cost: $40.00 (must be paid to confirm reservation)
Location: IFL
Menu: Click here - vegetarian selection will be available.
Cash bar available including beer and wine
Deadline for reservation: November 23rd, 2018

You do not have to be a BOMPA member to attend this lunch.  Please note: 30 out of 60 seats are already confirmed. Reservation honoured on First Come, First Served. For details on this luncheon and how to register, CLICK HERE

Sent by Mary Zito, Past Chair BMOFGPECOC, on behalf of Terry Miller, JoAnne Peach, and Eileen Nixon, Co-Organizers of the COC 2018 Holiday Luncheon 

Letter to the Editor

October 18, 2018

Ron Patterson, Burlington, Ontario, wrote to us recently about how he is enjoying his retirement and has gotten a different perspective on BMO and for that matter life as well.  Retirement is what you make it.

Click to read how he got a new viewpoint.

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

London Bankers Luncheon at Elm Hurst on Oct 16th 2018

October 18, 2018

London Bankers got together on October 16, 2018 and had a lunch at the Elm Hurst Inn in Ingersoll.   

For more pictures see the Photo Gallery.

Thanks Chuck for sharing


BOMPA Southern Alberta Fall 2018 Newsletter

October 18, 2018

The latest BOMPA Southern Alberta Newsletter is now available. 

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

Association Newsletters

Thanks to Gillian McKinnon for the information.


BMO Obits and Retirements

October 16, 2018

We have the latest obituaries and retirements from BMO. Please Click BMO Publications on the right.



BMOFG Pensioned Employees - Central Ontario Chapter Meeting Summary

October 16, 2018

The Quarterly meeting of the BMOFG Central Ontario Chapter was held on Thursday October 11th at the IFL in Toronto. During this meeting, we also held the Annual General meeting. In attendance were 55 members including 7 new members.

CLICK HERE for the complete description.


Toronto RSA Childrens' Holiday Party

October 3, 2018


On Saturday, November 17 (either in the morning or afternoon) the annual RSA Childrens' Holiday Party will be held. The registration deadline is October 19..


See Ticket Offers for registration information. Note that a personal email address is OK   



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November 13, 2018
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November 12, 2018
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November 11, 2018
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Donald Dorais of Moncton, NB

October 27, 2018
Wendy Chung of Toronto, ON
Linda Leger of Grande Digue, NB
Pablo Bernal of Dorval, QC
Janice Ross of Saint John, NB

October 25, 2018
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October 23, 2018
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October 22, 2018
Charles 'Carlos' B. De Souza of Markham, ON

October 20, 2018
Renate Bille of Etobicoke, ON

October 18, 2018
Heather O'Brien of Courtice, ON
Sharon Shannon-Cahill of Hanwell, NB
G. Mary Carver of Bentley, AB
Julia Molloy of Tillsonburg, ON

October 16, 2018
Mohamed Arif Arab of Ajax, ON

October 13, 2018
Howard Beck of Calgary, AB
Daniel Lahaie of Toronto, ON

October 10, 2018
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October 1, 2018
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Mario Tranquille of Quebec, QC
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