Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 17, 2018

Cornwall (Classical) College 1948-1968

On the 50th Anniversary of the closing of Cornwall College (Cornwall Classical College), 150 college alumni, faculty and friends gathered at Cornwall’s Nav Centre for a reunion.  Many of those in attendance at that September 15, 2018 event also attended a similar reunion in 2013. Some had likewise gathered at St. Lawrence College for a reunion in 2008.  A photo album from that event can be accessed at this LINK.

They gathered to renew friendships and to reminisce of days gone by and a time that was formative for them.

They also expressed their gratitude for the religious who gave so much of themselves.  The school was founded by the Clerics of St. Viator.  Alexandria-Cornwall’s Monsignor Rejean Lebrun and Bishop Luc Bouchard of Trois-Rivières were among those who expressed their appreciation for what they received while students at the former combined high school and university. Monsignor Lebrun, who took a turn addressing the assembly, was a student of College Classique between 1950 and 1958.

The buffet supper Saturday night was truly a feast.  Two potato soup was followed by Summerstown salad.  The main course included beef, chicken and salmon, while the entrees included potatoes, snap peas and carrots.  The cheese cake rounds were delicious.

Our Associate Curator was an invited guest; after dinner he was presented with some memorabilia of the school.

Pictured above is Normand Allaire who donated his school ring and school gym shorts to the SD&G Historical Society for its collection at the Cornwall Community Museum. In his professional career, Allaire served as President and CEO of Runnymede Healthcare Centre (1984-2005) and later as a Canadian Citizenship Judge (2006-2012).

His donation inspired Wayne Gosselin to contribute his school sweater, pictured above.  The sweater’s label indicates that the garment was purchased from historic Cornwall retailer, Marcel Raymond.  The 413 Montreal Road store, pictured below, had the motto:  “Male attire that women admire.”

Some other alumni indicated that they, too, plan to add their cherished school memorabilia to the growing collection at the Museum.  We appreciate these donations entrusted to us and look forward to that which is yet to come in order that it may be shared with the larger community.

More photos from the reunion can be viewed at this LINK.

Subsequently a 1964 champion Classics football jacket was donated; the article can be found at this LINK.

To view our post on historic East Lorneville and the college, please follow this LINK.



  1. It is a beautiful display of a grand event. THank you.
    I would like to donate my husbands football jacket of the classics. Bernard was a FB and the star football player when they won the Q.I.F.L division in 1964 as well as Cornwall’s athlete of the year. Please let me know if you are interested. 613 932 1360

    • As per our phone chat just now, we’d be delighted to include this in our collection. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Cornwall Industry

A Cornwall Community Museum Blog

Cornwall Canal and Shipping History

A Cornwall Community Museum Publication

Cornwall Community Museum

In The Wood House at the waterfront, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

%d bloggers like this: