DCVI grads of the 40s and 50s convene for The Silver Fox Reunion

From left, George Cifa, Paul Hovey, Mike Brogden, Barb Fletcher, Tom Scott and Wayne Cousins enjoyed catching up following lunch under the tent at Stone Willow Inn Wednesday afternoon. The group are all DCVI graduates from the mid-to-late 1950s. Some still live in and around St. Marys, while others have settled in other communities around the province, including London, Sarnia and Tiverton. They said they intend to spread the word about the Silver Fox Reunion to other 1950s DCVI graduates for next year’s reunion.

Betty Bodd, left, and St. Marys DCVI grads Jim Rankin (class of '47) and Joan Carr (class of '56) stuck around after lunch Wednesday to do some socializing at the annual Silver Fox Reunion of DCVI graduates from the 1940s and 1950s.
Betty Bodd, left, and St. Marys DCVI grads Jim Rankin (class of ’47) and Joan Carr (class of ’56) stuck around after lunch Wednesday to do some socializing at the annual Silver Fox Reunion of DCVI graduates from the 1940s and 1950s.

The origins of the Silver Fox Reunion, for DCVI grads from the 1940s and 1950s, stretches back a number of years ago to when it was mainly just a gathering for female grads, longtime organizer Helen Blakeley said. “It was just with the girls first, and then we invited the husbands, which was a mistake,” she joked Wednesday under the tent at Stone Willow Inn.a

Originally a 1940s-grad centred event, Blakeley said they eventually widened the scope to include 1950s graduates “because so many of us were dying off.”

As the event grew, they moved it, about five years ago, to the Wildstone Bar & Grill at the Stone Willow Inn. For the past two years, they’ve been outside under the tent.

One of the event’s younger attendees, Wayne Cousins, said he intends to spread the word about the event to more graduates from the 1950s to make the 2017 reunion even bigger.

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