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Brereton, Tina

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  • Person
  • [19--]-

Tina Brereton, née Baines, was a dancer in the first all-Canadian Black chorus line in Montreal.

Buell, John

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  • Person
  • 1927-2013

John Buell was born in Montreal July 31, 1927 and died on December 29, 2013. In 1952 he married Audrey Smith. They had four children: Katherine, Frank, Andrea, and Tony. John Buell attended St. Aloysius Grammar School, Catholic High School, and Loyola College from 1944-1950, graduating with a B.A. cum laude. He began teaching English at Loyola College in 1950. He obtained an M.A. (1954) and a Ph. D. (1961) in English Literature at Université de Montréal. In 1965-1966 John Buell joined the newly created Department of Communication Arts (later Communication Studies) at Loyola College and, after the 1974 merger of Loyola College with Sir George Williams University to form Concordia University, he remained at Concordia University until retiring in 1987.

John Buell began writing radio dramas around 1947 for the St. Genesius Players Guild (the Genesians) in Montreal. He wrote four novels as well as short plays and other pieces. From 1955 to 1965 he was editor of Unity, the newsletter of Montreal's Benedict Labre House. He directed plays for the Loyola College Dramatic Society. He published the following novels: The Pyx (1959), Four Days (1962), The Shrewsdale Exit (1972), Playground (1976), and A Lot To Make Up For (1990). His novels have been published in some 40 editions and seven languages. Hollywood produced a film in 1973 from his novel The Pyx. A Canadian company produced a film version of Four Days in 1998. The Shrewsdale Exit was made into a film in France in 1973 under the title L'Agression, starring Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Burns, Patricia

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  • Person
  • [19--]-

Patricia Burns was born in Montreal. She graduated from St. Joseph Teachers College and Concordia University. She was a teacher for 32 years and is now retired. Patricia Burns has a passion for Irish Heritage. She is the author of The Shamrock and the Shield: an Oral History of the Irish in Montreal (1998) and of They were so young: Montrealers remember World War II (2002), published by Véhicule Press, Montreal. She is also a former director of St. Patrick's Society. She received the Liam Daly Heritage Award from the United Irish Societies of Montreal Inc. in 2006.

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