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Remembering Patricia JONES Dalton ’51

Remembering Patricia JONES Dalton ’51

Pat was a beloved member of our BSS Community. An Old Girl, a mother, a grandmother and a dear friend; Pat was all of these to us and so much more.

Pat, pictured fifth from left in the back row, enjoying time in Palm Springs with Old Girls and friends.

I first met Pat when I had the joy of teaching her granddaughter, Katie Farrow the very first year I came to BSS and the only year I taught at the school! Katie was in my Grade 2 class and she loved to share stories about her family. So it was a great treat to enjoy our end of year class party at Pat’s daughter, Susan and son in law, Craig’s house. Pat and I had met earlier in the year when she would proudly visit the school to see her granddaughters Katie and Emily, always with her lovely husband, Peter. At the party we laughed and laughed over the antics of twenty Grade 2 students and I loved meeting Scottie, her grandson.

Fast forward many years, and I had the good fortune to return to Toronto and become the Head of BSS. How wonderful to reconnect with Pat again. Lo and behold Pat had another granddaughter coming to BSS and the joy and pride she shared seeing Lauren join our Junior School was
an absolute treat.

If you were lucky enough to know Pat (and she had many, many good friends associated with BSS) then you know what I mean when I recall her gentle laugh and warm smile and her absolute love of her school. Jill BLAKEY ’02 and I shared dozens of cookies and countless cups of tea talking with Pat. Whether it was planning an alumnae event together, or sharing an update on her loved ones, we adored every time Pat came to visit. When Jill shared news last year that she was expecting a baby, she recalls Pat’s delight and genuine interest in her well-being; Pat’s instinct was to be compassionate and nurturing with everyone she encountered.

Pat’s good friends from the Class of 1951 came together many times over the years, but a favourite time of ours was when Pat and Peter hosted a BSS get together at their home in Delray Beach, Florida. Laughter, the kind that can only happen when close friends who have known each other for over 65 years, was the order of the day.

Pat thought of everything to make our luncheon a special one, including conscripting Peter to host the men for their own lunch because, as Pat put it, “We want them to be comfortable and we have so much to catch up on!’ Always thoughtful, always caring about everyone else and always a cherished Old Girl, mother, grandmother and wonderful friend of BSS.

We miss you, Pat, but we know that your family will continue to be a part of the fabric of BSS. If they are lucky, they may just catch a glimpse of young Pat adjusting her Chapel veil, heading up the old wooden stairs to the art studio, or even enjoying the Student Centre Garden that she and Peter so thoughtfully supported.

A photo of Pat at her family’s cottage in Woodmere, taken in 2013.

In recognition of Pat’s longstanding relationship with The Bishop Strachan School, her family has established a scholarship in her name. To contribute to The Patricia JONES Dalton 1951 Scholarship Fund, please contact Advancement at 416-483-4325, ext. 1872, or visit the BSS website to donate online by directing contributions to ‘Other – In Memory of Pat JONES Dalton.’

Former BSS Head of School Deryn Lavell is a highly respected educational leader with over 30 years of experience. With a Masters of Educational Administration and Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria, B.C., Ms. Lavell’s career has spanned the classrooms of Alert Bay, Prince Rupert, and Victoria, B.C., to increasingly senior roles in the United Arab Emirates and Canada, and her time as Head of BSS from 2009–2017. Deryn is now the Head of Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda.

*Archival photos courtesy of BSS Museum and Archives

By Deryn Lavell
Vol 1 2018-19