Our Lahr Senior High Friends of the Past

Changes last made on: November 16, 2006

This memorial page is an unfortunate but important part of reminiscing and embracing our past. We would be remiss if we did not pay tribute to our treasured friends who have passed away. While losing friends is a sad reality, our fond memories will hold them forever in our hearts.

Below are memories and photos of Lahr Senior High students and friends submitted by their families.

May 11 1966-Sept 12 1998
Time spent in Lahr: 1978-1981

Submitted by sister Rhonda Adams at

My fondest memory of my older brother, while living in Germany was skiing with him at Feldberg. Living in Germany was one of Darrin's greatest loves, only one thing in life replaced that love and that was serving his country. Darrin enlisted as soon as he turned 18. After being in the military for 10 years Darrin became interested in medicine. For the last three years of his military career he served as a medic.

He was sent to Bosnia for 6 months in 1996. Within the next year he was sent to Rwanda for another 6 months. Sometime in the spring of 1998, he began reliving some of the terrible things he witnessed while serving in Rwanda and was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD (better known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). His family believes that Darrin's disorder was a direct result of the trauma he experienced while serving in Rwanda. This belief was also shared by his close friends and coworkers. Before the military or family members could help him, he sadly took his own life.

Darrin always had fond memories of living in Germany and of the many friends he made over there. He will never be forgotten, and our family will never be the same without him.

Darrin is survived by his Mother Shirley Boyd, Father MWO (ret) Leo Boyd, Sister Rhonda Adams (Boyd), Brother Jason Boyd, a niece, two nephews and many extended family members and friends. He is missed terribly.

Passed Away Oct. 12, 1999

Submitted by daughter Tracie Donesley at

My father (Richerd Donesley) and two eldest sisters made history in Lahr Senior High. My eldest sister Sheralyn and my Father both graduated grade 13 in the Lahr senior gym, while my second eldest sister graduated grade 12. They were in the school yearbook and in the paper as the only family to graduate together.

Passed away at his retirement home in Falkland BC, of heart problems, at the age of 58. He is sadly missed by my Mom Elizabeth, my sisters, Sheralyn Carrol, and Diana Evelyn, two people to whom you might remember from Germany, and his Granddaughters Kiri and Lindiana. And of course Me, Tracie Donesley. I have a lot of history in lahr and did most of my younger years there. (1978-1985) It was my home.

Passed Away: March 17, 1997
Metz (1965/1967), then attended the first Grade 12 class of Lahr Senior High (1967)

Submitted by George's sister Jackie Trafford (

Above: George Gallagher with sisters Louise, Anne, and Jackie (June 1995)

After Gr 12, George trained in Moose Jaw as a pilot but decided to return to Lahr to complete Gr. 13. He then worked in Lahr at 5AMU until 1972 at which time he entered the University of Winnipeg. In 1975, after graduating with double honours, George married Rosalind and began his 24 year career with John Deere Ltd. He was on company business when he had his accident on the outskirts of Saskatoon. George Gallagher died in a car accident along with his wife, Rosalind. George and Rosalind have two daughters (Amanda, nee 1977 and Kristi, nee 1978). George is also survived by his sisters, Jackie, Anne, Louise and mother, Iris Gallagher.

"All of us cherish the wonderful years spent in Lahr. They were some of the happiest years of our lives."

Passed Away: December 28, 1995

Submitted by brother Robert Giguere

Above left: 1983 - Grade 11, Above right: 1994

Died December 28, 1995 in Halifax, Nova Scotia of cancer, left behind husband Pat Linthorne.

Passed Away: October 4, 2006

Submitted by Sheryl (Breen) YaRight at

Passed Away: February 23, 1999

Darlene sadly passed away February 23, 1999 at 44 years of age, due to complications following surgery. Below is Darlene's message that she had requested be posted in the "Found Friends" listings before she unexpectedly passed away:

"ROACHE, Darlene (Leslie), was among the first junior classes the years of 67-69 of 1 wing.senior high. Living in Radon Hills outside the city of Dartmouth\Halifax with my husband."

Passed Away: April, 1999
Submitted by Russell Fairburn -

Steve was a long-time resident of Sulz and attended Lahr schools for several years. Many people will remember Steve as he was a unique character, in many ways older than his years.

After graduating LSHS in 1979, Steve and I worked with Mobile Support Equipment (MSE) along with Pat Wiley for several more years. Steve returned to Canada to attend the University of Calgary in 1981 and spent his subsequent years between Halifax and Victoria.

Steve was not married, but leaves behind his sister Joanne, who many may also remember from Lahr, and his father Bruce. Submitted by Russell Fairburn -

Passed Away: November 29, 1986
Submitted by father Rudy Thiessen, former LSH teacher 1971-76. Email:

Melody attended Vanier, Lahr Intermediate and Lahr Senior 1971 -1976. She was also in the Folk Group.

Melody married Delbert Penner on Nov. 29, 1986, and they had two daughters Carly (Nov. 89) and Chelsea (Jan. 95)(deceased) and son Austin (Oct. 96).

Delbert was killed in a car accident on Jan. 15, 1997. Melody was diagnosed with leukemia in March of 1997. Parents Rudy (Lahr Sr. 71 -76) and Susaan (Gutenberg 72 -76) are now parenting the two children.

Passed Away: September 21, 2003
Submitted by: brother Dave Wilkins

Lahr 1971-76
Brian Wilkins died suddenly at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital on September 21, 2003 at the young age of 43. He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine, two sons, Jeff of Bracebridge & Eric of New Brunswick, daughter in laws Heather and Alicia, granddaughter, Jessica, parents, Jim & Audrey Wilkins of Sydenham, brother, David Wilkins, sister Susan Ungar and her husband, Bob, nephews Garrett, Sean, Alex, and Mitchell all of Kingston.

Also left to mourn the loss is mother-in-law, Anastasia Maika, sisters in law, Pat & Cheryl, brother in law Rob, and niece Stephanie all of Pickering.

Brian was raised in a military family that found themselves posted in places like Germany, Borden, and Kingston. When he became a father, he followed family tradition by joining the military himself. He joined Correctional Services Canada and worked at Kingston Penitentiary for a number of years until transferring to the Muskoka area to work at Beaver Creek Institution. It was there that he met and fell in love with Lorraine who would become his wife for a brief four years. His sons Jeff & Eric also moved to Muskoka to be with their dad, and he couldn’t have been happier or prouder. He enjoyed fishing, playing a friendly round of golf, curling, and building. His favourite times were with family and friends.

He will forever be remembered for his kind face, his love of laughter, love of children, and so much more. He remains forever in our hearts.

As expressions of sympathy donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Sick Children’s Hospital.

If you are aware of a Lahr Senior High student, teacher or other person who associated with the high school who has passed away, please send me a message with the information at Contributions on this page can only be posted with the contributor's email address. If you'd like to add a message sharing your memories of anyone featured on this page, please send them to Thank you. This page is a part of Claire Gagne's Lahr Senior High School Web Site