Alan McFarlane

Cheers to 71 years

Oak Bay High grads don't give up on reunion get together

Alan McFarlane, Bobby Murray and Audrey Cridge Finch shared a toast before a celebratory 71st anniversary Oak Bay High reunion lunch at Nar Café Bistro last week.

The trio had hoped to gather a larger group for their 70th anniversary, but illness and injury delayed the party. Though small in numbers and reaching age 90, they were prepared to “make the most of it,” said Finch.

“It’s such a business to try and collect all those people,” the Oak Bay resident said. But she persevered and the three, who graduated in 1942 finally got together to reminisce a year late.

Finch and Murray née Heenan, started school together in 1930 and have continued to keep in touch, though Murray now lives in Vancouver. McFarlane, a retired judge, travelled from Shawnigan Lake for the reunion.