By Joe DeFelice


            The Canton High School Class of 1959 recently celebrated its 50th Class Reunion with a weekend of reminiscing, nostalgia, and fun by 61 classmates out of the original 108 who graduated.  In addition to those who attended, a number of spouses and friends were also there.  Eighteen of the graduates have passed away.


            The festivities began with an informal brunch and get-together at the Turnpike Café in Canton attended by 30 classmates, former teachers, and former basketball coach, Ralph Clough.  From there, the reunion shifted to the Pilgrim Sands Resort in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  One the first day, the class attended a luncheon prepared by the Reunion Committee and others who brought the food, coolers, and beverages on the beach-front patio at the resort.


            The following day, the class attended a continental breakfast; and for lunch, many went downtown to the famous Isaac’s Restaurant overlooking picturesque Plymouth Harbor.  That evening, the class went to the Stoneforge Restaurant next to the Pilgrim Sands for a delicious buffet dinner and an evening of reminiscing, watching old football game films, looking through pictures of former class reunions, and renewing friendships.  A DJ provided 1950’s music for dancing.


            In order to put this event together, the Reunion Committee met once a month over the past year and a half, and thanks go out to the Committee members, Mary Roache Harding, Sue White O’Neill, Virginia Flanagan Gurley, Diane Bronco Franco, Chippy Wood Gavin, Diane Abramowitz Glenn, Judy Daily Marcone, Ed Berardi, and the leader and class president, Archie Radden.


            Classmates who attended came from Alaska, California, South Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Arkansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and many parts of Massachusetts, including nine who still live in Canton.  Dennis Brooks from Anchorage, Alaska, and Charlie Wendall and David MacBeth from California traveled the greatest distance.


            On the last day, many gathered for a breakfast buffet and for final goodbyes, while promising to keep in touch; and all agreed it was a fun filled weekend for the Canton High School Class of 1959, the first class to graduate from the present Canton High School.



For class photo:  Members of Canton High School Class of 1959 gather for a group photo at their 50th reunion.