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Liz Hooker, nee Reeves (1958-65)
I taught in London and Hampshire, then after
marrying David Hooker in 1972, taught in Buckinghamshire. We lived in
southern Iran for two years in 1976, then moved to Ontario, Canada in 1978.
We have lived in St. Catharines (near Niagara Falls) for 25 years in a beautiful
area, one minute's walk from Lake Ontario.
Our daughter, Caroline, 28, is
a pharmacy technician. Her wedding to Greg took place over the weekend of
the largest blackout in North American history, in August 2003, but we all had a
wonderful day despite the difficulties! Our grand-daughter, Julia, is
nearly 7 years old, and loves swimming, gymnastics and piano. They live
very close to us and we see them several times a week. Greg's daughter
from his previous marriage is the same age as Julia - good company for each
Our son, Andrew, 26, graduated from his flying programme at college
in 2001 as a commercial pilot and lives at home at the moment. He works as
a flight instructor, charter and sight-seeing pilot, and hopes to be hired soon
by a subsidiary of Air Canada.
I am still teaching 11-14 year olds in St.
Catharines, and take my students winter camping "up north" each year for a week
in the cold and snow! Among other activities, we snowshoe, cross-country
ski, abseil down a frozen cliff face, and jump into a hole that has been hacked
in the frozen lake! Crazy, but the kids love it!
David returned from China
two and a half years ago, after spending several years there working as an
engineer. He is still at home out of choice and hasn't yet decided if he
is finally retired! I am keeping him busy renovating our home. It's
wonderful coming home after a day at school to a cooked meal, the laundry done
and all the grocery shopping done and put away. We are looking forward to
perhaps being able to fly with cheap fares in the near future, so we may meet up
with our old school friends sooner than later!
Also, I have a couple of pictures from my
daughter Caroline's wedding:-
Jean James (Turney), and my twin brother,
at the reception
Me with Caroline and my mum
(those who went to Braintcroft might remember her)