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Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award

Cindy & Gerry Tibbo

Cindy & Gerry Tibbo


Cindy Bray was born to Albert Bray and Viola Pine. One of nine children, she attended Sarsfield School and then Saint Gabriel's. cindy and gerry have a lifelong friendship going to her cousin todds house she was five and i was eight Gerry was born to Juliette and Gerald Tibbo. One of six children, Gerry also attended Sarsfield School before his family briefly moved to LaSalle before they moved back to Point St. Charles and he attended James Lyng High School. Lifelong friends, Cindy and Gerry were married in St. Gabriel's Church in 1985. Together they have three children: Todd, Victoria, and Ashley.

Cindy and Gerry have long been church volunteers. Cindy sang in the St. Gabriel's Choir, performing in cabaret and Christmas shows. She also volunteered her cooking skills for the resident priests and seminarians. Gerry was also a member of St. Gabriel's Choir, where he sang duets with Lisa Forget for concerts and weddings.

Together, along with Terry Clahane and Darleen Marchand, they catered various church events. They ran the Parish's bingo evenings, flee markets, helped with the children's liturgy, and numerous other activities. They continue to help with the Parish's Christmas basket program, lenten lunches, and two yearly fundraisiing breakfasts in support of the children making their first communions and who are being confirmed.

Cindy and Gerry both volunteered their time toward the Point St. Charles Aces youth football organization. For many years, Cindy worked at the canteen on game days and Gerry coached and served as vice president for over twenty years.

In 2012 Gerry was inducted in the Point St. Charles Hall of Recognition. Also in 2012, both Cindy and Gerry received the Parish Volunteer of the Year Award, presented annually at the Gary Clahane Golf Tournament.

The United Irish Societies of Montreal is pleased to present the 2018 Simon McDonaugh Humanitarian Award to Cindy Bray and Gerry Tibbo for their dedication to their community.


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Simon McDonaugh

The United Irish Societies lost a dear and valued member in 1992, when Simon McDonaugh passed away and, in 1993, an award was established for the community to remember Mr. McDonaugh's dedication to his heritage and to the humanitarian acts committed during his life. Mr. McDonaugh’s association with the United Irish Societies and the St. Patrick's Parade were long standing. From 1940 to 1979 he served the organization and the annual parade as its Chief Deputy Marshal. During those years he was the inspiration to the marshals and members for the successful implementation of the parades. For many years he took the responsibility, with his colleagues, to build the reviewing stands for dignitaries to review the parades. In later years, Mr. McDonaugh was presented with a Gold Card Membership in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and faithful service to the United Irish Societies and to the annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The memory of Mr. McDonaugh’s humanitarian lifestyle lives on through this award.

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