January 7, 2010

Lloyd Probert plans to attend Central Reunion with his children and sister

Lloyd Probert as a child before attending school at Central Collegiate, left, in this submitted photograph. At right, Ll
Lloyd Probert as a child before attending school at Central Collegiate, left, in this submitted photograph. At right, Lloyd Probert looks over an album of family photographs. He will be attending the CCI centennial reunion this summer.
22 Dec 2009

Central Collegiate will holds it 100th year reunion in July 2010. In our series on former graduates, the Times-Herald spoke to former Moose Jaw opthamologist Lloyd Probert. Probert, who lives in Moose Jaw with his wife Coralie, graduated from Central Collegiate in 1939.

His father Frank Probert was an optometrist and ran F.B. Probert, next to the Capitol Theatre on Main Street.

Probert, 88, is looking forward to the Central reunion — which will be a family affair. Five of Probert’s six children also went to Central as did his sister, now Sylvia Farley, and they are all planning to attend the reunion. “I suppose there will be quite a few friends there although I do not think there are many who are still in Moose Jaw,” he said.

Probert said his best subjects were chemistry and physics. “I enjoyed sports at Central,” Probert said. “They were a good bunch of people there.” After graduating, he went to the University of Saskatchewan to study medicine. He graduated just as the Second World War was ending and got out of the army in 1945.

Probert then spent three years working in Craik before going to Toronto to study ophthalmology to become an eye specialist. He came back to Moose in 1952 and did not retire until 1997. Probert said he has enjoyed living in Moose Jaw. “It’s not too big. I’m still sort of an old farm boy, although I never lived on a farm,” he said.
“I lived in town and walked to school. We lived up on North Hill.”

Probert is good friends with Lyle Phillips who will also be attending the reunion. But he said it was after graduating that they became friends. “We were friends after he finished law school but not at Central because he was three or four years behind. You usually did not associate with the younger ones.”
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