Five decades of body work

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“Make sure that you write that all our jobs are 100 per cent guar­an­teed,” says Lise Larocque.

She is ob­vi­ously proud of the work done at Ray’s Body Shop, the Alexandria busi­ness her hus­band, Ray­mond, started in 1967.

There is no sub­sti­tute for ex­pe­ri­ence, notes Ray­mond Larocque’s son, Chris­tian, who grew up work­ing along­side his fa­ther in the shop on County Road 25 south of Alexandria.

Spe­cial­iz­ing in auto col­li­sion re­pairs and frame straight­en­ing, the Laroc­ques have han­dled ev­ery sort of job over the years, says Chris­tian, who is man­ager of the op­er­a­tion.

“I was born do­ing this,” re­marks 30-year em­ployee Fern Lalonde, as he buffs the roof of a stretch limou­sine.

Ver­sa­tile

“We work on all sorts of ve­hi­cles. Over the last few days, we have an Audi, a Mercedes, a BMW,” re­lates Chris­tian Larocque. “It doesn’t mat­ter what it is, we can fix it.”

In the lot stands a mas­sive camper trailer. It is here be­cause of an al­most un­de­tectable blem­ish in its paint job.

“Busi­ness is steady. There are a lot of col­li­sions with deer,” ob­serves Mr. Larocque.

Dents and rust keep the shop hop­ping. Plus, there is the ve­hi­cle sales line. “In the last few years, we have been sell­ing used cars. Last week, we sold a snow­mo­bile,” says Mr. Larocque.

EX­PE­RI­ENCED HANDS: (Above left) “I was born do­ing this,” re­marks Fern Lalonde. (Above) Chris­tian Larocque ex­am­ines a stretch limo. (Be­low) Ray­mond Larocque with son, Chris­tian, at Ray’s Body Shop.

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