Dalhousie Station, Quebec was the mailing address on both sides of the border, including for our farm in Bridge End.
Rural families have always shopped at Levac’s. Gilles took quiet pride in the fact that his sausages were on the breakfast tables of our many relatives in Detroit as often as someone could take them there. When his son Stephane assumed ownership of the store, Gilles assisted regularly, until quite recently. Skilled in his trade, hard-working by nature, and a congenial, efficient businessman behind the counter, Gilles earned the respect he was given in the community and within his family.
It is no surprise that so many neighbours and friends came from to pay their respects at his funeral. Jeffrey McDonell captured Gilles’ essence in an affectionate eulogy. He presented his grandfather as a man of contrasts. Imposing in stature, strong as an ox, quiet by nature and economical in speech, Gilles was often mistaken to be gruff and formidable. Quite the opposite was true. To his family, Pa or Papa was gentle and kind; firm, yes, but with a great sense of humour.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Ella Simpson and Florence Claude, Dec. 16; Pam Giroux on the 17th; Heather Basler on the 18th and Bruce MacDonell on the 20th. Patricia Simpson winds up the month with a birthday on the 28th.
Enjoy the day!