In order to negotiate your way through the biographies of my Great Aunties and Uncles, please click on the links below.
Marie-Anne Bathilda Gallant 1917-1995 (my grandmother)
Gladys Gallant 1927-
I have reached out to many people through interviews and brave connections. It isn’t always easy, but using narrative style, some times you can pick up little clues and start gluing the bits of memory together. Milton Mackinnon was very generous in his recollections of living in Summerside and knowing my family.
“I used to talk to Gladys every so often at Gentle Jims Resturant where she used to have breakfast with a couple of her girl friends. We used to live In the old Jim MacNeil building APT.on the corner just on the other side of Sugar & Gabe,s place. The old K OF C ( Knights of Columbus Hall ) was between our place & Gabe,s don,t know if you remember that building or not? Also Butch & I went to school together in the early years at the old parish centre on the corner of Notre Dame & Central St. The church was up stairs. The building is no longer there. Where the church is now used to be our play ground!”
Received this e mail March 2016.
“I am Butche,s age 66 & remember all those boys when I was a kid from being in the old house all the time. I remember things like Fred used to watch the dollar & Edward used to be a great bowler. For the matter of fact I used to bowl with him with the Legion league . Pyouche was married to Vete at that time & he was away for some time in Ontario then moved back & married Peggy also a great person. Calace the shoe maker used to like to make jokes in kind of a dry way at least with us kids. Phillip ( Zip ) was an avid Hocky fan. You could hear him roaring over everybody! lol Earl & Inez were a very nice couple. Always smiling. I remember Inez years ago that she was beautiful!
The girls I knew best was Gladys & Millie When we lived next to them ( GABES) there was Earl & Inez Pam & maybe Bobby. Vete & Pyouche little Earl & Wayne I think. maybe just Earl Millie & son Dougy, Gladys & son Butch along with Gabe & Sugar all in the same house but all had their own privacy. Amazing people, great family.”
Gabien Avis (Avit) (Gabriel) GALLANT (Gabe a Lip)
- Birth 19 Feb 1889 in Mont Carmel, Prince, L’ile Du Prince Edouard
- Death 21 Jul 1965 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
- As a child and in my little world, Papie was the ONLY Gallant…but, since growing up and doing research about my Grandmother Mathilda Marie (Tilly) Gallant, I have been able to go back, in some cases, ten generations to France. These pages will share at least bits of my family history, while no where near what I have collected and organized in other formats. If you have any connection to my line, I’d love to hear from you.
Unknown male, Great Auntie Adeline, my Great Grandfather Gabriel Gallant
This photo was taken on the day of my Great Grandmother’s (Mamie) funeral.
MILDRED (MAMIE) ARSENAULT
Born July 20, 1889 and died January 21, 1964
GABRIEL (Papie) GALLANT
Born February 19, 1882 and died July 21, 1965
Back Row: Uncle Earl and Inez Gallant, Mike and Aunt Marjorie Kyncha, Wyman (Philip’s son) Uncle Philip and Mildred Gallant, Clarence (Tommy) and Marie-Anne Baltilde (Tillie) Thompson, Graham, Bob and Gordon (the late Joe Gallant’s sons) Navita and Uncle Henry Gallant, Millie (uncle Joe’s widow) and Lou Hogan.
Front Row: Betty (Calice’s daughter), Kay and Uncle Calice Gallant, Aunt Gladys Gallant, Aunt Mary (Mamie’s sister), Gabriel (Papie) Gallant, Aunt Adelaine (wife of James Fardy), Aunt Millie and Uncle Fred, Philip and Jackie Arsenault (Mamie’s brother), Uncle Edward and Mildred Gallant)