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Lemay, Noël, 1890-1967
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Noël Lemay was born on December 25, 1890 in Garthby. He is the son of Pierre Lemay (d. 1899) and Arthémise Lepage (d. 1923).
In 1899, the family home in Garthby burned down following a large fire that also destroyed almost a third of the village of Garthby. Noël's family emigrated to the United States. Noël studied in East Hampton (Massachusetts, USA) from 1899 to 1904. His stay in East Hampton allowed him to study in English, but also to visit Boston and to discover many facets of American culture, notably the abundance of visual arts and photography. He became perfectly bilingual, which eventually opened many doors for him.
Noël married Marie-Louisa (Lauza) Campeau on July 17, 1916. They had 15 children, one of whom died at birth and another in his first year of life.
Noël was the local administrator for the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company from 1917 to 1930. Due to the Great Depression of 1929, the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company closed its Garthby office in 1930. Noël and his family moved to Bishopton. Noel worked for Mr. Sydney Bishop's casket making business there.
In the 1940's, Noël and his family moved to Ville Saint-Laurent (Montreal).
There, Noël worked for an architect for a few years. His mandates led him to design architectural details, and furniture, ornaments and decorations in large stores in Montreal.
He died on September 2, 1967 in Ville Saint-Laurent at the age of 76. His wife Lauza died in February 1976 in Montreal.
Garthby (now Beaulac-Garthby), from 1890 to 1899, then from 1904 to 1930.
Bishopton, from 1930 to the mid 1940s.
Ville St. Laurent (Montreal), from the mid-1940s until his death in 1967.
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Administrator of the Brompton Pulp and Paper local office from the mid-1910's to 1929 .
From 1930 to the mid 40's, Noël worked for Mr. Sydney Bishop’s casket manufacturing company in Bishopton, bringing his talents as a cabinetmaker and manager.
From the mid 40's to the end of the 50's, he worked as a designer for an architect in Montreal.
Noël displayed many talents throughout his life. As a young adult, he acquired a camera, set up a darkroom on the third floor of his family home and developed his own photographs. He drew and painted throughout his life. He graduated from the Washington School of Art after taking its correspondence courses. He drew plans for houses and boats, plans for the manufacture of furniture, plans for the layout of department stores in downtown Montreal and plans for many other projects. He mastered the piano, the church organ and the violin. In addition, he was recognized as a very talented singer with a beautiful baritone voice. His repertoire was extensive, ranging from ragtime to classical works. He made furniture, windows, frames and doors, toys, marquetry, and many other projects throughout his life.
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Noël Lemay was the son of Pierre Lemay and Arthémise Lepage. His grand-father, François-Xavier Lemay established himself and his family in Garthby around 1861. A map by Putnam and Gray (https://www.townshipsarchives.ca/putnam-and-gray-garthby-and-stratford-townships-sections), created in 1863, shows the location of François-Xavier Lemay's lot on what was then the Chemin Mégantic, on the Longue Pointe in Garthby, as well as the lake crossing that he operated.
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