Your grandfather was my paternal uncle.I met your mother, my cousin Antoinette a few times while she was alive.I will gladly give you as much information on the Yazbeck family as I have.
Joseph's father was Thomas and his father was John.Both were born in Turza, Lebanon and came to Canada/US in the late 1890s I believe. I was always told that John was the first to break with tradition and use the name Yazbeck as a surname instead of the traditional method of taking the father's name.My father was Michael, younger brother to Joseph. My father worked for your grandfather when he owned a grocery store in Thamesville.Your grandfather was a great fiddler and I have a violin primer book that belonged to him.My father used to tell me that people would come from all around to hear him play at barn dances. Actually, Joseph was born into a very musical family and the youngest sibling, Peter, was a concert pianist prior to devoting his time to teaching and adjucating.Your grandfather was an incredible businessman and had the fates not intervened, would have gone on to accomplish wonderful things.He was extremely personable and well-liked by all.
If you venture into Thamesville, I'm sure some of the old timers there would still remember him. I have one photo of him taken in his early 20s I believe. He is buried in Wallaceburg in a Yazbeck family plot along with his mother Karima Grige; father Thomas; brothers George and Michael; sisters Mary, Martha, Laura (who died at 2 years), Mabel; and adopted nephew, Stephen (son of George). His only surviving siblings are Peter and Veronica, both in California.Deceased also are siblings Nora and Angela, buried in Strathroy and California respectively.