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The Bella S. Lafortune of Clearbrook, BC, Canada

Updated May 31, 2002

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I've just begun to research my mother's ancestry. My mother was born in Ontario in the year 1932. Her mother's madein name was Yvonne Savard and passed away at the age of 97. Yvonne gave birth to 22 children and raised 5 or 6 grandchildren. Up until her passing, she was a vibrant and full of gusto. She alway's had a smile for everyone and loved to play jokes. While in operations for for surgery on her hip, her doctor was amazed and astounded at the condition of her internal body. Being the proud woman she was, was convelescing in hospital, she had to use the washroom and was too embarrassed to ring for a nursing staff member to assist her. She fell as a result whilst getting out of bed and was found on the floor. Her healing did not go very well and we received a call from relatives in Ontario informeing us that my grandmother had sustained a blood cloth which would mean having to amputate one of her legs. This broke my heart and what was there to ponder, how could we possibly allow the medical staff to amputate this womans leg, she would not have wanted this. It was time for her to join my grandfather Camille Lafortune who passed away in 1959 of I believe cancer. My curiosity regarding my mothers family has become intriguing and I am just begining, in fact I started two weeks ago with looking at old black and white photo's my mother has and then I tapped into by fluke on Wednesday of this week. I might add, my grandparents lived in Noelville and were a very well known family to the locals as well as American Tourist. They owned access to a road on their farm that accessed the infamous French River, Ontario. Many of my uncles were fishing guides. My grandfather Camille Lafortune also well known in many parts of Ontario and the United States for his Maple Syrup. I remember so very well, a particular winter, being in the forest and seeing all the metal cans hanging on maple trees collecting the sap and the vats in this big old hut if you will, boiling. My grandfather filing a huge metal vat like container on the outside of the sugar shack as it was called, he poured hot maple syrup over a bed of snow that was contained in this metal vaat and we hate this up like ice cream. Of the 22 children that my grandparents sired, my Aunt Andrea and her family moved to Aldergrove, British COlumbia in 1965 I believe and are still living in Aldergrove. My father who was a miner out west moved us out to British COlumbia in 1967 I believe, I was 14 years old. My father at the time had secured employment at Craigmont Mines in Merritt, B.C. and the mine closed down within months, from there we temporarily re-located for a couple months in Lower Nicola. From there, my father secured employment in Bralorne, B.C. until that mine shut down. We moved yet again to the Fraser Valley, Clearbrook and Abbotsford area and have lived there since I was approx. 15 years old, 1968. My family is still in the fraser valley, after graduating from Abbotsford Senior, I worked in construction for a year and then attended Camosun College in Victoria for a year. Returned to Abbotsford and married and divorced. Moved to Vancouver in 1979 and lived there until approx. 2 years ago. I now live on Gabriola Island, nirvana!!! I cannot recall of any Lafortune Family Reunions. I know that my grandmothers mother was named Ophilia Savard. My Father and his brother collected ancestory information on the Labelle side back in the early 70's. My ancestors originally arrived from Lisieux, France in approx. 1642 and settled in Montreal. At that time Montreal had approx. 20-40 inhabitants and one of my ancestors was one of them. Ok, this is where I am at. If anyone can assist me from here, I would be so very grateful.

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