Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Remembering Eugene

Eugene Desgroseilliers with his daughters Jeanne d'arc Jacqueline and Madeleine

Today is the 115th anniversary of the birth of my maternal grandfather, Eugène Desgroseilliers. The eldest child of Albert and Clémentine (Léveillé) Desgroseilliers, he was born in St. Charles, a village south of Sudbury, Ontario on 30 August 1900.

I don’t have a picture of my Pépère and I, so I chose one of him with some of his daughters. From left to right are Jeanne d’arc, Jacqueline (my Mom), Eugène, and Madeleine. The photo was taken in Blue Water, outside of Sarnia, Ontario, in the summer of 1959.

I don’t have memories of my grandfather, because he died when I was two years old. Mom used to tell me how, when we’d visit him, he rock me on his knee and call me his “p’tite poule noire” (little black chicken), because of my dark hair and eyes.

Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.


  1. I love that you preserved the tiniest memory of Eugene because even the tiniest detail is a huge thing. Keep up the good work.

    1. Tiny details certainly matter, Devon!