Biographies

Discover people who have influenced the history of Montfort Hospital.

Donat Grandmaître (1891-1959)

President of the Saint-Louis-Marie-deMontfort Hospital organizing committee and Board of Directors from 1947 to 1953.

Donat Grandmaître was born in Janeville, Gloucester Township, in 1891. He turned his hand to business and led many companies: lumber, coal, heating oil, sand, stone and gravel as well as an Esso service station. He owned sand pits in Rockcliffe and Uplands, and supplied stone to paper manufacturers like E.B. Eddy, James Maclaren, CIP and J.R. Booth in the 1940s and 1950s. He was elected Mayor of Eastview from 1933 to 1935 and from 1937 to 1948.  The father of thirteen children, many of his companies were later taken over by his sons and grandsons, who continue his entrepreneurial endeavours. He died in Eastview in 1959. The Donat Grandmaître Assembly (4th degree) of the Knights of Columbus, Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort Parish, was named in his honour in 2003.

(Photo: Vanier Museopark)

 

Edmond Cloutier (1893-1977)

Member of the Organizing Committee and Council of Governors, Hôpital Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort.

Edmond Cloutier was born in Saint-Narcisse de Champlain, Quebec in 1893. He worked as a reporter in Ottawa and in Trois-Rivières in the 1910s and 1920s. Among other things, he pursued his career with Le Droit daily newspaper as a reporter (1918-1919), editorialist (1919-1921) and general manager from 1932 to 1940. From 1940 to 1960 he was Queen’s Printer for the federal government of Canada in Ottawa. He was Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association canadienne-française d’éducation de l’Ontario, a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George and a member of the Ordre de la fidélité française (1950). He died in Ottawa in 1977.

(Photo: University of Ottawa, CRFCC, C71, Ph92-11.tif)

Ernest C. Désormeaux (1895-1977) 

Member of the Organizing Committee and Council of Governors, Hôpital Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort.

Ernest Désormeaux was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1895. He moved with his family to Embrun, Ontario as a boy. After graduating from the Ottawa Normal School (1913), he became Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Separate School Board (1913-1940) and Secretary of the Unemployment Insurance Commission (1940-1962). He was successively President of the Association canadienne-française d’éducation de l’Ontario (1944-1953), founding President of the Association canadienne des éducateurs de langue française (1947) and chair of the Conseil de la vie française en Amérique (1947-1949). He was a special advisor (1962-1964) to the Commission d’enquête sur la structure et les buts de la Société nationale des Acadiens and the Association acadienne d’éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick (Pichette Commission). He was successively a member of the  Ordre de la fidélité française, a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (1950), recipient of an honorary doctoral degree in social science from the Université Laval (1952) and a member of the Ordre du mérite scolaire franco-ontarien (1954). Ernest Désormeaux died in Ottawa in 1977.

(Photo: University of Ottawa, CRFCC, C2, Ph2-37-b)

 

Gaston Vincent (1904-1959)

Member of the Organizing Committee and Council of Governors, Hôpital Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort.

Born in Ottawa in 1904, Gaston Vincent was a lawyer who practised law in Kapuskasing until 1942 and in Ottawa until 1959.  He was School Commissioner in both of these cities. A member of the Board of Directors of the Association canadienne-française d’éducation de l’Ontario (1943-1953), Gaston Vincent took over leadership of this Association between 1953 and 1959. He was also a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Ottawa and the University of Sudbury, and a member of the board of directors of the Société Richelieu, the Ottawa General Hospital, the Union of Canada and the Syndicat des œuvres sociales. Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (1956) and recipient of the Ordre du mérite scolaire acadien (1956), Gaston Vincent died in Ottawa in 1959.

(Photo: University of Ottawa, CRFCC, C2, Ph2-38)

 

 

Sister Évelyne Quesnel, DW (1898-1990), known as Sister Émile de l’Enfant-Jésus

First President of the Board of Governors and first Director of the Administrative Office of the Saint-Louis-Marie- de-Montfort Hospital from 1953 to 1955.

 

Born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Évelyne Quesnel joined the Daughters of Wisdom in 1914. She took the name “Sister Émile de l’Enfant-Jésus" and made her perpetual profession in 1921. She was a teacher and principal at various schools from 1916 to 1946. Superior at the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes d’Eastview boarding school (1946-1951), she became the Canadian Provincial from 1951 to 1955. She then moved to Dorval to become the Quebec Provincial (1955-1966). She died in Laval des Rapides (Quebec) in 1990.

(Photo: Archives-FDLS Canada/MAS)

 

 

 

Sister Gracia Leduc, DW (1905-2010), known as Sister Marie-Angèle du Saint Sacrement

First Executive Director of the Saint-Louis-Marie-de-Montfort Hospital from 1952 to 1958.

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Gracia Leduc joined the Daughters of Wisdom in 1933. She took the name Sister Marie-Angèle du Saint Sacrement. She was a teacher, then an administrator of the Sturgeon Falls Hospital. She was appointed as Administrator of the Eastview Hospital in January 1953, and managed it until 1958.

"The congregation asked Sister Leduc to take charge of Hôpital Montfort. She was fully capable of rising to the challenge before her: to launch a new hospital for French Canadians. She had a lot of pluck," recalled Sister Rita Dénommée.

During her six years at the head of the hospital, Sister Leduc found doctors from everywhere across Canada to provide quality service to the people of Ottawa.

(Photo: Archives-FDLS Canada/MAS)

 

 


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