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Remembrance Day

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Guy Jobin

Mr. Jobin’s father was a chemist for a mill in Chandler, in the Gaspé. During the Depression, his father left to go work in Masson, in the Outaouais Region, and the family joined him 18 months later. They settled in Buckingham and when war was declared young Guy Jobin, a lover of ships, wanted to enlist in the Navy. He did his basic training in Québec and then went to Halifax to learn to fire guns before being sent to British Columbia. His group of Canadians left on the British aircraft carrier HMS Nabob. The ship went down the Pacific coast, crossed the Panama Canal and stopped in Virginia before arriving in England, at Liverpool. There they found the remains of a city damaged by 9 days German bombings. The Nabob was active in the British Isles throughout the war. During a mission to Scapa Flow in northern Scotland, the boat was hit by a torpedo. Upon his return to Canada, Mr. Jobin was hospitalized for awhile.


Remembrance Day

I’ve rarely missed a November 11th. When I was going to Saint- Jérôme, I would leave all by myself; I would take a day’s leave, and come to the Cenotaph. That was always very important for me. If you’ve lost – I think about that sometimes – a loved one in your family, who really helped you out in your life, and who died, you occasionally go to the cemetery; there are people who do that. It’s kind of like that for me, y’know? My father, he got me out of a fix. I owe him for that. My buddy in the service, y’know, he was there. Maybe it’s kind of that, too. My little sister who died in my arms, is in the cemetery in Masson, so when I go through there [inaudible]. . . It’s just a thought. I talk to her, y’know? It’s kind of . . . an event that happens in your life, like at the front, or in the navy and well, you think about it. I think that’s it.

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