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Barney Rynski, Flight Sergeant, RCAF: 1920 - 1944

Jozef Branislaw Rynski was born in Montreal, Quebec to Rozalia Kwiatkowska and Jozef Rynksi in December 1920, the youngest of five children. As a Rear gunner in the RCAF on Lancaster PA977 with the 405 Squadron, he went on 35 sorties including Caen, Stuttgart, Kiel and Cologne. His final flight was on the night of December 22nd, 1944, flying over Bingen. Barney and his crew mates were to go on leave, but there was an urgent need to send out a plane on a mission; PA977 was the only one available. The plane was shot down and most of the crew died. Barney's life, along with many other that served Canada, is honoured at the Rheinberg War Cemetery in Rheinberg, Germany.

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Rev. George Patrick Robinson: 1862 - 1913

George was born in Quebec City at L'Anse des Meres in 1862 to an Anglican father, George Robinson, and an Irish mother, Margaret Matilda O'Brien. He decided to enter the priesthood early in life a became a Redemptorist in 1886 in Kansas City, Missouri in 1886. He was ordained as a priest in 1894. George was sent to New Orleans in 1898 to handle the Notre Dame parish. He was very involved in his parish and community. He was moved to Grand Rapids in 1909. He died there in January 1913 after a short illness. His cousin, Father Connolly presided over the funeral mass along with Bishop Richter at St-Alphonsus Church. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Rev George Patrick Robinson with his brother Alfred Martin, his wife Mary Ellen Doran and their daughter Margaret as well as his father George
L'Anse des Meres, Quebec - 1899

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Abraham Martin: 1589 - 1664

Abraham Martin arrived in New France with his wife, Marguerite Langlois, her sister Françoise and brother-in-law Pierre Desportes (the parents of Hélène Desportes) about 1620.
His property amounted to 32 acres in all, 12 received from the Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France in 1635 and 20 as a gift from Sieur Adrien DuChesne, ship's surgeon to Pierre Legardeur de Repentigny in 1645. This land was sold by the Martin family to the Ursulines in 1667. The land, famous for the battle between the French and the English in 1759, is now known as the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.
As far as can be found from the records, Abraham Martin and Marguerite Langlois had nine or ten children. Among them, Anne, Eustache (potentially the first child born in Canada), Marguerite, who married Étienne Racine and Hélène, whose god-father was Samuel de Champlain. Hélène married Médard Chouart, Sieur Des Groseilliers of Hudson Bay Company fame in 1647.

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Dr. Harry Bussiere: 1896 - 1982

Henri Charles Bussiere was born in Montreal in 1896 to Francois Antoine Isaac Bussiere and Mary Bridget Barry. He studied at McGill University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1919 and then graduating in Medicine in 1922. He continued his studies in New York at the New York Children's Hospital, returning to practice in Montreal as a paediatrician as early as 1926, where he would have worked alongside Dr. Dunstan Gray. Dr. Gray was a guest lecturer at McGill while Harry studied there. Dr. Gray was also the doctor that delivered some of Harry's nieces and nephews (Frank Bussiere, Joan Bussiere and Peter Bussiere). Harry, as he was known, worked on Crescent Street initially and then was associated with both the Montreal Children's Hospital and St-Mary's Hospital. He later ran his practice on Sherbrooke Street.

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Image details: Dr. Harry Bussiere - McGill Yearbook - 1922

Louis Hébert: 1575 - 1627

Louis was born in the Mortier d'Or, a house near the Louvre in Paris, France in 1575 to Nicolas Hébert and Jacqueline Pajot. Louis is said to be the first apothecary and first Canadian settler to support himself from the soil. He married Marie Rollet on June 13, 1602 in Paris, France. Louis and Marie were the first to bring their family to settle in Nouvelle France as well. Jacqueline Pajot's niece married Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt, in 1590 - he was one of the early pioneers to occupy Port-Royal, Acadia (what is now Annapolis, Nova Scotia). This relationship would explain Louis Hébert's interest in the early settlements in Acadia and his presence in Du Gua de Monts's expedition. In the summer of 1606, Hébert sailed with Champlain and Poutrincourt along the coast to the southwest, seeking other sites suitable for settlement. In 1610, Hébert was again in Port-Royal, with the group whom Poutrincourt hoped to establish there. As apothecary, he treated both French and Indian patients. In the winter of 1616-17 he renewed acquaintance with Champlain who was in Paris seeking support for his colony at Quebec. Hébert sold his house and garden in Paris and took his wife Marie Rollet and three children, Anne, Guillemette, and Guillaume and sailed with his family to Quebec on March 11, 1617. In 1620 Champlain returned from France and gave Hébert responsibility in the administration of justice by appointing him King's attorney. On February 4, 1623 Louis received a grant guaranteeing him possession of the land he had occupied and farmed. Known later as the fief Sault-au-Matelot, the land included sites at present occupied by the Basilica, the Séminaire de Quebec, and Hébert and Couillard streets. The winter of 1626 he had a fall on the ice which proved fatal. He was buried in the Récollet cemetery on January 25, 1627. In 1678 his bones still in their cedar coffin, were transferred to the vault of the newly erected Récollet chapel.

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Information source: biographi.ca

Jozef Gucwa: 1901 - 1978

Jozef Gucwa was born in Przybyslawice, Poland in 1901 to Jacob Gucwa and Maria Krol. He served in the Polish Army before immigrating to Canada in 1927. He travelled on the SS Metagama and landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in March, 1927. He arrived with $35 in hand and was sponsored by the Canadian Pacific Railway to work in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After having spent a few years in Winnipeg, he travelled to Montreal in 1931 to be part of a wedding party; there he met Maria Rynska who was also in the party. Three months later, they were wed! Jozef and Mary raised three daughters; Rose, Mary Ann and Joyce. In 1951, they bought their first and only house on Somerled Avenue in Montreal.

Jozef worked for Standard Brands in LaSalle for over 25 years as a foreman.

$35 can go a long way when you put your mind to it!

Mary and Joe - New homeowners
7270 Somerled Avenue

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Jock Turcot: 1943 - 1965

Jock Turcot was born in October, 1943 to Frank Turcot and Florence "Billy" Kinney in Kenora, Ontario. Jock, the eldest of 12 children, grew up in a a bilingual family atmosphere and pursued studies at the University of Ottawa. While studying Civil Law at Ottawa, he was President of the University's Students' Federation. In 1965, while driving home for the Christmas break, Jock was in a fatal car accident. His dream of creating a central location for students and staff to congregate with necessary services was realized in 1974 with the opening of the Student Centre named in his honour.

York University published the following words to pay tribute to Jock: Mr. Turcot with his dynamic personality and fiery bilingual oratory powers was keenly interested in uniting the French and English forces in the Student Body at Ottawa. All those who have known him will realize the significance of this loss, the loss of a potential leader of our country.

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Antoine Bussiere: 1827 - 1907

Antoine Bussiere was born in Quebec City in 1827 to Alexis Bussiere and Marie-Anastasie Dandurant. In 1847 he married Marie-Victoire Drolet . By about 1855, Antoine was working in Kingston, Ontario, likely having travelled there by steamship. He worked as a carpenter and was in Kingston until at least 1871 based on the Ontario Census from that year. He likely worked at or near the ship yards at Portsmouth as he made it in the local news in 1865 when the Kingston Daily News reported that he been knocked on conscious after a piece of wood fell of the Sparkenhoe as it was being launched. The family later moved back to Montreal where Antoine worked as joiner.

Family crest

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