Montreal Second World Battle veteran celebrates 100 years: ‘All of us ought to aspire to be like him’ – Montreal

Garnet Bourgaize turned 100 years outdated on Oct. 18, and members of the Royal Canadian Legion in addition to family and friends from throughout Canada gathered to have fun the Second World Battle veteran.

“All I can say is that it’s good to be 100,” stated Bourgaize. “I by no means thought I’d get to 100.”

Dozens of friends gathered at Department 108 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Chateauguay, Que. to have fun the beloved centenarian.

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“We thought it could be a great way to acknowledge an individual who had accomplished so much for us,” stated President Frank Cholette.

“He was a World Battle II veteran, spent 5 years over seas between 1940-45.”

Injured in fight, Bourgaize by no means let that have an effect on his contribution to the Royal Canadian Legion. Even at 100 years outdated, he’s nonetheless planning on distributing poppies this coming month.

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“It means so much to me, being with different folks and all that,” stated the Bourgaize.

“It was essential for us to acknowledge him, for all of the contribution he’s accomplished not solely in the course of the conflict however on a day-to-day foundation,” stated Cholette.

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His household and pals stated his good well being has been their best blessing.

“We’re so happy, not solely myself however the entire household as a result of his thoughts is evident, he can eat with none problem, his well being is excellent — there’s so much to be glad about,” stated his youngest son.

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“He’s been an lively member of our department very lively you’d by no means say that the person is 100 years outdated,” stated Cholette.

Folks near him say he’s been an inspiration to many, not just for his service, however his outlook on life.

“All of us ought to aspire to be like him,” stated Cholette. “I do know I do.”

“I believe my favorite factor about my father is his angle in direction of life, that he simply enjoys it as a result of he doesn’t criticize and put different folks down,” stated Leaman Bourgaize.

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Bourgaize obtained certificates from the Prime Minister of Canada and the Governor Common, the Authorities of Quebec, the Metropolis of Chateauguay and a Royal scroll from the Queen.

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