It is with sadness that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague Émile Ducharme in Montréal on October 9. Émile was a founding member of the Association des Charron et Ducharme. The unveiling of the plaque in Meaux on September 17, 2011, has been one of the pleasures that I shared with Émile Ducharme and his niece Marie-Nicole Ducharme who accompanied him.
Émile is the dean of our board of directors, since he has just celebrated last month his 93th birthday, having been born in 1920. Émile was the 2nd of the 6 children of Antonio Ducharme and Henriette Legendre, that were married in Québec City January 23, 1917. To complete this short biography, let’s specify that Émile first married Marguerite Tardif, June 19, 1943, and second Irène Fournier, June 25, 1971. A career policeman, Émile occupied lieutenant’s rank with the City of Montreal police forces.
Amable Charron, master wood-carver and merchant; b. 9 July 1785 in Varennes, Que., son of Charles Charron and Amable Bénard, dit Carignan; d. 8 May 1844 in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Lower Canada.
Amable Charron lost his father when he was five and received only a little education. He possibly became the apprentice and certainly the partner of Louis Quévillon, a master wood-carver whose services were in wide demand. Quévillon entrusted to him the completion of some of his contracts. Thus in the period 1808–12 Charron carried out various works for the fabriques of Saint-Martin, on Île Jésus near Montreal, Saint-Michel, near Quebec, and Notre-Dame-de-Liesse at Rivière-Ouelle, although the agreement in the latter case may have been with Charron himself rather than with Quévillon.