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 Joseph Albany “Alby” Gaudet

Joseph Albany “Alby” Gaudet

Bath, Sagadahoc County, Maine, USA
Death 30 Jun 1979 (aged 73)
Tignish, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Burial Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Memorial ID 40202268 · View Source
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* The following story was written by Alby and Catherine's children for a Gaudet Family Reunion in Canada that was held in July of 2003.

Joseph Albany (Alby) Gaudet, the seventh child born of John Peter and Sophie (Bernard) Gaudet, was born in Bath, Maine on March 29, 1906. His father was working in the U.S. at the time. Alby was considered a British subject, American Born. Alby was about a year and a half when his family returned to Prince Edward Island. They settled on a farm in St. Edwards, known as Smith Road.

Alby met the love of his life, Mary Catherine Chaisson, right there in St. Edwards. They met at a house party. They were married on August 12th 1930. They lived in St. Edwards for twenty years. Alby made a living by fishing. He and his brother Arthur owned fishing gear. They fished lobster, cod, mackerel and herring. Alby was also a horse trader. This was very popular in those days because horses were used for travel, racing and work.

There was no TV and very few radios in the thirties and forties, so on the long winter evenings, family, friends and neighbors would gather at Alby's home to listen to his stories. Alby told ghost stories, real life stories and sometimes fiction stories which might continue on to the following night or even the next week.

The winter of 1944 was a difficult year for the Gaudet family and many families in St. Edwards. A disease know by the name of diphtheria spread throughout the community. Many lives were lost. Alby and Catherine lost their baby girl, Julia, the youngest of their ten children (six girls and four boys).

In 1950 Alby gave up fishing and moved to Montreal, where he found work in the construction business. He bought a house in Boucherville. In 1953, another child was born to Alby and Catherine. They named him Richard. Now their family was complete. Five girls and five boys. Alby worked in Montreal until 1976, and then he decided to move back to P.E.I. This proves the saying, "You can take the man out of P.E.I., but you can't take the P.E.I. out of the man." He built a nice cozy retirement home in St. Edwards where he and Catherine lived until the time of his death on June 30th, 1979. Alby loved trout fishing and he was always talking about the big trout that got away. I am not sure if anyone believed his trout stories, but on the day that Alby died, he had gone trout fishing and he did catch two very large trout. He arrived home and said to Catherine, "I don't feel well. I will lie down for a bit, but there are two large trout in my car. Will you take them into the house for me?" Then he went into the washroom and Catherine heard him fall. She called for help but it was too late. Alby died of a massive heart attack.

Alby was a good husband. He was loved by all his children. They all have fond memories of him, his story telling and wonderful memories of all the card games they played together. His grandchildren also loved him dearly and they have many good stories and memories of him, too.

Joseph Albany (Alby) and Catherine Gaudet's Children

Isadore born March 5th , 1928 - Died

Nelson born March 26th, 1931 - Died

Therese born April 30th, 1932

Reggie born December 24th, 1935

Freda born July 23rd, 1937

Olive born January 6th, 1939

Julia born June 10th, 1943 - Died in 1944 of diphtheria

Alma born September 27th, 1940

Victor born October 4th, 1945

Johanna born July 21st, 1947

Richard born March 7th, 1953

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  • Created by: G.R.Deschenes
  • Added: 2 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40202268
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Albany “Alby” Gaudet (29 Mar 1906–30 Jun 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40202268, citing Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada ; Maintained by G.R.Deschenes (contributor 47151865) .