SAINT-MATHIEU – A beautiful ceremony was held on January 3 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a resident of Saint-Mathieu, Émile Brossard.
He whom many residents affectionately call “my uncle Émile” was received as a king in the presence of a
“He’s a good guy who has a great personality, good interpersonal skills, a good sense of humor and who does not judge anyone,” says his niece and mayor of the municipality, Lise Poissant.
Émile Brossard lives under her roof in an intergenerational apartment that Mrs. Poissant had built in 1999, two years after the sudden death of his wife.
“Since my mother [and Mr. Brossard’s sister] already lived with us, he asked me if I could welcome him too,” says Ms. Poissant.
His uncle is autonomous and healthy. He cooks his meals, plays cards, takes steps, etc. He only needs a hand for small tasks like grocery shopping or cleaning, she reports.
“Until two years ago, he was the one who cleared the parking lot with the tractor and cut grass in the summer,” says Poissant.
The secret of the longevity of this centenary would lie in the daily absorption of Kuyper gin or brandy.
A native of Brossard, Mr. Brossard has worked in a number of trades, including that of a school bus driver. A long-time volunteer, he was also a marguiller and served Mass at Saint-Mathieu.
“Everyone here calls him my uncle Émile,” his niece reports.
On the occasion of a feast held in his honor on Sunday, January 7, at the Saint-Mathieu Community Center, Mr. Brossard received a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.