Lamoureux Family Photos, 1945-1960's
The Lamoureux family were well known in the Virginiatown area, as Cliff Lamoureux ran
the barber shop across the street from the theatre. I well remember as a child having my hair cut there.
Getting a haircut was a big deal for me in my early school years -- I would go to the barber shop after school then take
the bus home by myself -- all the way to Kearns!
Clifford began his life in Winchester, Ontario, and Grace was a Channing from Ottawa.
They originally met at a dance where she had gone with her brother Hughes who died in the war.
Richard Lamoureux says that his grandparents moved to Virginiatown before World War 2, then
moved away during the war, probably because Cliff was in the army (as shown in the second photo).
After the war, they returned to V-Town and Cliff set up his barber shop. In the 1960's his son Edward worked
for Cliff in the shop, but in 1966 moved his own family to Kirkland Lake where he set up his own barber shop. Cliff's
barber shop in V-Town lasted up to the late 1980's and Cliff stayed in town until the early 1990's when he went to Kitchener to
stay with his daughter, Debbie.
Wedding photo of Cliff and Grace (Channing) Lamoureux.
Cliff, Grace and Edward Lamoureux. Photo taken during WW2.
Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent is on the right and Edward Lamoureux is the boy beside him. Photo was
taken by Dalton Bawks of Kirkland Lake. Date, location and occasion of the photo is not known.
Cliff Lamoureux giving a haircut. News photo.
Cliff Lamoureux outside his home which was attached to the barber shop. News photo.
Cliff Lamoureux in a publicity photo for a pipe-smoking contest.
Photo by Schaefer Photo in Larder Lake, probably 1960s.
Richard Lamoureaux says: "Grandpa always smoked a pipe. He had entered a pipe smoking
contest in Kirkland Lake and won 1st place. He had used a cheap corn cob pipe. After the contest he wrote to the
pipe manufacturer and let them know he had won using their pipe. There was going to be a world competition in their
state and he asked if they would pay his way to enter. He said he was a poor barber and couldn't go on his own.
They sent him two first class tickets. When he and Grandma arrived at the airport they picked them up in a limo.
They stayed at the plantation and he competed and came in 8th in the world. How the contest works is you get a pipe
full of tobacco and two matches to get it started. You have to get it lit within a short period of time. The one who
can keep the tobacco burning the longest wins the competition. "
Undated news clipping from the Northern Daily News.
Debbie Lamoureux's birthday party, 1960. She would have been around 8 years old.
Front, L to R: Barbara Lopata, Pauline Tabaka, (Elizabeth?) Locke,
Debbie Lamoreux (in white dress),
Back, L to R: René Mann, Jean Bock, Shirley Morrison, Unknown, Cathy Mann.
The Manns owned the garage next door.
Can you identify the last remaining girl (back row, just to the right of Debbie Lamoureux)?
Debbie Lamoureux in her Alma College uniform. She later married Albert Manseau, and they
lived in Virginiatown until they separated. Debbie moved to Kitchener with her son Daniel Manseu
where she passed away from a heart attack at home, age 41. She was born in 1952.
Left to Right: Roy, Teresa and Richard Lamoureux.
Photo was taken in 1966 shortly before the family moved to Kirkland Lake.
Curling championship presentation, 1964-65.
L to R: Unknown, probably Steve Stratford, Edward Lamoureux, Jim Darragh.
Photo taken beside the barber shop in the 1960's. Cliff Lamoureux is second from left and Edward Lamoureux
is far right. Who are the others?
Edward Lamoureux, 1960's. Right-hand print is dated January, 1965.
Edward Lamoureux, 1960's. Prints are dated (L to R) July 1964 and July 1965.
Edith Lamoureux at home in V-Town. Mid-1960's.
Debbie Lamoureux, Edward's sister, at home in V-Town. Print is dated July 1965.
Gary Lamoureux, Edward's brother, in front of Cliff's barber shop. Print is dated July 1965.
Gary Lamoureux and friend at the Legion Barbeque during the 2006 V-Town reunion. Photo by Bob White.
Kerr-Addison lodge. Photo date unknown.
Richard Lamoureux says: "The big-wigs would be picked up in a limo and driven to the lodge for
entertainment. The couple that were caretakers had to start the limo each day and look after the property.
My Grandmother would go to the lodge to cut the lady caretaker's hair. Sometimes we would go with her and play while
we waited. "
Edward Lamoureux and Carol Burnett in Las Vegas, about 1968.
This is a current photo of Richard Lamoureux, second from right, and his wife Mary, far right,
with friends in Kelowna, BC.
Can you provide names, details or corrections?
Many thanks to
for these photos.