Gaston de la Giroday was a produce dealer and lumber company representative. He lived at 1954 Georgia Street in 1917 and 1918.
Gaston de la Giroday (sometimes called “Gaston Giroday”) was born on the island of Mauritius on September 30, 1884. Mauritius is in the Indian Ocean, about 870 kilometres east of Madagascar. His parents were Pierre de la Giroday (1858-1880) and Lucie Letellier D’orvillier (1859-1946).
Several members of the Giroday family, including Gaston, arrived in British Columbia in 1908.
Gaston first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1914. He was a proprietor of Reliable Produce Company (along with his brother, Maurice). Gaston and Maurice were both living at Sunset Rooms, 790 Granville Street.
Marriage to Marie Laberge
On February 23, 1914, in Vancouver, Gaston married Marie Laberge, who was a dressmaker. She was born in Montmagny, Quebec, on August 25, 1878. Her parents were François Xavier Laberge and Philomène de la Durantaye.
In 1915, Gaston and his brother, Maurice, were operating Canadian Fir Wood Yard, which was at 736 Davie Street. They were both living at 736 Davie Street.
Gaston seems to have continued with the produce business for some time, although he later developed stronger ties to the lumber and coal business.
Gaston lived at the following addresses in Vancouver (sometimes listed alphabetically under “Giroday,” and sometimes under “de la Giroday”).
|1916||1193 West 8th Avenue|
|1917 and 1918||1954 Georgia Street|
|1919 to 1922||1503 East 15th Avenue|
|1923 to 1933||1912 Blenheim Street|
|1934 1940||3655 West 5th Avenue|
|1941 to 1943||3426 West 29th Avenue|
|1944 to 1949||2476 West 8th Avenue|
|1950 to 1960s||602 West Keith Road, North Vancouver|
Marie died in Vancouver on October 18, 1964. She was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Gaston later married Bertha Madela du Clouzeau.
Gaston died in North Vancouver on October 26, 1969, after a car struck him while he was crossing the road. He was buried in Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby.
Gaston and Marie had the following children.
Louis Joseph (Dan) de la Giroday
Louis Joseph (Dan) de la Giroday was born in Vancouver on August 1, 1914. He was married to Ruth Eleanor Peterson, who was a nurse. Ruth was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 31, 1917.
In 1955, Dan obtained an immigration card from the Republic of Brazil.
Dan and Ruth were married for 45 years. They had ten children.
Dan died on July 1, 1987.
Ruth died on August 31, 2016.
Rosalie Marie Giroday
Rosalie Marie Giroday was born in September 1915. She married Lawrence R. Smith, who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Rosalie died in May 2009.
Denalda de la Giroday (Sister Mary)
Denalda de la Giroday (sometimes spelled “Donalda”) was born about 1918. She became Sister Mary, and she was a primary school teacher.
She died on November 22, 2012, in South Surrey, British Columbia.
Lucy (Louise Francis) de la Giroday
Lucy de la Giroday married G. Morrissey.
She was living in Seattle, Washington, in 1964, and in Vancouver in 1969 and in 2012.
Pierre de la Giroday (father of Gaston de la Giroday)
Pierre Elie De La Giroday, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/pierre-elie-de-la-giroday_172710455: “Born in Ste Suzanne, Reunion on 2 Jul 1858 to Charles Elie De La Girodais and Adelaide Victoire Le Vavasseur. Pierre Elie married Michonette Campenon and had 9 children. Pierre Elie married Lucie Letellier D Orvillier and had 5 children. He passed away on 1880 in Republic, Mauritius.”
Lucie Letellier D’orvillier (mother of Gaston de la Giroday)
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLW-S47 : accessed 20 April 2016), Lucie De La Giroday, 1946.
“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-39BZ : accessed 20 April 2016), Lucie De La Giroday, 1946; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26329182, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26329182.
“Lucy De La Giroday, Pioneer Here, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, February 14, 1946, page 10:
“Lucy De La Giroday, widow of Pierre De La Giroday and resident of Vancouver more than 38 years, died at her home, 1995 West Thirteenth, on Tuesday.
Mrs. Giroday was well known here, where her grandsons own the Giroday sawmill. She was born in Mauritius 86 years ago, and lived in Canada most of her life.
Surviving are three sons, Rene, Gaston and Emile, all of Vancouver; one daughter, Mrs. E. Pastor, and a sister, Mrs. Margoet, both of Mauritius; 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Requiem mass was celebrated this morning at Simmons & McBride funeral parlor. Burial was in the family plot, Mountain View Cemetery, Rev. Father J. Sullivan officiating.”
Gaston de la Giroday
Gaston Boyer De La Giroday, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/gaston-boyer-de-la-giroday_146726962: “Born in Republic, Mauritius on 30 Sep 1884 to Pierre Elie De La Giroday and Lucie Letellier D Orvillier. Gaston Boyer married Bertha Madela Du Clozeau. Gaston Boyer married Marie LaBerge and had 2 children. He passed away on 26 Oct 1969 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZN-WQ2 : accessed 20 April 2016), Gaston De La Giroday and Marie Laberge, 23 Feb 1914; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11378, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,706.
1921 Canada Census, Gaston Giroday (indexed as Greta Giroday); Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 5, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 13;Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYC-XSL : accessed 20 April 2016), Gaston De La Giroday, 1969.
Gaston de la Giroday, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 28, 1969, page 28; Vancouver Sun, October 28, 1969, page 37: “de la Giroday—Passed away suddenly October 26, 1969, Gaston de la Giroday, of 318 W. 3rd St., North Vancouver, in his 86th year. Survived by his loving wife, Bertha; 1 son, Louis (Dan) de la Giroday, Vancouver; 3 daughters, Mrs. L.R. (Rose) Smith, Vancouver; Donalda de la Giroday, Victoria; Mrs. G. (Lucy) Morrissey, Vancouver; 18 grandchildren; 1 brother, Rene de la Giroday, Vancouver. The Rosay will be said at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway ad Maple St. Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine’s Church, 7th Ave. and Maple St., Rev. J.A. Sullivan O.M.I. celebrant. Interment Holy Cross Section Ocean View Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined.”
Marie Laberge (wife of Gaston de la Giroday)
Marie LaBerge, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/marie-laberge_151779652: “Born in Montmagny, Quebec, Canada on 25 Aug 1878. Marie married Gaston Boyer De La Giroday and had 2 children. She passed away on 18 Oct 1964 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTL-342 : accessed 20 April 2016), Marie De La Giroday, 1964.
Marie De La Giroday, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 20, 1964, page 28; Vancouver Sun, October 19, 1964, page 32: “Giroday (d la))—Passed away October 18, 1964, marie, beloved wife of Gaston de la Giroday of 602 W. Keith Rd., North Vancouver, in her 87th year. Survived also by 1 son, Louis (Dan) de la Giroday, Vancouver, 3 daughters, Mrs. L.R. Smith, Vancouver, Sister Mary of St. Lucy, Convent of Good Shepherd, Winnipeg and Mrs. G. Morrissey, Seattle; 19 grandchildren. Prayers Tuesday evening at 7:30 in St. Augustine’s Church, 7th Ave. and Maple St., where Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. L. Keighley, O.M.E., celebrant. Interment Ocean View Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined. Simmons & McBride, Broadway at Maple St., funeral directors in charge.”
Bertha Madela du Clouzeau (wife of Gaston de la Giroday)
Bertha Madela Du Clozeau, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/bertha-madela-du-clozeau_191441452: “Born. Bertha Madela married Gaston Boyer De La Giroday.”
Louis (Dan) de la Giroday (son of Gaston de la Giroday)
Louis Marie De La Giroday, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/louis-marie-de-la-giroday_146680978: “Born to Gaston Boyer De La Giroday and Marie LaBerge.”
“Brasil, Cartões de Imigração, 1900-1965,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V1S1-XRX : accessed 20 April 2016), Louis Joseph de la Giroday, Immigration; citing 1955, Arquivo Nacional, Rio de Janeiro (National Archives, Rio de Janeiro).
De la Giraudais v. Louis De la Giroday Trust, 1998 CanLII 2052 (BC SC); http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/1998/1998canlii2052/1998canlii2052.html. “ By Deed of Trust dated April 11, 1957, Louis de la Giroday (the “Settlor”) settled funds on Armand Giroday and Ruth de la Giroday (the “Trustees”). The amount of funds settled is not in evidence. However, the Trust Estate had a valuation day value on December 31, 1971, in the approximate sum of $3,314,500. The Trust Estate consists solely of 9,900 Class “B” non-voting common shares and 79,200 Class “B” preferred shares in the capital stock of Giroday Sawmills Ltd. The Trust Estate is currently valued at approximately $30 million.” . . .  The Settlor died on July 1, 1987, survived by his widow, Ruth de la Giroday, the life tenant of the Trust Estate, and nine living children all of whom have attained the age of 25 years. There are presently 14 grandchildren of the Settlor, nine of whom are infants and none of whom were living at the date of settlement of the Trust Estate. . . .  Following the approach taken by Cumming J.A. in Brannan, I do not consider that any one of the above circumstances, standing alone, would be decisive. However, taken together, I consider that a reasonable person would suppose that the Settlor did not intend that the Trust could be or would be prematurely terminated by disclaimer or otherwise.  Accordingly, in answer to the second question posed in the petition, if the life tenant disclaims her interest in the Trust Estate, the Trust Estate does not vest immediately in the possession of the Settlor’s children pursuant to the doctrine of acceleration.”
Ruth Eleanor de la Giroday, death notice, Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 3, 2016; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-eleanor-de-la-giroday&pid=181286095&fhid=11367 [includes photograph of Ruth Eleanor de la Giroday]: “de la Giroday, Ruth Eleanor (nee Peterson); July 31, 1917 – August 31, 2016: We are saddened to announce Ruth Giroday passed away peacefully with loving family by her side, early in her hundredth year on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Born in Winnipeg, Ruth moved to Vancouver as a nurse, where she met her husband, Louis (Dan), to whom she was married forty-five years. Together, they had ten children: David, Gordon, Brian, Wayne, Robert, Dennis, Leonard, Joan, Marie and Danny, twelve grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Ruth was predeceased by her siblings Elmin, Frans, Leonard, Menal, Gordon, Ross and Ruby. She was adored and loved by all, and we all take heart that she is reunited with family in heaven, in peace and grace. We wish to thank the staff at Evergreen Care, VGH, and Tapestry for their generous care and kindness when she needed it most. A celebration of Ruth’s life will take place Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial St, Burnaby. Interment and reception to follow. Ruth departs with a legacy that will last for generations, and she will be both missed and remembered with fondness. Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street Burnaby, BC V5J1A4, (604) 435-6688”
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYC-9Z9 : accessed 20 April 2016), Dennis Gaston De La Giroday, 1969.
Rose Marie Giroday (daughter of Gaston de la Giroday)
Rosalie Marie Smith, death notice; Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from May 24 to May 25, 2009; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=rosalie-marie-smith&pid=127624559: “SMITH Rosalie Marie (nee de la Giroday) September 1915 – May 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and nanny. Holding hands with her daughter, Rosalie joined the Lord in her 93rd year. Predeceased by her devoted husband, Lawrence of 47 years, her brother Dan Giroday and parents Gaston and Marie Giroday. She is survived by her sisters: Denalda Giroday, Lucy Morrissey and her three daughters: Sharon (Rob Peel), Donalda (Alan Marshall), Theresa (Michael Dow), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rosalie was a gentle, loving kind-hearted woman who will be dearly missed. She was a CWL member for 50 years at Immaculate Conception in Vancouver. Rosalie was dedicated to her family. Rose enjoyed walking, singing, square-dancing, bridge and lawn bowling. She loved going to beaches, swimming and suntanning. A nature-lover, especially of birds and flowers. Prayers will be offered Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph the Worker, 4451 Williams Road, Richmond, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, May 27 at 11:00am celebrated by Fr. Arthur Gouthro S.A. Reception following in foyer. Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby interment at 1:30 pm. Special thanks to Dr. Gosselin, Dr. S. Kuo, the staff at RH North 3 and Fraserview for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, please kindly donate to a charity of your choice.”
Denalda de la Giroday (Sister Mary) (daughter of Gaston de la Giroday)
Denalda Marie de la Giroday, death notice; Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, 2012; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=denalda-marie-de-la-giroday&pid=161295955&fhid=5844: “Denalda Marie de la Giroday; Passed away on Nov. 22, 2012 at the age of 94 at Crescent Gardens, South Surrey, B.C. She is predeceased by her beloved Mother and Father, Mr. And Mrs. Gaston de la Giroday, by her brother Dan (Louis) de la Giroday, and her sister Rose Smith. She is survived by her sister Lucy Morrissey of Vancouver and by a large number of nieces and nephews. Denalda’s deep spirituality, along with her passion for teaching primary students, writing prose and love of nature will never be forgotten. Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at Good Shepherd Church, South Surrey, on Friday, Nov. 30th at 10:00 am. Columbia-Bowell Chapel 604-521-4881; Funeral Home: Kearney’s Columbia-Bowell Chapel, 219 6th Street New Westminster, BC V3L 3A3, (604) 521-4881.”
Lucy de la Giroday (daughter of Gaston de la Giroday)
Louise Francis De La Giroday, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/louise-francis-de-la-giroday_167980136: “Born to Gaston Boyer De La Giroday and Marie LaBerge.”
In Memory of Sharon Marie Peel; May 5, 1949 – January 31, 2016; http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Sharon-Peel&lc=3743&pid=177551233&mid=6783402: “Mrs. Sharon Peel, late of Chilliwack, BC, passed away on January 31, 2016 at the age of 66 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She is survived by her best friend of 40 years, husband Rob, son Blake Laws, daughter Tessa Laws, grandsons: William, Malcolm and Calvin, granddaughters: Angela, Veronica and Alexa, great-granddaughter Alexa and sister Teresa. She was predeceased by: her parents and sister Donelda. A service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.”