Charest, Armand Hilaire

Regiment: Strathcona Horse
Regimental Number: M63816

Armand Charest was born on December 6, 1915, in Beaumont AB, where he grew up. On May 13, 1941 he enlisted with the army and served in England, North Africa, Italy, and western Europe, and he was discharged on February 4, 1946. Armand married Louisa Regina Leger (“Louise”) on October 27, 1947 in Westlock AB. They lived in Edmonton until the following year, when Armand worked for the Department of Highways and built ferries at Dunvegan, Watino, Peace River, and other places for 4 years. Louise worked with the crew as a cook for 3 years. In spring 1952 they moved onto their homestead in Eaglesham which they obtained from the Lassiter Project. The Charests had 4 children: Mariette, Eugene, Louis and Denise. They farmed for over 25 years. Armand died at age 85 in 2004 in Grande Prairie, and Louise died in 2006 in Eaglesham.

Source: Smoky Peace Triangle pp. 169-170 (photos)