These are some of the stories I’ve collected of my grandfather, William Lamondin, growing up in a lighthouse.
The LamondinÂ family has lived in Britt, Ontario since before the town had this name. I’ve heard stories about when Britt was a logging town, when the coal docks were the centre of activity, when the railway was installed, when electricity arrived, and when the lighthouse became automated and no longer required a keeper. AsÂ my parents drive up and down the Britt road, they recite histories of the buildings and the families, sometimes going back a hundred years.
Today I found a wonderful story about my great-grandfather, Louis Lamondin. He was the lighthouse keeper of Gereaux Island Lighthouse on Georgian Bay from 1910-1918 and from 1925-1946. He was responsible for the light for 29 years! My family lived there for over fifty years.