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The author reveals that he is related to that once-reviled Anglophone despised by Québécois nationalist of a certain age, the fat English lady ("la grosse Anglaise de chez Eaton") who worked at Montreal's Eaton's department store. The Fat English Lady was his Aunt Mae. Mae Thompson (d. 1977), born in eastern Ontario, lived in the east end of the city (now referred to as The Plateau) most of her adult life. She was an active member of St. Dominic's Parish, an Irish-Scots Catholic church and elementary school on Delorimier Avenue, between Gilford and Mount Royal. Widowed in 1952, with four children to support, she found employment at Eaton's. The author includes a history of St. Dominc's Parish, which was established in 1912 (and had over 2,600 parishoners in 1934), and Mae Thompson's attachment to it. The parish officially ended in 2008, although the parish church had closed in 1975. Both the church and school have been torn down.
Quebec Heritage News
O’Donnell, Kevin. “True Confessions.” Quebec Heritage News, April 2009. http://qahn.org/files/quebecanglophoneheritagenetwork/documents/qhn/qhn_mar-apr_2009_web-version_0.pdf.
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