Dalkeith Historical Society

Dalkeith – Ontario – Canada

Dolores (Lefebvre) Archer

Dolores (Lefebvre) Archer

“Dolores Lefebvre came to Dalkeith Village the year she was born: 1920. She lived in Dalkeith during her formative year: 1920-1940. It was an era when the village was ‘full of life’.
Skip ahead to the year 2010,  when I had the privilege of meeting Dolores and discovering that our mothers had known each other, a friendship began. We talked on the phone and we visited. Our common interest was Dalkeith. She loved telling stories about those earlier Dalkeith days and I enjoyed listening. Although I did not grow up in Dalkeith, I had a few stories to add to the conversation. Her parents ran a General Store of all-variously including a Tea Room, a Gas Bar, a General store (freshly baked bread), a garage, a pool hall-whatever it took to make a nice living. The store building was stunning and impeccably kept at the time. As a child, she and some of her siblings, would come to my grandparent’s farm (at the NE end of the village) and ask permission to pick the wild roses and lilacs that grew over the old Robertson House ruins.  When she felt sad she said she always recalled the smell of her grandmother’s baking cupboard and that cheered her up. A fun-loving, hardworking, musical family, they were very involved in the life of St. Paul’s parish.  Sunday Mass in those days was a leisurely affair with lots of singing and preaching. Occasionally as they left the church, another type of singing was passing by. Dalhousie way back then was quite the gathering, all night party, spot and so as the parishioners left St. Paul’s the clip-clop of a buggy could be heard along with some local revellers singing their favourite drinking songs on their way home. Fortunately for all, the “horse” was ‘the driver’ and knew his way home. A light moment in their lives where they went from revelling to doing all the morning farm chores. Who knows what the parishioners thought, but today it presents a very visual image.  Many of Dolores stories involved song.Johnny Dan Cameron who lived west outside of town would hitch up his buggy to come into town to do his groceries at Lefebvre’s. In good weather, he brought his violin along, tied the reins to the buggy played all the way in, did his shopping and then played all the way home. Someday I’ll write down all the stories we shared but you get the picture. Dalkeith was a very happy tolerant and friendly town.It was such a pleasure to visit with Dolores. Most often when it was time to leave (from visiting) she would say, “Thank You for coming. I feel better now.”, and I would say the same to her. Such a positive attitude towards life, she was my inspiration to do what I could to help keep Dalkeith on the map.”

Obituary

Peacefully, at Hawkesbury & District General Hospital on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the age of 97.  Beloved wife of the late Ramsay Archer.  Predeceased by her parents Ferdinand and Christina (née Bellefeuille) Lefebvre; and by her siblings Germaine Sauvé (late Napoléon), Lorenzo Lefebvre (late Mélina), Laurier (late Éva), Arcade Lefebvre, Lomer Lefebvre (late Rita), Eveline Lefebvre and Ernest Lefebvre.  Dear aunt of the late Gérard, Eveline, Jacques, Ghislaine, Marcel, the late Louise, Camille, Jean-Marc, Suzanne, Lorraine, Constance, Paul, Raymond, Diane, Jackie, Richard and Carole.  Dolores will be fondly remembered by her extended family, friends, neighbours, and her former colleagues at Royal Trust Real Estate.  Relatives and friends are requested to gather at the Salon Funéraire Glengarry Funeral Home, 580 Main St. S., Alexandria, (613) 525-3400 on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9 – 11 am.  A Liturgy of The Word will be celebrated at the Chapel on Friday March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am.  A reception will follow.  Spring Interment, Cimetière St. Gregoire, Vankleek Hill.  Memorial donations to the Dalkeith Historical Society, Box 4, Dalkeith, ON K0B 1EO would be appreciated by the family.

Got to the Glengarry Funeral Home website here to view a terrific video with music about Dolores’s life: http://glengarryfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/189/Dolores-Archer-n-e-Lefebvre/obituary.html#tribute-start