Korean War vet and service club founder passes on

QUADEVILLE – Although Paul Latour had a difficult life in his early years, he gave generously to the community that he called home. The Quadeville resident was born on April 20, 1931 in Black River, Quebec to a trapper (also named Paul) and Philmon, (nee LeClaire,) a housewife. He had four siblings, and was the second oldest out of his two sisters and two brothers. When Paul was only seven years old, his mother passed away and the children were sent into the Children’s Aid Society. Each child was sent to different homes. When speaking to the Gazette in 2011, Paul suspected his father wasn’t ready to raise the children on his own. Paul spent some time in Stonecliffe, Ontario, before relocating to Barry’s Bay to work on a farm. He was only nine years old. Then, when he was 13, he ran away and went to a lumber camp in Deux Rivières. During his year there, he did chores like bringing in wood and feeding horses. Paul eventually got a job at Westinghouse. When he was around 20 years old, he figured it was time to join the army. It was something he had always wanted to do; when he was young, he used to march down the street, swinging his arms just as the soldiers did. He enlisted in Ottawa and did some training in Valcartier, Québec. He later moved to Fort Louis, Washington for advanced training. He was a member of the 22nd Regiment Infantry. The Korean War was a result of a divide between the North Korea and South Korea. The North had formed a communist government while the South had a democratic government. Pick up a copy of the May 2, 2018 paper to read the full story.