Who was John?

John Poirier 1919-1997

John Poirier was a man who could discuss politics, religion, economics, mining, forestry and the environment in both French and English.  As a young teenager he worked in the forests of Baie Comeau, Quebec, and being ambitious, won a prize for cutting 2.96 cords of wood per day, everyday for six months!  He was a fisherman with his father and six brothers during summers in Charlo.  He was a veteran of World War II, a President of the Legion, and a miner.  He was an educator and leader of men gaining much recognition and acclaim for keeping his men safe on the job for at least 30,000 consecutive shifts.  He also won the John T Ryan Trophy  in 1963-64-65 for outstanding  achievement in accident prevention.  He was an engineer without formal education.  Many mining engineers and geologists asked for his advice in solving the many problems presented to them in the mining industry.   Along with all this knowledge, he was a plumber, an electrician and a businessman.  Anything he undertook he made a great success.  He invented machines to make life easier–trolleys, pulleys,  a machine so one person could fold sheets efficiently.  He even sewed his own clothing, he made his own wine and could cook!  He was never afraid to undertake any project because he felt that if other men could do it, so could he! 

He was a hard-rock miner who worked in mines in Timmins, Red Lake, Eldorado, Murdochville, and Bathurst.  He was much more than that; He was a family man who had a wife and seven children.  He liked to travel, to meet people of different cultures, try their food, and he was curious about science and the natural environment. 

He grew up in the small town of Charlo, New Brunswick.  His father was a fisherman and woodsman.   He  said that during the Great Depression there were people who starved in this country.  He and his friend moved from Northern New Brunswick to Baie Comeau, Quebec and then on to Ontario.  They found hard work for a dollar a day.  He had a great work ethic, saying “Hard work never killed anyone!”.  He enjoyed work. 

John and Dorothy Poirier outside the front office at John’s Motel

When he built the motel in 1968-69 he wanted it to be a place for people to come who might not be able to afford a more expensive place.  He wanted the working people to be able to travel, too.  He wanted the motel  to be clean, comfortable and affordable.   He enjoyed meeting the customers and finding out where they were from and where they were going.   John’s Motel was the first in the Bathurst area to have an in-ground, heated swimming pool.  John and his wife Dorothy and their children were all involved in the upkeep and the running of the motel.  They did everything!  It wasn’t too much for them to cook breakfast for dozens of customers.   They did the laundry, ironed and folded thousands of sheets and towels.  Scrubbed and cleaned rooms and polished floors.  It created a cohesive team and a loving, supportive family.

In later years, both he and his wife Dorothy, enjoyed seeing the renovations and work that his son Dollard did to the motel.  Dollard has upgraded the property, enlarging rooms, modernizing kitchenettes, adding telephones, high speed internet and a host of other modern conveniences to the motel.  Even though, John Poirier passed away in 1997, his dream lives on so that all people can enjoy a comfortable sleep in affordable accommodations.

         Arrive as a client and leave as a friend. 

John Poirier était un mineur  qui a travaillé dans les mines à Timmins, Red Lake, Eldorado, Murdochville et Bathurst. Il aimait beaucoup la vie familiale. Il etait le papa de sept enfants.  Il aimait  voyager, rencontrer des gens de cultures varies, d’essayer leur nourriture, et il était curieux de la science et l’environnement naturel.

Il a ete eleve dans la petite ville de Charlo,  Nouveau-Brunswick. Son père était  pêcheur et  bûcheron. Il a dit qu’il y avait des gens qui ont meurt de faim dans ce pays pendant la Grande Dépression des annees 30. Lui et son ami a quitter NB pour allez trouver le travail dans le nord  à Baie Comeau, Québec,  est apres a l’Ontario. Ils ont trouvé le travail la bas et ils gagnaient un dollar par jour. Il avait une éthique du travail, en disant « le travail dur a jamais tué une personne! ». Il a pris du plaisir dans son  travail.

Lorsqu’il a  construit le motel en 1968-69, il voulait etre la propreataire d’un etablissment pour un clientele familiale, des gens qui cherchait un motel propre et acquillant. Il voulait offrir un prix acceptable aux travailleurs qui avait le gout de prendre des vacances avec leur famille.  Il voulait offrir le confort dans un endroit propre et abordable.  Rencontrer les clients et découvrir où ils ont été et où ils allaient etait un grand interet pour lui.

 John’s Motel  a été la première dans la région de Bathurst de construire une piscine creusée et chauffée. John et son épouse Dorothy et leurs enfants ont été impliqués dans l’entretien et les services offert au motel. Ils ont tout fait comme famille ! Ce n’etait pas trop pour eux de preparer  le petit déjeuner pour des dizaines de clients pendant la saison estivale. Ils ont fait la lessive, repassage et pliées de milliers de draps et de serviettes. Il a vraiment créé une équipe  familiale .

Quelques années plus tard, lui et son épouse Dorothy ont ete surpris avec la rénovation et le travail que leurs fils Dollard a fait pendant leur absence en Floride. Dollard a mis  la propriété à jour avec une  élargissement des chambres, modernisation des cuisinettes, une service de téléphone dans chaque chambre, internet haute vitesse et  d’autres commodités .

 John Poirier est décédé en 1997, apres avoir realise son reve de cree une etablissement pour les personnes qui cherchait un bon prix et une rencontre agreable.

                      Arrive comme client et partir comme ami. 

 

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