Philippe was born on January 20, 1920 at Ste. Agathe des Monts. He had Secondary School; three years commercial college. Employed as hospital orderley; also shipper/receiver.
He enlisted on May 20, 1941 in Montreal. Served at Manning Depot, Quebec City; #1 Wireless School, Monteal; B & G School, Mont Joli. Received WAG wing posted UK May 1, 1942 he received further training at Silloth, Madley, Wigtown, Bircham Newton and Beaulieu.
He was on #224 Squadron RAF Coastal Command and served at St. Eval, Cornwall; Aldergrove and Ballykelly, Ireland and Reykjavik, Iceland. RCAF Crew - Pete Hamill, Pilot; Bill Armitage, Navigator; Paul Berube, WAG; RAF Crew: S/L Bulloch DSO*, DFC*, Pilot; Frank Durrant, Navigator.
Philippe worked for 40 years for a co-operative wholesale drug firm. He took four years of accounting by correspondence, two years public speaking , four years of Retail Merchandising Administration through evening classes; and three semesters of creative writing. He retired in 1985 and is active on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of his condominium. Hi is also Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Condominium Institute(Toronto and Area Chapter)
Philippe met a Yorkshire lass, Barbara while on leave in London. They have on son (in BC) and one daughter in Keswick, and six grand-daughters and one grandson.
Philippe tells and interesting story of research into his family history. In 1990, his cousin-a nun in Montreal - had a family tree prepared which revealed the first Grignon French ancestor as being from St. Philbert, Lucon Diocese, Poitou, France. In 1991, on their first trip to France, they visited the area and began gathering information. With the help of a local “pen pal”, they learned that his ancestor was actually from St. Philbert -du-Pont Charrault, Lucon, Vendee, France. They were invited to France to meet local dignitaries and receive further information about Philippe’s ancestors. On May 31, 1993 the Grignons were received at the Mayor’s office and Philippe was presented with the medal of the town of Chantonnay into which St. Philbert had been amalgamated. During their visit, they visited the church where his first ancestor was baptized in 1663. Philippe was thought to be the first Grignon to return to the “source”. 2000