As one of the youngest in the family, François-Xavier found himself living alone with his mother on Île au Canot at the age of 22. Since he didn’t want to get married young—like most of his brothers and sisters had done—and life on Île au Canot was only possible as a family, with everyone pitching in, he signed the island over to his brother Joseph-Liguori, who was already married and had a number of children.
From Île au Canot to Île d’Orléans
François-Xavier went with his mother to live in Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans in 1921. He knew the village well, since one of his sisters lived there and two of his brothers had found work there. François-Xavier had worked for a few months at Chantier maritime de Saint-Laurent, a shipyard specializing in repairing and manufacturing large wooden schooners. A number of other craftsmen and boatbuilders also plied their trade in the village of Saint-Laurent, which had become a hub for wooden rowboat building.