With all this said, my 1st cousin (x2 removed) Oliver Joseph MALONE Amirault was one of those unfortunate souls and I would like to honor him by writing his story. As you can see from his photo he looked quite distinguished and handsome.
|Oliver Joseph MALONE Amirault|
courtesy of Lea d'Entremont
Most of my Canadian family were called by their middle names, however, friends and family called Oliver by his nick name, MALONE. In looking back at the name for that era, I'm thinking maybe he was good at playing baseball as a youngster and was named after a famous baseball player of the 1920s?
In 1915 he traveled to the U.S., according to border-crossing documents, and lived in Boston for some time. As of, June, 1917, he listed himself as short and slender with blue eyes and brown hair when he registered for the WWI draft. He listed his occupation as "painter". I'm not sure if it was while he was in the "States" or when he returned to Pubnico, that he took a liking to his moonshine.
According to his niece, Lea d'Entremont (who helped me last week with Laurie Amirault)
"Uncle Malone was somewhat of an alcoholic and he was living in the homestead with Ernest [his brother] and Alma [his sister-in-law] and of course Alma was always growling at him because of his drinking. One day he was at a store and this lady asked about Alma and he answered "if ever she gets ill and asks for a drink, she'll be mighty thirsty before I bring her a drink!" He drank but he was not always 'drunk' and I guess he was very comical. I just remember seeing him a couple of times before he left Pubnico. One of those times was one Easter day. Mom looked out the window and said to dad, 'here comes Oliver and he seems to be sober.' He [Oliver] came inside and after they talked a bit dad offered him a drink!! I'll never understand that move as long as I live, to me it didn't make any sense at all and it still doesn't. I was only 4 or five at that time but I remember it very well." Lea goes on to write that "After he left Pubnico he worked in the Annapolis Valley as a painter for years and never came back home."
According to his death certificate he was missing from May 14th, 1955 until they found him on May 25th, 1955. The excerpt below, from his death certificate states "This man disappeared May 14/55. Found dead in a water closet May 25/55. No evidence of external injury. Death due to 1. coronary thrombosis [heart blockage], 2 or cerebral hemorrhage [bleed in brain], 3 or subarachnoid hemorrhage [bleed in spine?]." Yes, my cousin died in an outhouse and was there 11 days before anyone found the chap. Poor Oliver was brought back home to Pubnico to be buried but it was a closed casket.
NOTE: Thank you again to Lea d'Entremont for her contributions to Oliver's story and the photo of her Uncle "Malone". Oliver never married and I wonder if he had married if maybe he would have avoided the hooch and may have been found in the outhouse sooner. If AA was available to him maybe this unfortunate ending could have been avoided??