My grandfather was born just before the turn of the nineteenth century in Cornwall, Ontario, a small developing town back then, which lies along the Saint Lawrence River. Philip Sr., son of Joseph Lapensee and Victoire Laperle, was born June 4, 1891, the third child in a family of seven. Philip attended college where he became a tailor by trade and at the age of nineteen, worked in Ottawa sewing uniforms for officers of the Canadian Armed Forces earning 48 dollars a month.
On the 1st of September in 1914, he married a young woman, Josephine Leroux, with whom he had been neighbors for many years. After the birth of their first child in Ottawa, they moved to Alberta to settle and raise 6 children together.
Philip Lapensee Sr. died in Vancouver British Columbia on January 15th 1979.