Honoured by Lori Laporte.
Aldege and Christina Laporte
Aldege and Christina Laporte were the love behind Laporte’s Nursery and Greenhouses. They lived on a small farm in Nipissing Junction which is located at the south end of Lakeshore Drive. They were both blessed with green thumbs and passed it on to their children and grandchildren. They had three children; James William Laporte (Beverlee – deceased 2007), Denis Laporte (Paula) and Lea Bale (Bill). Jim had two daughters, Keely and Lori and Lea had three children, Steve, Karen and Cathy.
Grandma and Grandpa worked very hard in their garden. In fact everyone loved their vegetables so much they started asking if they could buy produce from them. That is how Laporte’s Nursery started. Prior to that my grandpa owed Alec’s Meat Market and Deli, known as The Joke shop for 40 years after the deli closed. Grandpa also drove the bus from Callander to North Bay. The garden centre is a four generation business. My dad Jim took the business over in 1971 and Aunt Lea has worked there since its inception. I now do the day to day operation of the business. Aldege and Tina were kind and gentle people and our entire family have fond memories and lots of love in our hearts for them. I pay special tribute to the awesome grandparents I was lucky enough to have.