Last Night I Saw Someone I Loved at the Halloween Parade



I stopped writing and even thinking about beauty pageants the day Jeanette Gallipeau Boldt died. For years I have carried around a yellowed newspaper picture of her in my address book and finally put it to rest in a photo album a few years ago. Today I went to look for it and I guess I hid it so well I couldn’t find it. For all of you who do not remember her, Jeanette made Carleton Place proud. She competed in the Miss Canada pageant, and was a great ombudsman for our area as Miss Eastern Ontario. I had the honour of making a few of her gowns, and as Mary Jane Lancaster reminded me last night–she was someone you will never forget.


What happened to her was tragic, and I don’t want to go into details as everyone, especially her family, still mourns her loss. Jeanette and her new husband lost their life in the Maddawaska River years ago valiantly trying to save two of their friends in a capsized boat. Not only did Jeanette and her husband drown, but the whole town of Carleton Place drowned in emotions along with her family. Voltaire once said that tears are the silent language of grief. There is no doubt grief is the price of love.

Every day I see a lot of articles in newspaper archives about Carleton Place and the beauty pageants they once had, but I cannot write about them. It is just not in my heart, as Jeanette’s death still makes me stop, think, and mourn. However, a great soul never dies– and it somehow brings us together again as it did last night. During the Carleton Place Halloween Parade I met our very own Miss Teen Canada- Haven Lamothe.


Haven walked along side of my little pink car down Bridge Street during the parade, and we had a great time. I watched her mingle with the crowd and saw how much love she has in her heart while she talked to others. Silent tears covered my face at some point as I remembered Jeanette Gallipeau Boldt.

Representing crowns as they both do and did requires confidence, charisma and character. Inner beauty isn’t just about having a pretty face–it’s about having a beautiful soul. Last night driving down Bridge Street I thought I saw Jeanette waving at me from the crowd. When I looked again she was gone.

No one ever dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories. Jeannete did that during her short life, and now, so will Haven Lamothe. After all, the sign of a true Queen is the respect she holds for others– as highly as her crown.

In memory of sweet Jeannette.

Haven Lamothe

Miss Teen Lanark County – World 2013
Miss Teen Canada – World top 64
Youth Advocate for the Canadian Cancer Society
Miss Teen Ontario American Beauty 2014
Miss Teen Canada International 2015

Thanks to Joyce White for telling me her picture was in this weeks Carleton Place Canadian.

Thanks to Lorraine Nephine… Jeanetteis the one with the hat

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

11 responses »

  1. What beautiful article, Linda, about 2 beautiful girls. I am proud to call Haven my Great-Niece. And how right you are about her – kind, compassionate, with a heart full of gold.

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  2. Thanks for remembering, I worked with Jake while Jeanette was competing and he had me come out and take pictures! Wayne was the MC and it was an incredible night ❤


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