Félix Allard, who has died at the age of 88, was a prominent entrepreneur and business owner who was born and raised in St-Étienne-de-Bolton. His father, Aimé, moved from St-Etienne to Foster in 1941. A born entrepreneur, Aimé bought the Armstrong sandpit and Gable Farm, and he launched Camping Maple Beach, known today as le Camping des Erables.

Like father, like son, Félix was one of the best known business leaders in the community. He started work with his parents in the Armstrong gravel and sand pit in Foster. In 1961 he was one of the founders of Allard & Allard Construction. That became successful and later he expanded into the concrete delivery business. A classic entrepreneur, he came up with many ideas that brought employment and prosperity to the area. He and family members owned the Maple Beach Camping grounds on the shore of Brome Lake in Foster.

Mayor Richard Burcombe said M. Allard was a steward of the environment. “He was always very conscious of the quality of Brome Lake and the environment. His main thing was looking after the quality of the water in the lake. He was a good man, very meticulous.”

Félix Allard was born in 1931 and died in late February after a fall on the ice. He is survived by his wife Reine Boisvert, his daughter Huguette (Robert Ferrari), his brother Alcide and sister Yvette.