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Music Cape Breton's Diversity in Unity

Artist Rev. Charles Aucoin

Rev. Charles Aucoin, known to many as “Father Charlie,” was born in Chéticamp, February 19, 1911, a son of the late Moise Aucoin and Mathilde Leblanc. He was ordained priest at the Eudist Seminary in Charlesbourg, Quebec in 1936. He later moved to Halifax where he served as a professor of Canon Law at Holy Heart Seminary (1938-1958 and 1961-1967) and as Superior of the Seminary (1956-1962).

Upon retirement in 1973, he returned home to Chéticamp where he became an important leader within the culture and heritage community for the next 25 years. With a particular passion for Acadian history and genealogy, Rev. Aucoin transcribed, by hand, over 200 years of church records and prepared over 100,000 personal records. He was a vocal advocate and promoter of the resurrection of La Société Saint-Pierre and the construction of the cultural centre, Les Trois Pignons.

He died September 6, 1999 in Chéticamp.