My name is Georges –yes, with an S, because I was born in France. I started collecting clocks and tinkering with them over 50 years ago. My father was from the area of France well known for its champagne and many homes still had tall clocks called Morbier. They were fascinating and I spent many nights trying to fix my first one. I still have my first Morbier clock with me here in Ottawa and it still works! (see picture).
Over the years, I have collected clocks from various sources and my wife has been kind enough to accept them in our home – except in our bedroom!
I have joined on the Ottawa chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, taken courses with Mr. Dan Hudon, and bought many books on clock repair. Clock repair has been my main occupation for the past 20 years and I am proud of my accomplishments. I even had a chance to train a gentleman who is now in the business for himself. But time has taken a toll on my health and performance and I have to reduce the time I spend on this fascinating activity.
I have repaired many grandfather clocks – some as old as 300 years. It has become a specialty and I am proud of my success with them. I have repaired clocks for various embassies in Ottawa, including the USA, the British High Commission, Austria, Sweden and Argentina. I have just repaired clock number 4,300, in May 2019.
Repairing clocks has been a passion, and it gave me great pleasure and satisfaction to bring life back into them. But time has come to reduce my activity in this field and spend more time with my family and other volunteer endeavours- such as the International Association of Lions clubs, of which I am a Life Member.
I will therefore limit my work to repairing grandfather clocks (aka tall case clocks). However, I will continue to maintain clocks that I have repaired in the past to honor my commitment to provide this service as long as I can do it.
I want to thank Dr. Allan Symons, curator of the Canadian Clock Museum in Deep River, ON for referring many clients to me over the years.