His last studio portrait, taken in the Spring of 2000 in Costa Mesa, California, where he was living in a senior citizen's center.
||Armand Charest in Uniform. |
Armand Charest in uniform. Taken at the end of his basic training in Texas, about December 1943.
||Armand Charest and Emilie (Frechette) Charest|
A photo of Armand Charest and his mother Emilie (Frechette) Charest. This photo appears to have been taken prior to Armand being drafted into the US Army, which makes the date sometime sometime between late 1942 to early 1943.
||Armand Charest and Noella (Charest) Papangoes|
Armand Charest and his sister Noella. Noella was a hair dresser who was able to earn her license in the early 1940s because of Armand. While Armand was in the Army he was sending his pay home into a saving account. Noella mentioned to Armand she wanted to become a hairdresser but didn't have the money to attend the school. Armand told her to use his Army money for her school and license. Noella never forgot his kindness and spoke of it often to Armand's children. This photo would have been taken sometime around the later half of the 1990s.
||Wedding Photograph of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens|
Wedding Photograph of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens, cutting their wedding cake. May 29, 1955
||The Charest Family, Descendants of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest|
A family photograph of all nine children of Ildephonse and Emilie (Frenchette) Charest. Taken during a family reunion in the early 1980s. This was the last time all nine children were together, as Margaret would pass several years later.
From Left to right, top row:
Rita, Noella, George, Lucille, Margaret
Clair, Joe, Armand, Theresa
||The Family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest|
The family of Armand and Martha (Wilkens) Charest. Taken on the wedding day of Ronald Charest's first wedding October 15, 1986. From left to right: Martha, Melinda, Ron (in uniform), Howard, Jeff, Armand. This was the last time the entire family was together.
||Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens Wedding|
Wedding Photo of Armand Charest and Martha Wilkens as they walked down the isle of the chapel
||Death Certificate of Armand Charest|
Death Certificate of Armand Charest. Armand died February 3, 2004
||Armand Charest's DD214 Certificate|
Discharge document showing Armand Charest's record of service in the US Army during WWII, and honorable discharge.
||Birth Certificate for Armand Charest|
Copy of birth certificate for Armand Charest. Armand's birth name was Joseph Armand Gabriel Charest, but Armand never used his name "Joseph" in any legal document.
||College Diploma Awarded To Armand Charest|
One of Armand's lifelong dream was to earn his Bachelor's degree. On December 23, 1986, at the age of 62, Armand did earn his Bachelor of Arts in English, through California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Armand did earn an Associates of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering through Farmingdale Agricultural College in the mid-1960s. Armand was a Tool and Die Maker, and had hopes of getting into engineering work. However, Armand would later complain that holding an Associates actually hurt him in his career; His Associates Degree made him overqualified for some jobs and under-qualified for others.
||Certificate Of Excellence in Tutoring awarded to Armand Charest|
After Armand's retirement as a tool and die maker, he worked part-time as an English language tutor through Palomar College Tutoring Center. His work continued until about 2002, when Armand suffered a stroke that left him half-paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, and requiring 24/7 nursing care. This certificate was awarded to Armand at conclusion of the 1998/1999 school year.
||Wedding Announcement Armand and Martha (Charest) Wilkens|
Newspaper announcement of the wedding of Armand Charest and Martha (Charest) Wilkens. No date or newspaper information, but date would be sometime in 1955, location Queens, New York City, New York
||Memoirs of Armand Charest Part I|
Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part I in a three-part series.
||Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part II|
Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part II in a three-part series.
||Memoirs of Armand Charest, Part III|
Several years before Armand had his stroke which ultimately was fatal, he wrote some family history. This is part III in a three-part series.