For 75 years now, a Voisin family-owned auto garage has stood on the corner of Maryhill Road and St. Charles Street.
Established in 1946, the garage opened after Roman Voisin drove to Buffalo for building materials due to a local shortage in the aftermath of the Second World War. Since then, there has always been a Voisin working on cars in Maryhill.
Only the name changed over the years – and it was just a small change – when Roman sold his ‘H & R Voisin’ garage to his nephew, and current owner, Greg Voisin. Rebranding as G & C Voisin Automotive, after Greg and Cathy Voisin, the couple has continued the legacy of honest and reliable automotive services to the community.
“The clientele has come down through generations,” explained Cathy. “They’re very loyal because we’re trustworthy, honest and [provide] good service.”
The kind of history and legacy G & C Voisin Automotive carries behind it doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work and support from the community around the business. That community support was shown in full force when Roman and Mary Voisin passed away in 2019, just a month apart from one another.
“It is a community that really supports one another,” said Cathy. “You really see that, like when Romy [Roman] and Mary passed away. Just the outpouring of love and support and well wishes because they had been a pillar in this community for so long,” added Cathy
While the strong bonds of community in Maryhill might not have changed, one thing that has seen change is the types of vehicles that have passed through those garage doors over the last 75 years.
“There’s always new equipment and training,” said Greg.
As Greg and Cathy continue their work at the G & C Voisin Automotive garage, they can rest easy knowing that their son Colin is ready and eager to take up the mantle.
“One thing that I like a lot is when someone comes in asking for a [specific] car and wants us to help find one, then I get to do the research and [search] auctions,” said Colin.
No one can predict the future, especially in these current pandemic tinged times, but it would be a safe bet that there will always be a Voisin working on cars in Maryhill.