The Great Departed
These personalities from the region left us during the past year.
Gilles Loyer, who was a journalist for 47 years in the Lanaudière region, died at the age of 79. Gilles Loyer began his career in 1961 by becoming the first journalist hired by the CJLM radio station in Joliette. In the mid-1970s, he left radio to join the editorial staff of the Joliette-Journal. He then worked at L’Expression, then at the newspaper L’Action until his retirement in March 2007.
Alice Quintal died on January 9, at the age of 88. Ms. Quintal was the main founder of the Municipal Library of Rawdon, inaugurated in 1980. This lady had an incredible passion for books, she was still very active and involved in the library.
The Joliettain businessman Simon Karam died on February 7, at the age of 82. After a career in the fur trade, Mr. Karam opened a restaurant (Le Franco) in downtown Joliette. He also created and operated an entertainment center with the Sterling pub nightclub, then a catering service and the Chez Simon reception halls.
On February 10, after 55 years of common life and 50 years of marriage, peacefully died together Doctor Jacques Toupin and Nicole Lamarre, aged 77 and 75 respectively. Jacques Toupin was particularly recognized for his involvement in the arts community for having chaired the acquisition committee of the Musée d’art de Joliette for several years. The collector also donated more than 350 works to the museum institution.
On February 14, Éric Blouin of Joliette passed away suddenly at the age of 51. He was the son of the late Paul Blouin and Armande Grégoire. Éric Blouin has notably worked as a photographer for the newspaper Le Régional.
On February 17, at the age of 73, died Normand Montagne, husband of Françoise Ricard, residing in Sainte-Béatrix. Mr. Montagne was a municipal councilor from 2005 to 2009 and mayor of the municipality of Sainte-Béatrix from 2009 to 2013.
On February 18, at the age of 75, died Pierre Vincent de Joliette. Mr. Vincent was involved with people living with an intellectual disability, notably as an arts teacher at the Espace Jeunesse school and as a founding member of L’Arche Lanaudière. He was also an active member of the Musée d’art de Joliette.
On March 22, at the age of 86, passed away Jean-Guy Ratelle of Saint-Charles-Borromée. An involved and benevolent man, Mr. Ratelle made a six-year foray into politics from November 1978 to November 1984.
On Saturday April 16, surrounded by his family, Jean Joubert, who was editor-in-chief of L’Express Montcalm (2008 to 2018), died at the age of 64 following a long battle with cancer. During his career, Jean Joubert has also worked as a journalist for the Lanaudière and Laval regions, in addition to making himself known on the radio, notably at CJLM and CJTR. Colleague appreciated by all, Jean had more than thirty years in the service of the news.
On May 8, at the age of 91, passed away Jacques Lane, husband of the late Rosianne Ducharme, residing in Saint-Charles Borromée. Mr. Lane was a great volunteer with the Saint-Vincent de Paul Society (SSVP) of Joliette. The Quebec section of the SSVP recognized his work by awarding him the Frédéric Ozanam medal. The SSVP of Joliette had also honored his memory by designating its administrative center as the Jacques Lane building.
On June 23, at the age of 79, died Michel Beaudry husband of Monique Nadeau residing in Joliette. Mr. Beaudry was a great sportsman. He was the first Quebecer to participate with Team Canada in the World Amateur Baseball Championship in 1971.
Joseph Jacques Roland Pierre Marcotte, originally from Joliette, died on July 13 in Quebec, at the age of 83. Mr. Marcotte was a television and radio host, Quebec businessman and restaurant manager. He was notably known thanks to the humorous program Les Tannants.
On July 31, at the age of 56, Sergeant Gino Paré of the Sûreté du Québec died. Mr. Paré was a much-loved host of the defunct Joliette radio station CJLM.
Guy Lemay died peacefully at his home on August 5, at the age of 83, surrounded by his family. After a career in finance, Mr. Lemay became, in 1979, a successful franchisee for McDonald’s restaurants in the Lanaudière region, including Joliette.
On August 28, at the age of 92, passed away Maurice Bourassa. He was the husband of Nicole Desmarais residing in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. Mr. Bourassa was a person involved in the community and society in various ways. He was chairman of the CHRDL board of directors from 1985 to 1995, member and treasurer of the Festival International de Lanaudière, founding member of the Lions Club of Joliette, president of the Notre-Dame-des-Prairies parish factory and of many other associations and committees.
Gilles Lepage of Saint-Côme died on September 2, at the age of 82. Mr. Lepage was mayor of Saint-Côme from 1995 to 1999. He was wholeheartedly involved in contributing to the well-being of his community throughout his life.
On September 15, at the age of 95, died Gérard Miron of Chertsey. Mr. Miron was municipal councilor of Chertsey from 1967 to 1972 and mayor of the municipality from 1972 to 1981. He was also involved in numerous organizations, including the Caisse populaire Desjardins, the school board, the choir of Chertsey, the Knights of Columbus and the Chertsey Golden Age Club.
Armand Doré died on September 28, at the age of 91. He was the son of the late Hector Doré and the late Laura Guertin. He was married to Rolande Laflèche for 64 years. Mr. Doré was mayor of Saint-Damien from 1995 to 2003.
After a long battle with illness, on November 22, at the age of 44, died Mathieu Ferland of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. He was the son of Micheline Pichette and Gilles Ferland. He was also the devoted father of two young boys. Mathieu Ferland has worked in the region’s communications sector. He has been a journalist for various newspapers, including L’Action, L’Image and Le Journal de Joliette.
On November 26, at the age of 78, died Michel Roy, husband of Suzanne Bélair, residing in Saint-Charles-Borromée. Mr. Roy was President of the Fédération des Caisses Populaires de Lanaudière in the 1990s.
On December 2, at the age of 80, died Serge Rochon, husband of Thérèse Tessier. Mr. Rochon is a former municipal councilor of Joliette and during his career, he also worked as director general of the Commission scolaire des Affluents in Repentigny.