The face of the pandemic

Visages de la pandémie

Behind all the statistics, there are especially people whose lives have been cut short by the COVID-19. Already more than 1400 families in quebec are mourning the loss, of which 569 were added in the last week alone. Our journalists have picked up the history of some of them in order to put a face to the too many victims of this pandemic is unprecedented.

Marcel Auger, 95 years old, Québec

The history of the veteran of the Second world War, Marcel Auger has been told in a book written by author Julie Hubert (below).

One of the last heroes québec of the Second world War, Marcel Auger has unfortunately lost his battle against this sneaky virus last week.

“He has survived many things, but the COVID-19 has been because of him,” said his son, Alain Auger.

The loss of Mr. Auger is all the more sad as it was, to 95 years, one of the few Quebecers still alive to have lived through the Normandy invasion.

Since then, the one who took care of the supply of aviation felt invested with a duty of memory, and has never hesitated to tell what he experienced during the war of 1939-1945.

A book on his fear

The heroic story of Marcel Auger has even been the subject of a book entitled scared to death. The author, Julie Hubert, who has done interviews for five years with the soldier before writing his book in 2006, said it was turned upside down by the death of this great man.

“I blew up the heart “, illustrates the woman who remained attached to him.

Nicknamed “Mickey Rooney” during the war, because he was small and blond as the actor of the time, Marcel Auger cannot be regarded, however, as a hero. “He was the one who was afraid of a war too big for him,” says the writer.

The veteran, however, has lived the stages of the liberation of Europe.

If it has not been in the first wave of soldiers on Juno beach on June 6, 1944, Mr. Auger has been at the heart of the operation four days later, to him who was in charge of the planes landing on the runways built on the French beaches.

Mr. Auger, when he enlisted in the army and work as a mechanic at the front.

The veteran also went to the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen at that time just released. “There was still prisoners,” notes Hubert.

Marcel Auger died on April 18, at the Maison Paul-Triquet, a residence reserved for the veterans, now with an outbreak of coronavirus.

His son Alain regrets that his father, who was still in good physical shape, but was suffering from mild dementia was not made at the age of 100 years.

Dream to be a centenary

“One of his dreams was to make it to 100 years, he said. And it would probably have made “, he believes.

Before the death of her father, Alain Auger was able to visit one last time by wearing the safety equipment.

“It was hard to breathe with this waterproof yellow, it is very hot “, he says.

The one who brought the equipment for 30 minutes so had a thought for the employees who work more than 12 hours with these protectors of plastic.

“How do you work all day with that ?” has he asked for in praising their dedication.

“You get used to it “, simply replied to these heroes of modern times.

  • May 5, 1924 : Marcel Auger was born in Quebec city.
  • 2 November 1942 : One who worked in The Arsenal of Quebec decides to enlist.
  • June 1943 : He leaves for England.
  • 10 June 1944 : J+4, Marcel Auger crowd Juno beach in Normandy for the supply of gasoline to aviation.
  • May 1945 : as a private driver for the officers, Mr. Auger went to the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, in Germany.
  • January 30, 1946 : The soldier is discharged and can go home.
  • April 18, 2020 : veteran dies of the COVID-19, in Quebec city.

– Nicolas Saillant

Micheline, Robert, 76 years, Vaudreuil-Dorion

This terrible virus offers very little opportunity for elders who have pulmonary problems.

This was unfortunately the case for Micheline Robert who was suffering from emphysema, chronic for several years.

Already, the seventy-year-old had to be oxygenated prior to his hospitalization for gastro-enteritis, three weeks before the onset of the virus.

His brother Alain Robert, a caregiver for several members of his family of 12 people, confess to have lived ” in the hours worrying “.

“She was no longer able to breathe “, he explains.

Mrs. Robert lived at the Manoir Harwood, where the great majority of the beneficiaries are infected.

“The problem is the containment, it is necessary that everyone be confined, even the employees,” pleads Robert.

– Nicolas Saillant

René Decelles, 89 years old, Montreal

René Decelles adored children.

Life never gave him one, which had, unfortunately, preceded in death. His two grand-daughters – now adults – the however, felt they also as a father, tells their mother, Joanne Taillon.

“When there were children in the portrait, it was always after them. My girls have very good memories with their grandfather. He was kneeling on the couch with shoes on, and was playing music-to-mouth, ” recalls the daughter-in-law of Mr. Decelles.

After the death of her husband, the sexagenarian took care of his father-in-law until he is placed at the CHSLD Réal-Morel last year, following several falls.

Ms. Taillon was always going to visit her regularly, in the sector of Verdun, but she preferred not to go to his bedside in the last hours of his life.

“So to see him agonize far, for only 10 minutes, I decided to keep the last beautiful image that I had of him,” she says, lamenting the lack of care that Mr. Decelles, would have been subject in the last few months.

– Claudia Berthiaume

Pierrette Déry, 79 years old, Beauport

If Diane Martin was not able to accompany him personally his mother until his last breath, the daughter of Pierrette Déry was able to at least benefit from the kindness of a friend, a nurse at the Manoir de Courville in Beauport, which was a regular comfort.

Prior to the pandemic, Ms. Martin was going to see his mother four times per week.

The phone then took the relay. First transferred to the hospital of the Child Jesus, Quebec, Pierrette Déry had been brought back to the Manoir de Courville, despite his flu-like symptoms.

It is at this time that” a friend of a nurse who was working on the floor was going to see her, take her hand, telling her that I was there, ” says his daughter, thanking her friend.

The public health would have then requested that Ms. Déry is returned to the hospital.

The son of Pierrette Déry has touted the services of the establishment in spite of the outbreak.

“To the point that if I lose my self, this is where I want to go,” says Michel De Senneville.

– Nicolas Saillant

Fernand Martel, 72 years old, Chicoutimi

A prisoner of his body since 2006 after brain surgery, Fernand Martel was a longtime resident well known for his joie de vivre at the CHSLD of the Hill, in Chicoutimi.

“It was wonderful, we had kept our love “, is launching its joint Clear Guarantor that was going to supper with him in love every weekend.

When her husband has lost all his motor skills, with the exception of her right hand, Ms. Garant was forced to place in a CHSLD.

In spite of his disability, “Fernand had kept all of his genius,” she says. “He was brave, smiling. It made everyone laugh. He had a sense of humor even though he was suffering the martyrdom, ” says his wife.

Mrs. Guarantor, however, indicates that the last hours of the life of Fernand have been difficult, the COVID-19 is being contested in the lungs of it.

“When I arrived, he has calmed down “, she says.

“Now, he is no longer suffering and I’m happy “, has completed Mrs. Guarantor highlighting the “heart of gold” employee of the CHSLD of the Hill.

– Nicolas Saillant

Yves Labelle, 65, Mirabel

The trucker Yves Labelle has lived the last moments of his life listening to his son read to him, by video conferencing, a letter written to his attention, with in the background of his favorite song, California Blue.

“It has been very difficult, because he was in a coma. It had to help, ” recalls his wife, Florence Gratton.

It has paid tribute to ” the man of her life “, the day after his death, leaving his truck for one last salvation.

On social networks, many truck drivers have posted pictures of their semi-trailers, in support of the family of the deceased.

“He was known and loved by all, Mirabel. Everyone has an anecdote with him. He was smiling and had a good heart. It dépannait always everyone else with the garage. And he loved his truck, ” says Ms. Gratton.

In addition to his two children Martin and Brigitte, Yves Labelle had two small girls of 3 and 6 years, whom he affectionately called ” his little hearts “.

He had many plans for retirement, such as traveling in a caravan, and bringing his wife of 44 years at Tennessee.

– Jonathan Tremblay

Roland Lebreux, 53 years old, Montreal

Roland Lebreux laying here proudly with his wife Nathalie Hamel.

After lighting up the dance floors for decades, it was the turn of Roland Lebreux to be carried away by the silent enemy.

The age of only 53 years, the father of the family had always had fragile health and is qualified as a perfect candidate to develop serious complications COVID-19.

He was also in the hospital three times per week to undergo dialysis treatments, and was a diabetic.

All will remember him as a great dancer, according to his wife.

“In the evenings, the women were standing in line to dance with him because he knew all the styles of dance,” recalls his wife Nathalie Hamel. To me, it reserved the slows, the cha-cha-cha and the meringue. ”

In the space of a week, his condition has so deteriorated that it had to be transferred to the intensive care unit at the CHUM, where he eventually died on the 13th of April.

“I console myself by telling myself that we loved each other very strong, and as much as the other, emphasizes his wife. We had a very nice life together, it was fusional. ”

– Frederique Giguere

Victoria Salvan, 64 years old, Montreal

Victoria Salvan was a woman who was extremely courageous, generous and full of life, agree several of his colleagues, who are mourning his unexpected loss.

“She was extremely courageous. I am significantly younger than she and I would not have been able to hold his pace […] I see it still dancing in front of me, to have the giggles. It was a good living, ” says a lady with whom she has worked for over a decade.

The COVID-19 has won the woman of filipino origin on April 17, at his home.

She worked in the “hot zone” of the CHSLD Grace Dart, in Montreal, as agent for the beneficiaries.

“She had a heart. It was all the time here, highlights a second colleague. It was a good living, and a good person. She fed everyone, she was generous. She thought of all the world, except to her. ”

The one that was described as the mother of his unit was dedicated to his craft, and could do work shifts of 16 hours, three or four times a week, to pay for the university education of his two sons, his two pride “.

He only had two sessions to cover, before you can finally retire and rest. The one who loved gardening included traveling in his native country.

– Roxane Trudel

Germaine Mercier, 95 years old, Beauport

For Denise Huot, the loss of his mother, Germaine Mercier, will cause a huge vacuum, she was going to visit the Manoir de Courville every day.

The symptoms of the disease ” is presented at the level of the legs “, explains the girl in his nineties.

In getting up with his walker, the lady fell to the ground.

At the hospital, the diagnosis of the COVID-19 has been confirmed. “And then everything followed from there,” says Ms. Huot.

Although she is comforted that her mother died without suffering, Denise Huot argues, however, that Germaine Mercier has unfortunately suffered a lot from loneliness ” from the containment.

“I went there all the days before, it was my priority, she was spoiled “, she says laughing.

– Nicolas Saillant

Domenico Antonio Ianniciello, 81-year-old, Montreal

In addition to being a devoted father and a proficient business man, Domenico Antonio Ianniciello was known as a ” man to women “.

Born in Italy, the octogenarian immigrated to Canada in 1960 as the job opportunities were much more interesting here.

He held a boutique of Italian shoes from luxury to Baie-Comeau for more than 40 years, in addition to working in restaurants throughout Quebec.

“My father was a very handsome man and he loved women, launches his daughter Luisa Ianniciello, laughing. He was very charming and very proud of it. He had to always have the finest clothes, be well groomed and to have had his manicure. ”

The man of 81 years had been suffering from dementia for almost six years and had recently been placed at the CHSLD Saint-Laurent of Montreal, because his condition was deteriorating.

After a few episodes of fever intense, Mr. Iannicello died of the COVID-19 April 15. As is the case for many patients, their loved ones, have not been able to go to his bedside.

– Frederique Giguere

Louise Fortin Laflamme, 84 years of age, Lévis

The mother of two children, grandmother of six grandchildren, Louise Laflamme, born Fortin, died on 7 April, at the age of 84 years.

His eldest daughter, Marie-Claude Laflamme, keeps the memory of a generous, caring, smiling and ” always present to listen and be of service “.

“Very open and cultivated, she knew us captivated with his stories and old songs. She loved to have fun, it was a good living “, describes it.

Despite its loss of autonomy in recent years, Louise Fortin remained optimistic and kept his good mood “.

She is a resident since a decade at the Manor house of the Tree silver-tone in Lévis, where she contracted the virus.

His daughter has only good words for the staff.

– Kathryne Lamontagne

 Huguette Paquin St-Onge, age 88, Shawinigan

Thanks to the humanity of a nurse, the children of Huguette Paquin St-Onge have been able to blow him sweet words in the ear until it grows back its very last breath.

The eldest, who was residing at a CHSLD Laflèche from Shawinigan, has received his diagnosis of COVID-19 two days before his death at the end of march.

At the request of the family, a nurse held his phone on the ear of Ms. Paquin St-Onge, until his death.

His children were able to tell him how much they loved him and how much they appreciated all she had done for them.

“She died while we were on the line with it. It put a balm on our pain to be able to accompany him there, ” said Louise St-Onge, daughter of the deceased.

Becoming a widow at 38 years of age, the mother of five children and has overcome many hardships in his life to take care of his family. In addition to being a seamstress extraordinaire, she has worked in policy, in particular with Jean Chrétien.

The octogenarian loved his grandchildren and had even composed a song on the keyboard. This fresh piece, which she had entitled The little kittens with great-grandma, was marked with many family celebrations.

– Frederique Giguere

Lucille Paquette, 103 years old, Laval

Lucille Paquette has had a life full of dancing and parties, including with members of his family, before succumbing to the COVID-19, at the venerable age of 103 years, on the 18th of April last.

“She was very sociable. She loved the parties. It is not for nothing that it was celebrated in grand in its 100 years, ” said his daughter, 80 years old, Louise Gaulin.

“It was a person full of life. Always supportive, she never wanted to displease anyone, ” says his other daughter, Hélène Cousineau, 71 years of age.

The centenarian has lived in her home for up to 99 years, before resigning themselves to move the CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée, Laval.

His advanced age has never prevented her from dancing and playing bowling before his 96 years.

The president of the Golden Age played still on the cards with his relatives, just before the containment.

“She was very well surrounded by his family. The small and the great-grandchildren were going to see “, leave it to her daughters, about Ms. Paquette, who was a teacher before becoming a stay at home mother busy.

– Jonathan Tremblay

Roland Gaudreau, 83 years old, Montreal

The Montreal-Roland Gaudreau has dedicated his life to his profession of director of college, so much so that former colleagues now wish that the Cégep de Sorel-Tracy is renamed in his honor.

“He was a good friend. Someone very special who had a vision of the future. A single convinced that was almost too involved. But his involvement is worth to be commended. It has made things interesting, ” said Jacques Hamel, a 78-year-old, a colleague of Mr. Gaudreau since 1964, before the creation of cegeps.

The latter was the first director of the college, from 1968 to 1997.

“This is probably a record in Quebec,” says his longtime friend.

Mr. Gaudreau has been diagnosed positive to the COVID-19 at the beginning of April, but it was asymptomatic. This is the 18 April he died during the night, after a bad day, the CHSLD Laurendeau.

“We don’t know yet if it is the virus that caused his death, said Mr. Hamel. But we know he had it. ”

– Jonathan Tremblay

Claude Lafortune, 83 years old, Longueuil

The artist Claude Lafortune flew away to other skies on April 19.

Trained as a sculptor, the creator of the Gospel in The paper has contracted the COVID-19 in a hospital, where he was to treat pneumonia.

In addition to his undeniable talent for the art of paper, he was known for his great qualities : humanist, deeply good, generous, loving, awesome, outstanding. The tributes flowed from all sides at the announcement of his death.

Comedians, politicians and, of course, his loved ones, are full of praise.

“It was a being of light “, shows Marie Eykel, the interpreter for the first Passe-Partout.

“To him, it did not come on earth for nothing “, summarizes the host and ex-politician Bernard Drainville.

“He had so much talent, it was amazing. I know a few people with this creativity-there “, confesses the actress and writer Kim Yaroshevskaya, who has embodied the character of Fanfreluche.

His grandson pointed to his memory in a message posted on Facebook.

“Grandpa, you know that you have been, are, and dwellest, always a model for me, writes Guillaume Lafortune. You have kept throughout your life a love that is sincere, authentic, and depths of the human being, in all its imperfections and contradictions. ”

– Claudia Berthiaume and Dominique Scali

Roland Lyon, a 90-year – Lévis

Resident of the Manor Liverpool in Lévis, one of the first residences for senior citizens struggling with an outbreak, Roland Lyon said he was “extremely concerned” about the situation before getting himself to the virus and died on April 16.

His daughter wishes, however, to say that “this is not the fault of the employees” and that they had the ” heart in the right place “. Still, the family of Lyon has seen the problems associated with the lack of manpower even before the crisis.

“They are not numerous enough, not trained and not paid enough,” says Diane Lyonnais.

Roland Lyons was still lucid despite her age.

A fall, however, had a lot mortgaged to him who had to wear a corset. This last was often said to her daughter that the care was very uneven, in particular due to a high turnover of staff.

“He told us, the weekend begins, there’s going to be of the new world “, tells it.

Ms. Lyon reiterated that employees ” like patients “, but the conditions in which they work, deserve to be revised.

– Nicolas Saillant

Gustavo Pinto Jordan, 67 years old, Montreal

The family had most of all to Gustavo Pinto, Jordan. The ex-soldier of the peruvian navy, has left his native country at the end of the 1980s.

In the hopes of providing a better life to her five children, he fled the terror to settle in Canada, chronicles his son Victor Gustavo Pinto.

It has worked to the sweat of his brow in a clothing factory, while learning French, so that his family could join him here. This mission, he accomplished it.

Struck by three strokes, which left him paralyzed, he lived in a CHSLD montreal for 2017.

“Despite his disability, he was not thinking of death. It was the same jokes. Sometimes, I called him and he told me : “I have to remind you, I have to go run 15 miles “, recalls his son.

The latter has unfortunately not had the chance to say goodbye to his father before his death on the 4 April.

The family of Gustavo Pinto Jordan has thus paid tribute, on the day of his 68th birthday… at the cemetery.

– Claudia Berthiaume

Marc Laporte, 82 years of age, Repentigny

Marc Laporte, cruelly died of the COVID-19, had well understood the meaning of unconditional love and was accompanied by his wife and his son in the most difficult times of their lives.

“Even today, I don’t know how it was for me to manage,” says his son, Jean-François Laporte, in reference to the years in which he was struggling with a drug addiction.

If it is raised, and continues to be sober today, it is in large part thanks to his father, he says, moved.

Marc Laporte has also accompanied his wife to death. She was suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.

“My father was a force of nature, even if it looked not necessarily at first glance “, said Jean-François Laporte.

The octogenarian had to be placed in residence there about five years since he was suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

His son remained at his bedside during his last days of life.

“I had the chance to tell him how much he was exceptional, and that I had saved,” he breathed, voice trembling.

The hours that preceded his death, Marc Laporte had trouble breathing. A scene heart-rending to his only son.

“I had never heard a sound like this, it was so noisy, as if he was forcing so hard to take a breath of fresh air. I don’t want to remember this sound, this is not a beautiful memory. ”

– Frederique Giguere

Florand Jean, 65, Chicoutimi

Ataxia of Charlevoix, a rare disease, Florand Jean was hosted in a ltc facility for several years.

As early as the twenties, the man had to move around using a walker. The stiffness of the legs, had eventually compelled him to remain in bed.

Described as “playful” by her niece Lizia Duchesne, the disease had unfortunately ” more on top of him “, describes it.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in the CHSLD of the Hill, located in the Chicoutimi, in Saguenay, did not spare Mr. John.

– Nicolas Saillant

Mary Schneider, 93-year-old, Montreal

Died of the COVID-19 the private CHSLD Herron Dorval on April 10, Mary Schneider has left a lasting memory with friends and family who praise his goodness.

“It was a wonderful woman, brilliant and generous to desire, shown by his daughter, Barbara Schneider. My mother did not say no to anyone and she was doing everything for his family…”

The mother of three children, Ms. Schneider had moved into the private CHSLD west island of Montreal last February.

His children called him every day, and would visit it several times a week.

“She was radiant,” recalls his daughter.

But everything stopped when Barbara Schneider received a call on 9 April, indicating to him that his mother had been declared positive with the COVID-19.

She was able to talk to him one last time, through the internet, before it dies.

“My mother will be missed by all those who have known, all those who loved her… I hope it will never happen again,” says Barbara Schneider, in reference to the 31 residents died in the centre in only a month.

– Michael Nguyen

Georges Coulombe, 84-year-old, Montreal

Georges Coulombe (left) in the company of his friend Marcel Fog.

The COVID-19 was the result of the great tenor Georges Coulombe, who had died in the night of 20 April last year in a ltc facility in Montreal, at the age of 84 years.

“This is one of the greatest tenors of Quebec that it comes to lose, if not our greatest. It is he who has sent down the opera, in the street, singing in the restaurants, the churches. It was compared with some of the greatest opera singers in the world also. I’ve written a lot about him, ” says his great friend, Marcel Brouillard, a former journalist.

According to him, the man, a native of Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean marked the population by blending opera and the popular song “.

“He sang of the [Gilles] Vigneault, the [Felix] Leclerc in his concerts. He was very charismatic. All his life, he will have sung with passion. An extraordinary career, said Mr. Fog. And me and him, it’s 60 years of friendship. I’ve done a lot of tours with him. ”

Unfortunately at the very end of his life, Georges Coulombe was affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was hard to recognize faces in the last few years. It remains, however, a sadness to see him leave in these conditions, ” concluded his friend.

– Antoine Lacroix

Thérèse Duguay, 88 years old, Laval

“My mother is a saint, this is what all our friends say !” lance France Brideau, whose mother, Thérèse Duguay died of the COVID-19 at the CHSLD de La pinière on the 12th of April last.

Devoted mother of five children, Ms. Duguay has dedicated his life to take care of them, from her husband, but also of loved ones that she was hosting.

Always listening, it inspired confidence, ” says her daughter, recalling the family trips in New Brunswick in order to reconnect with their roots acadian.

“It was a good living, loved western music, she loved to make jokes while remaining tongue-in-cheek,” remembers the one who remained at her bedside when she contracted the coronavirus.

The state of Ms. Duguay deteriorated rapidly and shortly before his death, his daughter has managed to join the singer Patrick Norman so that he sings A bit of heaven before she dies.

“We’re going to get bored of his vegetable soup and pudding chômeur “, concludes Ms. Brideau.

– Michael Nguyen

Gilles Bouthillette, 75 years old, Montreal

A Bon vivant, devoted to his family, working… Karine Bouthillette is no lack of praise to his father Gilles, who died of the COVID-19 on April 17.

“He worked a lot, but he was always there to make dinner with my mother, she says. We were not rich but we wanted for nothing. We instilled the right values. ”

The father of two children and grandfather of four grandchildren, Mr. Bouthillette has been delivering bread all his life, in addition to the household the opportunity to pay for the education of his children.

And when he was not working, he loved to laugh and make others laugh, with his family around a good bottle of wine.

After his retirement, Mr. Bouthillette has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. But by chance, he remained lucid until the end, ” explains his daughter.

The COVID-19, however, washed away, after a stay in the Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, in Montreal.

“He didn’t deserve to leave like that,” says his daughter.

– Michael Nguyen

Edmond Trudeau, 83 years old, Sherbrooke

Seasoned businessman, a tireless worker, father of five children : Edmond Trudeau, aged 83 years, died of the COVID-19 April 15.

“It has never been retired. It was a tireless workaholic. At one point, he had five companies in Quebec. I’ve never seen her give up, ” says his son, Denis Trudeau.

“He was a visionary, a go-getter,” says her daughter, Nathalie Trudeau.

The octogenarian was living at the residence Dusk, at Racine, in Estrie, where he caught the COVID-19.

Experiencing breathing difficulties, he was transferred to the Hôtel-Dieu de Sherbrooke.

There, his children were able to make him a very brief visit on the evening of April 13, two days before his death. This is the last time they saw their father.

“The last words he said to me at the hospital are : “I am not afraid. I’ve done everything that I dreamed of to do in my life. Goodbye, my boy, I love you, ” says his son.

– Kathryne Lamontagne

Peter Gregory, 83 years old, Laval

Despite the risks, Mario Gregory was obliged to accompany his father reached the COVID-19 during his last days.

“It was just a father in life and he has always given everything for his children, it was impossible for me not to stay at his bedside while I knew dying,” says the son of Peter Gregory passed away on Easter Monday at the residence La pinière of the Laval.

Thanks to technology, all the other members of the family have been able to tell him a last goodbye for video calls.

With the sense of justice is very developed, the father of the family was always involved in the construction industry so that all get their due.

Portrayed by his family as a man rigorous, meticulous, generous, and just, Mr. Gregory has spent his life to work for his own account as an electrician.

After having accompanied his wife to death, it was his turn to fall sick.

It was placed in January after having suffered a stroke.

– Frederique Giguere

Marcellin Gagnon, 90 years old, Saint-Jérôme

A force of nature, died on the 25th of march last, in a seniors ‘ residence in Saint-Jérôme, in the Laurentians.

“He returned to join his Justine, his love,” says Martine Gagnon, speaking of his father and his mother passed away in 2004.

At the age of 90, Marcellin Gagnon was in excellent health before the COVID-19 no hits. He would also always his car.

A native of the Mauricie, in his nineties was a great family man.

His three children were the apple of his eye, and he has always supported in their various accomplishments.

The former superintendent of the Commission des services électriques de Montréal was himself a jack-of-all, who loved to tinker.

Marcellin Gagnon also loved the music. When “evenings” canadian “with his family, he did not hesitate to take his” music in mouth ” to entertain others.

“He was a man of sociable and inclusive. He had a beautiful life, he was well surrounded, ” says Martine Gagnon, in reference to the six grandchildren of his father, who was also a four-times-great-grandfather.

– Claudia Berthiaume

George Alston Narick, 87 years, Montreal

Professor of English, George Alston Narick has passed on his passion for Shakespeare for years, supports his daughter Angel who has received many tributes from former students following his death last April 15.

“It has marked so much of the world !” she says.

Passionate about the arts, literature, theater, classical music and opera, Mr. Narick was also keen to pass on his knowledge, remembers his daughter by giving the example of a teacher that he had taken under his wing.

His wife, Pearl Narick, with whom he was married for 64 years and had three children, remembers even the time when they went to see a symphony orchestra at the Forum in the 1950s and their escapades in New York. “I have so many good memories to cherish,” she says.

– Michael Nguyen

Eddy Beauvillier, 88 years old, Laval

Eddy Beauvillier and his daughter Sophie Trudel-Beauvillier, last January.

Sophie Trudel-Beauvillier hoped more than anything that the COVID-19 “would make the tour” of his dad cherished, and that the virus could save.

Unfortunately, this great working has made the soul on April 2, at the CHSLD La pinière, in Laval.

A native of the Mauricie, Eddy Beauvillier has held a number of jobs, ranging from truck driver to janitor in a school. He had moved to the suburbs of Montreal to be closer to his daughter.

Even though his father was communicating more with smiles and winks in the last time, Sophie Trudel-Beauvillier keeps in memory the portrait of a man very funny at times.

Go see him at his residence for seniors was not a chore for her daughter, which conjures up moments of lightness that are going to miss him.

“Time stopped when I was with him. We were just in the present moment. I never thought about anything else, not at work, not at my local grocery store, ” describes it.

Ms. Trudel-Beauvillier had the chance to go to the bedside of his father to blow him one last time that she loved him before his death.

Although the process of bereavement is very difficult for her, given the circumstances, she has only good words for the staff of the CHSLD.

“They did a great job. They took good care of him. It was always clean, well dressed. It was there, ” she says.

– Claudia Berthiaume

Micheline Laporte, 78 years old, Montreal

Dying of the COVID-19 turned out to be an issue for Micheline Laporte, who no longer had a quality of life for over a year.

“This was no longer a life,” says his niece Sylvie Lespérance. She ate alone, she could not speak, she could not move by itself. I am convinced she stayed with us for longer than she would have liked. ”

Ms. Laporte had a fragile health for many years and resided at the CHSLD, The Cardinal of Montreal for over 10 years.

Before his condition deteriorates, his niece had brought him often in family gatherings with it, such as the celebrations of Christmas.

The seventy-year-old loved to party, dance and sing. “She was always laughing, it is a woman who had a joy of living outstanding,” recalls Ms. Lespérance.

– Frederique Giguere

Agathe Hood, 100 years old, Montreal

The centenary Agathe Hood has made the headlines more often than in his turn in the course of his life, ” says his eldest daughter.

Raised on a farm in Laval, it is quickly become a model in Montreal.

“She has worked for the famous photographer Nakache, tells the story of his daughter Anne Ulrich. She was on the cover of the magazine The Eye ! ”

And then, she has had six children, and 13 grandchildren. “My mother had at heart, they don’t lack anything. She was a woman of duty, ” notes Ms. Ulrich.

Last January, Ms. Hood has made the cover of the journal Le Messager de LaSalle, Montreal, to mark its 100 years.

His state of health had deteriorated in recent years, although her daughter had only two wishes.

“That she does not suffer, and that she would not die alone. It has been heard “, she concludes. Mrs. Hood died on 19 April, at the residence Les Floralies, in the company of his daughter-in-law.

– Jonathan Tremblay

Bernard De Zwirek, 87 years old, Laval

Bernard De Zwirek formed the dance duo Rosita and Deno with his wife Diane.

Both a successful businessman and a professional dancer, Bernard De Zwirek was withdrawing a lot of pride in everything he did, tells the story of her daughter Martine De Zwirek.

When he was working as a salesman of insurance, he had managed to forge a place in the Million Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals is recognized internationally for its standards of excellence.

Bernard De Zwirek was also a passionate social dance. He formed, with his wife Diane, the duo of Rosita and Deno.

The couple taught in several studios and even had his own tv show on channel 10 in the 1960s.

“I used to keep when I was young and I was watching my parents on tv. Regardless of where they were going to dance, everyone stopped to look at them, ” recalls proudly Martine De Zwirek.

Even in retirement, the octogenarian still had projects in mind.

“He was very generous, almost too much, he was willing to give his shirt to help the other” says his daughter.

Mrs. De Zwirek and his two sisters, accompanied by several of their children, were able to make their farewells to their father, via Skype, on the 9th of April last. The elder was residing at the CHSLD La pinière, in Laval.

Even if the process has been “extremely difficult” to live, Martine De Zwirek will keep the everlasting memory of a dad who was all smiles when he learned he would become a great-grand-father… just before his last breath.

– Claudia Berthiaume

Yolande Morin, 85 years, Montreal

Generous, patient, devoted to the happiness of his family and radiant : Yolande Morin had everything to be named grandma of the year.

“It was a woman, festive, party. She received, she liked to cook much when people were going home, she stresses her daughter-in-law Carole Lefebvre. It was so generous of his time, of his property. It helped, she listened, she comforted. She was very present to his family. ”

Mother of one son and grandmother of two grandchildren, Yolande Morin, age 85, died April 15, at the CHSLD Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, to Montreal.

“My two boys, his grandsons, have lived his life for 23 years. She was there for them. Year after year, it has been the pickings of strawberries, the outputs to The Round, fairs, in shopping malls […] we, as parents, we liked less, grandma Yoyo did “, she adds with a laugh.

If it was no carousel, the grand-mom-cake would do the queue for hours with her grandsons, bags of candy, full of pockets to help to wait.

“His pleasure it was to see them on the rides. She had infinite patience for his grandchildren […] The stereotype of the grandma, that was it, ” recalls Ms. Lefebvre, referring to the famous cakes with the Smarties that she cooked for her grandsons for their birthday.

The one who loved his family more than anything in the world loved to travel, and felt privileged to have been able to travel the world.

“She has made a few trips […] It was part of the events that filled of happiness and pleasure. She and her husband appreciated all that they had, with a thirst to live. Everything was a privilege. They lived very modestly, but they have always shared everything, ” said his daughter-in-law.

The family wishes to acknowledge the care and the presence of the staff of the CHSLD for the “amazing service” they have received, despite the difficult period.

– Roxane Trudel

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