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Louis-Jacques  Ménard C.C., G.O.Q., C.O.M., LLD, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Louis-Jacques Ménard C.C., G.O.Q., C.O.M., LLD
1946 - 2020

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Louis-Jacques Ménard C.C., G.O.Q., C.O.M., LLD

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones at the CHUM in Montreal on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Born in Chicoutimi on January 29, 1946, Jacques led an extraordinary life and his vast achievements are almost too numerous to mention. A great businessman, he always put his family and friends first.

He is survived by his beloved wife and partner Marie-José Ratelle, his son Louis-Simon (Ève Miron and Lucas Michaud), his daughter Anne-Valérie (Julien Roy-Décary) and his beloved grandsons Louis-Gabriel and Thomas.

He will be sorely missed by his loving family, his sisters Louise (Jean- Yves Fortin) and Denise (Jean Joubert), his sisters-in-law Louise (Raymond Gaudette), Monique (Jacques Guilmette), Anne-Marie (Christian Gendron) and Manon, and his brother-in-law Yves (Anne-Marie Beauparlant).

Mr. Ménard had a deep sense of civic responsibility. He gave generously of his time and used his considerable talents to help community, civic, provincial and national causes. He was a great philanthropist and a champion of the arts, health, education and sports. His outstanding achievements in both the public and business sectors earned him the deep gratitude of his country and numerous honors, including Companion of the Order of Canada, Commander of the Order of Montréal and Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.

His brilliant career was punctuated by exceptional achievements and remarkable reach. In 2001, Mr. Ménard was appointed President, BMO Financial Group, Québec, where he had worked since 1972. In 2018, Mr. Ménard was named President Emeritus of the bank.

His loss will also be keenly felt by his many friends and colleagues throughout Québec, Canada and abroad.

The family will receive condolences at the Complexe funéraire Urgel Bourgie in Ville Mont-Royal (1255 Beaumont Ave.) on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. in the Saint-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal Church (1620 Laird St.).

The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to doctors Jean Chalaoui, Julie Morisset, Charles Poirier, Pasquale Ferraro and the 10th South ICU staff for their untiring dedication, and express their utmost respect to the CHUM nursing staff and attendants.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations in memory of Mr. L. Jacques Ménard:
Choose “IN MEMORIAM”, click on “DONATE”, fill out the form and mention “Jacques Ménard”. This way all donations will be directed to The pulmonary transplantation program at CHUM.

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Messages in memory of Louis-Jacques Ménard C.C., G.O.Q., C.O.M., LLD

Luce et Michel Robichaud
February 20, 2020
Chère Marie-Josée, Nous sommes attristés du départ si inattendu de ton cher Jacques. Nous nous sommes vus pour la dernière fois en 2003, à l'Hôtel Saint-James, pour mes 40 ans de vie professionnelle. Jacques n'était pas avare de ses précieux conseils dont j'ai profité plus d'une fois. Nous pensons souvent à vous deux, votre cordiale présence éclairait ceux qui ont eu la chance, comme nous, d'en profiter. Chaleureuses pensées, Luce et Michel Robichaud
Robert Bentley
February 17, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Jacques' death. My thoughts are with his family. Jacques was my classmate and roommate in 1968-1970 in the MBA program at the University of Western Ontario. I have happy memories of that time.
Jeannine Cochrane
February 16, 2020
My sincere condolences to Marie- Josee and family.
Alban D'Amours
February 12, 2020
Chère Marie-Josée, Chère Marie-Josée, le décès de Jacques nous attriste énormément. Nous partageons ta douleur. Souhaitons que toi et vos enfants puissiez puiser dans les heureux souvenirs que vous gardez de lui le réconfort qui vous permettra de vivre cette grande peine avec sérénité. Homme d'action, visionnaire, généreux, chaleureux et attentif aux besoins des autres, Jacques restera présent dans la mémoire de ceux et celles qui l'ont côtoyé. Son leadership dans l'avancement de plusieurs causes sociales aura marqué l'évolution de notre société. Nous lui rendons hommage. Avec nos plus sincères condoléances à toi, les enfants et tous les membres de ta famille. Denise et Alban
Mario Cecchini
February 11, 2020
Inspirant, c’est le mot. Jacques a touché, encouragé, soutenu, écouté, encadré tant de gens. Il a marqué le Québec en entier, mais ce qui est remarquable, il l’a fait une personne à la fois, en donnant son attention complète lors de ses rencontres. Il avait un dévouement exemplaire qui a fait grandir tous les gens qui le côtoyaient. Lorsque l’on rencontrait Jacques, on en sortait indéniablement meilleur. Il nous manquera, mais il sera toujours présent par tous les conseils et bons mots qu’il a semés. Condoléances sincères à sa merveilleuse famille.

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