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John Arthur Abbass Traoré, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

John Arthur Abbass Traoré
1973 - 2020

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John Arthur Abbass Traoré
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Our beloved friend, cousin, uncle, son, brother John Arthur Abbass Traore was called home. He was born in Montreal, Quebec on June 30, 1973 and departed his adopted city of Toronto, Ontario on February 27, 2020. He passed gently during the night.

All those who knew him, would attest to Abbass’s sense of humour and gentleness being even greater than his large stature. An imposing presence, he was a gentle giant whose driving purpose was to ease the burden of anyone whether in his presence or afar. Abbass never, EVER, missed an opportunity to tease, share a joke, anecdote or funny story. He would work assiduously to make you laugh which he succeeded in doing more often than not. One would always leave their interaction with Abbass lighter, happier, and better.

All those who knew him, would affirm how Abbass would always put the interest of others before his; he was beyond selfless. Abbass would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. He would even go as far as to give his beating heart to any of those that he loved. That is how altruistic he was. To know Abbass was simply to love him.

All those who knew him, could attest that Abbass’s sense of commitment to his loved ones was limitless and all encompassing. This is why everyone: woman, man or child, those riding high or those who were down on their luck gravitated towards him. His colleagues at “When The Pig Came Home” delicatessen were his adopted family. They can attest to his work ethic and dedication to the success of their small business. Abbass’s passion for cooking matched his passion for telling jokes which he conveyed to the hundreds of customers he interacted with at work. Abbass had many friends from all walks of life who will confirm that he was always ready to help and put a smile on their face.

All those who knew him, would agree that Abbass had a full life. He left Montreal mid-way through CEGEP and completed grade 12 at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto where he made many friends. He then attended Humber College to study culinary arts and culinary management. Throughout his professional career, he worked as a cook or sous-chef with a brief stint as a bouncer at a bar. He volunteered at the Quebec Epilepsy Society, the Canadian Red Cross and was a big brother to the youth at Perth Community Homes. In CEGEP, he played rugby, like his dad, on the provincial championship team. He was a wrestler who competed at the Mohawk Survival School in Kahnawake. Abbass was an avid reader of mystery and science fiction books. He travelled to Mali, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, France across the US and Canada.

Abbass left too early. He will be laid to rest near his grand-parents, Arthur and Elma Westmoreland. He is survived by his grandmother, Florence Westmoreland, his great uncles and aunts Dr. Randolph Estwick, Clinton Phillips, the descendants of La Grande Famille N’Ko Bangaly Traore in Mali, Ba Chaka Traore, Fanta Traore, Kourouni Traore, his mother & father, Juanita Westmoreland-Traore and Ismaila Traore, his aunts and uncles, Gail Otis (Marc), Erwin Eastmond (Francine), Beverly Macdonald (Jimmy), Barbara Thompson, Patsy Daubney, Deborah Paris, Brenda Paris, Michael Paris (Anna), Victor Paris (Ruth), Candyce Follette, Marylin Collins (Gary), Elizabeth Gaye (Egbert), Saundra Anierobi (Chuma), Diane Mitchell (Clive), Roberta Samuels, Carrie Samuels his brother & sister in law Bangaly Traore & Elduise Johnson, his cousins, his nephews and nieces, and many friends in Montreal, Ontario, Washington, Paris, Bamako and Auckland.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Union United Church's Rev Dr. Charles H. Este Scholarship Fund. Forms are available @ http://www.unionunitedchurchmtl.ca/ or Sickle Cell Anemia Association @ http://https://anemie-falciforme.org/donate/

The family will receive relatives and friends at :

3955 ch Côte-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent

Visiting Hours

Monday March 16, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Funeral service

Funeral will take place on March 16, 2020 12:00 PM at the following address: 3955 Côte-de-Liesse Road, St-Laurent, QC, H4N 2N6 -a celebration of his life will be held in the chapel of the complex.

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Messages in memory of John Arthur Abbass Traoré

Robin Persaud
March 30, 2020
My condolences to Mrs.Juanita Westmoreland ( I met you when you visited our social studies class at Jarvis) and the entire Family.... I am so shocked and devastated to hear today that my dear friend and Jarvis Collegiate schoolmate has passed and left us ....... I am devastated! And torn. I moved from Toronto years ago and took up residence in the Niagara region.... lost contact with all my dear friends to build a better life with my family...... I always wondered how some of my closest friends were doing and progressing with their lives...... Abbass was top of that list. I was lucky enough to reconnect with Abbass a few years ago. We spoke via text and what's up and were suppose to meet up as I really wanted to see him after all these years. I told him just recently i was almost finished building my house and i wanted him to come up spend a few nights and meet my wonderful wife and family...... I am sorry for blabbling on ..... I am in shock. We spoke just February 25th, and since I have been sending him texts on how to be careful with the covid 19 virus. Not knowing he passed away February 27th!!!! I cant believe it! I am proud of knowing Abbass whom we called yogi bear in high school big guy bigger heart. He loved his nickname! I took him to all the Guyanese dances and events with me to reintroduce him to the carribbean culture.... he loved it! I really cant believe this news..... so sorry to hear. My heart has really broken today! What a terrible loss..... love you my brother!!! You will be missed but never forgotten..... My Love support and prayers go out to his family and all those that knew him!!
Lori Weitzman
March 19, 2020
My dear Juanita, Words of condolence seem so futile at this time, when the depth of grief cannot be described. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. May you find comfort in the love and support of all those around you, and in the wonderful, cherished memories of your son. Lori
Mariel Rosenblüth
March 16, 2020
Dear Juanita, Ismail and Bangaly, I send you my deepest condolences for your loss. Abbass was such a special soul. I hold dear memories of him, we were all lucky to have known him. I share your tears and pain as family. I hold you all in my prayers.
Mary Di Liello
March 16, 2020
My dear Juanita and Ismail, our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in our hearts. Mary Di Liello and John Davidson
maryka omatsu
March 16, 2020
Abbas gentle warmth and kindness will be missed. Maryka & Frank
Beverly MacDonald & MacDonald/MacStraus Families
March 16, 2020
Dear Juanita, Ismail and Bangaly, Beverly MacDonald and her Family members in Montreal, London, and Stratford are shocked and extremely saddened for the loss of Abbass. We all want you to know that we love you all tremendously and share your grief. We were all privileged to know Abbass and considered him a “Big Brother” to many. His humour and his sense of sincerely trying to help others when they had temporarily lost their way, will be but a small part of his Legacy. In particular, Beverly feels that she has lost “Her Baby’ as she had spent much time with Abbass during his early years of growing up in Montreal. May God in his Infinite Wisdom grant you strength and positive energy as you cope with this sorrow. As always, Love from Beverly MacDonald and the MacDonald/MacStraus Families.
Dave St. Hill
March 16, 2020
I was sad to hear of the passing of Abbass so suddenly. I had met him IN Barbados where he had joined his grandmother Florence or Auntie Florence on a short holiday. So he was able to meet some of his Barbadian family. He will surely be missed because although it was a brief visit it was great since communication was maintained since then. I know it is tough to lose a loved one especially someone who was cherished by all and no words I speak or type can truly express loss of a loved one but I prayer that his family would get all the support they need not only now but in the future and keep his flame lit. I also prayer that God will provide comfort and peace in this time. RIP Abbass in the arms of the loving God who created the heavens and the earth. My condolence on behalf of Kelly, Emmanuel and Dave St. Hill, Barbados.
Eleanor Kane
March 16, 2020
Dear Juanita, you and Ismail and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today as you celebrate and honour the life of your dear son, Abbass. Reading the testaments to his life, he clearly was a kind and gentle soul. My sincerest condolences.
Charis Newton-Thompson and Wellesley Thompson
March 16, 2020
Dear Juanita and Ismail please know that we are thinking of you and your extended family at this very sad and incredible time. We wish you strength and peace as you grieve and remember Abbass. His legacy of goodness and joy will live on in our hearts.
Mamadou Lamine Doumbia
March 16, 2020
Chère Juanita, cher Ismail, C'est avec une très grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de Abbass. En cette douloureuse circonstance, nous vous présentons nos sincères condoléances. Nous vous souhaitons beaucoup de force et de courage pour surmonter cette dure épreuve. Mamadou Lamine et Hélène
Rickey Daley
March 16, 2020
He was as real as it gets....Will be sorely missed for his warm, loving ways. No matter what I was doing he took the time to hail me out, even crossing the street. Man, this one hurts. But he will going to make a place for all those who love Heaven. Peace Brother. Please keep an eye for me.
Neil St.Hill
March 15, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Juanita and Ismail at this precious moment of sorrow, my thoughts are with you at this time of grief. Rest in peace Abbass and rise in glory.
Marie-Therese
March 15, 2020
Mes condoléances à Juanita, Ismaël et Bangaly ainsi qu'à toute la famille internationale. Abbass était quelqu'un de très attachant, avec une personnalité exceptionnelle. Je partage votre douleur et vous transmets mes pensées affectueuses. Marie-Thérèse et famille
Yvette Bonny
March 15, 2020
À Juanita,Ismael,Bengaly,aux familles Westmoreland/Traoré, Je suis de tout cœur avec vous dans cette pénible circonstance. Perdre un fils,un frère est une très dure épreuve.C’est une vraie catastrophe quand il s’agit d’Abbas ce doux et grand Homme,agréable,plein d’humour de délicatesse et de Générosité,une présence rassurante. J’ai beaucoup appris et gagné à le connaître....son souvenir restera toujours gravé dans notre mémoire à tous. Bon courage et toutes mes sympathies, Yvette Bonny.
Boubakar Traoré
March 15, 2020
Cher Ismaël et Juanita, C'est avec un cœur rempli de tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de Abbas ,je vous présente mes condoléances les plus sincères .Que son corps repose en paix et que la terre lui soit légère ......Soyeux fort ......
Attaher Maiga et famille
March 15, 2020
C’est avec une tristesse immense que ma famille et moi avons appris le soudain rappel à Dieu de notre adorable et bien aimé Frère Abbass. Les mots nous manquent pour exprimer l’immense tristesse et douleur que nous ressentons. Abbass est un jeune Frère exemplaire de par sa gentillesse, douceur, sens de l’humour (toujours prêt à raconter des blagues captivantes), respect envers son entourage (indépendamment de l’âge des interlocuteurs), sa disponibilité sans limites, et son grand cœur rempli d’amour pour son prochain. Son sourire, affection et grande amabilité vont nous manquer terriblement. Reposes en paix et que le Paradis éternel soit ta demeure Cher Abbass. Nos condoléances et compassion émues à Tantie Juanita, Tonton Ismaël, Bako et toute la famille élargie. Que le Tout Puissant et miséricordieux vous donne la force de passer à travers ces difficiles moments de la vie. Amen ! Attaher et famille
Marie-Claire Paré-Holland
March 15, 2020
Dear Juanita, I was shocked when I saw the obituary of your son, I am so sorry , he seems like such a very special person, mes plus sincères condoléances I was hoping to come to the visitation and celebration of his life and give you a hug but in view of what is going on right now and those of us who are 70 + have been advised to stay home, I'll be with you in spirit affectueuses condoléances, Marie-Claire
Marlène Rateau
March 15, 2020
Chère Juanita, Cher Ismaël, Je suis profondément attristée par cette nouvelle ce qui me porte à comprendre combien la douleur des parents, du frère aîné et des proches doit être infinie! Il vous faut beaucoup de courage pour accepter le départ d'un fils, d'un frère... Je suis persuadée que vous aurez ce courage et qu'avec le temps viendra la consolation. C'est le souhait que je formule en cette douloureuse circonstance. John Arthur Abbass continuera d'être avec vous grâce aux nombreux souvenirs qu'ils vous lèguent. Je vous présente mes plus sincères condoléances! Marlène
Carole Brosseau
March 15, 2020
Chère Juanita, Je voudrais t’offrir mes plus sincères condoléances à toi et à tous les membres de ta famille. Je t’ai connu comme professeur et par la suite comme collègue et je sais à quel point ta famille est précieuse. Ton engagement notamment auprès des enfants en est un exemple. Mes pensées t’accompagnent dans cette grande épreuve.
Jongtae Lee
March 15, 2020
My friend, Abbas! You may remember me as one of your coworkers at Wholefoods in Yorkville. Even though I am in my home country, Korea, I cannot express my sorrow with deepest sadness. You were always bright and happy guy who spread out your positive energy to others. I pray for you and remember your kindness forevermore. RIP. John from Korea
Judithshapiroknight
March 14, 2020
Dear Judge Westmoreland-Traoré and family, It was with a heavy heart that I read of the passing of your son John Arthur Abbas- whom i had the distinct pleasure to meet and instantly like at a law event a few years ago. He Has left so very early; clearly he has left family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who adored him. Please accept my sincerest condolence. Judith Shapiro Knight
Isa Iasenza
March 13, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family and especially to Juanita, a longtime acquaintance and colleague, for this loss. Unfortunately, I never met your son, but he seems to have been a wonderful person. Keep his memory close to your heart and he will be with you forever. I wish you strength and serenity during this difficult time.
Yvonne Sam
March 13, 2020
Dear Juanita & Ismail, Please accept sincere condolences on what is certainly a crushing blow to any parent. May you be kept buoyant by the memories he left behind, and further comforted in knowing that others care and share your loss. Blessings in abundance.
Suzanne Duchesneau
March 13, 2020
Je ne connaissais pas monsieur Abass Traoré mais au fil de la lecture de l’avis de décès, j’ai eu l’impression d’entrer dans l’univers d’un homme exceptionnel. C’est une grande perte pour vous, ses proches, mais de merveilleux souvenirs vous aideront à avancer dans l’étape du deuil. Un jour à la fois... Mes plus sincères condoléances.
bethlehem tilahun
March 13, 2020
gone too soon. my heart is breaking right now. may be you are too beautiful to stay here any longer that your light is needed elsewhere. rest easy my friend..... rest easy. My prayers of comfort to the Taore family.
Marie Angèle Grimaud et Edouard Kouassi
March 12, 2020
Chers Juanita et Ismaila, Nous pensons très fort à vous en ces moments difficiles. A vous et à toute la famille Westmoreland-Traoré, nos sincères condoléances. Nous portons John Arthur Abbass dans nos prières, et nous vous assurons de notre profonde solidarité.
Maia Higgins and Silas Higgins
March 12, 2020
Words cannot describe the sorrow we felt on finding out about Abbass’ passing. His generous spirit and warmth was clear to everyone who met them. We worked together for years at Whole Foods, and have many many fond memories. Even our grandmother who met him on the street once always asked about him, he charmed her on the spot. Abbass will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Hoping you find the strength and love in friends and family in the days ahead.
Peter Hilge
March 12, 2020
We worked together at Whole Foods. He was always on his game with his humor to team members and customers. It was a joy to have worked with him and he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family.
Elaine Matterig
March 12, 2020
Our heart breaks as we say goodbye to one of the kindest man we know. Abbass and I shared a lot of laughter and tears. He was always a great listener and always the first one to offer help. He always treated me as family and I am forever grateful. ‘Bas your Whole Foods Family is grateful for you and will keep you in our hearts always. Rest well our gentle giant.
Melissa Sim
March 12, 2020
Dearest Traore Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Abbass for many years at Whole Foods Market and have many fond memories. We shared many after work shenanigans, stories and heartfelt conversations. He was a giant teddy bear with the most generous soul. I can still hear him say "Ah hiya Mel" after all these years. May you find comfort in your memories through this difficult time. RIP my friend...xo
Jean-Paul Decoste
March 11, 2020
Chere collegue Nos sinceres sympathies en ces moments difficiles. Courage et serenite. Adele et Jean-Paul Decoste Rimouski
Gérard Therrien
March 11, 2020
Chère Juanita, Je t'offre mes sincères condoléances à l'occasion de cette terrible épreuve. Je ne connaissais pas personnellement ton fils mais s'il n'avait simplement qu'une parcelle de l'esprit de sa mère, ce devait être tout un bonhomme. Bon courage. Gérard Therrien, avocat à la retraite ancien collègue et étudiant de Me Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré
Gemma Raeburn-Baynes & Bernard Baynes
March 11, 2020
Juanita and Ishmael, we are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking and praying for you. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. May he rest in peace.
Evelyn Louise Myrie
March 11, 2020
Sincerest condolences to you Juanita and Ishmael. May you both find strength in this challenging time.
arnold minors
March 10, 2020
juanita, ismail and bangaly. my very deepest condolences on your loss. although i hadn't seen abbass for a long time, i still recall his laugh and love of life. you are in my thoughts.
Lorna Hoyte
March 10, 2020
Condolences to the Westmoreland-Traore family on the passing of Abbass. With all the good things that I'm reading about Abbass, I'm sorry that I never got the chance to meet him. May the understanding thoughts of those who deeply care, make this time of sadness less difficult to bear, and may the heartfelt sympathy offered in your sorrow help to bring you comfort and strength for each tomorrow. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. Lorna and Beverley.
Jean Bécu
March 10, 2020
Chère Juanita, Je suis vraiment peiné d'apprendre le décès prématuré de ton fils. À toi et à toute ta famille, mes plus sincères condoléances. Mes pensées vous accompagnent en ces moments difficiles. Avec toute mon amitié, Jean (Gaspésie).
Horace I. Goddard
March 10, 2020
God is love. Juanita and Ishmael, during this time of your bereavement, I pray that God will comfort you. Know that we in the Black Community love you and wish you great memories of your dearest son.
Carrie Samuels
March 10, 2020
Abas and I shared most of our up and downs in life and when we supported each other it was always given with love. Abas was my armour in life and Abas will remain forever in a part of Louisa's and my soul.
Dulce Maria Cruz H. & Simon-Pierre Gourd
March 09, 2020
Chers Juanita & Ismaila, Chère Brenda et toute cette magnifique famille, Que la sérénité et la tendresse vous protège de la tristesse inévitable devant l’inexplicable: le départ rapide de votre enfant chéri John Arthur, au sourire lumineux, que nous avons eu la joie de croiser à plusieurs reprises. Nous vous offrons nos sincères condoléances et nos pensées empreintes d’amitié sont avec vous, de tout cœur. Ysatis-Simon & Simon-Pierre & Dulce Maria
Bev and Patsy Townsend
March 09, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences on the passing of Abbass.This news of his passing has stunned us. We remember the pure joy he brought with his presence. He was both funny and a fun loving person. Although we knew him only in his early years, this is the Abbass we remember. Juanita and Ismail, we grieve with you and your family. May he rest in peace.
Carolann Giles
March 09, 2020
Dear Juanita and Ismaila, my deepest condolences to you, my dear family on the passing of your son Abbass. No words can express at this time what you are feeling. I have met Abbass only a few times and it is so hard to hear this news. "Time heals all wounds". Love always from all the family in Barbados. 'Alnor House', #17 Ocean City, St. Philip. Barbados
Jacques Lachapelle
March 09, 2020
Chère Juanita et cher Ismaila La perte d'un enfant nous laisse inconsolable. Mon fils qui aurait cette année le même âge que Abbass, est décédé il ya déjà 11 ans, il est toujours présent dans nos vies Toutes mes sympathies et bon courage Jacques Lachapelle
Claude P. Bigué
March 09, 2020
À Juanita et votre famille, De sincères condoléances de la part d'un collègue de la Cour du Québec, Claude P. Bigué, Amos (Québec)
Marie Michelle lavigne
March 09, 2020
Chère Juanita, La grande famille de la CQ se resserre autour de toi pour t’aider à passer au travers de cette terrible épreuve. Reçois toutes nos sincères vœux de soutien et de sympathie.
Huguette St-Louis
March 09, 2020
Chère Juanita, Par expérience, je sais à quel point la perte d’un fils est un événement douloureux. Je suis de tout cœur avec toi et ta famille dans ce deuil qui vous afflige et vous offre mes très sincères condoléances. Huguette
Serge Laurin
March 09, 2020
Chère Juanita, Je t'offre à toi et ta famille toute ma sympathie en ces moments difficiles. Je te souhaite beaucoup de courage pour traverser cette épreuve. À bientôt,
Ruth Veillet
March 09, 2020
Chère Juanita, à toi, ton mari et à tous les membres de votre famille, j’offre toutes mes condoléances. Que Dieu vous vienne en aide dans cette lourde épreuve. Sincèrement Ruth
Orville Burrows
March 09, 2020
Abbass was a gentle soul with a contagious smile and laugh. Abbass will be missed by many. RIP my brother.
Linda
March 09, 2020
Dear Juanita, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Sincerely Linda Bernier
Odette Perron
March 08, 2020
Chère Juanita et cher Ismaila, Nous sommes de tout cœur avec vous en ces tristes moments de votre vie. Courage et amitiés Odette et Claude
Shawn Steele
March 08, 2020
I had the honor of knowing Abbass for a very long time in Montreal and Toronto. The Traore family welcomed me with open arms when I first moved to Toronto to pursue academics and let me live with them. I shared a room with Abbass for a few years and he was like a brother to me, a twin almost as were both born in 1973. He shared anything and everything without question. A gentle soul with a big heart who could always put a smile on my face. Always had joke or funny story to tell. The world lost a gentle and generous soul. Thank you for your love and kindness.
Verlyn Francis
March 08, 2020
Juanita and Ismail, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Abbass. Even though words cannot soothe the pain of losing your dear son, I will keep you and the family in my prayers at this difficult time.
John Quaggin
March 07, 2020
I had the very great good fortune of having met Abbass. I too, as with ever soul with whom he connected, knew him for his wonderful, boundless kindness, personal warmth and generosity. Abbass would not hesitate to go out of his way - quite literally - to engage those around him just to share a loving gesture or to transmit a word of care. He was a magnificent, truly larger-than-life personality in every conceivable sense, and all those who knew him will miss him and strive, in our own humble way, to achieve even the slightest degree of decency, tolerance and genuine concern that he exhibited for everyone he met.
Oumar ongoiba et famille
March 07, 2020
Pour qui a connu le très cher regretté Abbas est-il besoin de mentionner son éternel sourire contagieux et sa joie de vivre ? Je passaerai sous silence les innombrables qualités qui caracterisent sa personne. Puisse le tout puissant accorder à Juanita , Ismael et autres parents la force de surmonter cette dure épreuve. Qu'AllAH le tout puissant lui réserve une place de choix parmi les élus du paradis ! Famille ONGOIBA à TORONTO.
Anne Lama
March 07, 2020
Abbass c’est la force tranquille, Le velour qui est né fer, c’est l’agneau qui joue au loup. Abbass c’est un éclat de rire qui fait plisser les yeux, C’est le bonheur à l’état pur, une injonction au Carpe diem. C’est en partie grâce à Abbass et à sa généreuse famille que j’ai immigrée de France au Canada. Si tous les canadiens étaient comme ça, je voulais bien être l’une d’entre eux! Je l’ai connu à Toronto il y a 20 ans lors de mon stage de fin d’année d’études. Il m’a été présenté par un ami cher, Alpha lui aussi décédé maintenant. Alpha voulait jouer les entremetteurs. Abbass est ensuite venu en France et il a rencontré ma famille qu’il l’a tout de suite adopté comme un cousin lointain. Mes pensées les plus émues vont à ma famille canadienne, Juanita et Ismael, Bangaly et Florence. Une anecdote sur Abbass. Il voulait offrir une hyène à Nina, ma fille de 7 ans pour quelle puisse se défendre. Je trouvais ça très poétique et je m'imaginais déjà Nina se promenant avec une hyène en laisse offerte par son tonton Abbass. Ça c'est Abbass, toute en excentricité et en efficacité. Tu me manques mon ami, mon Bro’et je regrette déjà de vieillir loin de toi.
Fleurette Fernando
March 07, 2020
Abbass was truly that gentle giant. As we were finding our way through life as young adults in Toronto, Abbass provided an open door and a welcoming heat to Derek and I in the townhouse he shared with Ben and eventually Shawn and then Derek himself. That townhouse was a safe haven for all of us. Those were good times. He never made me feel like an outsider but rather as part of his extended family. I will always be grateful for that ..and for the laughs he provided all along the way. I am heartbroken for you, the Traoré family, but please know we hold you in our prayers at this most difficult time. Love lives forever.
Renée Joyal
March 07, 2020
J'ai eu le bonheur de connaître Abbass tout petit. Il y avait déjà chez lui tout le charme et l'enjouement qui le caractériseront par la suite. À toi, chère Juanita, à ton mari et à ton fils aîné, mes condoléances émues et sincères et mon souvenir le meilleur!
Sandy Thomas
March 07, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family Juanita.
Derek Steele
March 07, 2020
Abass had the extraordinary ability to make everyone around him feel like a friend, and in our case, like an extension of his family. In doing so, he has gifted us with a fundamental truth about the capacity of humans to connect with each other.
Suzanne Vadboncoeur
March 07, 2020
Toutes mes condoléances ma chère Juanita. Mes pensées sont avec toi en cette période difficile. Amitiés, Suzanne
Rev. & Mrs. Emmanuel K Ofori
March 07, 2020
Dear sister Juanita and brother Ismail, May the God of all comfort and compassion enfold you in God's arms, comfort you and wipe the tears dry from your eyes. May the Lord give you strength so that you can stand firm during this trying moment in your life together. Remember, God loves and cares about you. Agape
Carol, Courcey & Jasmine
March 07, 2020
Our deepest condolences to your family - Abbass was such a sweet and tender soul.
Yola Grant
March 07, 2020
Rainer and I will miss Abass' and our talks about BBQs and marinades. It was always a delight to hear his voice and his greeting ("Miss Yola") on the street. I will miss his open, welcoming smile and his calming presence in our neighbourhood. Sincere condolences to Juanita and Ismael on the loss of a wonderful son.
Shirley and John Gyles
March 07, 2020
Dear Juanita and Ismail, Please accept our most sincere condolences.
Patrick Case
March 07, 2020
My sincere condolences, Juanita.
Mary Cornish and George Biggar
March 06, 2020
When we met Abbass back in the early 1990's when Juanita came to live in Toronto we were immediately struck by his kindness, gentleness and ability to reach out and connect to everyone around him. He was a wonderful son who adored his parents. We are so sad to realize that he didn't have more time to continue to impact positively the world around him. Our deepest condolences - Mary and George
Lama David
March 06, 2020
Abbass, " my Bro' " comme on s'appelait mutuellement. Je suis si si triste que tu soi parti. Je garderai en souvenir nos joies partagées à Toronto, à Montréal, à Nice ou tu étais venu nous voir. Je ne réalise pas encore ce qui viens d'arriver. Je présente toute mes condoléance à sa famille et ses proches. Je pense à vous dans cette douloureuse épreuve. Rest In peace my Bro'.
Keder Hyppolite
March 06, 2020
Quelle surprise, quelle tristesse, mes émotions sont à fleur de peau au moment où je noircis cet espace pour lui rendre un dernier hommage .Mon ami, mon petit frère , je me souviendrai toujours de toi. Spécialement à Charlottetown à l’ Université de l’Ile - du- Prince-Edouard en 99-00 au moment je suivais une formation sur les droits de la personne , de la fondation canadienne des droits humains . Juanita y enseignait évidemment, nous avons joué et ri ensemble pendant deux bonnes semaines. Oui , je m’en souviens comme si c’était hier et je m’en souviendrai toujours . La dernière fois que j’ai eu le bonheur de te voir et rire avec toi ce fut chez tes parents à Windsor en Ontario , Ismaila y était aussi . Je t’ai vu grandir je partage tout ce qui a été dit te concernant . Tu es parti trop tôt, je pleure sincèrement ton départ vers l’Orient . Te connaissant , tu seras heureux de nous accueillirent lorsque nous ferons le aussi le grand voyage. Puisses ton âme reposer en paix . Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute ta grande famille mais surtout à mes amis Juanita , Ismail et ton frère aîné. Ton frère qui te pleure :KEDER
N. Power
March 06, 2020
Abbas was a kindhearted individual who left long-lasting favorable impressions on those around him. Abbas exists not in what is seen and remembered, but in what is felt and never forgotten. He will forever be in our hearts - his contagious laughter, beaming smile and comforting voice will echo positivity across the communities touched by his presence. With deep gratitude for having known you, your friend, NP.

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Urgel Bourgie / Athos offers an online ceremony viewing service for family and friends.
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