Michel André Lagalisse
We sadly announce the passing of Michel Lagalisse AKA "Michy" at Résidence Yvon-Brunet, where he contracted Covid-19.
Born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, Michel came of age in Crawford Park, attended Verdun Catholic High School and Concordia University, and later resided in Montreal, Ste. Beatrix and Oran, Algeria. Michel was a master builder, photographer, dancer, chef and artist, as well as project manager extraordinaire - preferably grand scale. With charisma and creative vision he inspired and entertained the many people he met, and left his mark of excellence everywhere he worked.
Friends gathered to become his neighbours in Ste Beatrix, where his well-executed parties and stonework helped build the unique Domain cherished by him and others in the Gang. Michel enjoyed fabulous meals, fine drink, dressing sharp, working hard, playing harder, and remains highly approved for his adventurous spirit, irreverence and zest for life. He often challenged authority, and surely has some strong words for whoever's in charge at the CSHLD. He is missed by his children Christopher, Erica and Julian Lagalisse, his mother June Lagalisse, his siblings Pierre and Janine, his cousin Darren and aunt Colleen, his nieces Erin and Andrea, his recent partner Dalila Alloula, his lifelong friend Gerry Nolan, his first wife Rosemary McCulloch, and friends beyond. He was preceded in passing by his longtime companion and friend Micheline "Mickey" Bonneau.
A celebration of life will take place later this year at Urgel Bourgie funeral home; please contact Gerry Nolan ([email protected]) for upcoming details.
Messages in memory of Michel André Lagalisse
May 24, 2020
MICHEL ANDRE LAGALISSE.
Beloved Son of June and Charles Lagalisse.
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. BY (Jimmy Cliff.)
Michel arrived from Algeria, and within minutes he was playing a C.D of
his favorite music. Life was about to begin again.
We passed away the early morning hours dancing singing Love Love Love.
This music related to friends and cities we had visited. What wonderful happy times.
Our life was entwined with all our Loves.
Michel would phone me around 3.a.m saying “wake up we could drive to Wells Maine and be on the beach swimming by 9.a.m”.
Time for lobster and fishing.
In springtime Michel would take Erica and Julian to the woods to gather Lily of The Valley.
Summertime was a time for the camping, out came the boat, loaded.... driving north of
Ste Beatrix to his favourite lake for a month of living outdoors Nothing was missing, right
down to every article for cooking first class meals followed by French Wine.
Our favorite places, were working in our gardens. Admiring your excellent rock walls, and teaching
Christopher the art and design of beautiful rock walls. First they had climb the mountain behind our
cottages where they found and gather the perfect rocks. Slide them down the steep slope to be sorted,
perfect for each placement. They will live for years.
A beautiful exhibition of Love.
We all loved the joy of water. Thundering waterfalls, beaches collecting sea glass, driftwood and
Erin and Andrea learned the art of stained glass work and driftwood to design fashionable art pieces.
Our life at Ste. Beatrix since 1962 gave us the joys of the countryside. Many of Michel's
friends and families joined us . Even Charles family came from France joining our
From the time of Michel's birth Oncle Hubert was Michel’s favorite. In fact I think Michel was himself portraying his Oncle Hubert. Another fantastic dancer..complete with shirts. After midnight they would all stop to watch the Aurora Borealis out on the rock.
All of this followed by extremely good meals with new recipes from France. All the children learned how to cook, developed good appetites, and an appreciation for good wine from Gevrey, Chambertin.
Your family and friends have contacted me from France, England, Canada, USA,
Australia and the Dominican Republique.
You were loved, admired and will be missed by so many.
My sincere thanks goes to Gerry Nolan who guided Michel with care, attention and love.
Such patience is rare. Michel and Gerry were friends since the age of nine years old.
My love goes with you Michel What a wonderful life we enjoyed.
we shall meet again when we shall dance again to,
Love, Love, Love.