TURMEL, Antoine O. C., D. B. A.
1918 - 2012
On December 6, 2012, Mr. Antoine Turmel passed away peacefully in Montreal at the
age of 94 years and seven months. He leaves to mourn his wife, Rose-Aimée Michaud, his children André, Hélène, Jean-François and Marie-Josée, his grandchildren Antoine and Aude, five great-grandchildren as well as many relatives and friends. Born in Thetford Mines on April 25, 1918, Antoine Turmel was a visionary and remarkable entrepreneur throughout his career. After having acquired the wholesale food distributor Denault Ltée of Sherbrooke in 1946, he transformed the company into a regional force that consolidated some sixty retailers. In 1969, he then negotiated the merger of several major food distributors, leading to the creation in 1970 of Provigo, a company he oversaw until 1985. Antoine Turmel was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982, became Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1986, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke. He was also held in great esteem by many organizations and associations over his long and productive career in the Quebec food industry. Visitation will be held at ALFRED DALLAIRE MEMORIA (1111 Laurier Ouest) on Wednesday December 12th from 7pm to 10pm and on Thursday starting at 9am. The funerals will be held at 11am on Thursday December 13th in St-Viateur d'Outremont Church (Laurier corner Bloomfield). Expressions of sympathy may be made by way of a donation to the Fondation de l'Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont or the Fondation du CHUM.