ROY, Bernard A.
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1940 - 2013
Bernard A. Roy, BA LLL QC Ad.E., youngest son of the late Joseph and Kathleen (Coote) died peacefully on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Bernard was diagnosed with a severe form of multiple myeloma two and a half years ago. He spent the last six weeks of his life, first at the Montreal Chest Hospital and finally at the Montreal General Hospital where he was vigilantly cared for by his loving family.
A native of Québec City, he got his law degree from l'Université Laval and articled in Montréal before joining the law firm Ogilvy Renault, now Norton Rose Canada LLP, in 1966 where he was a member of the Litigation Group. His areas of expertise were civil, commercial and administrative law. Over the years, he often acted as mediator and arbitrator. Following the Oka crisis, he acted as the chief negotiator with the Kanasetake Council. Although never previously active in the political area, he was Principal Secretary from 1984 to 1988 to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, law school colleague and close friend. Renowned for his intelligence, exceptional memory and communication skills, he was chief counsel for the Poitras Commission and the Gomery Commission. He was sought after by the media for his analytical skills, his common sense as well as his sense of humour. His busy law practice led do the board membership of several large companies such as Metro, Imasco, Domtar, Noranda, Trizec, Intrawest, CN and World Point Terminals owned by his dear friend, Tony Novelly. As a dedicated Montrealer, he greatly contributed to the development of Montréal as well as to its cultural, social and philanthropic activities. He chaired the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, la Société du Vieux Port de Montréal, as well as the Boards of the Royal Victoria Hospital, l'École nationale de théâtre du Canada and was a member of the Board of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Bernard was a very sociable and fun-loving person. Over the years, he remained very interested in sports, following a few seasons of university hockey, with the Rouge et Or de l'Université Laval. He loved inline skating, alpine skiing and tennis, listening to Baroque music and tending his gardens in Montréal, Bromont and Florida were his favourite activities besides reading everything that's fit to print.
Bernard is survived by his loving wife, Marianne Ignacz, who supported him through his illness, his brother Claude (Simone St-Germain), his brother-in-law, Joseph Ignacz (Catherine Luu) and his mother-in-law, Eva Ignacz. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Rosine Lallement, wife of the late Roddy Roy and by his son, Philippe as well as a number of nephews and nieces, Sophie Roy (Don Nicholson), Brigitte Roy (Jeff Mains), Geneviève Roy (Jeff Corrigan), Louis Roy (Madeleine Rochette), Andrée Roy (Jake Vaughan), Alexander Ignacz. Bernard's large circle of friends and colleagues are grieving his passing away. His memory and his many contributions to our society and his country will live on.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Sebag for his dedication, empathy and exemplary care as well as the staff of the Hematology- Oncology Service and its Inpatient Unit at the Montreal General Hospital; Dr. Jean Bourbeau and his team at the Montreal Chest Hospital for the quality care Bernard received over the past few years. Many thanks also to Dr. David Mulder for his support.
Visitations will be held at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC H2V 2P9 on Tuesday March 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.. Please join us in a celebration of Bernard's life on March 27 at 11 a.m., at the St-Léon de Westmount church, 4311 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Westmount.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The RVH Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research and Treatment Center, 687 avenue des Pins Ouest, suite A1.07, Montréal, QC H3A 1A1, would be appreciated.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 16, 2013