Mario Laguë

  • "Mario, le vide que tu laisses dans nos vies sera permanent...."
    - N. L.
  • "Mario, we miss you and think of you everyday."
    - X. V.
  • "J'ai eu le grand privilège de te connaître, toi Mario et ta..."
    - Diane Baillargeon
  • "15Aug10 - Ce matin, notre Druide et moi a eu notre propre..."
    - Jan Wyllie
  • "Très cher Mario, Il y a très longtemps que je t'ai vu,..."
    - Ève Arros

MARIO LAGUË (1958 - 2010) Tragically passed away in a traffic accident in Ottawa on August 12, 2010 at the age of 52. Devoted husband of Dr. Caroline Vu-Nguyen and beloved father of Arianne and Clara. He will also be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his mother Cécile, his sister Nicole, his extended family and by the countless friends he made through a lifetime of public service. In the early days of his career, Mario was a trusted political advisor to Premier Robert Bourassa and went on to become the Government of Quebec's Delegate in Venezuela and in Mexico. He later served with distinction in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and was named Assistant Secretary to Cabinet - Communications and Consultations. Mario was selected by Prime Minister Paul Martin to be his Director of Communications and later served as Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica. After moving to Switzerland, he became the Communications Director for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In 2009, Mario was named Director of Communications by the Leader of the Opposition, Michael Ignatieff. Mario's warmth, wit, generosity and joie de vivre enriched every life he touched. Visitation will take place in Montreal at the Centre Funeraire Côte-des- Neiges, 4525 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (514-342-8000) on Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. A public memorial, followed by a reception, will take place on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Centre Funeraire Côte-des-Neiges followed by a private burial. Mario's friends in Ottawa will also hold a celebration of his life in September. Life stories and tributes may be shared online at In lieu of flowers, for those wishing, memorial donations may be made to a cancer foundation or cancer research facility of your choice.

Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2010