In Memory of André Lécuyer
It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of André Lécuyer July 3, at his home. He leaves behind his wife of 69 years Anna (née Sauvé), three children, Rachel Lécuyer (Derek), Jean-Guy Lécuyer (Catherine) of Edmonton and Nicole Deschamps (Philippe) of Newtown PA, five grandchildren Julie Cividino, Marc Baddaloo of Edmonton, Élise Lécuyer of Calgary, Karine and Stéphanie Deschamps Newtown PA as well as three great grandchildren, Danica, Noah, Téo of Edmonton. A man of integrity and devoted to his family, he will always remain in our hearts.
Born in Sturgeon Falls, ON he attended Collège du Sacré-Coeur of Sudbury. He held a BA in education from Laval University, a master in education from Ottawa University, and a doctorate in education from University of Toronto. He taught in Smooth Rock Falls and North Bay after which he became principal of the Chelmsford Valley District Composite School. He joined the OSSTF in Toronto in 1965 from which he retired in 1984 as Associate General Secretary.
André was involved in a number of educational endeavours during his entire adult life. He chaired the comity for the establishment of École secondaire Étienne Brûlé in Toronto, the first public French language secondary school in the south and chaired the first consultative French language committee of the Toronto Metropolitan School Board, 1969-70. He was widely consulted by community leaders who wanted to establish such a school in their area.
During this period he was also instrumental in convincing OISE to establish a French language research centre and he was president of its consultative committee from 1970 to 1978. The advancement of French language and culture in Ontario could count on his services. He sat on numerous committees of associations dedicated to the advancement of education and French language and culture. He was President of la FAFO in 1989 and founding President of l’Assemblée des aînés francophones du Canada from 1992 to 1998.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the heartfelt care delivered by the staff at Le Jardin Royal Garden in Orléans. They surrounded André with love and compassion and comforted our mom at every turn. We thank Zeni, PSW with CBI Health Center, who cared for André morning and night since July 2019. We thank Laurie, Matt, Ainsley and all at Bayshore Health Care for their nursing services during the past 12 months and Jean from Bayshore Home Health who tenderly cared for André during his final days. Thank you to Drs Rioux, Plantive and Vincent for their care.
Due to Covid 19, there will be no public funeral or gathering to grieve together, to honour André and share our stories about this wonderful man. Kindly take a moment to share your memory on this site.
Donations of mass offerings instead of flowers would be appreciated.