A doctor who left his mark (Part two)

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Saint-Paul Hospital was founded. …This is when the family came to settle in a new house in Saint-Jovite. From this point on, Dr. Dupré came to the clinic at the base of the slopes when called. While their personalities were very different, Drs. Dupré and Ouimet got along famously. There was an enormous amount of work.

At the time, of course, it was the doctor who visited the patient. Despite the fact that the hospital provided a number of services. Dr. Dupré was always called in the middle of the night to visit his patients. When it was a birth, it was out of the question that he return home before the child was born – no matter how many hours it took.

During this time, the Dupré family welcomed three more children: Marguerite, Pierre and Jean. Education was extremely important in this family and each child had an impressive path and career.

Paul, the eldest, attended Collège Notre-Dame and Université d’Ottawa and forged a career as administrator with Sports Canada where he was the chief executive officer of Athletics Canada, formerly the Canadian Track and Field Association. He was then CEO of sports for the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Marguerite, upon the urging of her father, became a physician. She specialized in emergency medicine and worked as an emergency physician at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. Then after 1985, she was head of traumatology at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital.

Pierre, a highly regarded notary, headed a major firm in Saint-Jovite. He was also much engaged in the community as a director of the Fondation La Traversée, among others. It was he who convinced the municipality of Mont-Tremblant to turn over the Château Beauvallon building to the Fondation; the building now houses a palliative care residence. (Ed. note: See our article from December 2020.)

As to Jean, he became the Artistic Director and executive head of Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal.

Dr. Dupré retired in 1985. He and his wife travelled and enjoyed life in their home in Florida, surrounded by their many friends.

We’ll remember Dr. Dupré as a tactful, sensitive man who listened attentively to his patients. He left an impressive legacy.

  • In 1951, he instigated having the Red Cross in this region.
  • In 1953, it was the Canadian Cancer Society’s turn to owe him its introduction here.
  • In 1954, he created the commission scolaire régionale des Laurentides (school board) and was its president for ten years.
  • He was also president of the Société médicale des Laurentides in 1962 and 1963.
  • He founded the Centre d’accueil du CHSLD (residential and long-term care centre) of Saint-Jovite. And he received other honours and awards, including the following.
  • The diploma for exceptional meritorious service from the Red Cross in 1973.
  • In 1976, he was awarded the certificate of the Canadian College of Family Physicians, of which he was made a life member in 1986.

Dr. Dupré, a member of that generation which developed and advanced our region, passed away in 2005. He and his wife left their children a legacy of love of work well done and of the importance of social commitment. It’s a heritage which, yet today, influences another generation proud of its roots.

 

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Membre de l’équipe canadienne de ski alpin de 1960 à 1971, skieur professionnel de 1971 à 1979 et champion américain en 1965, Peter Duncan a participé aux Jeux olympiques de 1964 à Innsbruck ainsi qu’à ceux de 1968 à Grenoble. Intronisé au Temple de la renommée du ski au Canada, au Panthéon des sports du Québec et récipiendaire de la médaille du gouverneur général, Peter a longtemps été commentateur de ski à la télévision./ Peter Duncan is a Canadian former alpine skier who competed in the 1964 and the 1968 Winter Olympics. He was named to the Canadian National Alpine Team in 1960 at the age of 16 and competed at the national level for the next 10-years until 1970 before retiring.

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