A tribute “in style” by Guy Lafleur

The songs were compiled at the request of Guy Lafleur and his family The essentialby Ginette Reno, and My wayby Frank Sinatra, echoed Sunday night at the Bell Center during the sober and touching tribute to the blonde demon.

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The Canadian’s organization have presented a beautiful farewell to one of their greatest legends ahead of their clash with the Boston Bruins.

When archival images of the best moments of their idol’s career were presented on the ice, viewers could hear his favorite song and singer.

“It was a request from Guy and his family,” said the Canadian’s Vice President of Communications, Chantal Machabée.

The Canadian’s organization had also invited Ms. Reno to sing The essential at the Bell Center rink on Sunday night. “But she wasn’t available,” stresses Chantal Machabée.

mutual admiration

The mutual admiration that Guy Lafleur and Ginette Reno had for one another has long been known. On Friday, Ginette Reno wrote on her Facebook page that she sang “J’aime Guy, j’aime Guy” early in her career.

“You were the first man on record that I declared my love to, and probably the last,” the interpreter continues. You lived a life that was similar to you: full of passion and intensity, full of strength and courage. »

A few days ago, the Quebec Remparts also paid tribute to Guy Lafleur at the Videotron Center. This time it’s the room The ones who goStill of Ginette Reno acting on a montage of stock images.

“Guy adored Ginette. They were two Quebec icons,” he said protocol Michel Bergeron who had it trained with the New York Rangers.

your favorite song

For those close to him, Guy Lafleur would have loved to play with us My way by Frank Sinatra during his final tribute to his fans.

According to Michel Bergeron, the song represented the way Guy Lafleur conducted his career and lived his life. “Guy has always shaped his life on his own terms. He was extraordinary,” explains Michel Bergeron.

At the funeral?

At the moment we don’t know if The essential and My way will perform at the Guy Lafleur State Funeral on Tuesday 3rd May.

“It’s not decided yet,” says Chantal Machabée. We are currently working on all the logistics of the funeral, such as the guest list and media positioning. We haven’t gone into those details yet. »

meaningful words

Guy Lafleur found himself very much in the words My way, by Frank Sinatra. Adapted from the French hit, what was this 1969 song about? As usual ? Here is a free translation of some stanzas.


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My way

My way

And now the end is near;

And now that the end is near;

And so I stand before the final curtain

And I stand before the final curtain

My friend, I’ll make it clear

My friend, I’ll say it out loud

I will state my case, of which I am sure.

I’ll defend my case, I’m sure of it.

I have lived a full life.

I have lived a full life.

I’ve driven all the highways;

I’ve traveled all the roads;

And more, much more than that

And more, much more than that

I did it my way.

I did it my way.

Regrets I had a few;

Sorry I had some;

But then too few to mention.

But again too little to mention.

I did what I had to do

I did what I had to do

And pulled it off without exception.

And I did it without being spared anything.

I have planned every chartered course;

I planned every initiative;

Every careful step along the way

Every careful step on my way

And more, much more than that

And more, much more than that

I did it my way.

I did it my way.

[…]

To think that I did all this;

To think that I did all this;

And may I say – not shy,

And I allow myself to say it – boldly,

No, oh no not me

Oh no, shyness is not mine

I did it my way.

I did it my way.

Because what is a man, what does he have?

For what is a man, what does he possess?

If not himself, then he has nothing,

If not himself, he has nothing,

[…]

The record shows I took the punches

History tells that I took the punches

And did it my way!

And that I did it my way!

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