Friends, colleagues, family and even fans of Pierre Marcotte said their last goodbyes to the deceased Tan at the Bonsecours Chapel in Montreal, Friday.
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The idea of a burning chapel – where the public could meditate near Pierre Marcotte’s urn – flowed naturally, those close to him believe.
“Dad would have wanted that,” says Pierre-Bruno Marcotte.
“He’s been in the public eye all his life. And it is thanks to all these people that he was able to have such a beautiful and long career, both in radio and television and in gastronomy. I thought it was important to give them the chance to say hello to him one last time,” he continues.
Pierre Marcotte died on July 13 of complications from COVID. He was 83 years old. Still active, formerTan was also expected to take the stage at the Casino de Montréal next month.
“The tickets sold well, I know people still wanted to see it. So I felt it logical to have her present here today,” says his wife of the past five years, Denyse Plouffe.
wave of honors
After the burning chapel, Pierre Marcotte’s relatives were invited to a religious ceremony in the late afternoon. His ex-wife, singer Shirley Théroux, joined this part of the celebrations.
“Since Pierre’s death I have met many people and they all remember his smile. What people tell me the most is how much he made them laugh, that he brought joy to their everyday lives,” she confides, crossing the church forecourt.
Several members of the artistic community also stopped by to offer their condolences to Pierre Marcotte’s family. Among these, the host Mario Lirette wanted to pay tribute to the “great soul” of those he had known “for more than 40 years”.
“He was an extremely generous man. Pierre Marcotte loved everyone; and everyone loved Pierre Marcotte,” he says. As for Winston McQuade, it’s the memory of a “colleague” he honored.
“He is a man I respect both professionally and personally. He had human values that I respect very much and agree with completely. It was important for me to come and greet him today,” he says.