Funeral of the former host: last farewell to Pierre Marcotte

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 Bruno-Pierre Marcotte.


Pierre Marcotte's funeral was celebrated at the Bonsecours Chapel on Friday.

Photo agency QMI, Mario Beauregard

Pierre Marcotte’s funeral was celebrated at the Bonsecours Chapel on Friday.

“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, the formerTan was expected on the stage of the Casino de Montréal next month.


Denyse Plouffe had been Pierre Marcotte's wife for five years.

Photo agency QMI, Mario Beauregard

Denyse Plouffe had been Pierre Marcotte’s wife for five years.

“The tickets sold well, I know people still wanted to see it. So I thought it logical to let her be here today,” says his wife Denyse Plouffe, who has been married for five years.


Joël Denis, accomplice of Pierre Marcotte at the time of the Tannants, welcomes Bruno-Pierre Marcotte, the deceased's son, to the Bonsecours chapel.

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Joël Denis, accomplice of Pierre Marcotte at the time of the Tannants, welcomes Bruno-Pierre Marcotte, the deceased’s son, to the Bonsecours chapel.

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.


Bruno-Pierre Marcotte and his wife Valerie Bourassa.

Photo agency QMI, Mario Beauregard

Bruno-Pierre Marcotte and his wife Valerie Bourassa.

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”.


Shirley Théroux came to honor the memory of her former husband and to support their son, Bruno-Pierre Marcotte.

Photo agency QMI, Mario Beauregard

Shirley Théroux came to honor the memory of her former husband and to support their son, Bruno-Pierre Marcotte.

“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.

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