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(1954 - 2020)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother Jay, who died in Quebec City on Dec. 27, 2020.
He is survived by his beloved wife Martine René, his daughter Jessika, his grandchildren Alyssia and Felix, his brother David (Sophie), his sister-in-law Renée, nieces Marie and Jamie and nephew Ryan. He was predeceased by his mother Jo (Quart) Ouellet and his brother Gary Ouellet.
Jay succumbed to advanced small cell lung cancer. When first diagnosed, he was given one month to live, but he took matters into his own hands and found the best help he could. He was one hell of a fighter who lasted three and a half more years, which is a tribute in itself.
This gave him time to marry Martine René, the love of his life, who was right beside him until his last breath. I had the wonderful honour of FaceTiming him and getting the chance to say goodbye. Kudos to Martine and all the staff at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital and CHUL.
Jay’s cancer was caused by smoking too many cigarettes. In heaven he will be joined by his Mom, his brother, his godmother, two of his mother’s brothers and his beloved grandfather, all of whom died as a result of smoking. Please give that a thought before reaching for your next one.
Jay was not only a great chiropractor but also a great astrophotographer. He was profiled several times in the local newspapers, including the QCT. His pictures also made their way to the cover of Astronomy Today and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and even as a clue on the TV show Jeopardy! He has many photos of himself and the megastars he treated (as a chiropractor) over the years: Bon Jovi, Elton John, Paul McCartney and so, so many more.
Jay was one of a kind … the one and only chiropractor to have done it all. He will be missed. I have one final macabre thing to say. I wanted to call him today to say that it was the 15th anniversary of the day I quit smoking. Coincidence? Maybe … I just don’t know.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, a funeral will take place at a later date.
~ David Ouellet