Former Quebec City Mayor and Lieutenant-Governor Gilles Lamontagne dies

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Ville de Québec announced that Gilles Lamontagne, the Mayor of Quebec City from 1965 to 1977, died on June 14 at age 97. He was also a Liberal federal minister from 1977 to 1983, and the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec from 1984 to 1990. During World War II, Lamontagne served as a bomber pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was later on shot down over the Netherlands in 1943 being detained as a prisoner of war until May 1945.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest mayors of Quebec City,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume. “This man invested his heart and soul into his job as mayor as well as in all his other engagements in the community during his long life. He positioned Quebec among the large cities during his reign as mayor. His passing leaves a great emptiness in the history of our city. I am overcome. I particularly admired this wise man who inspired me in my functions as mayor and as a human being.”

The mayor’s office is in touch with the family to plan a funeral service with them. The flag in front of City Hall was lowered to half-mast the day after the announcement.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at the Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec, presided by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec.

A temporary chapel will be prepared for the coffin containing the remains of Mr. Lamontagne in the Council Chamber of Quebec City Hall (2, rue des Jardins) where people can pay their respects on Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.