Tag Archives: July 21 2021



The Festival d’été de Québec is taking place from July 1-25 on Grande Allée. For details, visit feq.ca/en.

Wednesday, July 28 at noonMusical Wednesday concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec, featuring Lawrence O’Hearn (Irish whistle) and David Jacques (baroque guitar). All concerts are free, although donations are welcome. Two gift certificates from the Café-Bistro L’Omelette (Café de Paris) will be drawn at the end of each concert up to Sept. 1. For more details about the concert series, visit chalmerswesley.org.

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) offers Out and About activities for English speakers 50 and older including free transportation. Weekly outings include shopping trips, nature activities, excursions to Île d’Orléans, visits to museums, ice cream parlour trips and more! Visit veq.ca/our-community/upcoming-events for details. To offer suggestions or to register, contact Maria Hoyt at 418-683-2366 ext. 224 or maria.hoyt@veq.ca.

The Library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, located in the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais in Old Quebec, is now open. Reservations are required. To reserve your time slot, visit morrin.org/en/explore-the-library.

The Festival d’opéra de Québec takes place from July 27 to Aug. 7. Highlights include L’opéra français en fête on July 30 at the Grand Théâtre, Georges Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles on July 31 and Aug. 2 and 4 at Théâtre La Bordée, Les leçons de Maria Callas on Aug. 1, 3, 5 and 6 at Le Diamant and the ever-popular roving Brigade Lyrique, which has promoted opera in Quebec City parks and public spaces with free outdoor performances since the festival’s beginning. For more details and to reserve your tickets, visit festivaloperaquebec.com.

The Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, halfway between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, presents many free concerts by students of the International Music and Dance Academy, and outdoor activities such as yoga in the sculpture garden and movies at dusk. Concerts in the Grand Hall feature well- known singers and musicians such as Les Violons du Roy, Gregory Charles and Marc Hervieux. For information and reservations visit domaineforget.com, call 1-888-336-7438 or 418-452-3535 or visit the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix Facebook page.

The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France are taking place from Aug. 5 to 15 in a new interactive format. For details, visit nouvellefrance.qc.ca/en/program.

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OBITUARY: Rose-Marie (Beaulieu) HUTCHESON

Rose-Marie (Beaulieu) HUTCHESON (1937-2021)

« La mort est un passage de la vie vers une réalité plus lumineuse »

On July 10, 2021, Rose-Marie Beaulieu died at l’Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus. She was the wife of Colin Hutcheson and the daughter of the late Julianie Chouinard and the late Philippe Beaulieu. She lived in Quebec City.

In accordance with her wishes, no funeral will be held. Following a small, private ceremony with family, her ashes will be interred in a columbarium at the Mausolée de la Paix.
She is survived by her husband Colin and her siblings-in-law Angella and Brian. She also leaves to mourn the wives of her late brothers Jacques (Huguette) and Gérard (Claudette) and the husband of her late sister Élisa (Hector) along with several nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, many of whom enjoyed a close relationship with her.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Gaby (Hermel), Carmélia (Renaud), Marguerite and Marthe and her brothers Aurel (Jeannine) and Maurice.
As an expression of sympathy, you may wish to make a donation in her honour to Fondation du CHU de Québec, (Pavillon CHUL), 10, rue de l’Espinay, Quebec City, QC, G1L 3L5 (418-525-4385).

For information:


Phone: 418-871-2372 Fax: 418-767-2309 Email: gsreception@athos.ca

To send a personal message and/or flowers and to sign the memorial register: lepinecloutier.com

OBITUARY: Bruce HICKS (1939-2021)

Bruce HICKS (1939-2021)

It is with great sadness that we wish to announce the peaceful passing of Bruce Hicks.
He will forever be in the hearts of his wife Gail; his children Kimberly (Bjarki Hallgrimsson), Randy (Laurie LeGallais) and Jamie; his grandchildren Björn, Kaj, Simon and Gabrielle; and his nephew Scott (Shelly Jackson) and niece Elaine (Robert Reaper) who became part of the family fold at a young age. Bruce also leaves behind his sister Joy (Keith McBain), his sisters-in law Diane and Barbara (Ted Knight) and cherished nieces and nephews whose company he always enjoyed.

Bruce was born on February 13, 1939 in Quebec City to Freeda McKinley and William Hicks of Valcartier Village. He was the youngest of seven children, with four sisters (Willa, Shirley, Norma and Joy) and two brothers (Lynn and Conrad). Bruce passed away on July 8 at the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home in Ottawa after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1961, Bruce married the love of his life, Gail. They had almost 60 years together of building memories and celebrating milestones. They never missed a chance to hit the dance floor, which is where their love story began. Even as his memory faded, Bruce always responded to the music that they enjoyed together as dance partners. Throughout their married life, they loved to spend time with family and friends, play cards, fish, sing and travel. Enjoying life to the fullest is very much part of who Bruce was, especially with Gail by his side. Anyone who knew Bruce will also tell you he loved to laugh and was a brilliant prankster. He seemed to always have a twinkle in his eye, a grin on his face and a funny story to tell. His laugh was infectious.

He will also forever be remembered as a kind, caring and personable man who had time for everyone, be they close friends or people he just met. He had a true gift for making people feel comfortable in his presence, and for helping people in whatever way he could.
In 2009, Bruce received the Moe Rosenhek Award for his outstanding contribution to volunteerism within Quebec City’s English-speaking community. This award was in recognition of his many years of service to several community foundations and attested to his innate desire to help others.

Bruce served as secretary-treasurer for the Valcartier Village Municipality for 17 years and worked for 40 years at Daishowa (formerly Anglo Pulp & Paper) until he retired at the age of 59. Sadly, Bruce was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the beginning of 2011. In 2014, he bravely agreed to be part of a clinical trial at Toronto Western Hospital to study the effect of deep brain stimulation on the memory portion of the brain for treating Alzheimer’s patients. We remain grateful to him for his participation in this study, as we feel it gave us all some added quality time together. Unfortunately, as with all who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Bruce continued to lose his memory and his cognitive function declined. His final and lasting gift to his family, and to those impacted by this horrible disease, is the donation of his brain for Alzheimer’s research.

Aside from his beloved family, Bruce’s greatest joy in life were his friends who spanned all age groups. In 1995, when Bruce was about to become a grandpa, the Quebec Chronicle- Telegraph’s “Newsy Notes” included this mention: “We hear that Bruce’s many friends are agonizing over a question so difficult that the upcoming referendum pales in comparison. This is: Now that Bruce is about to become a grandfather, will this be the year that he finally starts to act his age?” As a family, we feel this summarizes Dad’s/Grandpa’s character perfectly. And, in answer to this question from 1995, the response is “Fortunately, no!” Thank you to our dear family and friends for your love and support throughout this journey. Thank you as well to the wonderful staff at Garry J. Armstrong who were so compassionate and professional. Although Bruce could no longer articulate his appreciation, he could certainly feel the kindness and care you provided.

A private family visitation took place on July 12 at Beechwood Funeral Home and a celebra- tion of Bruce’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (Alzheimer.ca) or to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which has a dedicated focus on Alzheimer’s research (camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/camhs-world-leading-alzheimers-research), would be greatly appreciated.

OBITUARY: Barbara Lois (Rooney) JACK (1922-2019)

Barbara Lois (Rooney) JACK (1922-2019)

Funeral services for Barbara Jack will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Chalmers-Wesley United Church at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at Mount Hermon Cemetery. On the morning of December 8, 2019, she departed her life on Earth, with her family by her side. She had been a resident of Saint Brigid’s Home since 2010.

She was predeceased by her husband Doug in 1972, her
sons John in 1966 and Russel in 2007 and her sister Joycelyn
in 1989 as well as many beloved but long-lived pets.
She is survived by her son Robert, her daughter-in-law Barb, her two precious grandchildren David (Richelle Cansdale) and Kerrie (Raza Zaheer) and her brothers Cahill Rooney (d. 2021) and Brendan Rooney (Wendy Duncan). Also surviving her is one great-granddaughter, Aayah Jack Zaheer, born in March 2020.