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OSTIGUY, Lt. Col. Jean P.W. OC,

Legion of Honour, CD, LLD (Hon)

1922 – 2012

Soldier, businessman, volunteer, philanthropist, beloved father and grandfather. Passed away peacefully on March 31st in Montreal. Son of the late Paul E. Ostiguy and Marguerite Wilson of Montreal. Predeceased by his one true love, Michelle Bienvenu Ostiguy, and son, Pierrot. Survived by his children Marc, Claude (Suzanne Bérubé), Danielle, Denyse (Louis Craig), and Suzanne (Brian McIntyre), his grandchildren, Gabrielle, Sacha (Tristaun LeClaire), Raphaelle, Emmanuelle (William Barrette), Lalou, Mikaëla, Yann, Valéry-Auguste, Louca, Madeleine, and one great-grandson, Shiloh. Nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends in Canada and around the world will miss him. Jean attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and served with the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards in Italy during WW II. In his successful business career, Jean co-founded Morgan, Ostiguy & Hudon, investment dealers, and was widely recognized by his peers, who in 1964 elected him president of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. His companies merged several times, eventually becoming Richardson Greenshields of Canada Ltd., which was acquired in 1996 by the Royal Bank of Canada, after which he retired. Jean sat on the board of directors of many companies including CIBC, Ford Canada, CP Air, Laura Secord, Kerr Addison Mines, General Accident, Procor, Ciba-Geigy Canada, Minnova, Montreal Stock Exchange and Sintra. A philanthropist, Jean contributed his skills to many charitable organizations and non- profit boards, such as Centraide, Hôpital Jean-Talon, Royal Victoria Hospital, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Lester B. Pearson College, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museums of Canada, of which he was president, and the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada. Of all his accomplishments, he may have been most proud of the 45 years he devoted to the Maison des étudiants Canadiens à Paris (MEC), which was founded on the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris by his grandfather, Senator Joseph-Marcelin Wilson. Jean’s leadership and fund raising endeavours ensured that Canadian students from all provinces would have access to affordable housing while pursuing their education. Among his many honours and acknowledgements are Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, member of the Legion of Honour of France, Honorary Lt-Colonel of the Régiment de Maisonneuve, and Honorary Doctor of Laws bestowed by the RMC. In retirement, Jean enjoyed life. He stayed active, travelling the world with his beloved Michelle, his lifelong friends, his children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 6th at 11:00 at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont. The family will receive relatives and friends at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Comité au Canada de la MEC Comité au Canada de la MEC :

Published in The Gazette on April 4, 2012



We received the following notice from Doug Smith classmate (69) of Don Gates just prior going to press. No other details are available at this time. Once we receive more news we will post in e-Veritas.

8035 Dr. Don Gates

Don passed away Friday morning April 6 2012 under treatment in the Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California. He suffered from an undiagnosed, and difficult to detect infection (Bordetella) that destroyed his internal organs, primarily the renal functions. He had been in ICU for about 10 days, and with the renal deterioration and other complications there was nothing that could be done.

In addition to many of his ’69 classmates, Don will be remembered by many Ex cadets from about 1997 to just a couple of years ago when he was a constant visitor to the college, rarely missing a Grad or a Reunion Weekend during that time. A previous article.


  • Sharon Donnelly (17324)

    April 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of this sudden tragedy of a truly wonderful man. I was fortunate to be one of those who got to know Don during his visits to RMC, and I will always remember his energetic, positive personality. Through Don, I saw how great it is to be an alumni and the importance of maintaining our RMC visits to maintain these friendships and support new ones. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Sandi Bruff

    April 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Mr. Gates. I remember him as an energetic, personable soccer enthusiast. My interactions with Don mainly revolved around the Red and White Soccer Match during Reunion Weekend. His support for the soccer program at the College and the wonderful lasting friendships he made will never be forgotten. He will be missed…
    My sincerest condolences.
    Sandi Bruff
    Former Womens Soccer Coach RMC (1998-2003)

  • Peter Dawe

    April 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Don Gates was a good friend and will certainly be missed. As noted above, he was certainly a very good friend of the College and its sporting endeavours. Until recent health prevented him from returning to the campus. He was one of the most prominent and generous supporters of the College’s sports programme. The rowing crew still uses oars bearing his name and College number. However, his real passion was hockey and he even managed to skate and scrimmage regularly at home in California until very recently.

    I recall getting birthday presents from him every year and that despite a friendship that consisted of our only meeting during reunions and the occasional phone call. The present was usually a special CD that he put together knowing the music I enjoyed. Don Gates was a caring and generous individual who made a difference. He was remarkable and his presence on Earth will be remembered. My condolences to his family and friends from the Class of 1969.

    Peter Dawe
    Former Executive Director RMC Club (2001-11)