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Quebec arts patron and Sudbury native Jacqueline Desmarais dead at 89

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 Jacqueline Desmarais (née Maranger) is pictured here in 2013 with Governor-General David Johnston. (CP)


Source: Canadian Press


Jacqueline Desmarais, a longtime supporter of Quebec’s arts scene and the widow of billionaire Paul Desmarais, has died at the age of 89.


The Sudbury, Ont., native was one of the greatest supporters of Quebec’s cultural scene, particularly classical music and opera.


She was named an officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Quebec and France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour for her philanthropy.

Desmarais was predeceased by her husband, Paul Desmarais, one of Canada’s wealthiest men, in 2013. The couple had four children; two sons, Paul Jr. and André, and two daughters, Sophie and Louise. A private family funeral is to be held in the coming days, to be followed by a memorial service at a date to be announced by the Desmarais family.


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