Former Canadian President Pierre Boivin considers himself lucky to have been able to work for the Molson and Bronfman families. After twice rejecting the Canadian presidency offer, his childish heart made him understand his acceptance.
Several years later, he announced to his favorite “boom pom” player Joffrion, that his No. 5 jersey would be retired by the Canadians. Boomer broke down in tears. Sadly, he passed away a few days before his shirt retirement ceremony.
Are you born in Saint Laurent?
My father, Marius, is from Saguenay, while my mother, Fernande Daigle, is from Apetepe. I have two sisters, Antoinette and Elise, and a brother, Michelle.
Why was Bernard “Boom Boom” Joffrion your favorite player?
When I was five years old, when I first went to watch the Canadians play in the Forum, my grandfather bought me the No. 5 “Boomer” jersey, which I wore during the game and for many years I played hockey with my friends.
Your first job was as a street vendor
We used to live in Ville Mont-Royal. Every day, I handed out two English language newspapers, namely Newspaper and the Montreal Star.
Your friends on the street let you become bilingual
After two years of playing with my friends on the street, I became bilingual. They had no intention of speaking to me in French, so I had to learn English.
What sport did you do?
Because of the health of my father, who suffered from arthritis at a young age, it was my mother who introduced me to skating and hockey at the Mont-Royal circuit.
Tell us about your summer vacation
Our vacation allowed us to visit my parents’ family in Chicoutimi, Roberval and Arvida. We also went to Charlevoix and Gaspésie.
Your maternal grandparents influenced your life
We have traveled with them many times, including several trips to Old Orchard. Discussions with my grandfather were useful to me later in my life.
I was a wild boy
My parents instilled very good values in me, but I simply did not listen to my father. In the company of my close friends Gerard Farmer, Richard and Jean-Yves Chartrand, we were pretty wild at school, and sometimes elsewhere.
My mother was the voice of reason
Don’t get me wrong, my mom was the voice of reason who always got me back on the right path, and more than once, not to say so on several occasions. As for my father, he taught me the importance of hard work and the art of communication. I think that each of them has succeeded in its own way in making me understand the values of life.
I was a hiker at the Collège Bourges in Rigaud
My parents sent me there as an ocean, hoping to find them
Its the right track. They were finally right, because my years in college adjusted my life as an unruly youth.
Why were Halloween, Christmas and the end of the school year such important times for you?
Those were the only times I could leave college for a little while at home.
Collège Bourget has made you a better man
Our legendary group of four friends often got into trouble until one day we organized a Third World fundraiser.
I was a hostess at the table at Auberge Yvan Coutu in Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson
When I was 14, I skied a lot and worked as a table hostess at Auberge Yvan Coutu, who gave language lessons.
You also had jobs at the Texaco and Petrovina refineries
During the summer shutdown of the factory, with an oxygen tank around me, a mouth mask and an employee monitoring the amount of oxygen from outside the tank, I would walk around inside the huge tank to clean it.
What was your first car?
A used Volkswagen with many miles I didn’t have to take the clutch to change gears.
Contrary to what one might think, you did not complete your undergraduate studies
She attended Collège Jean de Bribeuf before enrolling at McGill University, which she left after only a year. My undergraduate degree is a life degree.
It was your Maurice Oberson Guide
Maurice Oberson was the owner of a sports equipment store in Oberson. He offered me the position of branch manager on Cathcart Street in Montreal. After discussing the matter with my parents, I decided to leave the university to join the group. Without Mr. Oberson’s trust in me, I would not have had such a successful career.
What music and books do you like?
I love rock ‘n’ roll and the Beatles. Like many young men of that time, I loved Led Zeppelin and the Stones. As for reading, little prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry It has always been a reference for me.
You had five children
My wife, Lucy Nadeau, has five children, two of whom died at a very young age due to health problems. They are always our inspiration and always present in our hearts.
How would you describe your three other children to me?
Patrick has worked for the Canadiens and Alouettes and like me is a sports fanatic. As for my other man, Richard, he lives with his wife in the Caribbean. My daughter Catherine is a wonderful young woman. Since her birth, she has suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, an autosomal recessive disease that affects the motor neurons of the spinal cord, as well as other organs, forcing her to move in a wheelchair. She holds a master’s degree and is heavily involved in an organization dedicated to SMA.
You have unconditional love for your wife.
And more ! My wife, Lucy Nadeau, has always supported me in all my decisions. Her presence with children and her love for family are the reasons for our family. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person I became.