Even as the new year has just begun, our Citroën community has suffered a devastating loss, with the passing of our dear friend Michel Larouche.

Michel passed away on January 1st after a short battle with cancer.

For those who knew him, it is impossible right now to even imagine a 2CV outing or meeting without him. His passion for the 2CV and his mechanical abilities were unmatched.  His dedication led him to become known as “The Guy” to go to, for Canadian and North American 2CV owners. Who hasn’t sought his precious help and advice?

Beyond his mechanical contribution, he was also at the social centre of 2CV community.  Attending the now-traditional springtime “Méchoui” in Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac will remain some of our fondest memories.

Last summer at our annual meeting in Ottawa, Michel and his wife Danielle shared a precious weekend of friendship and proudly showed their beautiful restored red truckette.  As was so often the case, Michel spent much of the weekend up to his elbows in the engines of several cars, always with that beaming smile on his face.

We extend our sympathies to Danielle, his children and grandchildren, and to their families.
Words fail to describe Michel’s many and varied qualities.

Farewell dear friend!

Update Jan. 27 – Seven members of the Ottawa Citroën Club attended the gathering of Michel’s friends on Saturday January 9, 2016 in Ile Perrot.  Christian, Ian, Cor, Bob, Bruce, Diane, and Jaro shared memories with what seemed like hundreds of Michel’s friends.  Michel’s wife Danielle, and his daughter Erica had arranged photos and objects that touched on many of the interesting facets of Michel’s life.

You can read other tributes to Michel here at Citroenvie, and here on the VEA website.

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