Cana­di­ans who died in New Zealand re­mem­bered

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — Two Mon­treal­ers who died in an avalanche while hik­ing in New Zealand were re­mem­bered on Wed­nes­day as avid out­doors­men as well as stu­dents who were tal­ented, cre­ative and in­volved. New Zealand po­lice con­firmed that the two bod­ies found in de­bris near a pop­u­lar hik­ing track were those of Louis-Vin­cent Les­sard and Eti­enne Lemieux, who were both Univer­site de Mon­treal in­dus­trial de­sign stu­dents. “They were marked by an over­whelm­ing en­thu­si­asm and in­fec­tious good mood,” Fa­bi­enne Munch, the fac­ulty of de­sign’s di­rec­tor, said on the univer­sity’s web­site. “The school of de­sign, its pro­fes­sors and class­room staff will re­mem­ber their com­mit­ment and their charm­ing smiles.” On Face­book, a page set up to help lo­cate the 23-year-old stu­dents when they went miss­ing turned into a me­mo­rial with hun­dreds of mes­sages. One of Les­sard’s co-work­ers at a Mon­treal out­door equip­ment store sug­gested or­ga­niz­ing a run in his mem­ory for em­ploy­ees. “Louis-Vin­cent was plan­ning to run a marathon in the near fu­ture,” read a poster pub­lished by Ste­fany Kanemy. “We said, ‘Why don’t we do it, and live his pas­sion?”’

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