Lo­cal legend passes

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Thetown of Stanstead is in mourn­ing after the sud­den death of ev­ery­one’s favourite taxi driver: JP. For­mally known as Jean-Pierre Fournier, he died from heart com­pli­ca­tions while stay­ing at the CHUS, on Mon­day at around noon.

At the time of his death, the friendly cab driver was liv­ing at the lo­ca­tion of his fa­ther’s for­mer Ford deal­er­ship, on Duf­ferin Street, which had been con­verted to apart­ments and of­fice space after a ma­jor fire. He was an avid Nascar fan and en­joyed driv­ing his clas­sic car in lo­cal pa­rades.

When Mr. Fournier first be­gan his taxi ser­vice in the 1980’s, in Stanstead, he was on call 24 hours a day for four years. He was also kept busy, on the week­ends, mak­ing about sixty trips a night be­tween the popular Bavar­ian Club, in Beebe, and Stanstead. When Mr. Fournier was forced to re­tire from the job that he loved, for health rea­sons in De­cem­ber of 2013, he com­mented in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal that: “I will miss my clients the most.”

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Jean-Pierre Fournier , bet­ter known as JP, who op­er­ated a taxi business in Stanstead for 33 years, passed away on Mon­day.

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