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In Ottawa, on Friday, November 2, 2018, passed away former journalist and senior public servant Fernand Renault, in his 91st year. He was the son of the late Joseph F. Renault and the late Germaine Gélinas, both of Ottawa.
Master of Arts from Syracuse University (NY), he was for many years in the 1950’s the Montreal Star’s Quebec Parliamentary Correspondent and TIME Magazine’s Quebec correspondent. In 1961, he became the London (England) correspondent (radio and TV) of Radio-Canada, the French network of the CBC. After serving as Director of Information Services for the Quebec Government in London (England) and later in New York, he joined Canada’s Public Service in 1972. He was Director of Communications in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and later senior advisor in the Department’s International Fisheries Relations General Directorate. Retired since 1997, he had many interests and was a seasoned world traveler. He volunteered with the Élizabeth Bruyère Hospital and, for 10 years, with the Ottawa Police Service. Pre-deceased in 1987 by his first wife Ann Raine Woolley, of London (England) and in 2012 by his second wife Esther Morin Laframboise, of Ottawa. He leaves behind a very dear lady friend, Claude Chapdelaine, of Ottawa, his god-daughter Nathalie Platonow, of Toronto, his godson Philippe Johnson, of Montreal, a longtime friend Jocelyne Pelchat, of Sutton, Quebec, as well as numerous friends in Canada and abroad. A religious service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., in the chapel of the Beechwood Cemetery Funeral Home, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa K1L 8A6. His ashes will be buried in the family plot in Ste-Pétronille (Ile d’ Orléans), Québec. In lieu of flowers and at his request, donations to the Shepherds of Good Hope, 23 Murray Street, Ottawa, to the Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller Street, Ottawa ON or to the Montfort Hospital Foundation, 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON would be appreciated.