A member of the Petit Chanteurs du Mont-Royal since the fourth grade in elementary school, Frédéric went on to study at Notre-Dame College while continuing to sing in the choir. He then turned to woodworking and became an expert finisher recognized for the excellence of his work, attention to detail and uncompromising artistic style. As a piano finishing expert, he worked with his father refurbishing large concert instruments at the Place des Arts and Radio-Canada, and for several major institutions in Quebec. Prestigious piano-makers such as Steinway in New York recognized the outstanding quality of his work.

While working as a woodworker, Frédéric continued to pursue his love of music as a bass player in progressive rock bands. A master guitarist, he left a legacy of many hours of music on three CDs and a DVD.

On February 13, 2007, the dire diagnosis of cancer caused him to question his professional commitments both as a musician and a woodworker. Supported by his family’s love, an irrepressible desire to live, and a medical staff that provided unwavering support, he undertook to fight his disease under the care of Dr. Denis Soulières, oncologist-hematologist at Notre-Dame Hospital with whom he established a relationship of trust which allowed him to tap into his inner strength.

On August 13, 2007, at the age of 30, after a courageous six-month battle and a steadfast confidence in the power of life, Frédéric lost his combat, but passed away serene and surrounded by love.

Frédéric was the love of our life. He was our greatest inspiration and we will feel his absence until the day we are able to take him in our arms again and hold him close to our heart. We are pleased and grateful to have this opportunity to present our testimonial to the Jason Fund in the hope that it will bring comfort and support to those who, like Frédéric and ourselves, have had to face cancer, a disease that can sometimes be unforgiving.