We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Michel Larouche in Montreal this early morning.  Michel had been diagnosed with lung cancer in late July.  His illness had rapidly progressed as just last summer Michel attended the Ottawa Citroën Club meet where he seemed quite healthy, proudly showing his freshly restored custom 2CV pick-up truck and doing a few repairs to other peoples’ 2CVs in the field as he was apt to do at every event he attended.

Michael Larouche Truckette  Michael Larouche Working on 2CV 2

Michel had been operating a business for a number of years providing used 2CV parts and distributing new parts in North America for Club Cassis in France.  He was a regular attendee at Rendezvous, a vital part of the 2CV club in Quebec organizing a Méchoui at his home each spring, and last year spearheading an outing to attend the Bastille Day celebrations in New York City with many other 2CV owners from the Montreal area.

Anomalously, Michel is featured in our 2016 Citroënvie calendar;  In May we showed his 2CV tool kit and on our January 2017 page he is shown in his usual pose over the engine bay of a 2CV.

Michael Larouche Tool-Kit  Michel Larouche fixing 2CV - 2015

Always helpful and eternally optimistic, Michel leaves behind his wife Danielle, daughter Erica, son Felix and a deep void in our Citroën community.

 

Michael Larouche Working on 2CV 3  Michel Larouche

9 comments

  1. Michel was the center of the 2CV Quebec community keeping our cars running and his mechoui a great social event. We will miss him.

  2. What a blow! Michel was an enthusiast’s enthusiast of the 2cv! His passing leaves me speechless. I am so sad for Danielle and family and wish them strength in such difficult times.

  3. Looks like he had a good heart, the person was obviously a good person, went all out and helped people in the community with enthusiasm, hence an enthusiast of the very core of enthusiasm, he will always be remembered.
    No hard feelings, as I don’t drive a 2CV variety.
    But be reassured, we are all going to be gone one day, it’s good to be remembered with good qualities.
    Sincerely

  4. His spouse, Danielle, ask me to make the tool-kit you mentioned to give to Michel as a birthday gift some years ago. I am proud of it.

  5. I am in shock this evening by learning the past away of Michel. He, as said higher by George Dyke, was even the last summer hands in an engine at Jaro’s place helping somebody. He was always ready to make it as a friend. A person whom I know since even not on one year and I am already lacking like a childhood friend…
    Je suis sous le choc ce soir en apprenant la nouvelle. Michel, comme dit plus haut par George Dyke, était encore l’été dernier les mains dans un moteur chez Jaro en train d’aider quelqu’un. Il était toujours prêt à le faire en toute amitié. Une personne que je connais depuis même pas un an et il me manque déjà tel un ami d’enfance…

  6. This is very sad and a great shock and loss to all of us in the Canadian Citroen community. Michel was one of the most dynamic, friendly and helpful people that I have ever met, and I have great memories of the wonderful Mechouis held by Michel and Danielle. He also helped me many times with my car. One time when I had an alternator failure at an Ottawa event, Michel was there and just happened to have a new one with him, which of course he also installed for me in a few minutes. He will be greatly missed!

  7. Michel will be missed by all of us. He was an extremely kind and generous person, always ready to help anyone in need with his vast 2CV knowledge and supply of spares.

    We have enjoyed many pleasant times with both he and Danielle, at their home and Citroen events, many thanks for their hospitality!

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