Mr. Claude Beaubien
1942 - 2021
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Claude Panet Beaubien after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s on February 1st at the CHUM in Montreal, the year of his 78th birthday.
Claude was a loving father of three sons, Erick, Antoine and Mathieu and a grandfather to Laetitia. He will be fondly remembered by his sister Jeannine (Joaquin Duque, Spain), his brother Jean-Pierre Luc (Jennifer Kemeny USA), his many nieces and nephews, and the friends he worked with and sailed with throughout his life.
Claude was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Panet Beaubien (1986), engineer and V.P. Alcan, his mother Jeanine Charbonneau Beaubien (2016), actress and founder of the Montreal International Theatre “La Poudrière,” and his brother Andrew Stuart Beaubien (1975).
Born in Shawinigan on August 22nd, 1942, Claude graduated from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and Kingston in electrical engineering, Lieutenant rank, Canadian Navy. After proudly serving his country in Cyprus and the Pacific, he further pursued Architecture studies at McGill University and Aménagement at l’Université de Montreal where he obtained a master's degree. Claude was a Montreal Board of Trade member and active with the Union des Municipalités du Quebec. In memory of his grandfather Maire of Outremont for many years, he collaborated yearly with the UMQ, giving the coveted Joseph Beaubien Award of Excellence. As a Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment member, Claude wore his kilt with pride. He continued to serve as a volunteer with the Canadian Navy in various public activities on several battleships throughout his career. He was honoured with the rank of Honorary Captain (N).
Claude courageously fought the debilitating disease that afflicted him, finding solace in meditation and Tango.
The family wishes to thank the Neurology Department staff at the CHUM for their exceptional care and compassion during the many months Claude was hospitalized. A memorial will take place at a later date due to current Covid-19 restrictions.