I was very saddened – like all Canadians – to learn of the passing of Jean Béliveau.
I first met Jean when I was 11 years old in the company of my father and Dick Irvin, Sr. He was a hero to my father and was a hero for me from that day on. I had the pleasure of joining Jean in two trips to Israel when he was honourary Chair of the Canadian Maccabiah Delegation, of which I was a member.
He was a great leader, an exemplary athlete and human being – a model for all Canadians.
May he rest in peace!
We all always remember him.