Community mourns the passing of esteemed philanthropist, Maurice Marois
The Fondation Santé Gatineau and the CISSS de l'Outaouais have united in mourning and tribute following the passing of Maurice Marois, a renowned philanthropist and visionary whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the community. Mr. Marois passed away last Saturday, October 28, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration and generosity that will continue to shine for generations to come.
Maurice Marois’s generosity touched countless lives and contributed to the advancement of the community in many ways. Marois was driven by a passion for success and determination that fueled his remarkable journey. Over the decades, he left his mark in the business world, real estate, hospitality, and philanthropy.
Marois's entrepreneurial journey began at an early age, inspired by his father Jules Marois, a farmer and astute businessman. After attending Collège Saint-Alexandre and École Technique de Hull, he founded Marois Électrique Ltée in 1957 at the age of 20. His company quickly became the region's largest employer of electricians, participating in significant projects from schools to Olympic facilities in Montreal.
Alongside his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Marois also engaged in real estate, hospitality, and food service, acquiring the franchise Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert in 1979. His tireless commitment to the community earned him numerous recognitions, including Personality of the Year by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de l'Outaouais and the title of Grand Bâtisseur by the City of Hull. He also held leadership positions in various organizations.
Mr. Marois was not only a business leader but also a generous donor. Over the years, he supported many regional organizations, sharing his wealth, expertise, and network with the community that always supported him.
His commitment to the Fondation Santé Gatineau dates back to 1996, and in recent years, he made exceptional donations totaling over a million dollars. His immense contributions enabled the acquisition of state-of-the-art medical equipment for the CISSS de l'Outaouais, thereby improving healthcare for the community. Notable achievements include a pilot project for abdominal aortic aneurysm surgeries and an endo bronchoscopy for the pneumology clinic.
This unparalleled generosity earned Mr. Marois recognition as an eminent member of the Ordre des Mécènes of the Fondation Santé Gatineau, the Foundation's highest level of recognition. Maurice Marois was a man whose life was guided by passion, dedication, and the desire to give back to his community. His memory and legacy will remain etched in our hearts and continue to inspire those who believe in the power of generosity.
Photo caption: The Fondation Santé Gatineau and the CISSS de l'Outaouais come together in somber reflection and heartfelt tribute to honor the remarkable life of Maurice Marois. His legacy of philanthropy and vision will forever illuminate the path for future generations. Rest in peace, Maurice Marois (October 28, 2023).
Photo credit: courtesy of the Fondation Santé Gatineau