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Georges and Mireille Anglade
Georges and Mireille Anglade

Funerals for three Canadians killed in Haiti to be held today Add to ...

A Montreal couple who were killed in the earthquake that devastated Haiti earlier this month were remembered Saturday for their dedication to humanitarian causes and their work to lift the country out of poverty.

Family, friends and colleagues bid goodbye to Georges and Mireille Anglade in a ceremony at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica.

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"Papa made us think big," his daughter Dominique told the congregation, recalling her father's encouragement when his children expressed and defended their opinions.

Pascale, the couple's second daughter, said her parents also taught them the importance of strong relationships.

"My parents had opposite personalities but made a perfect couple," she said.

The family was also mourning the loss of their cousin and uncle in the disaster, along with countless others.

"This tragedy took four people from us," Dominique said.

"But there were 150,000 people taken in the earthquake - 150,000 other tragedies."

Georges was a geography professor and author who was active in Haitian politics and helped found the Universite du Quebec a Montreal in 1969.

His wife was an economist who worked with the United Nations in Haiti and was actively involved in women's rights.

Former Liberal MP Serge Marcil will also be laid to rest in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., on Saturday.

His body was recovered last week in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

Two other victims of the earthquake in Haiti will be mourned Saturday in Quebec. A funeral will be held for UN worker Alexandra Duguay in Quebec City and a memorial mass will take place for humanitarian worker Camil Perron in St-Felicien.

Foreign Affairs said Saturday a total of 25 Canadians were confirmed dead from Haiti's earthquake.

Former Liberal MP Serge Marcil will be laid to rest in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que., this afternoon.

His body was recovered last week in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

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