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In Memoriam - Jean-Paul (JP) St. Jacques

Former OAA member

November 12, 1928 – October 2, 2017  
With great sadness, the family of Jean-Paul (JP) St. Jacques of Thunder Bay announce his passing following a brief illness in Burlington, Ontario at the age of 88. Born in Fergus, Ontario to Elvina St. Jacques (née Ducharme of Vernor, Ontario, dec. 2001) and Lugé (Eddy) St. Jacques (of Blue Sea Lake, Quebec, dec. 1981), he completed his secondary education before starting basic training in the Royal Canadian Air Force. World War II ended prior to his graduation, so he did not see active duty but the experience instilled a life-long love for airplanes. He completed his post-secondary education in Architecture at the University of Manitoba and developed a style influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. After designing several homes and buildings in Winnipeg, he relocated to Thunder Bay to design St. Patrick's Cathedral (pictured below), which was completed in 1964. Jean-Paul remained in the growing city, contributing to its development with inspired, modern designs. His projects include Edgewater Park Public School, Kakabeka Falls Public School, Ogden Street School, Oliver Road Recreation Centre, the former Lotus Inn, Boulevard Lake Building, Hazelwood Lake Conservation Authority Building and numerous other churches and institutions in the region. One of his last major public works was involvement with the design consortium for the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. In the later stages of his career, he had mostly moved on to the design of beautiful custom homes. Jean-Paul was also involved in philanthropy including being a member and past-president of the Kiwanis club, contributing to the George Jeffrey Children's Treatment Centre including the design of the former centre on Lillie Street and volunteering for Easter Seals. Sailing was a great passion and Jean-Paul designed and helped to build his own 35-foot sailboat “Pandora's Box” which allegedly won her first race on the day it was launched. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed listening to Beethoven and spending time with his family. Jean-Paul is survived by his siblings Odette (married to Peter), Gerard (Gloria), Lorenzo (predeceased by Ellie) and Hélène, his children Randy (married to Sue), Réné (Karen), André (Laura) and their mother Joan Chapple, Arianne (married to John), Chantal and Nicole (Stephan) and their mother Loraine St. Jacques, his grandchildren Jason, Stéphanie, Joel, Nicolas, Natalie, Willa, Sonatina and Isabel, as well as his great-grandchild Griffin. He was a man of great talent, passion and character, is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. A formal service at St. Patrick's Cathedral will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the George Jeffrey Children's Foundation or Easter Seals. Sympathies to the family may be forwarded to 15 Summit Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 3N7.

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