It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful death of André Massé on November 23 at his home in Ottawa. He was surrounded by members of his immediate family.
Predeceased by his parents Jeanne Soublière and Emmanuel Massé, André leaves behind his beloved wife of 31 years, Patti Robson, his son Yani, his daughter Jasmine, his grandchildren Simon and Gabriel and their mother (Marie-Ève Turgeon). He is predeceased by his brothers Raymond and Guy (Diane Desrosiers), and survived by his sisters Francine (Pierre Montpetit), Diane (Jean-Claude Paquette, predeceased), and Hélène (Pierre Lamarche), as well as his brothers Yves (Marlyne Perrin), Louis, and Gilles (Camille St-Éloi), his nephews and nieces, Jeannine Grégoire (mother to Yani), other extended family and many friends.
André graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1965 and University of Ottawa in 1967. In 1968, while completing his post-graduate studies in political science at the University of Ottawa, André joined the Office of the Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, as an Advisor for Québec. In 1971, he became the Deputy Press Secretary to the Prime Minister and, in 1973, Director of the International Media Centre for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Ottawa. He was subsequently appointed as Canada’s Consul in New York in 1973, as Head of Public Affairs.
In 1978, he became the Director of Public Affairs for Alcan Aluminium Limited in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean and, in 1982, Director of Communications for Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Limited.
In 1984, he founded Massé Communications Inc. in a close collaboration with his wife Patti. Together they built a successful public affairs consulting practice headquartered in Montréal. Among its clients, Massé Communications Inc. worked with several multinational firms including Alcan, Kraft, Michelin, Hyundai and several prominent Canadian and Québec organizations including the Bronfman Foundation, the Dairy Bureau of Canada, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Pharmaprix and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
From 2002 to 2010, André served as a senior consultant in communications and translation, working with, among others, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Post, and Rio Tinto Alcan.
André leaves a lasting legacy as a humanist, a brilliant intellectual, and as an indefatigable fighter who turned to politics to try to improve the lives of his fellow citizens. A passionate and deeply knowledgeable follower of Canadian, American and international politics, he had a reasoned but concerned perspective on our collective future – a future he hoped would be ever more just, generous and inclusive.
André’s ashes will be interred at 11:30am on Saturday, November 27 at the Notre-Dame Cemetery in Gatineau. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Dawn and Gilles Chevrier
Thinking of you at this time Patti. Our condolences.
Patti, so sorry to hear of Andre's passing. It was a great pleasure to have met him. Very kind, intelligent man and he will be missed. Thoughts go out to all of you!