Jean-Paul Chartrand, one of Quebec's most prominent sports figures, has died at the age of 92. RDS announced this on Sunday.
Mr. Chartrand has held many positions in the world of sports: host, journalist and columnist for numerous daily newspapers, radio and television.
Jean-Paul Chartrand, known for his exceptional talent in communication, began his career in the world of sports in 1964, where he served as Director of the Sports Department at Montreal Journal. He became known as a journalist dedicated to the activities of the Montreal Alouettes.
In the early 1970s he worked in radio. Then we saw him on Radio-Canada TV broadcasting NFL games on Sunday afternoon.
He was a tireless worker, but above all he was passionate about his craft.Confirms Radio-Canada's general manager of production and sports, François Messier, who worked with Mr. Chartrand from 1999 to 2003.
He was always grateful that life allowed him to share this with the different audiences he spoke to over the years.
Mr. Chartrand also served as the in-house announcer during Montreal Expos games at Jarry Park and during Montreal Canadiens games (during the convalescence of Claude Mouton, the Canadiens' official broadcaster from 1969 to 1993).
He was passionate about boxing, both amateur and professional, and was still dubbing it in 2023. He joined the specialist sports channel, Réseau des Sports, in 1989, and was at the helm of more than 1,600 programs on RDS. He passed this passion on to Jean-Paul Chartrand Jr., also a sports journalist.
Jean-Paul is an intelligent, curious man and a true professional who knows how to put his analysts in the spotlight. He's not a man with a big ego, he's a lively person, a man who loved life, loved life and also lived without compromise, really with lots and lots of passion.
An experienced host with a likable and energetic personality, Jean-Paul Chartrand has left his mark on the Quebec media community with his own way of describing many of the biggest sporting events as well as the exploits of many of the biggest names in sports.
Mr. Chartrand was recently accepted into the Panthéon des Sports du Québec as a construction worker.
The Radio-Canada Sports Team extends its condolences to the Chartrand family.
In generous cooperation with Panthéon des Sports du Québec
With information from The Canadian Press
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