Speed Skating Mourns passing of Guy Daignault

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mr. Guy Daignault passed away Thursday, January 27th, 2005, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Mr. Daignault was a committed, talented and successful athlete and coach, on both the provincial and national fronts. He was crowned World Champion in 1982 and 1984, was a silver medallist at the 1986 World Championships, and amazingly a bronze medallist in 1983, after a broken ankle earlier that season.

After his competitive career Mr. Daignault coached many athletes on the National Team and on the Montreal-International Speed Skating Club. He participated in the 1992 Albertville Olympics as a Canadian Short Track Team Coach.

Mr. Daignault received numerous awards and distinctions for his contributions to the sport of speed skating. Among them, he was inducted into the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame in 1987, the Québec Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and then into the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec Hall of Fame in 1998.

Mr. Daignault earned a PhD in optometry in the mid-1990’s and has worked in his field in the town of Granby.

He leaves his wife Louise Nicholson, his sons Marc-Antoine and Laurent, his parents Pierre and Suzanne Daignault, his brothers and sisters, Alain, Michel, Laurent, Céline, and many other family and friends.

Mr. Daignault will be laid to rest on Thursday, February 3rd, between 3:00 and 7:00pm, followed by a service at 7pm. The service will take place at the following location:

Les Résidences funéraires Bessette
997, rue des Colombes, Granby
Tel : (450) 777-1171

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 5th at 1:30pm at the following address:

Ste-Clair Church
8615 rue Ste-Clair, Montréal

Following the service, the Daignault family invites guests to join them for a gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mira Foundation will be appreciated.

The Board of Directors and staff at Speed Skating Canada wish to express their sincere sympathy to his family and dear friends.