Maurice Scarpaleggia

In June 2006, Vanier was sorry to hear of the passing of Maurice Scarpaleggia. Mr. Scarpaleggia was the Director General of Vanier College from 1975 to 1992. He was the subject of a an article in the Montreal Gazette two days after his death. He also was the author of a book published in 1999 on the history of Vanier College from 1970-1991 that is currently available in the Vanier College Library. See link. Complete obituary information is printed below.


Passed away peacefully at the Lakeshore General Hospital on June 4, 2006 aged seventy-nine years. Loving husband of Lois (neé Doucet), father of Francis, father-in-law of Jan (née Ramsay), and very proud grandfather of Mia and Caroline. Son of Frank and Amelia Scarpaleggia, Maurice was born in Montreal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College in 1949 and from Columbia University with a Masters of Business Administration in 1952. He spent several years in the private sector in the aircraft, petroleum and retail automobile sectors before pursuing a lengthy and productive career in education.
After briefly teaching mathematics at Loyola College, Maurice served as Director of Finance at John Abbott College from to 1974, and then as Director General of Vanier College from 1975 to 1992. He matched private-sector management skills and entrepreneurial vigour with a strong belief in education. After retirement, Maurice served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lakeshore General Hospital. Maurice was a loyal member of Rotary for over 40 years. He believed strongly in the organizations guiding principles of truth, fairness and goodwill. Maurice will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Visitation was at the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home in Pointe-Claire. A mass was celebrated at St. Edmund's of Canterbury Church in Beaconsfield. Special thanks to the excellent and caring staff at the Lakeshore General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations were made to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.

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