Jean Dignard was the heart and soul of Glendon's Information Technology Services Helpdesk
The York University flags at the Keele and Glendon campuses were lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, January 4 in memory of Jean Dignard.
Mr. Dignard died suddenly on Friday, December 30 in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
"Jean has been the heart and soul of the Glendon ITS Helpdesk for the past 10 years. On Jan. 3, he would have been proud to celebrate his 10-year anniversary with his many friends and colleagues," says Sabine Lauffer, director of Glendon ITS.
"It is difficult to imagine the Helpdesk without his energy and enthusiasm. Whenever someone needed technical assistance, they knew to call Jean," she said. "He never wasted time and was quick to get things fixed. He cared deeply for faculty, staff, students and most of all his 'workstudies'. He was always eager to support them and provide them with opportunities to expand their technical skills."
Mr. Dignard will be greatly missed by many in the University as can be witnessed by the outpouring of support since the unfortunate news of his passing, said Lauffer.
He was the cherished son of Jeanne Dignard (née Faubert) of Chelmsford and of the late Maurice Dignard. Mr. Dignard leaves his wife Sharon Dignard of Richmond Hill. In addition to his many Glendon colleagues, Mr. Dignard will be greatly missed by his sisters Louise Dignard (Mark Cross) of Crysler, Carmen Dignard of Gatineau Hull and by his brother Charlie Dignard of Chelmsford and sister-in-law Diane Paquette of Val Caron. He is lovingly remembered by his nephews Ethan and Aaron Dignard.
Funeral services were held yesterday, January 5, at the Cooperative Funeral Home in Chelmsford, Ontario, near Sudbury. The family received relatives and friends from 11am to 1pm. A funeral service followed at 1pm in the funeral home chapel.