Jean Migneault, former Deputy Supreme Knight and one of the greatest leaders of the Knights of Columbus in the history of Canada, passed away September 4 in Montreal. He was 67 years old.
Migneault served as Deputy Supreme Knight from 2000 until his retirement in 2006. Previous to that he was Supreme Treasurer and Assistant Supreme Treasurer, and served on the Board of Directors from 1984 to 2006.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who assumed leadership of the Order the same year Migneault became Deputy Supreme Knight, said, “The Knights of Columbus mourns the loss of a true friend and outstanding fraternal leader who served our membership for many years in a dedicated spirit of service, while overseeing the growth of the Order in Canada. Jean Migneault was a man of great faith and charity who was a personal friend, and he provided me with invaluable advice throughout our years of working together.”
Anderson paid a special tribute to Migneault last month in his annual report at the 126th Supreme Council Meeting in Quebec City, Quebec, where Migneault was state deputy from 1983 to 1985. Migneault became a member of the Order in 1963, joining Sainte Marie Council 3258 in Montreal.
Born in the Province of Quebec in 1941, Migneault was in the banking industry in Québec for many years before being appointed Assistant Supreme Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus in 1992, when he moved to the Order’s headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1997 he was elected Supreme Treasurer, serving three years as the Order’s top financial officer before his election as Deputy Supreme Knight.
Over the years, he received numerous honors for his fraternal, charitable and religious works. In 1985, the citizens of St-Basile le Grand named him Citizen of the Year in honor of his many civic contributions. In 1989, he received l'Ordre du Mérite Colombien (the Order of Merit in Columbianism), the highest decoration of the province of Quebec for the Knights of Columbus.
In 2000, Pope John Paul II named Migneault a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He served a one-year term on the board of directors of the National Fraternal Congress of America in 2002. A Grand Officer of the Order of St. Francis since 2002, Migneault was promoted to the office of Grand Croix in 2004. He became a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher in 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Gisele, and their two sons, Normand and Alain.