Good friend of CMG and former Canadian Thunder racer Philippe Durand lost his life on Friday evening, February 19, when his snowmobile went through the ice on Lac des Deux Montagnes, just north of Montreal.
Philippe, or Frenchie as we knew him, and his wife and two sons aged 11 and 14, were on their way to the family’s cottage.
Philippe and his wife were on one snowmobile when it broke through the ice. The two children, who were on another snowmobile, then pulled both parents out of the water and in an attempt to ride to safety also broke through the ice.
It was through a superhuman effort that Frenchie helped his 11 year-old, who was the only person left on top of the ice, pull his older son and wife out of the water, however, he slipped under the surface and was not seen again.
Philippe, 44, was co-owner of Euro Moto, a multiline dealer specialising in European motorcycles and scooters located in Laval, Quebec.
We offer our condolences to his family and friends; he will be missed.
Information about memorial services will be posted at euromoto.ca.