Hundreds Mourn Loss of Fearless Humanitarian, Friend, Coach

From the Associated Press:

“Hundreds of mourners accompanied the casket of French national and legendary aid worker Jacques Montouroy as his coffin was carried down the streets in a farewell to a man known for delivering food in parts of the world no else dared enter.

“Known to taxi drivers and warlords alike as ‘Papa Jacques,’ Montouroy died Thursday of complications from an ulcer, a spokesman for the Catholic Relief Services organization said. He was 63.”

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One Response to “Hundreds Mourn Loss of Fearless Humanitarian, Friend, Coach”

  1. Martin Hartney Says:

    Shortly after starting with CRS eight years ago, I met Jacques at an airstrip in N’Zerekore, Guinea. After the pleasantries of a first meeting, his first question was could he buy footballs in the local market. By the end of the day he had two or three balls. That night after the days work, he had the young boys from the neighborhood organized and playing football. It was during this first encounter that I started to learn more about Jacques. Over the next eight years I had the opportunity to work with and learn from him. He was always willing to share and listen. Jacques has left a great legacy for the Montouroy family as he was a man of honesty and integrity.

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