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Jean Doré, former mayor, remembered by Montrealers

Tributes are pouring in for the former mayor Jean Doré who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Monday.

Doré served as Montreal's mayor from 1986 to 1994

Montreal Mayor Jean Dore hands over the Montreal Olympic torch to the Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein at Calgary City Hall in February 1988. (Ray Giguere/Canadian Press)

Tributes are pouring in for former mayor Jean Doré who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Monday.

Montreal's mayor, Denis Coderre, formally acknowledged Doré's passing and offered his condolences to his family.

"He gave City Hall back to its citizens. He put Montreal back on track," said Coderre.

Luc Ferrandez, the leader of Projet Montréal, lauded Doré for creating the first urban plan for the city.

"Mr. Doré was a great mayor, but not just a great mayor. He has put the base for what we do today — he invented it," he said.

Doré's former deputy chief of staff for communications, Benoit Gignac, said Doré was a communicator who "listened as well as he spoke."

"I will always remember his smile," he added, before summarizing the political legacy of the former mayor.

"He will be remembered as a man of integrity, who ran an honest administration." 

The leader of the Parti Québécois, Pierre Karl Péladeau, also extended his condolences to Doré's family, relatives and people who knew him during his career.

"It is with sadness that I learned of the death of this great Montrealer, he said in a statement.

"Jean Doré had an immense love and ambition for his city. He put citizens first," he wrote.

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