St-Vincent, Lucien Roger

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ST-VINCENT, Lucien Roger

1922 - 2020

C’est avec tristesse que nous vous annonçons le décès de M. Lucien Roger St-Vincent survenu à Montréal, le 14 juillet 2020, à l’âge de 98 ans. Il était le fils de feu M. Joseph Albert St-Vincent et de feu Mme Marie-Louise Collin. Il était conjoint (e) de Feu Mme Maria Luisa Schulz. Il part rejoindre ceux qu’il a aimés.

Il laisse dans le deuil son frère Maurice, sa fille Tatiana, son filleul Mario, ses neveux et nièces, ainsi que plusieurs parents et ami(e)s.

La famille recevra les condoléances à la :

Coopérative funéraire du Grand Montréal

Résidence funéraire Curé-Poirer

635 Boul. Curé-Poirier Ouest,

Longueuil, Québec, J4J 2H8


le samedi 8 août 2020 de 13h30 à 15h30. 

Les gens qui le désirent pourront assister en direct au condoléances en suivant ce lien:

Au lieu de fleurs, vos témoignages de sympathies peuvent se traduire par un don à la SPCA.

La famille tient à remercier le personnel des soins du 12ème étage de l’Hôpital des Anciens Combattants de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue pour leurs bons soins et dévouement auprès de M. St-Vincent. 

Veuillez noter qu'avec la situation actuelle, le port du masque est obligatoire pour tous et la distanciation est recommandée. Les places étant limitées à l'intérieur de la résidence funéraire, il serait préférable de contacter les membres de la famille avant de se présenter.

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Maurice St-Vincent

À mon papa, toutes mes sympathies pour la perte de ton grand frère. Il laisse un grand vide dans ta vie et dans la mienne.
Il nous laisse un héritage de bonté et de générosité.
Les témoignages fusent de partout dans le monde. Il a changé la destinée de plusieurs qui, aujourd’hui, nous témoignent leurs extraordinaires histoires.
Il repose en paix maintenant ❤️

Nos pensées de soutien
s'envolent vers vous
Claire St-Vincent, le 29 juillet 2020

Maurice St Vincent

Dear Maurice and St Vincent family -
My deepest sympathy and that of my family are extended to you all on the passing of uncle Roger.
He was an exceptional person and will be so missed by us all.
He has gone to be with the love of his life, aunt Maria.

Que mon soutien
réchauffe votre coeur
Tatiana Pettinato , le 29 juillet 2020


Mes sincères condoléances.

Que mon soutien
réchauffe votre coeur
Angélique , le 29 juillet 2020

Maurice St-Vincent

Mes plus sincères condoléances pour la perte de votre frère. Un grand homme nous a quitté.

Stéphane Jacques, le 30 juillet 2020

Tatiana, Maurice and families

Roger was the ultimate gentleman and gentle soul. He was a class act with a storied history of accomplishments and daring. He served his country well and was a loving father to Tatiana. He will be missed by all as he goes on to join Maria in the heavens above. I will miss you my godfather. May you rest in peace. You will always be remembered.

Roger Fortin, le 30 juillet 2020

Maurice St-Vincent

Lise et moi vous offront nos sympathies pour le décès d'oncle Lucien, perdre un frère n'est jamais facile . . . perdre un oncle qu'on a côtoyé, admiré, aimé laisse un vide dans nos coeurs.

Nous serons des vôtes samedi le 8 août prochain, pour assiter en direct aux condoléances en suivant le lien fourni par la Résidence funéraire Curé-Poirier.

Que mon soutien
réchauffe votre coeur
Danielle St-Vincent, le 3 août 2020

Condolences to the family and friends of Roger St-Vincent

Roger was an enthusiastic life member of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and a strong believer in the importance of our country’s immigration history. He was also a maker and recorder of that history.

Following his war time service as a fighter pilot in the RCAF in the Middle East where he participated in the campaign that defeated Rommel’s army, Roger joined the Immigration department. After working at the Lacolle border crossing he joined the Canadian Government Immigration Mission (CGIM) at Karlsruhe, Germany where he played an active part in bringing 163,000 desperate, displaced people from Germany, Austria, and Italy to Canada between 1948 and 1951. Roger’s memoir of his time with the CGIM in his autobiography A Very Fortunate Life is the only first-hand record of how the CGIM delivered Canada’s commitment to resettle refugees from war torn Europe.

Roger went on to assignments in Montreal, Rome and then Jamaica where he provided immigration services to dozens of Caribbean and Latin American countries. Roger rendezvoused again with history while vacationing in Europe in 1968 when the Soviets crushed the so-called “Prague Spring”: he volunteered to assist the team processing Czechoslovakian refugees in Vienna and organized the transportation of several thousand refugees to Canada.

While managing the Canadian Visa office in Beirut, Lebanon in 1972 Roger was sent to Uganda where the Asian population had been ordered to leave by the dictator Idi Amin. Canada had no facilities in Kampala but within five days Roger had acquired prime office space, furniture and communication facilities and in thirty six working days he and his team selected, processed and sent to Canada over 6000 desperate people, including 4000 on direct charter flights. His account of the Kampala operation, “Seven Crested Cranes” is a unique contribution to the literature of Canada’s refugee history. Roger’s accomplishments were recognized with a letter from Prime Minister Trudeau and, later, with the award of the Queens Jubilee Medal. His name is remembered and revered by the Ugandan Asians and their children.

Roger would go on to coordinate the immigration and security aspects of the Montreal Olympics and to manage a humanitarian program based in Cyprus for relatives of Canadian Lebanese displace by the Lebanese civil war and was charge d’ affairs of the Embassy during a very dangerous phase of the Lebanese Civil war. He managed Canadian immigration operations in Yugoslavia before retiring to Slovenia with his beloved wife Maria.

Roger was a member of what the Americans call “The Greatest Generation” - valiant in war, compassionate in peace, admired by his colleagues, adored by those lucky enough to work for him. But, unique among his contemporaries, he not only participated in history, he recorded it. A Very Fortunate Life so impressed the head of Carleton University’s History Department that it is now online at A_Very_Fortunate_Life.pdf.

He was a proud Quebecer and a proud Canadian and we are proud to call him our colleague.

La Société Historique de l’Immigration Canadienne / Canadian Immigration Historical Society, le 4 août 2020

Famille St-Vincent

Permettez-moi encore une fois d'exprimer mes condoléances et ma sympathie à vous et aux membres de votre famille pour la perte de votre oncle, Roger St. Vincent.
J’ai partagé la nouvelle de la mort de Roger avec ses collègues et avec certaines des personnes qu’il a sauvées de l’Ouganda il y a 48 ans. Les Asiatiques ougandaises du Canada se souviennent encore de lui comme un héros.
Le mémoire de Roger sur l’opération des asiatiques ougandaises « Seven Crested Cranes » et son autobiographie « A very fortunate life» sont des contributions importantes à l’histoire de notre pays. Roger a accepté que le Département d’histoire de l’Université de Carleton mette ces deux à la disposition de générations de chercheurs futures. En conséquence, son histoire est devenue partie de notre histoire nationale.
On planifie actuellement la célébration en 2022 du cinquantième anniversaire du mouvement des réfugiés asiatiques ougandaises au Canada et je m’attends à ce que les réalisations de Roger suscitent un intérêt considérable à ce moment-là.
Enfin, je commence à recevoir des messages de partout au Canada exprimant la tristesse du décès de Roger. Puis-je vous les envoyer?

...............mike molloy

Mike Molloy, le 4 août 2020

Famille St-Vincent

Thank you very much for letting us know about Roger

Roger was a very special person to us Ugandans as you were Mike.

When Parliament opens I would love to speak in the Senate about Roger. Near the time can you please help me with the message.

Mike, look after yourself.

Lots of love.

Stay safe


The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Q.C.
Senator for British Columbia

Senateur Mobida etait refugee d' Uganda

mario st vincent, le 4 août 2020

Famille St-Vincent

I met Roger St Vincent when he was assigned to Athens for temporary duty where I was Officer in Charge in the sixties. I valued his knowledge but above all his acceptance with equanimity of this new group of young FSO's. I believe his easygoing and friendly manner was an appreciable quality throughout his career.

Thanks for including me on the message Larry. I’m very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. His was a life of true service done with great panache.


Very sad news! Roger was a legend who will be missed.
Robert Shalka

mario st vincent, le 4 août 2020

Famille St-Vincent

Very sad news! Roger was a legend who will be missed.
Robert Shalka

My condolences to both of you and to Roger's entire family.

I have shared the message with Ismaili leaders as well as Senator Jaffer.

refugee d'Uganda

Thanks for passing on this sad news.

Roger was a great guy, an an outstanding Foreign Service officer and a friend.

It has been almost 50 years since we worked for him during the Ugandan operation, but I still have clear and fond memories of that unique period of our lives.

Gerry Campbell
Colleague de Kampala, mentioned in SevenCrested Cranes

My sincere condolences to you and Roger's family. I know how close both of you were over the years especially with your shared bond of compassion for those less fortunate. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers and send my best wishes.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

All my very best,
Shezan Muhmedali
Author of a book on the Uganda Refugee movement. He interviewed Roger

We Pray that Roger’s soul rests in eternal peace and the Almighty gives strength and courage to all in Roger’s Family to bear this irreplaceable loss. AMEN.

Gulzar and Taj Mitha

Taj met Roger in Beirut months before the expulsion. He became the Agha Khan's Legal Advisor

Hi Mike,
Thank you for informing me of Roger St. Vincent's passing. Strangely, and despite decades of working together in the same department, I never had the pleasure of meeting him.
I none the less mourn the departure of this exceptional colleague

Dear Mike

I am so sorry to hear of the loss. Thank you for letting me know. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, his name, his involvement in the Migration of so many from Uganda to
Canada, his book, your friendship….all made him a significant part of my life. May his soul rest in peace.
Daughter of Ugandan refugees

Dear Mike and Jo,

Thank you warmly for sharing the sad news with me.
I never met Roger, was the lucky recipient of a copy of his memoirs.

I know how much he meant to you both, and would like to send our condolences to you both, and the colleagues with who you share memories of Roger.

The CNHH was proud to accompany the work of making his memoirs public. Do not hesitate to think of us further if you ever would like to think of a tribute, a visual presentation for a gathering in his memoirs.

Dr. Dominique
Department of History, Carletion Univeristy

mario st vincent, le 4 août 2020

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