Famous Quebec City resident passes away

Famous Quebec City resident passes away

A once famous Quebec City resident passes away in anonymity.

His name was Conrad Dubé and probably none of you out there ever knew him, but he had a very special life and did more than most of us to better himself, and to find a way to contribute to society without asking help from anyone.

Conrad_DubeHe contacted polio when he was 2 years old and spent the first 6 years of his life in a hospital, learned to walk at age twelve and only started making conversation at around 16 and to make things even more difficult, he lost his father when he was 3 yrs old.

One thing Conrad had was a conviction to accomplish something in his life despite his sickness and although he couldn’t walk that well, one thing he could do was ride a bicycle and that would be his salvation.

In 1953 M. Dubé got hold of a used bicycle and decided he would tour the globe promoting Quebec, Canada and at the same time see the world through the eyes of a polio victim, and he did just that.

He set out across Canada and then down to the United States on his bike decorated with signs explaining his trip. Along the way he was greeted by such people as Dwight D. Eisenhower, then US President, Bing Crosby, and Errol Flynn. In Italy he was granted a private visit with Pope Pie Xll among other European dignitaries. In all he bicycled 200,000 km before coming back to Quebec City having used various bicycles that were donated to him along the way. At the time he was followed by the media wherever he went, but when he arrived back home he fell into a sort of incognito state and all his achievements were forgotten.

Anyone from Quebec City over 65 probably remembers Conrad who was proud to promote his city around the world.

He died near the end of 2013 at the age of 84 in a quiet service escorted by his brothers and only sister.

Conrad Dubé, we salute you. Rest in peace.
LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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