- Municipal Council
- Chronique du maire
It was with dismay and sadness that we learned last week of the death of Tristan Roy, owner of the TMR Post, a weekly also known as La Poste de Mont-Royal and Journal de Mont-Royal. Tristan was a familiar figure around Town Hall, someone I spoke to nearly every day. A true field man, he was always on top of the latest developments in our fair town.
While he headed a handful of local weeklies, Tristan was clearly most enamoured with the TMR edition and lavished the most attention on it. Perhaps not coincidentally, for many years he managed production from offices in our industrial sector. A native of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Tristan eventually made his way to the big city and, little by little, made Town of Mount Royal his stronghold. He considered TMR to be his town and took part in all public discussions, if only to better report on them and get his readers to join in.
The garden city, its success stories, challenges, residents and elected officials were his life. He kept close watch on local municipal politics as well as the bigger issues facing our community.
In recent years, an increasing number of editorials ran alongside the paper’s coverage of Town news. His subjects, in piece after piece, were not only the issues of the day but also larger questions – for example, the redrawing of electoral divisions or, naturally, freedom of the press and the survival of local media. At the same time, on the pages of his newspaper, letters from readers took on a newfound importance. Tristan’s constant concern was to be relevant. In offering a voice to the community, he took on the challenge of inclusivity.
He renamed his newspaper La Poste de Mont-Royal around the time of the Town’s centennial, a nod to another publication that had marked the Town’s history, shortly before his time, the TMR Post. He undoubtedly saw it as a way of continuing a long tradition and being even more tightly bound to our collective story. Today we can say that he succeeded in his quest.
We have lost a well-known and much-loved figure, a proud supporter of our ambition to excel. On behalf of the Town, I offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.