Valley Lives - Florian Meunier
The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the April 02, 2014 issue. Reprinted with permission.
Masham truck mechanic and healer dies at 73
by Joel Balsam
Florian 'Flo' Meunier's day job was as a truck mechanic, but in his off time he had a very special hobby. Meunier, who died on March 22 at the age of 73, was, up to his last months, an energy healer.
Meunier's cousin Gaetan Meunier, who grew up playing with Flo in Masham, said he once asked his cousin to heal him to bring his blood sugar down. "When he was talking to you, you could feel it. It was warm. Like a little electric shock," said Gaetan Meunier of the experience of being healed with prayer. Gaetan Meunier had planned to go back for another healing, but Flo Meunier got too ill from cancer.
"He loved to help people," said Gaetan Meunier.
Flo Meunier, who had seven children (two girls and five boys), was well known in Masham and Gatineau. He was trusted as a truck mechanic, but also as a racecar mechanic at the track in Gatineau and formerly at the track in Edelweiss. He would prep the cars or trucks in advance and earned a positive reputation, according to Gaetan Meunier.
Meunier was the founder of the incredible Masham Saint Jean Baptiste Smoke Show before police shut it down about five years ago. The popular event featured trucks revving their engines, covering their vehicles and adoring fans in dust.
Despite his use of alternative healing practices, Meunier was a religious Catholic.
Funeral services will be held at l'église St-Cécile de Masham, where Meunier was a member of the congregation, on April 5 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive condolences beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Donations on Meunier's behalf can be made to help support a future La Maison des Collines palliative care centre.
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