June 15, 2015 3:46 pm
Updated: June 15, 2015 7:12 pm

Former mayor of Montreal Jean Doré has died

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WATCH: Former Montreal mayor Jean Doré has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 70. Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports.

MONTREAL — Jean Doré has lost his battle with cancer.

In an interview in 2014, he said he accepted “the fact that I’m going to die.”

READ MORE: Former Montreal Mayor diagnosed with cancer

Doré was elected mayor of Montreal in 1986, taking over from Jean Drapeau.

The Queen Mother takes the salute from the Black Watch of Canada as the Quebec and Black Watch flags fly overhead in Montreal, Quebec June 4, 1987. Standing to the left of her Majesty are Mayor Jean Doré and his wife, and Lt. Governor of Quebec, Gilles Lamontagne.

Bill Grimshaw/The Canadian Press

He was a founding member of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement (MCM) and was mayor of Montreal until 1994.

During his tenure he oversaw the renewal of the Old Port and the parks and beaches of Île Ste-Hélène.

Doré was also the mayor of the city during the École Polytechnique massacre. The family’s babysitter was one of the victims of the mass slaying at the Université de Montréal.

Montreal Mayor Jean Doré wipes a tear at a news conference in Montreal, Que., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989. The mayor’s babysitter was one of the victims of the mass slaying at the University of Montreal on December 6, 1989.

Shaney Komulainen/The Canadian Press

Doré studied law at the Université de Montréal and later received a Master’s degree at McGill University.

WATCH: Jean Doré beach

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