A state funeral was held Thursday for the late Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, lieutenant–governor of New Brunswick, in Rovertville, N.B.
The funeral procession began at 11 a.m. at the Sainte-Thérèse d’Avila Church and was live-streamed on Global New Brunswick’s website and Facebook.
Roy Vienneau died on Aug. 2 at the age of 63, following a battle with cancer.
In Fredericton, New Brunswickers have been invited to visit Government House between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign a book of condolences that will later be presented to the family.
Donations may also be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice in memory of Roy Vienneau.
“She gave so much to New Brunswick and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched,” Higgs stated.
“At this sad time, Marcia’s and my thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Ronald Vienneau, and their family and friends.”
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Roy Vienneau was the first Acadian woman to serve as lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick.
She is survived by her husband Ronald Vienneau, of Pointe-Verte; her mother, Mélanie (Morris) Goyette; her children, Isabelle Comeau (Éric) of Hantsport, N.S., and Cédric Vienneau (Sandrine Krémien) of Shippagan, N.B.; and her two grandchildren, Simon and Mathieu.
Roy Vienneau is also survived by her brother, Jean-Claude Roy (Claudette), of St-Laurent, and seven sisters: Janita Arseneau (Adrien), of Robertville; Jacqueline Doucet (Roland), of Dunlop; Joanne Roy (Raymond), of Beresford; Chantale Aubé (Ronald), of St-Laurent; Sylvie Arseneau (Louis), of Gatineau, Que.; Annie Roy (Étienne), of Maisonnette; and Andréa Roy (Henri Lagacé), of Pointe-Verte.
Roy Vienneau became the province’s 31st lieutenant-governor in October 2014. She was previously the vice-president at the University of Moncton’s Shippagan campus, as well the assistant deputy minister of post-secondary education in New Brunswick’s department of education.
She also held several positions at the New Brunswick Community College in Bathurst, including director general and dean of education.