Friends remembered: Jean B.J. Vautour

Jean B.J. Vautour, 85, of Ottawa, Ont., died Friday, Sep. 14, 2018. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1964 for helping save two workmen from drowning in a hydroelectric channel. He submerged 4 feet and freed the first man’s feet from the grating of a generator station and then re-submerged 16 feet below the surface and forced his body between the second man and the grating to overcome the immense water pressure. Vautour worked as a civil engineer and was a scout and venture leader for many years. He was a longstanding member of the Rotary International and was involved in fundraising for families in need. He was named Citizen of the Year for 1987. Vautour is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Marie; three children; a grandson; and multiple siblings.