Rupert Chartrand

Sept. 18, 1946 – Jan. 19, 2021

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Rupert Hugo Chartrand passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, in his 74th year after a three-year battle with cancer. Rupert will always be lovingly remembered by his wife of 20 years, Violetta (Golovanova) Chartrand. He will be forever cherished by his children, Jasmine (Bill) and Pierre (Analyn), and his caring sister, Dr. Roxane Chartrand. He will be fondly remembered as ‘grand-papa’ to Russell, Benjamin, Catherine, and Robyn. He will be sadly missed and remembered by his extended family, including Amephilia (Alino) Chartrand, Aline (Poirier) Chartrand, and mother-in-law Anastasia Golovanova, and his friends. Rupert was predeceased by his parents, Judge Omer Hervé Chartrand and ReJane (LaRocque) Chartrand.

Rupert grew up in Hawkesbury, Ontario, and followed his father into law. He received his law degree from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and pursued several Masters’ degrees at Columbia University. Rupert was a senior partner at Osler, Hoskin, and Harcourt LLP. He was highly respected by the Canadian law community and was recognized as a Fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He enjoyed exploring the world with his family and boating with his father. He was a deep intellect and devoted father. Rupert had a passion for law, world history, the symphony, and detective stories. In his retirement, he enjoyed teaching at the Osgoode Hall Law School, golfing, and writing short stories.

His funeral will be held in the spring, after which he will be interred close to his parents in Alfred, Ontario. Rupert will be missed greatly by his loving family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation: In Memory of Rupert Chartrand” at or 1-866-224-6560 (option 1).

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lamarre & Son Funeral Home, 453 St. Philippe Street, Alfred, Ont., (613) 679-2802.

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    • Ricky Mason Posted 2022-11-18 10:02 pm

      I literally just learned today of Rupert’s passing. I worked with him on many cross border bankruptcies and always found him to be a terrific and congenial colleague. I considered him very much a friend, but unfortunately lost track of him after he retired. May Rupert’s memory always be for a blessing.

    • Kathryn Roka Posted 2021-04-08 10:19 pm

      I am sorry to read of the passing of Rupert – I transitioned from law to medicine over 20 yrs ago and now a front line health care worker . Rupert crossed my mind today and I came upon his obituary. I have fond memories of Rupert as a kind and generous colleague and I am glad he crossed my mind today – may he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to his family

    • Bossé Posted 2021-03-06 1:55 pm

      Chère Roxane: Le deuil qui touche ta famille est une épreuve de l’existence que toi et ta famille saurez surmonter.
      La perte d’un être cher, nous rappelle l’important de la famille et des personnes que l’on aime.
      Votre amour pour votre proche décédé vous rendra plus forts.
      Ton frère (époux et père) vivra heureux dans un paradis mérité, fier de sa famille.
      Après la tristesse, viendra le temps de l’apaisement…
      C’est ainsi que votre bien-aimé reposera en paix.
      Je vous embrasse chaleureusement.
      Une amie qui pensent à toi Roxane et à ta famille. marielle

    • Lyndon Barnes Posted 2021-02-10 8:36 am

      My sincerest condolences to Violetta and Rupert‘s family. Rupert was a very close friend whom I will dearly miss. Rupert was a very kind and gentle person. As a lawyer he was recognized as a leader in the bankruptcy and insolvency field. As a friend I will fondly remember our many delightful golfing adventures. Rupert will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched. May Rupert rest in peace.

    • Joey Steiner Posted 2021-01-30 5:47 pm

      I am so sorry to learn of Rupert’s passing. He was a wonderful partner at Osler and I enjoyed working with him. My sincere condolences to his family.

    • Louise Posted 2021-01-29 2:58 pm

      Sincères condoléances à toi Roxane ainsi qu’à la famille. Je me souviens de Rupert au secondaire. Nous savions qu’il était brillant mais il était aussi jovial, très gentil et chaleureux. Repose–toi cher cousin .

    • James Farley Posted 2021-01-29 8:17 am

      My greatest sympathy to Rupert’s family as you have lost a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. And we in the legal and business world have lost a colleague who stood out in the profession as brilliant, engaging , fair and decent. When Rupert was in court, everyone listened and gained from his wisdom. He was uplifting for everyone.

    • Tracy Sandler Posted 2021-01-28 5:55 pm

      Sending our thoughts and prayers from the Sandler/Herlin family. Rupert was a special friend and mentor to Tracy and to so many at Osler. We will miss him greatly.

    • Peter Farkas Posted 2021-01-28 5:54 pm

      I worked on files with Rupert over decades. Brilliant lawyer, always in a good mood. A real pleasure to work with. I was surprised to hear of his passing .May he rest in peace.

    • Chris Portner Posted 2021-01-26 9:26 am

      I was very dismayed to learn of Rupert’s illness and death. He was a most able and supportive partner at Osler where we worked together on many occasions. I extend my most sincere condolences to his family.

    • Christine St.Amour Hall Posted 2021-01-24 7:35 pm

      May our Lord bless and comfort the Chartrand family during this time of grief. My sincerest condolences for your loss.
      Le cousin californien de Rupert et Roxane.

    • Marie Josée Chartrand-Koury Posted 2021-01-24 4:30 pm

      Toutes mes sympathies a la famille de Rupert et Roxane. Des moments difficles a surmonter , Vos souvenirs et vos beaux moments avec lui vont le garder pres de vous .
      Je me souviens de quelque 24 Décembre passé en famille chez Omer ,apres la messe de minuit…les rires, la bouffe et les cadeaux! .il y a de ca plus de 60 ans , mais les souvenirs sont encore la….

    • Carole Daoust Posted 2021-01-24 4:27 pm

      Mes sincères sympathies Roxane.

    • denis clement Posted 2021-01-24 12:44 pm

      My sincerest regrets to the Chartrand Family. I was with Rupert at Smith Lyons a “LONG LONG” time ago. He was a kind, generous and wonderful friend, He was also very smart and really funny, we had a great time in those years. We will all miss Rupert. Denis Clement and the Clement family.

    • FRANCINE CHARTRAND Posted 2021-01-24 12:02 pm

      Sincères condoléances à toi, cousine Roxane, à Jasmine, Pierre et leur famille, suite au décès de cousin Rupert. Nos pères étaient des frères inséparables et donc, nos deux familles étaient particulièrement proches. Grandir ensemble durant notre enfance a permis de créer tellement d’opportunités, pour vivre des moments précieux comme cousins. J’en conserve de très bons souvenirs. Mes meilleures pensées sont avec vous, afin que vous puissiez trouver ensemble le courage et réconfort pour surmonter cette épreuve difficile.

    • John Paoletti Posted 2021-01-24 10:54 am

      Our sincere condolences to Roxanne and family. john, Lilliana, and Julio Paoletti

    • Joanna LaRocque Khazoom Posted 2021-01-23 6:56 pm

      II wish to offer my sincere condolences to Roxanne and all Rupert’s family.

    • Mario et Gaby Chartrand Posted 2021-01-23 4:54 pm

      Nos plus sincères condéléances à Roxanne ainsi qu’à la famille.

    • Lee Muirhead Posted 2021-01-23 3:43 pm

      I was sad to hear of Rupert’s death and I hope the last three years were not too difficult for him. I knew Rupert through Osler, first as an associate and then as his partner. He was always committed to his client’s interests and unfailingly supportive of his colleagues. As others have said, he also had a keen sense of humor and he took the law seriously but not himself. My condolences to his family.

    • Jocelyne Patrault Simard Posted 2021-01-23 2:15 pm

      Chère Roxanne et famille de Rupert,je vous offre mes sincères condoléances.Que ce message apporte réconfort et soutien pour la perte de cet être si cher. Rupert ,tu continueras de briller dans mes souvenirs avec des moments agréables et des anecdotes passées dans le cours de notre vie.Repose en paix

    • JEAN ROBERT DAOUST Posted 2021-01-23 1:14 pm

      Mes sinceres condoleances a la famille de RUPERT et a toi specialement ROXANNE.
      Cousin JEAN ROBERT.

    • Charles Burroughs Posted 2021-01-23 12:00 pm

      Condoléances à la famille. Rupert était un confrère de classe à l’ESRH.

    • Jack Petch Posted 2021-01-22 10:06 pm

      Rupert and I were partners at Osler for many years
      I admired Rupert for his intellect , his love of
      Law and exploring of new legal concepts and his wit.
      His family can be proud of him and I appreciated the opportunity of knowing him
      Thank you Rupert Jack Petch

    • Jean-Maurice Filion Posted 2021-01-22 9:46 pm

      Mes condoléances à toute la famille de Rupert… un ami d’enfance de Hawkesbury.

    • Michelle Lally Posted 2021-01-22 7:38 pm

      I so enjoyed the opportunities I had to work with Rupert. He was incredibly smart and so kind. Rupert had a fantastic sense of humour– I always left his office chuckling with a smile on face. He will be so missed. My sincerest condolences.

    • Richard G Tremblay Posted 2021-01-22 7:37 pm

      I was very saddened to see the announcement of Rupert’s passing. I too was a lateral at Osler, and I always enjoyed dealing with Rupert. He was a very special person. He was supremely competent in his field but never arrogant even though his knowledge and experience would have amply supported such an attitude. I always wished I could have worked more with him.

    • Raymonde Clément Goulet Posted 2021-01-22 7:13 pm

      C’est avec regret que j’apprends le décès de Rupert, un ami très apprécié lors de mon passage à l’école secondaire de Hawkesbury.
      Mes sympathies à la famille et amis.

    • Rheal Rouleau Posted 2021-01-22 7:06 pm

      Sincères condoléances à la famille.Rupert fut un confrère de classe fort apprécié et je garde de lui d’excellents souvenirs.

    • Ian McSweeney Posted 2021-01-22 6:52 pm

      I remember when Rupert joined the firm with the Marantz group. He was a generous partner with a unique style and a brilliant mind. Whenever I worked with Rupert I loved his creative approach to problem solving and wry sense of humour. He was a fun loving guy and a terrific partner.

    • Matias Milet Posted 2021-01-22 5:49 pm

      Rupert was a wonderful colleague. He was a consummately skilled lawyer and a gentleman. He was very kind and respectful of juniors like me who knew a fraction of what he knew.

    • Yves et Diane Chartrand Posted 2021-01-22 3:15 pm

      Sincères condoléances à toi Roxanne et toute la famille de Rupert.

    • Chris O’Reilly Posted 2021-01-22 1:47 pm

      Hi Jasmine, my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. Keep the good memories close to heart at this difficult time.

    • André Chartrand Posted 2021-01-22 12:23 pm

      Sincères condoléances à la famille et à toi cousine Roxanne.J e me souviendrai toujours que dès son jeune âge il montrait des signes de grande intelligence. et ça l’a amené à être connu et respecté à travers le monde.
      Cousin André

    • Dan Dowdall Posted 2021-01-22 8:33 am

      I knew Rupert as a fellow member of the insolvency bar for several decades. He was universally regarded as a towering intellect., who was central in many of the most demanding and innovative cases of the time. Throughout this time I never heard a single person ever say an unkind word of Rupert. Everyone in the profession viewed him as honest, ethical, and the ultimate professional. It was an honour to have known him.

    • Christine and Jason Little Posted 2021-01-21 8:48 pm

      Sending our sincerest condolences on the loss of your dad Jasmine. We hope that you all find peace in the memories. Sending healing hugs to you and your family.

    • Rupert Chartrand Posted 2021-01-21 3:50 pm

      Sympathies a la famille. A toi Roxanne. Bon courage pour la perte de ton frere MONIQUE CHARTRAND LALANDE

    • Roshanak Nadimian Posted 2021-01-21 2:15 pm

      Dear Jasmine,
      Please accept our sincere condolences for the passing of your dad. May his memories keep you comfort in these hard times.

    • Gail Ellis Posted 2021-01-21 1:31 pm

      I send my condolences to you and to your family during this time of sorrow. The Bible gives a real hope and it promises that your loved one will soon come back to life in a peaceful paradise on the earth. (John 5:28, 29)

    • Marlyn Mullin Charbonneau Posted 2021-01-21 1:26 pm

      My condolences to Ruperts family. He was in my class when we went to public school in Hawkesbury. I just mentioned him a few days ago while looking at old class pictures on line. I always remember he had beautiful home knitted sweaters. May he Rest In Peace and God Bless.