DANIEL PILON (1940-2018)

June 28, 2018

DANIEL PILON (1940-2018) 
By Bernard Bujold – 
I first met Daniel Pilon in the early 1990s when we had collaborated on a project involving Pierre Péladeau. It was the actress Danielle Ouimet who had introduced him to me. 
Daniel Pilon and I immediately became friends and we saw each other, alone or with his family, at various times thereafter. 
Daniel was deeply a generous and humane man. 
In the 2000s, we worked together on a business project while we were part of a group of twenty investors including Yvon Deschamps and whose project was to become the leader in the development of voice recognition. A sort of forerunner of Google Home. Unfortunately our project called “INFOTEL” never came into existence beyond the business plan… 
At the cinema level, Daniel often told me about his years in the United States! This time had been for him his career highlight and he was very proud but also a little sad that this time is over. 
I met Daniel Pilon for the last time on June 10, 2017 at the Provigo of Nun’s Island where he lived. I had learned from someone (the creator of the INFOTEL project) that he had terminal cancer. Daniel did not mention it during our brief meeting and I respected his secret… However, I tried to convince him to become a member of Facebook but he did not want to hear anything… 
This was our last meeting! 
I am very sad about his death because he was a real good guy. But as he said himself, you have to live in the present! 
I was told that in his last months of life, Daniel had become lonely. In a sense I understand his loneliness of end of life. I, too, if I was living a final cancer, I would prefer to die alone, like horses… However, it is a question of personality because I have another friend who was announced brain cancer in January 2017 and his great fear was to die alone… He died surrounded by many friends and his family. 
Daniel Pilon has had a good life, despite the highs and lows, and as he said regularly, you always have to appreciate the good moments! 
Goodbye dear friend!