Côte St-Luc man who devoted life to helping disabled children dies at age 97

A Côte St-Luc man who devoted most of his life to the cause of disabled children has passed away at the age of 97.

Tony Shorgan was affected by polio and was the first child to benefit from the services of the Quebec Society for Disabled Children which his mother, Marie A. Daigle, founded in 1930.

It's now known as the Papillon Foundation for Disabled Children.

In a statement, the foundation says Shorgan dedicated his whole life to helping disabled children, calling him "one of the pioneers of their integration into the community."

Shorgan served as executive director (1973-1986) and a member of the board of directors (1987-2004) for the foundation and was also the director of the Camp Papillon for disabled children from 1950 to 1973.

"He was an inspiration for everyone," said foundation president Jean Duchesneau in an interview with CJAD 800.

"First of all when he was young, and his determination to have a regular and normal life."

Duchesneau said Shorgan continued to offer input even after he retired in 2004.

Shorgan was awarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 2006.

The foundation offers daycamps and rehab services and organizes weekend and holiday activities for children and their families.

Among the people who served as president of the foundation - J. Arthur Dupont, the founder of CJAD 800.

Funeral services and a reception for Shorgan are planned for tomorrow.