By Cindy Macdonald
Lucien G. Rolland was the last member of the Rolland family to run the family’s fine paper business before its sale to Cascades in 1992. He passed away in April 19 after a short illness.
Media reports say that he was active and vigorous until a few weeks before his death. He was an avid fisherman, and was named to the Order of Canada in 1984.
Bernard, Laurent and Alain Lemaire, co-founders of Cascades, paid tribute to Lucien Rolland, saying he had an important impact on the development of the paper industry, and on the region. Since buying the Rolland mill in 1992, the brothers said, “profound mutual respect” marked their business relations with Lucien Rolland. “His vigor impressed us right up to the end. In our name, and on behalf of our employees, we offer our most sincere condolences to his family.”
The Rolland paper company, founded in 1882 by Jean-Baptiste Rolland, originally had two mills in Quebec, at Saint-Jerome and Mont-Rolland. The plant at Mont-Rolland closed in 1990. The Saint-Jerome mill still operates, now owned by Rolland Enterprises.
According to a report in La Presse, Lucien Rolland joined the family business as an engineer, and worked his way up to be president.