A Tribute To Pierre Gervais

On the morning of October 3, 2016, Pierre Gervais passed away, peacefully, and in the company of his wife Jocelyne.

The many messages that were sent in the days leading up to his passing were a great comfort and support for the family, and were heard and understood by Pierre. When told that we at CurePSP were further impassioned to fight to find treatment and cure he gave the advice, “don’t quit.” 

Pierre was a great advocate for treatment and cure of PSP and it was through his insistence that his wife Jocelyne organized the NC PSP support group. He leaves a legacy in the Pierre Gervais Fellowship grant at the Neural Stem Cell Institute, including donation of his own skin cells for research. Pierre also donated his brain to the Eloise H. Troxel Memorial Brain Bank as a final act of giving.  

Pierre is known by many as the face of PSP for his contributions through videos and photographs, telling his story and enlisting support of researchers and physicians to find a cure for these dreadful diseases. He was a great advocate for the fight on all fronts, including the rights of patients to die with dignity. He lived these commitments with purpose.

Pierre was loved like family by CurePSP, the staff, the board and the advocates, and will be dearly missed. 

Pierre’s obituary can be read here.

Pierre Gervais and his at his daughter sophies apartment, Baptism, Restaurant
Pierre Gervais with his grandchildren on the day of grandson Cooper’s baptism.
Pierre Gervais and his at his daughter sophies apartment, Baptism, Restaurant
Pierre and Jocelyne Gervais with their grandchildren.
Pierre Gervais and his family at his daughter Sophie's apartment, a baptism, a restaurant.
Pierre and Jocelyne Gervais.

All donations made on this page are in loving memory of Pierre Gervais and go to the Gervais Family Tribute Fund. For donations by check, please make check out to CurePSP and mail to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001. Indicate on the check, “In memory of Pierre Gervais.” Thank you for your gift recognizing the extraordinary life and legacy of Pierre Gervais.