Patrick Morin, founder of the Quebec retail chain, dies at 96

Patrick Morin, the founder of the retail home improvement chain of the same name, died last Saturday at the age of 96. Morin, along with his wife, Denise Benny, opened their first store in Ste-Marcelline-de-Kildare, in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, in 1960. Over time, the Patrick Morin stores grew to comprise one of the largest privately-held retail home improvement companies in Canada. Today, the company has 22 stores in Quebec, in the Montreal region and north to Trois-Rivieres.

In 2021, Groupe Turcotte, which owns a group of Home Hardware stores in Quebec, bought the family-owned Patrick Morin business with additional investment from Home Hardware’s head office. Morin is survived by his wife and two sisters, along with eight children, 20 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.