Pierre Charrue (1961 - 2016)

Our friend and colleague Pierre is no longer with us. In corridors, around meeting tables, at coffee places, we gather and talk about him, about how great it was to have met him, and what a special person he was.


And what to write about him?

“He was always there for us”; “He was dynamic!”; “He was enthusiastic, he always kept a positive attitude!”. How empty this sounds when you knew Pierre.

“He wrote great software!”; “Look at his project, building 774, isn't it amazing?”; “We had lots of good laughs together!”. All of this is true, but none of it really does him justice.

Pierre was a special person who had the capacity to make you feel good whenever he was around.

In meetings, his levelheadedness and clear, honest comments were much appreciated by us all. He had the gift of giving real meaning to situations, always with a smile and clarity and that was all he expected back from others.

When he organized team-building outings in the mountains, and orienteering events, his goal was always to find the correct path in the best of humours.

He probably did not realize how much he helped many of us choose good paths in life, merely by following his example. We all miss him dreadfully but endeavor to remember all that he has taught us through his good sense and contagious smile.  Rest in peace, dear Pierre, you will always be in our hearts and minds.

His colleagues and friends

We deeply regret to announce the death of Pierre Charrue on 19 January 2016. Pierre Charrue, who was born on 14 July 1961, worked in the BE department and had been at CERN since 10 October 1986.

The Director-General has sent a message of condolence to his family on behalf of the CERN personnel.

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