Cable TV “pioneer” Omer Girard, who co-founded the Canadian Cable Television Association and fought for cablecos’ right to access telcos’ poles, has died. In a release Tuesday, Girard’s family said the cable executive founded Transvision Magog in 1957 and went on to launch five cable businesses over the next 10 years. In that time, he co-founded the Canadian Cable Television Association, an early association of cablecos, and became the organization’s president in 1968, the release said. “In the early 1970s, he fought against the monopoly telephone companies, which were claiming full property rights to their aerial architecture and demanding very high rates from the cable companies that needed a cable infrastructure to develop,” the release said. He was later considered a “key driver” of a CRTC decision that required the telcos to share access to their poles, the release said. Girard also founded the Association des câblodistributeurs du Québec in 1973 and served as the provincial organization’s president until 1977, the release said. Girard was inducted into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame in 2012, receiving the 2012 Neotelis Award for his lifetime career achievements. Girard died at his home in Magog on March 2, the release said. His family will receive condolences at Saint Patrick’s Church, 155 Merry Street N., in Magog on March 7-8, 2-4 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the same location on March 8 at 4 p.m., the release said.