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Born: Mar 05, 1949

Date of Passing: Jul 20, 2021

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1949 - 2021

C'est avec énormément de tristesse que nous disons adieu à Renel décédé subitement à sa résidence le 20 juillet. Il fut précédé par ses parents Maurice and Alice (St. Vincent), frères Louis, Lorin, Guy, neveux Steve Jr. ainsi que ses beaux-parents Lucien and Olive Curé.
Renel leaves to mourn his family, his cherished wife Cécile, three sons, Stefane (Mandy), Rowan, Teagan, Aven; Christian (Rachel), Cedric (Manita), Kally (Tyler); Patrick (Kristine), Erick, Aiden, Miyah, Khloë. He is survived by his brother Gilbert (Annette), sisters, Jocelyn and Odette (Wayne), brothers-in-law, Loyd and Elton, the Curé family, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Renel was born in Altona on March 5, 1949. His early years were spent in St. Joseph where his parents operated the general store. He was extremely proud that after 60 years the store at the Musée St. Joseph was renamed and now bears his parents' name. Having lost his father at 10 years old, he learned early what work and responsibility meant. He was a humble man, proud of his roots and of his francophone heritage.
He completed his high school at College St. Joseph in Otterburne. Il aimait les rencontres des anciens pour un bon café et piquer une bonne jasette. He pursued his studies as a registered Respiratory Technologist at the Health Sciences Centre. After five years in the health field, he set his sights on a different path, wanting his children closer to their extended family and in a francophone environment.
For 17 years, he worked in the real estate industry in the Winnipeg area as an agent, manager and mentor. In 1992, Renel found a true passion as a financial security advisor with London Life. Having experienced the hardships of losing his father early in life, he understood the importance of families protecting themselves and planning for unforeseen and altering life events. He worked with integrity, honesty and compassion for his clients.
Renel's greatest achievement was his family. Renel and Cécile celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019 surrounded by their loved ones. Renel and Cécile were true soul mates. They were co-workers in everything they did, whether it be business, building their cottage or their home. They shared their life successes and hardships always leaning on each other for love and support.
Renel was a loving and devoted father to his three sons and welcomed three great daughters-in-law into his family. Dad was our hero, our guide, our counsellor, our captain in life. He believed that a father shouldn't fish for his children but should teach them how to fish. He spent countless hours water skiing, snowmobiling and fishing with us. He taught us strong life values, and was there in the good and the bad times. He was our rock!
Renel and Cécile were blessed with nine grandchildren. Pépère loved them to pieces and each one was his most special. Pépère wanted his grandchildren to appreciate their French heritage and share his love of camping, fishing and playing card games. He prayed with them at every meal and reminded them to thank the Lord for all the blessings they received in life. He was a religious man of great faith and maintained a sincere devotion to God and a respect for the people of God.
Renel was a passionate people person, a conversationalist, a friend. He was an avid Lake of the Woods (LOTW) fisherman and guide for his family and friends who benefitted from great fishing trips and fish fries. He would say he wasn't competitive as long as someone caught fish in his boat. Whenever he was in LOTW, with his best partner, Cécile, he found peace, contentment and admired God's creation at it's best.
Renel was a disciplined person. He took great care of his health. Over the last seven years, he worked diligently to beat his diabetes by changing his lifestyle and diet. In the last year, he shared this successful quest with his brother Gilbert. He considered this was the greatest gift he would give him.
The family thanks Dr. P. G. Mehta for taking care of Renel. They became friends and shared a lot of wisdom together. We also appreciate all the support we have received from friends and family.
Nous désirons aussi remercier Frère Germain Kpafafi pour l'appui inconditionnel offert à son ami, Renel et à toute la famille. Vous avez su nous apporter de la paix, de la sagesse, du réconfort et de l'amour.
A celebration of Renel's life and funeral mass will be held at St. Martyrs Canadiens, 289 avenue Dussault in Saint-Boniface on Saturday, October 2, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Covid 19 restrictions, masks and social distancing will apply. The celebration can also be followed live on You Tube with this link:

We are confident that Renel has found love and peace in the arms of the Lord.

Renel nous t'aimons, tu es épinglé à notre coeur pour toujours. Repose en paix.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Mes regrets et plus sincères condoléances, Cécile et famille, pour votre perte de Renel .....un homme si sympathique et toujours jovial .... - Posted by: Charles Roy (connaissance) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • C'est avec grande surprise que j'ai appris la nouvelle du décès de Renel. À Cécile, leurs enfants, et toute la famille, je désire offrir mes plus sincères condoléances. Que son âme repose en paix. - Posted by: Normand Dupasquier (Friend and former colleague) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • I want to say that Renel was a very kind man with a huge heart. Really sorry to hear of his passing. Cecile take care & think of all the Great Memories. Love Shelly & Larry. All the Best. - Posted by: Shelly /Larry Clememt (Good Friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • We think of Renel and Cecile as dear friends of our past young married couples. We spent many Friday nights playing cards with our little in Isle des Chenes. We had reunited after a period of being away from each other at St. Martyrs Canadian. We wish Cecile and her family our sincere sympathy in this time of mornings. Our prayers will be with you on Saturday. Annette et Hector - Posted by: Hector et Annette Demarcke (Friends) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Dear Cecile and your wonderful family, Please accept my sincere condolences. Renel looked after John and I and our daughters future with kindness and professionalism. He was always happy to take our calls with questions and sit down with us when we had an insurance issue. We respected his advice and help. Please take care and be kind to yourselves as you grieve. Sincerely, Mrs. Judith Wagner - Posted by: Judith Wagner (Client) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • We enjoyed Renel’s lively spirit and love of life. We spent many happy times with him and Cecile fishing, playing cards, dinners and even wintered together in Florida and Phoenix. I can see him now, showing his excitement over a hand of cards. His eyes would get wide and he’d shout out “OH, OH, OH”. even when it was a terrible card or hand. He was always there when we needed help with something. His sudden passing has made us realize we have to enjoy every day. We send our condolences to Cecile and the boys and their families. - Posted by: Jim and Carol Tomes (Friends) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • Nos sincères sympathies a toi Cécile ainsi que ta famille. Nos pensées et prières sont avec vous en ces temps difficiles. - Posted by: Mariette G Lachance (ancien d'Ile des Chênes) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Nos plus sinceres condoleances a toi chere Cecile ainsi que les trois garcons....c'est bien dit que Renel avait beaucoup de compassion pour ceux et celles qui l'entouraient...voila le defi de nos joutes de canasta....nous serons avec vous tous sur you tube et dans nos pensees et prieres.....qu'il repose en paix - Posted by: Gilles et Huguette Remillard (amis) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Chère Cécile, Stéphane, Christian, Patrick, Nos plus sincères condoléances suite au décès de Renel. Il était bien un homme d'action et avait sa famille au centre de sa vie. C'est une grande perte pour sa famille et ses petits-enfants ainsi que ces amis. Nous aurons toujours d'excellents souvenirs de nos rencontres d'anniversaire faites pendant plusieurs années. Bon courage à toutes et tous; nos pensées et prières vous accompagnent. Renel sera toujours là pour veiller sur vous tous. - Posted by: Rachelle et Jean-Maurice Lemoine (amis) on: Sep 25, 2021

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