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Date of Passing: Aug 07, 2013

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RENE VICTOR DUBOIS It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Rene Victor Dubois, at the young age of 64. Rene was a precious husband, father, pépère, great-pépère, brother and friend to many. After a two and a half year battle against cancer, Rene presented himself to his Creator on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Rene is survived by his loving wife Jeanne (Preteau) of 44 years, three daughters, Jeannette (Jerry) Gentes, Rachel (Rob) Walford, Joanne (Ron) Paquette and one son, Roger (Sharlene) Dubois. Dad lived for his nine loving grandchildren (Justin, Jessica, Jasmine, Horace, RayAnne, Delayne, Hope, Daryl, Grace and one great-grandson Kayden. Rene was also survived by his mother Helene Dubois, four sisters, Eva (Arthur) Milette, Lorraine (Roger) Gobeil, Lynne (Matt) Harris, Ginette (Michel) Bertrand, one brother Leo (Leslie) Dubois. Rene was predeceased by his father Camille, sisters Colette and Reynalde. He was also predeceased by his parents-in-law, Denis and Marie-Ange Preteau, brother-in-law Roland Preteau and sisters-in-law Therese Roemer and Lou-Lou Preteau. Rene Dubois was born in St. Pierre, MB October 18, 1948 and lived the majority of his life in St. Malo, MB. He began his work career as a carpenter and ended as a commercial construction worker. Rene was known as the "Crazy Carpenter or should I say Carptener" to many. Rene lived for hunting and the outdoors. If you wanted a good laugh, he was the person to talk to because you would leave with a sore stomach and tears in your eyes. He could tell a sad story and make it funny. Rene was kind to everyone and everything. He will be remembered across the globe by people that followed the story of Makoon the bear cub he rescued. He was a very funny man full of stories and shenanigans. The most caring, loving and completely genuine soul was loved and will be sadly missed by so many. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in the St. Malo Catholic Church with internment in the church cemetery. VITA FUNERAL HOME IN CARE OF ARRANGEMENTS 204 425 3114

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2013

Condolences & Memories (22 entries)

  • Rene will be missed by all that knew him. I'm very lucky to have known him and Jeanne. - Posted by: Norm (Long time freind and cousin.) on: Aug 19, 2013

  • So sorry for the family and the loss. Uncle Weenie will be forever missed but never forgotten. Keep Smiling up there!! Rest In Paradise Mon'Oncle :) - Posted by: Samantha Preteau (niece) on: Aug 15, 2013

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. My deepest sympathy to Rachel and the whole family. - Posted by: LINDA SCHELL (FRIEND /FORMER COWORKER OF RACHEL) on: Aug 14, 2013

  • We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts. - Posted by: Tina and Gil Law () on: Aug 12, 2013

  • Sincere condolences to Jeanne and family including René's siblings. Wherever his soul is, I'm sure he's entertaining others with his jokes, comments and the songs he learned as a child. He'll be sadly missed. - Posted by: René and Edmée Gosselin (Friends since high school) on: Aug 12, 2013

  • Rest in peace Rene! Condolences to Jeanne and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Sheril Cyriac (Pharmacist) on: Aug 12, 2013

  • Happy trails Rene just like that we used to hear it from Roy Rogers's song. Our deepest condoleances Jeanne and family. The loss is sad but chin up and keep smiling even though it is hard to do so. later good friends - Posted by: jean et lise laroche (cousim and friend) on: Aug 12, 2013

  • Rene you were an awesome person who the world was all the better for in having here. You brought joy and happiness to so many and were truly gifted at making everyone you ever met smile. The girls and I love you dearly! Send some of your light heartedness on angels wings to your family today and on the many days to come as you are missed so very much and always will be. We love you uncle Weenie a.k.a. uncle crazy carpenter! XOXO - Posted by: Noel Preteau (former sister in law) on: Aug 12, 2013

  • Having spent alot of time in St. Malo while growing up, I was fortunate to have met Rene on occasion. He was always smiling and laughing and appeared to have such a joi de vie. One thing was certain, it wasn't long before everyone around Rene was also smiling and laughing. On behalf of my family, may I extend my sincerest sympathies to his family. - Posted by: Jean Roch (2nd cousin) on: Aug 11, 2013

  • Very sorry for your loss Jeanne and family. We remember the jokes and laughs we had with him especially on the bus to the Shooting Star Casino. May God bless you and keep you strong in your faith. Gord and Marcie Kosman. - Posted by: Gordon and Marcie Kosman (Friends) on: Aug 11, 2013

  • He was always welcoming even though the first tine he was calling his dog but saying my name! Apparently Josee was his nickname for his dog! I have very good memories from St Malo between my friends and my uncle! - Posted by: Josee Dupuis (friend of daughter) on: Aug 11, 2013

  • Our deepest condolences - Posted by: Gerald Paquette & Rosa Colatruglio () on: Aug 10, 2013

  • I sure wish I would have the opportunity to have been part of your life. You were truly a good man and loved deeply. My sincere sympathies to your family in their time of grief and sorrow. Find comfort in each other now and on your journey of healing ahead. - Posted by: Janet Beck (niece) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • Rene you were such a nice person, always joking. I will never forget you. You are now with the angels and our Father in Heaven now. Look down upon your family with love and Faith. Till we all meet again, God Bless and rest in peace my friend.<3 - Posted by: Lorelei Catellier (friend) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • you will be greatly missed Rene, ty for sharing your home and your time when hordes of people would show up at your place to see baby Makoon. Rest In Peace Rene - Posted by: Gracie Gay (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • Matante Jeanne and family, we were so sorry to hear of Mon oncle Rene's passing. I'm glad we all got to spend some time together this past summer I know he is with Pepere and Matantes Colette and Reynalde sitting around a campfire telling stories and laughing his head off. We will miss his gruff voice and his way with words (bookface!!). Our thoughts and prayers to you all at this sad time. Love Carol and Charles ONeal and family. - Posted by: Carol and Charles ONeal and family (niece) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • He was my baseball coach back in the early 80's, and every game and practice was filled with laughter. He will be missed. - Posted by: Rikiki Dubois () on: Aug 10, 2013

  • I remember my Uncle Rene as a very funny, kind person. There always was a joke to be said by him & had everyone busting out in laughter during his presense. As a child growing up in St. Malo, I spent a lot of time with Uncle Rene, Auntie Jeanne, Jeanette, Rachel, Joanne & Roger as we were pretty much all the same age.I remember one occasion, after spending the weekend there in the winter time at a sleep-over & it was time for me to go home so Uncle Rene & Auntie Jeanne decided to drive me home rather then let me walk home in the cold Manitoba winter weather. My Uncle decided to make the short drive home exciting by burning doughnuts on the icy road near his house. Well I thought that was very cool & fun but Auntie Jeanne didn't at all....but I did see a smile on her face as she got him to stop. He did know how to have fun!! Uncle Rene will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Until we meet again Uncle...I look forward to your humor & kindness...until we meet again... - Posted by: Joanne (Preteau) Hrycauk (Niece) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • To the family so sorry for your loss. will miss him on Facebook & his jokes He is done suffering he will watch over you now R.I.P. Rene - Posted by: Ernest & Lucienne Cote (Cousin) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • My condolences to Jeanne & her family! My prayers go out to you all!!! May the peace of the Lord be with you!!! - Posted by: Janine St-Hilaire (friend ) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • Friends on Facebook and Rene made everyday fun. His comments and jokes were looked forward to and welcomed. I will miss those. Rest in peace Rene. You will be always remembered and always loved. - Posted by: Maureen Gamache (Cousin in law) on: Aug 10, 2013

  • You couldn't ask for a better friend. Good times - Posted by: geno (long time friend ) on: Aug 10, 2013

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