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Born: Jul 27, 1935

Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2020

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On January 16, 2020, resting comfortably with his family by his side, Rene was freed of the ties of vascular dementia.
Rene was predeceased by his parents, Cécile (Vouriot) and Jules Savoie, and his sister Lorraine Savoie (Filles de la Croix). He is survived by his children, Janet, Robert (Karen), Michelle and Paul; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rene was born in La Salle, MB on July 27, 1935. From the young age of 14, he worked on the family farm with his dad, until he was 18 years old. In 1953, Rene went to work at Canada Cement until 1971. In 1957, Rene married Yvonne Arnal (Tetoune) from Fannystelle. They lived in Winnipeg, raising their four children. Wanting to be a good provider for his family, Dad took on part-time jobs. He worked for uncle Ralph Gregoire at his Esso station on Broadway Avenue, and later on started cleaning some offices in the evening.
In 1972, Rene bought a Bee-Clean franchise and that's when the "Entrepreneur" in him came to shine. Dad had a great mind for business, not by education but by hard work and determination. Rene brought his children into the business, one by one. In 1979, Rene started C & S EQUIPMENT LTD, selling cleaning supplies and equipment. Through acquisitions and mergers, Rene and his children grew the business steadily.
During these years, Rene also ventured into other businesses. He purchased a distilled water business, co-owned a few racehorses, and opened a warehouse in Brandon. In 1997, Rene and family decided to sell their business. Retirement never even entered Rene's mind. He really enjoyed working, especially with his family. That's when Rene purchased a candle-making business. The next ventures were going back to his roots – a cleaning company and a business to sell and service janitorial equipment. Not working was NEVER an option for Dad. Dad coming to the office every day was as important for us as it was for him, even after he stopped driving.
It's true that Rene worked hard, but he did manage to have a lot of fun along the way. His motto always was – when you work, you work hard; when you play, you play hard! Rene was an avid Winnipeg Jets fan, liked going to the horse races, was a regular at the Crystal Casino (great Blackjack player). Rene enjoyed several trips to Vegas over the years, along with memorable vacations to Mexico, Hawaii, South America and Europe.
Dad was a strong and proud man who wanted the best for his family. He always faced life's challenges head-on, made his choices and lived with them; he was not one to dwell on the past but to keep looking ahead.
Dad was proud of his children and grandchildren. He instilled in us that you have to work for what you want; it will not be handed to you. He taught us that sometimes work means sacrifice – he would always say "It's a great life if you don't weaken."

Toujours t'aimer, Jamais t'oublier.

We extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Dad's Angels (Companions). Each one of you took such good care of Dad: Audrey (Dawn), Halieub, Trish, Joanne, Kisanet.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Rene on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Holy Family Church, 778 Archibald Street at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

680 Archibald Street

Publish Date: Jan 21, 2020


It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Rene Alphonse Savoie, on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Actionmarguerite, St.Vital (Foyer Valade), at the age of 84 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Family invite friends to sign online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & CO. Funeral Directors

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2020

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020, Jan 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies go out to the Savoie family. Your dad used to stop by from time to time at the old Zep office. He was always on the go and he deeply loved his children and he knows how well he was looked after in his later years by them. He is no longer in pain. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Cyndy Rheubottom (Work Friend) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • Paul, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Randy and JoAnne Stankewich - Posted by: Randy and JoAnne Stankewich (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies go out to the Savoie family. I remember your dad always coming to the office on Provencher Blvd for visits. He was always very kind to me. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Tracy (Pitre) Girardin (Work Friend) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • Dear Savoie family, our sincere condolences to all of you. Loosing a loved one is never easy!! Your dad was and always in his spirit will be a force to remind you work hard, play hard, and that is how he made memories for those he so loved! Remember his love for his family was his greatest accomplishment! He will be missed, but he now has found his peace! - Posted by: Dusan & Grace Drazic (Friends ) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • My family and I would like to pass on our condolences to the whole Savoie family. I have many great memories of fun times and work with the family and René over many years. Some of the fun times, were first experiences at the bars, such as the LaSalle Hotel and St. Vital Hotel. I also appreciate the work opportunities he gave me ,as those experiences have helped me with the career I have today. - Posted by: Richard Lambert (Friend of the family ) on: Jan 21, 2020

  • Our most sincere condolences to all of René’s wonderful family! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Special hugs go out to both of you...Christopher & Brittany were both Very special at École Guyot! - Posted by: Aline & Claude Boisjoli (Friends) on: Jan 20, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the Savoie family. Rene has touched my heart in the short time I have known him . I am forever grateful I had the chance to have the time I had and hope the family finds peace in their hearts. - Posted by: Janice Gray (friend) on: Jan 19, 2020

  • Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your Father. As a young kid I have many fond memories of your Dad visiting with my parents along with your Mom. He was so full of energy and fun and I'll always remember how he used to call my Dad by the nickname David. Your Dad was a hard working successful man and we do hope that now knowing that he is at peace is some what of a comfort at this most difficult time. Brian and Debbie Arnal - Posted by: Brian Arnal (uncle) on: Jan 18, 2020

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