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Born: Jun 09, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2020

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Suddenly on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the age of 91, Renato Bianchi passed away at Grace Hospital.
Renato was born on June 9, 1929, in Italy. He immigrated to Canada in 1957. He had a love of baking in which he opened a bakery in St. James.
Left to cherish Renato's memory are his wife Giuseppina, of 55 years; his three children, Doris (Tom), Eddy (Heidi), and Mark; four grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler, Kaylee, and Evan; as well as one great-grandchild, Luca. He will be missed.
We would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Grace Hospital.

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Publish Date: Nov 21, 2020


On Monday, November 16, 2020, Renato passed away at Grace Hospital at the age of 91 years.
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Publish Date: Nov 17, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 17, 2020, Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (26 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Rene's passing. We remember his delicious breads and pastries. Just an excellent baker and a fine man. RIP. Josie Kokorsch and family. - Posted by: Josie kokorsch (Acqaintance) on: Nov 24, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Rene. We will always remember his abundant joy, friendly smile, and delicious bread. He was a beautiful man, kind, and good-hearted. Our heartfelt condolensces to the Bianchi family. - Posted by: Albo Family (Dear Family Friend) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Doris, Tom and family we are very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We have such great memories of Reny's Bakery when we were kids. We would walk there at lunch from St. Anne's school and buy Chocolate dips. We will always cherish our special box of them that your Dad made for us not so long ago. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Steve & Rose Marie Bemrose (Family friends ) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Sending ours thoughts, prayers, and hugs to Doris, Tom and family. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Hold each other close. - Posted by: Tara & Steve Regert (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I enjoyed chatting to him in the morning when I would be there on Tuesday, my heart goes out to Josie I’m so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Kelly Cheeseman (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences to the Bianchi Family, So sorry to hear of Rene's passage. The memories flood back to my pre-teen and teenage years of visiting the Bakery at Berry St & Ness Ave. My older brother, Clint worked for Rene for many years. My Mom also work the counter for a few years. Rene was a warm and friendly man who made you feel welcome in his home. Years later after moving to Calgary, my wife and I had the pleasure of having a short visit with Rene when he made a visit to Calgary. On Facebook pages ( Retro St James & Britannia Elementary School ) there are several recurring comments and memories of the popular products obtained at Rene's Bakery. Again, Condolences to Josie and Family - Posted by: Douglas Caswell (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My condolences to the family, I fondly remember spending time at the bakery with my dad. Rene was always friendly and welcoming. No matter what he was doing he alway took time to greet us and he always had a chocolate dip for me. - Posted by: Stan Paterson (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of his passing .. you are in our prayers. - Posted by: Family Tomasi (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Cara Zia Josie, Doris, Eddy, Mark and family, Our deepest heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and our beloved Zio Renato whom we always called "Reny". So many fond memories of working at the bakery in the summer in my youth, summers spent at Winnipeg Beach as a family and Sunday nights at Empress Lanes watching the team of "Reny's and Naples" bowl their way to a championship. We love you and will miss you and the memory of your kind, generous and loving spirit will always be in our hearts. Love Carmine, Dorothy, Keegan and Kyle Sparanese - Posted by: Carmine and Dorothy Sparanese (Nephew) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My condolences to all of the Bianchi family. Rene was the first person that I worked for. He taught me a lot about family and respect for others. I look back today with both sadness on his passing and yet happiness that he was a part of my life. You will be truly missed. - Posted by: Barry Thorington (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So sorry to have heard of the passing of Renato. My deepest condolences to all of you. - Posted by: Danny Padoan (Friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I would like to extend my condolences to the Bianchi family! I worked at Rene's Bakery for my 1st job and am grateful for my time with the Bianchi family! Sending hugs to everyone. - Posted by: Brenda Poapst (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • A customer for many years at Reny's Bakery, I can still smell the fresh baked goods - A St. James legend. - Posted by: Gary Fogg (Customer) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Deepest condolences to the passing of " Our St. James Bakery Legend". Brittania School students will forever smile and continue to talk about your Chocolate Dips. Heartfelt Hugs to Mark and your family ♡ - Posted by: Doris G. Harding (Family friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I have known the Bianchi family since I was a young child growing up in St. James, enjoying all of the amazing treats at the bakery. My family grew up visiting the bakery, and were also friends with Doris and Eddie as well. I became very close friends with Mark in high school, around 1992/1993. My deepest condolences to the entire Bianchi family during this very difficult time. Rene was a St. James legend, may he Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Karolyn Smigel (Friend of Mark's ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I have great memories sitting in the old bakery and new one. Watching Rene make his bread in the ‘70s. My condolences to the entire family. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Kelly duke (Neighbourhood friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So very sorry for your loss. Remembering the good times we had in the bakery learning to slice bread and sample all the goodies. No one makes them like your dad did. ❤️ - Posted by: Tammy Lamb (nee Wetherall) (Old friend of Doris’) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Ed, Heidi and family on the passing of Ed’s father. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Ron & Joyce Aquin (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. We shared many wonderful times together. We send Pina and family our heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Guiseppe and Francesca Conicella (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • We send our heartfelt condolences to your family from our family here in Kelowna. Rene was a wonderful friend to our dad/husband , Bruno and even though they lived many miles apart, they always kept in touch. Rene will be fondly remembered by our family as a kind and generous soul, and we loved his bread and pies!!! We are thinking of you. - Posted by: Cristina and Iride Molinari (Friends) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Just wanted to say condolences to Eddy, Heidi & family on the loss of your dad. Hold memories close - Posted by: Lani (Former co-worker) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Rene’s passing, he was a dear friend and neighbour to our father, Antonio, so kind and caring. Condolences to the family from DiMartino family. - Posted by: Liliana DiMartino (Family friend) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • We are so sad to hear the news of Rene's passing. If there was one person we can truly say is a gentle soul, it would be Rene...sweet, kind, and always with a positive attitude that would lift your spirits at anytime. God watch over his family, my Compare Pina and her beautiful children and grandchildren. Silvia, Mario, Katherina, & Jessika - Posted by: Silvia Aiello (family friend) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • We were so sad to hear of Rene's passing. He was such a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor. We would run into him at Superstore from time to time and he would greet us with a warm hug followed by some funny story. As young children, he would fill our arms with fresh baked bread and a variety of pastries. To Rene's family, we send you our heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Enza (nee DeLuca) and Nick Conicella and Family (friends) on: Nov 18, 2020

  • My condolensces to the Bianchi family. Rene was such a kind and gentle soul. Very respectful to whomever would meet him and a joy to have as a friend. Always appreciated the time he would spend visitng my father Primo either at the hospital and at home to keep him company. A very thoughtful person and happy to have known him. A true Alpino! - Posted by: Reno Augellone (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of this wonderful man We met him through his Grandson (Evan) who adored his (Nonno) to meet him and see his wonderful garden . He was so gracious and generous giving us buckets of delicious apples. - Posted by: Asterio and Josie Melo (Friend of the family) on: Nov 17, 2020

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