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He was born to the big and loving family of John and Rose Pfaiffer in 1934 in St. Boniface.
Rene joined the Royal Canadian Airforce in Montreal, where he first discovered love for flying. While in Montreal, he met his wife of 50 years, Nellie. The two fell in love instantly and got married. They started their family in Montreal, but eventually moved back to Winnipeg before the birth of their youngest.
Though Rene moved on from his career in the Royal Canadian Airforce, he began pursuing his ever-growing love for flying. Rene became certified in both piloting and rescuing in no time. He even volunteered in the Civil Air Search and Rescue multiple times. Rene took to the skies so naturally, as if he was born to fly. He eventually purchased his own set of wings to fly with.
Rene continued flying throughout most of his life, even after his retirement. He met his partner Gloria later in life and spent his last years happily travelling together until his untimely departure.
Rene is survived by his partner Gloria; his son Peter and daughter-in-law Nadya and his granddaughters, Claudia and Valery.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie and his son Michael.
Rene will be remembered by his kind smile, his boundless energy, his contagious optimism and of course, his love and passion for the skies.
Rene will be interred with his wife Nellie and son Michael in New Brunswick.
Publish Date: Dec 4, 2021
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Publish Date: Nov 26, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2021, Dec 04, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I just saw the notice of Rene's passing and am saddened by this sad news. I worked with Rene in the processing plant, on the plant floor and Quality Assurance. My sincere condolences to Gloria, Peter and family. RIP Rene - Posted by: Jake Dueck (Co-worker) on: Dec 23, 2021
We would like to send our condolences to Reenie's Family and to Gloria. My wife and I worked with Rennie at Canada Post for many years. He was a very easy going kind of guy and I [Larry] flew with Rennie many times as I had an love for aviation as well. I enjoyed so much our Poker Derby flights to various towns to pick up a card and eventually land at Gimli airport to see who won the poker prize. He will be missed by so many. Fly on home Rennie, and may you rest in Peace. - Posted by: Larry & Marge Myhre (Work Friends) on: Dec 11, 2021
A GREAT LOSS! IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE KNOWING RENE AND HE SHALL BE DEARLY MISSED. OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO GLORIA AND HIS FAMILY. STAN AND MAUREEN - Posted by: STANLEY M BLADY and MAUREEN C CRAIGON (RCAFA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS) on: Dec 08, 2021
Our sincere sympathies to Peter and his family and to Gloria. We remember how independent Rene always was with his yard work and snow shovelling. Marcel will miss his chats with Rene as he was doing his work outside. - Posted by: Priscilla and Marcel (Long time neighbors ) on: Dec 04, 2021
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