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Born: Dec 17, 1945

Date of Passing: Jun 14, 2023

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With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Rene Marcel Desjarlais on June 14, 2023.

After suffering from a stroke in 2016 Rene was unable to work in a career that he loved and was passionate about as an ironworker welder. A lifetime member of the International Ironworkers Local 728 joining in July 1970 he was able to enjoy travel to many locations and forged lifelong friendships along the way. Rene’s craft will be evident on many projects, such as hydro dams in Manitoba, mining sites across Ontario, Saskatchewan and BC, Alaskan Pipeline in the Beaufort Sea, Nebraska Power Plant in Lincoln, St. Louis Casino, and Miller Park Baseball Stadium in Milwaukee and too many others to mention.

Rene’s talent and passion for hockey took him on many adventures around the world. Having played recreationally all his life, he enjoyed the camaraderie with the St. Laurent Voyageurs and Lundar Oldtimers. Sagkeeng Oldtimers is where he appreciated the opportunity to play with a team that toured Europe and across Canada.

Many thanks to the Interlake caregivers who were so kind in providing him with the help he needed to live at home for five years, and the staff at Foyer Valade where he had resided for two years.

Predeceased by his loving daughter Yvonne in 2011, Rene leaves behind his devoted wife Lina, son Guy and grandsons Marc, Ryan, Ian, and Vance. He will be missed by many family members and lifelong friends too numerous to mention.

A service and Celebration of Life for Rene will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church on Hwy 6.

Donations may be made on Rene’s behalf to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

MacKenzie Funeral Home



Publish Date: Jun 24, 2023


December 17, 1945 – June 14, 2023

With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Rene Marcel Desjarlais, on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

Longer obituary to follow.

MacKenzie Funeral Home



Publish Date: Jun 16, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 16, 2023, Jun 24, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Rene will be missed by his family and loved ones. He was a kind and generous father in law and treated me with respect. He had a laugh and smile that was like no other. Rest in peace Rene and I know your beautiful daughter Yvonne will be waiting for you in heaven. All my love to the family xox - Posted by: Toula Tarr (Ex daughter in law ) on: Aug 03, 2023

  • Guy & Vance both Brenda and I are saddened to learn of Rene’s passing. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Bruce McDougall (Neighbour ) on: Jul 15, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to you Lina and your family in the loss of your husband. It has been difficult for you these last few years. I hope you will find peace and comfort from the support of your family and friends. May the cherished memories bring you comfort and ease your pain. My thoughts are with you always. - Posted by: Sonja Starr (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2023

  • Lina and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father. His last few years have been difficult for all of you. May he rest in peace, and may you find comfort in the support of your family and friends. Cheryl Willis, friend from Elections office - Posted by: Cheryl Willis (Election office coworker) on: Jun 22, 2023

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Orval & Delores Beaudin (Friend ) on: Jun 16, 2023

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