It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to husband, father, grandfather and friend, René Fernand Duchesne, at the age of 76 on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
René will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donna of 52 years, his daughter Shelly (Todd), son Kevin (Jodi) and precious grandchildren Lauren, Jaden, Alexander and Adrian. René will also be forever remembered by his sister Carol and brother Larry (Catherine) along with nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Predeceased by his parents Chris and Fern.
René was a kind, loving and gentle man born in Timmins, Ontario in 1941. He made his way to Alberta as a young boy with his family, later meeting Donna, his loving wife. Knowing no limit to hard work and long hours René spent 35 years as a Mac Tool Salesman earning top awards while always managing to put his family first. With Donna, René raised his children to enjoy time with family and to live life to its fullest.
The simplest things in life made René the happiest. He was always there to lend a helping hand, share his expertise and bring joy to others. With the greatest memories centered around the lake René spent hours entertaining and bringing laughter to children and adults alike–semicolon– tubing, skiing and cruises on the party raft, rounded out by games, happy hour and evenings by the fire.
Please join us celebrating René’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of René to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 5214 Calgary Trail NW suite 144, Centre 104 Edmonton, AB T6H 5G8
or The Humane Society, 13620 – 163 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5V 0B2