Rene Paquette

Rene Joseph Paquette

Wednesday, December 16th, 1925 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at the age of 94. Rene was born on December 16, 1925 to Aurore (Racine) and Joseph Paquette in Plantagenet, Ontario - the 13th of 14 children. Beloved husband of the late Helen Paquette (2011). Loving father to Carol Bunt (Allan), Lynda Paul (John), Gail Paquette (Roger Warner), and Brenda Cowan (Chris). Cherished grandfather “Poppa” to Jacqueline Smith, Angie Witham (Ryan), Michelle Geraghty (Shemus), Mandy Durant (Peter), Emma, Ady, and Liam Floyd, Sophie and Aidan Cowan; great grandfather to Conor, Ainsley, Kalen, Jackson, Caitlin and Chloe. Predeceased by his parents as well as eight brothers and five sisters.

Rene was an avid hockey fan and always enjoyed watching his team, the Montreal Canadiens in action. He was an accomplished ballroom dancer and, with his wife Helen, started a local ballroom dance club which they ran for several years. Rene was very active with Alcoholics Anonymous and was very proud and thankful for his 45+ years of sobriety; he was dedicated to helping many recovering alcoholics along the way. He loved getting together for coffee with family and friends for a chat and a few laughs. Rene enjoyed talking about the old days - growing up on a farm, drinking milk straight from a cow, joining the army in WW2, working in the tobacco fields - so many stories often ending with his hearty laugh. He was a kind, generous man who lived life to the fullest and was always ready with a helping hand. Rene will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A private family gathering and celebration of Rene’s life will be held at the Irvine Memorial Chapel at Roselawn, 2451 County Road 15, Maitland at a later date. As expressions of sympathy in Rene’s memory, donations to the Salvation Army, War Amps or the Alzheimer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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    Roselawn Memorial Gardens
    2451 County Road 15
    (Maitland Road) P.O. Box 44
    Maitland, Ontario K0E 1P0
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Michele Cook-Gianias

Posted at 07:42am
Sincerest Condolences
Rene was a truly kind heart and wonderful man.
He made my Grandma Helen's life fuller as they danced through life together.
I'm sure he will be missed by many.

Brenda Cowan Posted at 09:04pm

Thanks so much Michelle. Helen made his life fuller too and together they got to do a lot of things they loved. It's nice to know he meant so much to so many.

Ruth Cornwell

Posted at 09:12pm
Dear Carol, Lynda, Gail and Brenda
I was so saddened to hear about Rene’s passing. I have so many good memories of the times we spent together. I could go on forever recounting some of the good times we had, but most special was when he walked me down the aisle. I was honored. Ever since he and Mom were married, he always made me feel so welcome whenever I visited. He went out of his way to make sure that we had a good time, including various friends and relatives that I brought with me. He and mom were so good for each other, and in many ways he was much more than a step-father to Phil and myself. They were married for 27 years, which is the same number my parents were married, but since I was only 23 when my dad died, Rene was a father to me longer than my own father. I was truly blessed to be part of his life, and I will be forever grateful for the way he took care of Mom. I also want to thank all of you for the way you made Mom part of your lives.
I will never forget Rene’s wonderful laugh, and will miss him for a long time to come. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you, especially since it’s not possible to be together at this time.
Ruth Cornwell

Brenda Cowan Posted at 09:11pm

Thank you so much Ruth for the heartfelt message and sharing how much my Dad meant to you. I forgot that Dad walked you down the aisle...what a special memory...I'm sure he was so honoured to do it. We will miss him so much but we have all these great memories that he will live on in. Take care

Bob Van Helden

Posted at 08:53pm

I have known Rene for many years going back to when he worked part time at the man. and the Grant. Then when I joined the program he and I had many extended conversations at the Tim Horton's on King Street. Through his many words of wisdom I was able to maintain sobriety he was a wonderful person and a great man! My condolences to the entire family
Bob V. H.

Lynda Paul Posted at 10:26am

Thank you. His words will forever me in my heart. Your memories describe his greatness.

Lynda Paul Posted at 10:26am

Thank you. His words will forever me in my heart. Your memories describe his greatness.

Brenda Paquette-Cowan Posted at 09:04pm

Wow, you knew my Dad for a long time! So nice to hear from you and to send your condolences. AA and helping others meant so much to him, thank you for acknowledging that. We love him very much, he was special!

Estelle Guertin street

Posted at 06:58pm
Rene and Helen were my neighbours on Kingston Cres in Prescott, very good people and great neighbours. Always a cheerful hello and saw him while shopping occasionally in Brockville after he moved when Helen passed. He was a very happy pleasant person and will be missed by family. My sympathy is extended to his family.May he Rest In Peace. Estelle Guertin Street .

Lynda Paul Posted at 10:24am

Thank you for your kind words and beautiful memories❤️

Brenda Paquette-Cowan Posted at 09:07pm

Thank you for sharing your memories of my Dad. We miss him so much.

Aileen Rossetti

Posted at 02:50pm
Dear Carol, Lynda and Brenda

We are truly saddened to hear the passing of your father
He was very close and dear to our family, he was always there for us
Your in our prayers during this most difficult time

Willie’s girls Debbie Empey and Aileen Rossetti

Carol Bunt Posted at 05:30am

So nice to hear from you, Aileen. Thank you for your kind words. You and your family were a big part of his life for a long time and I know you were all very dear to him. We will miss him.

Lynda Paul Posted at 10:22am

Thank you for your kind words. Fond memories of you all. He was a great dad and will be missed greatly❤️

Brenda Paquette-Cowan Posted at 08:56pm

Thank you Aileen and Debbie for thinking of us and sending your condolences. Dad was a very special man and he loved to help others. I know you and your family were all very dear to him too. We love and miss him so much.

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