Réné Ernest André Wilfred Joseph Laframboise, age 75, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at his home in Paris, Ontario surrounded by his family.
Réné was born on April 30th, 1947 in Haileybury, Ontario, to Ernest and Anita Laframboise.
Réné was a devoted husband to Norma (née Hamilton) for 46 years. Proud father to Donna, Danielle (Dave), Chris, and Anita (Shawn), “Pépé” a.k.a “Peps” adored his beloved grandchildren Parker, Darla, Kasia, Kailer, Hailey, Olivia, Grant, Jessica and Justin. He will be missed by his brother Mitch (Brenda) and will be reunited with his brother Cléo (Fran). He was adored by his many nieces, nephews, and extended family. A heartfelt thanks to Cathy MacKenzie, sister to Norma, for her support and comfort during this difficult time.
Réné’s friends and family knew him as a kind and compassionate man. His kindness and love for meeting new people, his enthusiasm in hearing their stories, his witty sense of humour and generosity will be missed by those who knew him well and even those who had a brief encounter. He lived a life well worth living.
Réné loved all things hockey; watching, playing, refereeing and coaching. Skating to work on the Rideau Canal was a time he spoke of fondly. He was a talented handyman, his creative ideas and fix it plans always solved the problem. He found refuge and pleasure in reading and writing. He discovered baking and cooking later in life and always had a special treat in hand to greet you with. Pépé muffins will never be the same.
Réné was a remarkable storyteller. His life adventures and experiences were readily shared and a comfort to those in his circle. Réné’s optimistic attitude and generosity touched the lives of those who had the privilege to know him. He was a loyal friend and a true mentor.
Réné had a love for animals which he exemplified by fostering animals and giving them comfort in their last days. He opened his heart and was willing to help what he liked to call all his “grand puppies and kitties”. His grandchildren believe he is now being greeted and loved in return by all the animals he has loved.
Réné had an immense passion for sharing his knowledge. His time at the Ministry of Labour changed the lives of many and continues to impact positive change. Even after retirement, he continued to play a life-long leadership role to anyone in need. He actively took on the role as the president of the Brantford-Brant PLA.
Réné’s greatest love in life was his family and he will be forever remembered as a devoted husband and caring father/grandfather. He never failed to give unconditional love, support, and encouragement to those nearest him.
He will be deeply missed – “we love you Peps”
A private family gathering will take place at Wm. Kipp Funeral Home.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario SPCA would be greatly appreciated.