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IRENEE (RENE) LAURENCELLE (published on July 05, 2010)

IRENEE (RENE) LAURENCELLE On July 1, 2010, surrounded by his family, René Laurencelle passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. René was born on March 27, 1939 and grew up in La Broquerie and St. Boniface, where he met his wife of over 50 years Lorraine (Thibert). Together they built their life in St. Boniface, St. Vital, and then in St. Adolphe. Along with his wife, René is mourned by his daughters Denise (Gilbert Leclerc), Nicole (Maurice Simard) and daughter-in-law Louise Laurencelle. He will be forever lovingly remembered by his grandchildren James (Laurie), Jeff (Katie), Christopher and Nicholas Leclerc, Jennifer (Brent) and Britny Laurencelle and Michael, Matthew and Maddison Simard, and his beloved great-grandson Blaze. He was predeceased by his daughter Marie Ange, son Roger, parents Georges and Clara Laurencelle, brothers Noël and Gérard and baby sister Yvette. He is also survived by his brothers Ubald (Hugette), Lucien (Lucille), Renald (Betty), Gilbert and sisters Jeannine Kirouac, Yvette Laurencelle and Ginette Finch and in-laws Guy (Jeanne), Denis (Lorette) Thibert and Dolly (Henry) De Vehr, and Léa Thibert as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. René spent his career as a welder, spending many happy years travelling and working on large projects, including the Trans-Canada Pipeline. He was a long time member of Local 254 of the Pipefitters and Plumbers Union. He loved his work, he loved his workshop at home and his chalet at Sandilands where he spent many enjoyable days working on many projects. He had at least one of every tool known to man, and if he didn't, the next deal was always waiting at his favourite store, Princess Auto. He also enjoyed his coffee time visits with the group at Robin's on St. Mary's Road. Above all, the role he loved the most was as a family man. He delighted in every one of his children, grandchildren and his great-grandson. He laughed with us, he cried with us and he always made us feel like we were the most important thing in the world. We will miss his smile, his jokes, his kindness and his gentle spirit. The family would like to thank the staff on the 4th floor of the Victoria Hospital for their excellent care and support. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at the St. Adolphe Roman Catholic Church with Father Gérald Michaud officiating. Following the mass, he will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements, 775-2220.

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