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John Rene Tessier | Ethical Death Care Cremation & Funeral


John Rene Tessier, son, brother, uncle and friend passed quietly on Tuesday , June 25, 2019 at his residence in Winnipeg. Often called John by more recent acquaintances but always “Rene” to family & old friends, was born in Carberry Manitoba in 1954. 


He is survived by his father Jack, step-mom Els, as well as his sisters and brothers-in-law; Denise (Glenn), Yvonne (Wayne), Lois (James), Allyson, and brother, Michael. Uncle Rene is also loved and remembered by nephews and nieces; Noah, David, Katie, Matthew, Liz, Anna, Paul, John, Beth, Sara and Shaun. He will also be missed by the extended family including his Auntie Barb, cousins, the Temmerman family, as well as his long time friend Roscoe and "Quick", the household dog. Rene is predeceased by his mom, Norma, his step brother, John Temmerman and his good friend, Ralph.

Rene was raised in the prairie towns of southern Manitoba. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors, swimming in the Pembina River, skiing, fishing and hunting with his good friends. Nothing pleased him more than sitting down to a hard-won venison steak with his mom's pin cherry glaze. In his younger years, he worked at farming and with the CNR as a Building and Bridges supervisor. Possessed of a tender and generous heart, Rene had personable ways and always a willingness to pitch in while doing an A1 job. Over the years, he helped with many renovations and was skilled in building, landscaping and gardening. Being a natural cook, Rene also gravitated to the kitchen. In the fall he might whip up a delicious roaster of cabbage rolls when extra-large cabbages were in from the farms. He especially enjoyed cooking Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for the household. A comical storyteller when the mood was right, Rene was an adept mimic with a wry sense of humour. He held our rapt attention pantomiming his observations of daily life and sometimes kept us in stitches round the kitchen table. A favorite hobby of Rene's was his reading which was wide and varied. With ever a curious mind, he enjoyed discussing numerous subjects and current affairs. Rene was always game to head down to the Sal's for coffee, a burger and conversation. His nieces and nephews had a special place in his thoughts. He expressed an earnest desire for the well-being and success of each one. He had a love for animals too. On his very last "good"day, Rene went to get medicine for his four-legged pal, little "Quick". As it does for some of us in particular, for Rene, life presented deep struggles. He met these with a quiet and private dignity. He is truly loved and missed.

Following Rene’s wishes no formal service is planned however friends and relatives are encouraged to share in stories, memories, and condolences for the family by using the comment section on this page.

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