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Rene Joseph Laderoute Sr. – February 29, 1940 – November 1, 2017

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.


Rene Joseph Laderoute Sr. – February 29, 1940 – November 1, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a dear father, devoted grandfather, papa and great grandfather, loyal partner, loving friend, and faithful coffee buddy, Rene Joseph Laderoute Sr. 

Rene was born on February 29th, 1940 on his family homestead in Ste. Rose Dulac, Manitoba. He moved to Dryden in 1959, where he met and married Barbara Spies. Rene worked at the Dryden Pulp and Paper Mill for 36 years, retiring in 1996. He also drove dump truck for Fred Marion for many years. After the passing of his wife Barbara in 1992, Rene met and spent the following 20 years with his partner, Dixie Nickel. Rene adored his family, and welcomed each new grandchild and great grandchild with pride. 

Rene is survived by his partner of 20 years, Dixie Nickel, daughter, Debbie Etherington, son, Rene Jr, (Tuesday), step-daughter, Michelle (Rudy), daughter-in-law, Lori, grandchildren, Shaun, Paul (Shannon), Andrea (Jordan), Darci (Kevin), Jace, and great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Daniel, Ainsley, Emery, Jackson and Cara and many nieces and nephews. Also left to mourn are brothers, Joe (Joan) and Ronnie (Arlene), sisters, Irene, Jeanette, Stella (Albert), Bella (Donat), Lucille, and Diane (Louis). Rene was predeceased by his wife Barbara and son Danny, 2 brothers (Lionel and Emile) and sister (Lucienne). 

We knew this day would come. We talked about it. We worried about it. We thought about it, and we prayed about it. We prayed for the strength to carry on, and live in such a way that honored you. You were a strong man. A man who was respected and listened to. You influenced us, all of us. You were there when we needed you, and your support never wavered. We are left now to carry on and continue your legacy of courage and strength. You had been faced with much adversity, and still remained the Centre of the family.  Thank you for being that special person to all of us. We will miss your faithful and goofy wave out the living room window, and reminders to watch the step and the pole while backing out.

A funeral service will be held at Dryden Community Funeral Home on November 7th, 2017 at 11am with Wayne Toews officiating. Bring a story to share. Private interment of ashes to follow the service. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Huntington’s Chorea Society of Canada, through the Dryden Community Funeral Home, 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3

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