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Born: May 10, 2021

Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2021

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father Rene Alphonse Pitre on February 23, 2021.
Predeceased by his sister Therese (Terry) Fontaine; brother-in-law John Fontaine; and sister-in-law Marion Pitre.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Eileen, of 67 years; children, Larry (Laurel), Dean (Sandi), Cindy (Dale); grandchildren, Jamie (Mike), Derek, Ian, Robin (Kevin), Matthew (Lisa), Katy; and great-grandchildren, Paige, Alexis, and Zack.
Dad was born May 10, 1931 to Jacqueline and Alphonse Pitre, and was raised in St. Boniface.
He worked for Air Canada for 35 years in a variety of positions starting as a Ramp Rat, removing luggage, to stories of de-icing the aircraft in -40 below weather, and retiring from the airline as a Baggage Agent. He always talked about his Air Canada family and many friends he had made over his career.
Dad and Mom also enjoyed 25 years at Wendigo Lake, where he would host family and friends through the summer months. He always welcomed you with open arms and made sure you had a great time. When the sun went down that's when the card games, puzzles, and shananigans started. Often on these occasions, Dad would slip off and head to bed earlier than the rest, just so he could be ready to play host and have the coffee ready. When your visit was up, he would always ask "When will we see you again?" Rene and Eileen really loved the Lake Life.
When Dad wasn't working, they could often be found out dancing or spending the night playing cards with good pals, Mel and Maurice, and Frank and Yvonne. He really was a people person and enjoyed these Saturday nights out.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beacon Hill Lodge for their care, compassion, kindness, and dignity shown to Dad throughout his stay.
Due to Covid restrictions, no service will take place.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Our sincere & deepest condolences to the Pitre family. - Posted by: Raymond & Gisele Fontaine (relative) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Dean's father. Deepest sympathy to Dean, Sandi & family. - Posted by: Linda & Gord Demers (Friends) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • Rene and my dad worked together at Air Canada. Rene, Eileen, dad and mom (Vimy & Mary) enjoyed many trips to Barbados staying at the Rostrevor Hotel. I am sure the island people are still talking about their shenanigans while they were there. They spent many nights playing cards until the wee hours of the morning as well when home here in Winnipeg. Please say "hi" to mom and dad when you meet in heaven. R.I.P. - Posted by: Dianne Kennedy (family friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • We are sorry to hear of your family's loss. With deepest sympathies from the Cnockaert Family. Irene, Doreen, Denise, Ron, Judie, and Jane. - Posted by: Jane Yachison (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

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