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Born: Nov 24, 1950

Date of Passing: Mar 15, 2021

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November 24, 1950 - March 15, 2021

René Marcel Desharnais, son of Armand and Claire (Dupuis), passed away suddenly on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Winnipeg, MB, at the age of 70.
He is survived by his mother Claire; his partner Maxine Fehr, as well as his ex-wife Lyse Hébert; and their three children: Sol (Abdul Nassoro), Janette (David Niblett) and Guy (Lucy Potter). He also leaves behind two granddaughters: Alice and Estelle Desharnais; as well as four stepchildren: Isabel Hiebert (Dale), Hans (Kirsten Van Der Linde), Aiden (Karissa Posthumus) and Sophia. René is also survived by his six siblings: Léonard (Ann-Marie), Lise, Marc (Ginette), Pierre, Gisèle Balcaen, Lucie (Richard Gagnon), as well numerous members of his extended family and dear friends. He is predeceased by his father Armand, and brother-in-law Gilbert Balcaen.
René was born on November 24, 1950 and grew up in Carey, west of St. Pierre-Jolys. René left his farming roots behind in 1985 to work as a contractor in St. Pierre. René was also very involved in his community. He volunteered countless hours to the Caisse Populaire, the Red River School Division, the Institut Collégial de St. Pierre parents' committee, the Comité culturel de St. Pierre, and many other groups. He followed closely in his father's footsteps by getting very involved with the St. Pierre Museum as well as the Cabane à sucre at the Festival du Voyageur and in St. Pierre-Jolys.
Six years ago, he met Maxine Fehr with whom he lived, with her daughter Sophia -who he loved dearly as his own daughter. René had a great joie de vivre, a big heart, and an immeasurable generosity. A man of strength with a certain tenderness, he was well loved by the people in his community and his loved ones. We could readily find him on horseback, on his motorcycle, in the garden or in his barn, working on something or other.
An intimate ceremony by invitation only (due to COVID restrictions) will be held soon. We hope to invite you to a celebration of his life later this summer if conditions allow. Details to come.
If you so wish, we invite you to donate to a cause that was very dear to his heart, the:

St. Pierre-Jolys Museum.
Donations are accepted via e-transfer at:
or a cheque can be sent to this address:
St. Pierre-Jolys Museum, P.O. Box 321,
St. Pierre-Jolys, MB ROA 1V0.

Arrangements by:
1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Désolé d'apprendre les nouvelles du décès de mon meilleur ami d'enfance et adolescence. Nos sympathies a Mme Desharnais ainsi qu'aux frères et soeurs a René. Bon repos, René Ulysses et Claudette Lahaie - Posted by: Ulysses Lahaie (Ami) on: Apr 01, 2021

  • Mes sincères sympathies à toi Claire et aussi à tes enfants et leurs familles pour la perte de ce cher René. May God bless you all and comfort you and give you strength to pull through your loss. - Posted by: Madeleine Dupuis (Sister-in-law & aunt) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • Nos sympathies à tante Claire et famille. René est parti bien trop vite. Nous pensons à vous tous avec nos prières. Our condolences tante Claire & family. René left us way too soon. We are thinking of you all during these difficult times with our prayers. - Posted by: Rene & Lise Dupuis (Cousin) on: Mar 23, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Desharnais and Maxine Fehr families. We have fond memories of our horseback rides together and the friendship. Our sincere sympathies. Jules and Jeannette. - Posted by: Jules and Jeannette Gosselin (Friends) on: Mar 21, 2021

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances et l'assurance de ma prière à Claire, à Gisèle ainsi qu'à Sol que j'ai rencontré en France ainsi qu'à tous les autres membres de la famille. Bon courage en ce temps d'épreuve marqué par l'inattendu. - Posted by: Camille Légaré (connaissance de la famille ) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Our condolences to family and friends. We have many fond memories of Rene. We first met him in the Dominican Republic where he was eager to learn to sail and happy to go riding with a local man trying to set up a horse riding business. We loved taking our horses camping with his family & enjoyed many delicious meals together. He will be missed and we send our love to family and friends. - Posted by: Pat Hardy & Tim Schouten (Friends) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • Sincères condoléances à la famille; les enfants Sol, Janette, Guy et Leur Maman Lyse, avec qui nous gardons tellement de souvenirs. Du camping, des Festival de musique, rencontre à Grand Beach annuel, des dimanches la piscine. On s’est bien amusé ensemble, et nous sommes avec vous partageant votre peine, votre perte. - Posted by: Raymond et Nicole Lavergne (Ami) on: Mar 20, 2021

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