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Rene Coutu



October 23, 2017 marks the passing of Rene Elzear Coutu, a long time resident of the Kipnes Center for Veterans in Edmonton, AB and one of the few remaining veterans of WWII. Rene was born in Vegreville, AB on May 14, 1924 and was the 11th child of 15. He grew up on a farm near Brosseau where he learnt the value of hard work.

At 19 years of age, two months short of his 20th birthday, he signed up to serve his country during WWII, serving from March 2, 1944 to June 19, 1946. Rene trained in the infantry in Calgary and Camrose before being shipped to Glasgow, Scotland. Following four months of further training in Aldershot, England, he was sent to the front in Italy.

He was part of the Loyal Edmonton Regiments (49'rs). He was corporal in the Infantry and Sergeant on the front line for a short while.

After the war, Rene returned to Alberta and married Delores Herbert in Cold Lake on November 26, 1948 with whom he began a family.

Excluding his time in the military, Rene resided his entire life in Alberta split primarily between Drayton Valley and Edmonton. He started his career in the oilfield working on drilling rigs and eventually moved on to become an independent contractor performing a variety of roles from operating his own taxi to tow trucks and oilfield tankers. His last endeavour from which he eventually retired was as a bus driver for the Brazeau School District.

Rene’s passions included sports, ballroom dancing, cards and board games and was known to bend the rules every now and then to gain the upper hand. If he wasn’t playing, he could often be found tinkering in his shed inventing new things to make life easier around the house. He wasn’t known as one to relax and always had to be busy.

Rene leaves behind 6 children; Alannah Rayne, Paul Coutu (Sheryl), Teresa Beller (Barry), Marcia Shein (Terry), Timothy Coutu (Sabina) and Christopher Coutu. Rene was predeceased by his daughters Maureen Coutu and Lorraine Jackson. In addition to his children, Rene had 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to either the Wounded Warriors Canada or Alberta Parkinson's Society

In Loving Memory of
Rene Coutu
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Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Monday, October 30, 2017
2:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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