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It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Rene Alphonse Langlais, 41, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

Rene was born July 26, 1968 in Emo, Ont. to Alphonse and Annette (Sanche) Langlais, the youngest of 11 children.

Rene grew up on the family farm in Pinewood, Ont., where he learned his strong work ethics, as well as a love of the outdoors and for sports. He enjoyed hunting, and became an elite baseball catcher and an avid competitor.

Rene graduated from Rainy River High School in Rainy River, Ont. and then completed his Grade 13 at Fort Frances High School in Fort Frances, Ont. He then went to work for the CN as a conductor in Rainy River, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay.

Rene moved to Alberta and worked as a conductor on the CN, then later started his career with NATCO Canada as a combustion engineer. He worked his way up to become services project manager in the oil fields.

Rene loved his work, and travelled extensively on behalf of his company.

Rene and his family were active in Tai Kwon Do, and enjoyed camping and being outdoors. He was very proud of his children and loved them dearly.

Rene had the ability to make those around him laugh with his jokes and funny stories. He also did a good rendition of Johnny Cash, and the little ones were mesmerized by his Donald Duck impression.

Rene was a sensitive person and wore his heart on his sleeve. He always had a special hug for his siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Rene loved Mom and Dad, and enjoyed being with them. He was always lending a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbours no matter the task.

Rene was very talented and mastered many skills, including working with his hands. He was very proud of the treehouse he had built for his children.

Rene is survived by his children, Megan and Joshua; his loving mother, Annette; and nine siblings, Anne-Marie (Laurie), Paulette (Ted), Jeannette (Murray), Yvonne (Randy), Jacqueline (Al), Gabrielle (Mickey), Roger (Gail), Monique (Donnie), and Michelle (Rick).

Rene dearly loved his 37 nieces and nephews; and 11 grand-nieces and nephews. He also is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rene was predeceased by his father, Alphonse (2009) and his sister, Lise (2003).

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood, with Fr. Robert Sipe as celebrant.

Prayers will be offered at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at 7 p.m.

The pallbearers will be Roger Langlais, Bert Seguin, Murray Armstrong, and Donnie Gall.

The honourary pallbearers will be Mickey Gustafson, Rick Tymkin, Guy Arpin, Megan and Joshua Langlais, brothers-in-law, and neices and nephews.

Interment will take place in Our Lady of the Way Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Our Lady of the Way Building Fund c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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