Réal passed away after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday February 9th, 2020 at the age of 72 years old. He is survived by his spouse of 36 years Dannielle Cloutier, his proudest accomplishment, son Jason (Ashley), and his faithful companion Bailee. Réal will be further missed by his siblings Eva (Noël), Diane, Réjeanne, Laurette, Rosalie (Louis), Marc and Solange (Gaby), as well as in-laws René (Aline), Isabelle (Yvon), Nicole (Don), Marc (Lisa), Denis (Jeanne), Linda, Richard (Susan), Martine and many nieces and nephews.
Réal worked for Normick Perron, Grant Forest Products and Georgia Pacific. These were places where one had to work long, hard hours, and you could always count on Réal, the eternal jokester, to liven up the mill, tease people, play tricks and give his opinion on many, many things. He loved to buck the system, and believed that “rules are meant to be broken”. Some found this exciting, where others were not amused. Either way he was happy.
He had a love affair with hot dogs and would pick them over steak anytime. If the wife was away for a weekend and although the fridge was full of prepared meals, he would grab a frozen pack of hotdogs, pan fry them and eat them standing in the kitchen while making sure to drop bits and pieces on the ground for his sidekick Bailee.
Réal took fashion advice from no one. His signature look was a pair of jeans, preferably stained with paint or grease, a shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a baseball cap. This was proper attire for working around the house, shopping in town, having lunch at a restaurant or visiting friends. He would dust himself off a bit and declare himself ready to go; much to the dismay of others.
He was a hoarder of tools and truly believed that there is a need for 87 screwdrivers, as well as to have every socket set available in the universe. It could also just be a guy thing.
He was a big kid at heart and would get down on the ground to play with the little ones, build snow forts or obstacle courses with the older ones. He would show them magic tricks and card tricks. At family gatherings, there would often be a gaggle of kids around him, much to the delight of the other parents who were enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet.
Réal was clearly a man who loved to make people laugh and it will continue even though he is no longer with us. Although his wife refused to honor his request of sending a few cases of beer with him on his way to the other side, raising a glass of your favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate. Cheers!
Friday February 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
French Family Funeral Home
111 Burnside Drive, Kirkland Lake
Saturday February 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
50 Kirkpatrick Street, Kirkland Lake
Kirkland and District Hospital Palliative Care Unit