Rene P. Trahan, age 91, of Southbridge, MA passed away on January 4, 2018. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 71 years, Christina (Czyzewski) Trahan; siblings Gloria Bachand, Ronald (Judith) Trahan and Diane (Michael) Handy; children Jonathan (Mary) Trahan, Michael Trahan and partner Sandra Fener, Catharine (Timothy) Wentworth, Renee (William) Theodoropoulos; grandchildren Danita (Edwin) Marcano, Kerri (Jonathan) Osimo, Matthew (Melissa) Trahan, Heather (Scott) Alicea-Bailey, Nikki (Andrew) Hicks, Nicole Theodoropoulos, Sarah (Steven) Giroux, Kristen (Tim) Kiefer, Alyssa (Kevin) Bochicchio, Cody (Kayla) Trahan, Jason Trahan and Bobby Trahan; 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. He is pre-deceased by his siblings Father Ernest Trahan, Conrad Trahan, Paul Trahan, Carmen Casey and Armand Trahan.
Rene was born May 1, 1926 in Southbridge, the son of Leo and Jeannette (Reeves) Trahan. He graduated from Notre Dame and subsequently entered the Navy, serving in World War II. He then went to Cole Trade vocational school and graduated as a draftsman. He married Christina in 1946 and they moved to Sturbridge to raise their family. He worked as a machine shop foreman for over 30 years at Pratt & Whitney and also as a substitute teacher at Tantasqua Regional High School.
Rene was a natural born leader, a lover of life, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a true Renaissance man. He was enthusiastic about learning, especially history, archaeology, nature, and was known to tell wonderful stories to anyone and everyone. Rene grew up learning carpentry from his grandfather, father and uncles and was generous in assisting family and friends with remodeling jobs throughout his life. He loved the outdoors and was especially fond of the White Mountains. He was an avid skier and mountain climber and climbed the Grand Teton in Wyoming in 1965. He also loved to sail and was a passionate New England sports fan. Rene was a member of the local street light committee, an honorary member of the Westville Mountain Boys, volunteer with the Boy Scouts where he was awarded the Gold Pelican Award, and a Catechism teacher at St. Anne-St. Patrick Parish in Sturbridge. He also served as a Eucharistic minister at St. Anne’s for many years.
Rene will be forever missed by all who knew him, especially his family. He led an amazing life and left a unique impression on all who were lucky enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 online at www.stjude.org or the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Development Office
MAB Community Services 200 Ivy St. Brookline, MA 02446 or online at www.mabcommunity.org
Friends and family are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church of the St. John Paul II Parishes, 446 Main St. Southbridge, MA.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM at Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St, Southbridge, MA.
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