Ross Funeral Service

123 4th Avenue East, Assiniboia, SK



April 13, 1928January 26, 2020

Rene A. Brillon

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to a kind, gentle, loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. We will miss that big smile and hearty laugh. Rene Brillon, of Melville, SK., and longtime resident of Coronach district, passed away on January 26, 2020 at the age of 91. Rene was born in Willow Bunch, SK on April 13, 1928. He grew up on a farm near Willow Bunch, attending school in Dutch Hollow, before moving to the Hart/Fife Lake area in 1940 where he attended Berg School and helped on the family farm. Rene spent two winters logging in Ontario and British Columbia. In 1952 Rene married his childhood sweetheart Lydia Maier. Rene managed Pioneer Grain in Hart and Coronach for 35 years before retiring in 1993. Rene started his own business, Brillon Enterprises, and farmed from 1958 to 2003. Rene served on the Town Council Board, he was a member of the Kinsmen Club and Elks Club and secretary for the skating rink and coached junior baseball. Rene loved playing guitar and singing with friends. He enjoyed playing golf, baseball and curling, as well as travelling and camping with his family. Rene enjoyed having his grandchildren around him whether it be camping, golfing, fishing or sight-seeing. Rene is survived by his wife Lydia of 67 years; three children: Connie Keen (Lyle), Debbie Schaffer (Dale) and Randy Brillon (Gwen); grandchildren: Krista Houle, Clayton Houle (Tanis), Jeffrey Brillon (Stacy), Camille Brillon (Andrew), Landon Schaffer (Chantelle), Mason Schaffer (Erica); great-grandkids: Gavin, Charlii, Hailey, Nola; sisters: Blanche Konkle and Irene Kubica as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Irene, brothers Louis, Willie and Wayne Brillon, as well as his sister Rose Marie Brillon. Rest in peace. We will always love you.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Paul’s Lutheran Home in Melville, SK for the excellent care Rene received.

A Celebration of Rene’s life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross Funeral Chapel, Assiniboia, SK. Linda Kirby officiating. Flowers gratefully declined, donations in memory of Rene may be made to Coronach Golf Club, Coronach, SK. S0H 0Z0. Expressions of sympathy and memories for the Brillon family may be shared at www.rossfuneralservice.com. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK


  • Celebration of Rene's Life Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Fellowship and Lunch Saturday, February 8, 2020



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Lloyd Nelson

February 21, 2020

Debbie, Randy and Connie,

I was so sad to hear of the passing of your dad.

When I think of my youth in Coronach... your dad was part of that.

The biggest thing I remember about your Dad.... was that ever present smile.

Give your mom a hug from me.

Lloyd Nelson

Margaret (Rolke) Bylund-Mairs

February 17, 2020

Dearest Lydia, this is Louie Rolke's widow, and I recall fondly time spent withyou and Rene, and recall how fond Louie was of your family. Sending my love from Ontario. You have surely been blessed with many,many great years and endless memories. Treasure them forever!! Margaret

Maxine WILD

February 10, 2020

Richard and I were so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. My dad always enjoyed Rene's music as well as his company. They were so close in age.
Both mom & dad always commented on how much they enjoyed your visits and get togethers.
Dad was deeply pleased that he could attend Rene's Celebration of Life and visit with you. Take care of yourself Lydia, our thoughts are with you today. Rene will be missed.
Maxine (Siggelkow) Wild

John and Marlene McBurney

February 7, 2020

Sorry to hear of Rene’s passing. Condolences to Lydia and family.

John, Marlene and family

Gwen Hochlander

February 6, 2020

Condolence to the Brilon family I remember the good jam we had and how Rene love to sing he had sweet smile and all way happy to be there he will be miss love Gwen hochlander

Cindy Headrick

February 2, 2020

We are thinking of you at this sad time. When I think about Rene I recall his handsome smile and happy nature - a true gentleman! ❤️❤️

Val Schalme

January 31, 2020

Deb and Dale and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope the many good memories you have will help you through this difficult time.

Denise Eberle

January 31, 2020

Debbie and Dale, so sorry to hear about you loss. Our deepest condolences.
Denise Eberle and Kevin Graham

Marcia Shelstad

January 30, 2020

Our sincerest condolences Lydia and family. Living across the street from you, I remember Rene as always being kind and friendly. Both Mom and Dad thought very highly of him. Thinking of you.

Marcia, Cindy , Mark and Maureen Shelstad

Sheila Anderson

January 30, 2020

I was sad to hear of my former neighbor has passed. Rene was always happy and a good neighbor. Deepest Sympathy to you Lydia and family. Thought and prayers to you.thinking of you often.take care🌹