May 15, 1934 – March 15, 2014
On Saturday, March 15, 2014 René Toupin passed away. René was born in Craig Siding (Ste. Rita) on May 15, 1934 to Romain and Clara Toupin (née Lamoureux).
René's work experience was varied to say the least: lumberjack, White Father of Africa, aircraft mechanic, Caisse populaire manager, politician, real estate broker, tribal administrator and investment advisor.
René was proud of his achievements during his time as the New Democratic Party member of the legislative assembly for Springfield and especially his tenure as Minister of Health. After politics, René moved on to administrative work for the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council. He then took a position with Investors Group as an Investment Advisor and retired in the year 2000.
Following his retirement René spent two months in Costa Rica immersing himself in the Spanish language. He also attained his motorcycle license, renewed his passion for singing with a second turn as a choir member of Les Intrépides, and continued on with his study of Spanish.
René's greatest passions were helping people and caring for animals. He found his time with Hospice and Palliative Care particularly rewarding. Some of his other volunteerism included serving as national president of la Fédération des Ainés, president of la Fédération des ainés franco-manitobains, and vice-chair of the Manitoba Council on Aging. He was also a member of the East St. Paul Lions Club. René loved all kinds of animals and he could often be found feeding, walking, caring for or having an attentive conversation with one of his four-legged friends.
René is predeceased by his brothers Gerard and Henri, and his sister Lorraine. He is survived by his dear sister Claire. He leaves his loving wife Frances Spooner and his children Paul (Carmen), Louise (Dave), Yvette (Scott), Rosanne (Darren) and Michel. His 11 grandchildren and five great grandsons brought him much joy.
A special thank-you to Dr. Houston and Barb at Cancer Care, Anne at Palliative Care and Pat at Concordia Hospital. The service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Thomson "in the Park" located at 1291 McGillivray Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society: 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or the Manitoba Hospice and Palliative Care Association: 2109 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3
- Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014
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March 19, 2014
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
March 18, 2014
I have this wonderful feeling my father Omer and Rene are together once again thinking about another enterprise! My sincere condolences Francis and the entire family.
Charles Lamoureux (Vancouver, BC)
March 17, 2014
Rene was a great friend and I enjoyed walking through parts of the Road of Life with him. Lionel Goulet
Our sincere condolences to Francis and family. Lionel & Lucienne
March 17, 2014
Rene, it was a privilege to know you during those heady years of Ed Schreyer's Administration. I am grateful for how my life was enriched as a result. And I am impressed by how such innocent growth has endured to this very day. Thank You! /Arthur Gillman
March 17, 2014
René Toupin, un ami et .......
... un humaniste au service des communautés francophones, autochtones et autres, favorisant leur épanouissement en posant des gestes concrets afin d'assurer un bien-être et une meilleure qualité de vie pour chaque personne qui l'entoure.
... un passionné des langues et des cultures pour en maîtriser cinq (français, anglais, allemand, espagnol, et une autochtone, le saulteaux), et pour vivre et apprendre les coutumes et traditions de plusieurs peuples et races.
... un dévoué pour l'avancement des causes minoritaires et sociales à titre de président d'associations provinciale et nationale de personnes aînées; de bénévole pour les soins palliatifs, et d'administrateur pour huit Premières nations.
... un entrepreneur en affaires possédant de multiples compétences dont la gérance d'une caisse populaire, la direction de la centrale des caisses populaires, le courtage immobilier et financier au Manitoba.
... un honorable politicien; ministre de la Consommation et des Corporations; ministre de la Santé, du Bien-être, de la Famille et de la Correction; président du Conseil du trésor, et premier francophone au Cabinet du NPD du Manitoba.
... un père de quatre enfants avec Lorraine Cormier (Paul, Louise, Yvette et Rosanne); d'un fils avec Frances Spooner (Michel Sean Hunter); grand-père de 11 petits-enfants, et arrière-grand-père de 3, une fière progéniture.
René, mon ami, tu es un humaniste, un passionné, un dévoué, un entrepreneur, un honorable politicien, un père, un grand-père et un arrière-grand-père qui laissera à tout jamais sa marque de sagesse, de noblesse et d'humilité au sein de notre société.
André Sarazin, Ottawa, Ontario