Peacefully with his family at his side, Renato Crognali, passed away at the age of 84.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Gloria of 60 years, children Greg (Rosa), Jeff (Donna), Shauna (Chad) and grandchildren Jenessa (David), Alex, Ryan, Gillian and Hannah.
Rene touched the lives of everyone he met with his infectious smile, endless kindness and boundless energy.
Rene was born in Italy on April 8, 1939. A hard worker from an early age, during his younger years he tended sheep with his uncles in Piano Vomano. In 1958, he and his mom Theresa, sister Adele and brother Franco came to Canada. Life wasn’t easy but they worked hard and managed to build a happy life. Along the way Rene met the love of his life, Gloria, and in 1962 were married.
Rene had numerous jobs including working at the Royal Alexander Hotel and Dominion Stores before he learned to master the craft of baking. In 1969 Rene and Gloria bought the Beausejour Bakery. To this day, people still talk about Rene’s bakery and will tell you that he is the greatest baker that ever lived.
After his retirement in 1989, Gloria and Rene enjoyed many years of good health and happiness. They traveled, baked, curled, danced and fished together. They had countless nights of cards with the Crazy Eights and were known to be out until the wee hours of the morning.
Rene’s greatest joy was his grandchildren. Fondly known as Pops, he doted on them and was a huge part of their lives. Pops could always be found at every soccer game, gymnastics competition, piano recital, ringette game, graduation and more. Each grandchild had their own special relationship with Pops, and they absolutely adored spending time with him. One of Pops favorite passions was cheering on Ferrari in Formula One Racing.
Rene’s family will be hosting a funeral service Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.
In lieu of flowers, if firends and family so desire, donations may be made to Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or a charity of one’s choice.Print This Obituary & Condolences