It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Rene C. Berube on June 17, 2023. Born on June 14, 1928, in Fitchburg, MA, Rene was a compassionate, loving, dedicated, and humble individual who touched the lives of everyone he met. As Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Rene had an innate ability to make people feel cherished and valued, leaving a lasting impact on their hearts.
Rene was a graduate of St. Bernard's High School in 1948. For over 40 years, he was working as a lab technician at various papermills, including Louis De Jonge Company and retired from James River Corporation. His love for people and life was evident in his hobbies, which included dancing, gardening, singing, and attending family gatherings. Rene adored his grandchildren, enjoyed family vacations at Hampton Beach, and playing bingo with friends. He was a proud member of the Army National Guard for 14 years, where he assisted with emergency procedures for a tornado in Worcester, MA, in 1953. He was also a cook for the National Guards and a lifetime member of St. Anthony of Padua Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Rene is survived by his children Chris Berube and Kenneth Berube, daughter-in-law Deborah, grandchildren Lindsey, Tyler, and siblings Claire Beaudoin, Elaine Craigen, and Doris Beauvais. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carmella Berube, his parents Camille and Yvonne Berube, siblings Germaine Cox, Thereasa Cyre, Rachael Leger, Morris Berube, Donald Berube, Raymond Berube, and son Rene Berube.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Brandon Funeral Home, followed by a Mass on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 11:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Rene will be laid to rest at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 12:00 pm.
In honor of Rene, we encourage friends and family to visit his memorial page, where you can share memories and upload photos that celebrate his extraordinary life.