He was Lou and Dad – a loving husband and father, a caring brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. He was Poppa Lou to his four grandchildren – a loving trickster and spaghetti chef extraordinaire. And he was Grizz – a headband-wearing outdoorsman during summer months at the family camp.
Survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Heather (Pearson); son Jeff (Tina Roy); daughter Lisa (Brent Roy); and grandchildren Emma and Lauren Renaud, and Regan and Jaycee Roy.
Also survived by his sister Anne (Mike Champagne); nieces Tanice Champagne, Kathy Renaud (Richard Cormier) and Angela (Dave) Partridge; and nephews Jon (Loni) Champagne, Robert (Chris) Renaud and Paul Jr. (Roxanne) Renaud.
He was predeceased by his parents Jean Louis Renaud and Margaret Mae (Marcella) Renaud and brother Paul and wife Judy (Gibson).
Born and raised in Haileybury, Louis was the middle child of three children born to Jean and Mae Renaud.
His parents operated a grocery store on Georgina Avenue in Haileybury for many years and all three children grew up working at the store.
His childhood and primary and secondary school years were spent boating, fishing, hunting and playing football for post-secondary teams at Fatima and Haileybury High.
Louis attended École Ste. Croix, Fatima and Haileybury High School. He completed his post-secondary education at Cambrian College (now Canadore College) in North Bay, graduating from a three-year marketing program.
Upon graduation, Louis worked in the grocery sector in North Bay for a short time and then moved into a human resources management position, at the Sherman Mine in Temagami, then at the Adams Mine in Dobie near Kirkland Lake, and back to the Sherman Mine until it ceased operations.
When those mines closed, he worked as labour relations supervisor at Curragh Resources (lead and zinc mine) in Faro, Yukon, for a year-and-a-half before returning home to do contract work as a training coordinator at Wabi Iron and Steel Works in New Liskeard, then into safety and purchasing manager. He retired in 2001.
During his career, the family moved and stayed in Haileybury, Temagami, Englehart and back to Haileybury. They stayed in Haileybury during his tenure in the Yukon.
Family was everything to Louis. He forged and maintained very close loving relationships with wife Heather, children Jeff and Lisa. and grandchildren Emma, Lauren, Regan and Jaycee.
They all loved spending time with Poppa Lou, fishing, celebrating family events and enjoying his spaghetti dinners and barbecues, and staying with him at the Montreal River camp.
During retirement years, Louis continued to fish and hunt, and shared a hand-built fishing shack dubbed “Chez Lou and Len” with his close best friend, Len Bilodeau.
Annual hunting and fishing trips with family and friends yielded good times, fresh fish, moose meat and venison. He regularly posted Facebook photos of his favourite fish, “pickerelies,” as well as his culinary creations using venison and moose.
At the family home on Browning Street in Haileybury, Louis loved to spend hours in his man cave, a partitioned section of the garage equipped with a propane heater, beer fridge and stereo.
Every spring would find Louis morphing into his Grizz persona and moving to his summer happy place, a shared family camp (R & R Resort) on the Montreal River.
Accompanied by his rescue dogs, he enjoyed the peaceful solitude of nature, listening to music, fishing on the family pontoon boat (O’Mae), and playing host to a steady stream of visiting family and friends of all ages.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Buffam-Leveille Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Community Cancer Care in Temiskaming Shores would be gratefully appreciated. Condolences and contributions may be left at www.buffamleveille.com.