Rene Paul Gariepy

24/03/1955 - 28/03/2020

Obituary for Rene Paul Gariepy

It is with heavy hearts that we mournfully announce the passing of our beloved husband and father Rene Gariepy. Rene, long time resident of Grande Prairie, passed away March 28, 2020 at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton with his family by his side. He was born March 24, 1955 in McLennan Alberta to Rodolphe and Lorraine Gariepy.

Rene is leaving to mourn with precious memories his wife Karen, sons Sheldon (Justine) and Jason (Cindy), and daughter Kimberly (Kane). He will also be deeply missed by countless other family members, friends, and neighbours. Rene was a very proud and loving father, husband, family member, and friend to everyone who knew him. Those who knew him will remember him for his laugh, mischievousness, integrity, and love for life.

Rene was predeceased by his parents Lorraine and Rodolphe Gariepy and father-in-law Rene St. Laurent.

The family would like to thank the numerous staff at the University of Alberta for their care and compassion during these past five weeks.

Due to the current restrictions in place on gatherings, which extends to funerals, we will have a small private family and friend service to be announced at a later date.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Karen and Family, Sincere sympathy to you and your families, cherish your memories to strengthen and to bring you peace during these difficult time. Fay and Bill Lovell
- Fay Lovell
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My prayers and thoughts are will you. The Rheaume Family
- Lorilee Rheaume
I was so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. We went to school together many Years ago and I had a deep respect for this shy, quiet young man. My condolences to Rene's wife and children as well as his siblings and all other family & friends. Hugs, Lorraine Morin Desaulniers.
- Lorraine
Karen I am saddened for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
- Carol Longmore
Sincere condolences to the Gariepy families and extended families. Our thoughts are with you. Cherish your memories!
- Denise Lanctot
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences goes out to you all xxxxx
- Carmene Nunm
As I sit here on my bed watching the snow dance down, I recall so many winter days when Rene would don his winter gear, brush each vehicle off, move them around out of the driveway and pull out the snow blower to clear the way for you, his wife and kids. He's cleared the way for you now. Many, MANY years from now when it's your own turn to follow his way, he'll have cleared away all evidence of storms and made a path for you. As you sit in the silence of today's slipping, waltzing snowflakes, feel his kiss upon your cheek as the Heavens meet the Earth. Our love ever lasting, our sorrow ever deep ... Lorne, Crystal, Takayla and Brandon
- Crystal Oliver

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

Who are Funeral Directors and what do they do?

Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?

We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are here to help, funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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