Renee Jeanne Bourque
On Saturday, March 4, we said farewell to Renee Bourque, a woman of strength, wisdom, heart and impeccable style. Renee was born and raised in Sluice Point, Yarmouth County by her warm and loving rural Acadian family. The youngest of five children, Renee enjoyed long-lasting relationships with relatives, neighbours, and guests. She grew up in a home where the door was always open, the music was lively, the chowder was délicieuse, and love was abundant. At the age of 38, Renee moved to L'Arche Homefires where she shared this strong sense of community with her new friends at Lighthouse and Discoveries. At L’Arche, Renee explored her passion for drumming, dancing, art, celebrations, and remote-control negotiations. She was a woman of conviction and careful attention to detail. She never hesitated to speak her mind, to stand up for her friends, to claim her favourite chair, and to take all the time she needed to fully enjoy every moment. It took patience, good humour, and respect to earn Renee’s trust. Many describe the first wave or blown kiss they received from Renee as a rite of passage and a sign they had earned a loyal friend for life. Renee had a rich spiritual life and loved going to church. She prayed earnestly for loved ones, ensured every meal started with grace, and shared thoughtful appreciations at birthdays and anniversaries. Renee was the daughter of Adelbert and Jacqueline Bourque. She is survived by siblings, Jerry (Julia) Bourque, Suzanne (Chris) Pelham, Dave (Bernadette) Bourque, and Eric Bourque. She is also remembered by several nieces, nephews, and family and friends from her rural community. Renee indelibly changed the life of many L’Arche community members. Some lived and journeyed with her until her final day and countless others grieve and honour her memory with stories streaming in from around the world. Our heartfelt thank you to the emergency and ICU staff at Valley Regional Hospital for their compassionate care. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 12-2 p.m. in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral will also take place in White Family Funeral Home on Friday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. A video webcast of the service will be available. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to L’Arche Homefires, 341 Main Street, Wolfville, NS B4P 2N5. Online Donations via Canada Helps:https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/wolfville-larche-homefires-society/. To honour Renee’s spectacular dress code and love of the finer things in life, please wear a bold and beautiful necklace to her funeral. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. To view the video webcast or for on-line condolences and inquiries please visit: www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.