Real-Jean PROULX
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PROULX, Real-Jean
1924 - 2015
Réal-Jean Proulx, with loving family by his side, passed away in Gatineau, QC, on March 21, 2015.
Réal was born in Montebello, QC, on December 7, 1924, and raised in the Laurentian town of Weir, QC. He worked in lumber camps and set up trap lines to help support his family. As a 17 year old in 1942, and with his mother's permission, Réal volunteered for overseas service with the RCAF (Flight Sergeant - 6th Cdn Bomber Group). While on active duty he was seriously wounded and the effects would follow him for the rest of his life.
Réal worked for the CNR in the running trades and then the United Transportation Union rising to be a Sr. Vice-President. He was passionate about the defense of workers' rights and was well respected by both sides of the bargaining table, and in retirement served in numerous associations and pension boards. When not hard at work maintaining his home and property, he found time to read, golf, hunt, and fish.
Réal was entirely devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of 67 years Jacqueline, son Michael (Donna), daughter Suzanne (Richard), grandson Simon, granddaughters Karen (T.J.) and Christine (Matt), great-grandsons Rylan and Cameron, great-granddaughters Abbey and Zoey, and many brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces.
Réal you have completed your tour of duty.
You have yarded your final train.
Your rod and gun are put aside.
Your tools and pruning shears well cared for.
Well done, Réal! Well done!
A private family service will be held at a later date in accordance with Réal's wishes. We wish to thank all those involved in his excellent care at the Hull Hospital and the centre Mathieu Froment-Savoie in Gatineau, QC. Donations to the Centre or the Salvation Army may be made in Réal's memory.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 28, 2015.
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March 22, 2019
Hi Dad. Its been three years since you left. The longer it is, the more I appreciate you. Not that you can know that, of course. I did try to tell you when you were alive. Ill visit you when Im home - not that I believe youre hovering around somewhere, but because its as close as Ill ever get. Love you
Michael Proulx
January 22, 2016
We were privileged to have known Real and always impressed by his kindness and sincerity. To the benefit of many, including our family, he had a very positive affect. Please accept our sincere condolences on Real's passing.

Anna and Michael Hone
Michael & Anna Hone
May 29, 2015
A true gentleman! A wonderful uncle! You were always present for family. Truly a genuine man! RIP love always Darlene, Steve and family xox
darlene o'connor
May 18, 2015
Cher Réal, ton départ a été un choc pour moi. Perdre un grand frère, c'est toujours une épreuve douloureuse. Quand en plus ce grand frère a été un ami et un confident, presque un deuxième père, c'est encore plus difficile à accepter. Merci pour tous les bons moments passés ensemble, sur les terrains de golf et ailleurs. Avec Denis et Jacqueline, on faisait tout un forsome . Repose en paix.

Aline Proulx
May 16, 2015
Mon beau gros frere Real mon aine de 16 ans. Mes souvenirs peuvent vous paraitre anodins, mais ils ont ete marquants pour moi.
1. Je ne l'ai pas connu avant son retour en hero d'outremer. Je me souviens de son gros couteau noir qu'il lancait avec force et precision.
2. Je l'ai vu demontrer a mon frere Jean-Paul la facon de dominer un cheval. Jean-Paul etait probablement trop doux pour y arriver.
3. Lorsque j'ai rencontre son epouse Jacqueline que j'ai trouvee tellement jolie et raffinee.
4. Real etait mon partenaire de sport favori, il connaissait tres bien ses sports.
5. Je consultais mon frere aine Noel pour ses sages conseils mais j'ai toujours tente tant bien que mal d'imiter Real.
Il va sans dire qu'il me manque enormement.
Andre Proulx
April 18, 2015
My deepest sympathy goe to you Mme Jacqueline ,Michael and family .Reading the kind words from Mr Real's freinds and family brings me back in the nice conversations and memories that he shared all this years all those years . Always nice things to say of those he knew
I will remember Mr Real as a sweet sweet and authentic man ! ;) :)
Colette Mr Real's favorite hair dresser ;)
April 18, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you Mme Jacqueline , Michel and the family. Reading the kind words from all of the freinds and family, is like going back in our long conversation that he shared all those years. always kind words for all the people he knew ...
I will remember Mr Real as a very very sweet and authentic man . ;)
Colette Mr Real's favorite hair dresser ;)
April 9, 2015
Real was a great person and friend. Knowing that he will not show up at the hunting camp as he did for so many years hurts. We will miss him. On behalf of the Madison family, our sincere condolences.
Wayne & Peggy Madison
wayne madison
April 5, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family. I only knew him a few times but you could tell that he was a very kind man.
Pierrette Belisle
April 1, 2015
My heart goes out to you and your family at this most difficult time. You are all in our thoughts. With much love, Kelly, Todd and Quincy Allen
Kelly Allen
March 31, 2015
Real with his great-grandson's- December 2014
There are not enough words to describe the love and respect I have for my Grandpa Real. They don't build 'em like him anymore. He will be missed immensely but he will live on in our memories and in our sincerest efforts to live a life he would be proud of. We love you Grandpa, always!
Karen Skitt
March 30, 2015
Réal will always be my father and almost mythical yet so approachable hero. He is my young World War II hero tested in battle and older Viking Chieftain on his funeral pyre. In between he was the best friend who accepted me for who I was, never judgmental, and loved me as only a father can a son. To say I was fortunate is understatement. To say I am a lesser man would be to do him a disservice. What he built he builded well. Wherever I go, it will be my great fortune and boast to say that I am his son and he my father. Merci papa. Michael
Michael Proulx
March 29, 2015
I have worked at the Proulx's residence for many years. I have come to know Mr.Proulx as a kind and considerate man. He was a hard worker, had a strong sense of justice and did what was right and humane. Over the years we had much discussion on many levels.
I remember mostly seeing him working in the back yard trimming the cedar hedges and caring for his large beautiful landscaped yard. He worked diligently to keep it well-manicured.
His toughest challenge was those pestle moles. They were ruining his grass which he works so hard at.
He had words of wisdom, and look at life with courage.
You are in my thoughts, Time to rest and God will remember your good deeds.
Mary-ann Desormeaux
March 29, 2015
It was a real honour to have met such a lovely man. So kind and generous of spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Kevin and Brenda Aalto
March 29, 2015
Our thoughts are with you as we remember such a kind gentleman. We have many wonderful memories of our years working with Mr. Proulx at the UTU as well as the lovely parties hosted at Jacqueline and Real's home. So many stories and so much laughter, it was a pleasure to go to work. Those were indeed the good old days. He will be missed. Sandra Monaghan and Rita Rank (Piche)
March 29, 2015
To my uncle, my godfather, the man who gave me away at my wedding. Thank you for having been such a wonderful part of my life. You will be missed so very much.
Lorraine Balleine
March 28, 2015
Dec 2014 Real's 90th birthday
Your unconditional love has defined my life. I have known my entire life that I would not be ready to say goodbye and I am still not. Thank you for spending your last few minutes with me. I will always love you.
Christine Innocente
March 28, 2015
Jackie & Real
Real -
Thank you for a life well lived, and for your loving care of your family for all those years. I am one of many grateful recipients of your legacy - over 42 years married to your daughter.
Richard Stapells
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