Wife, Mum, Mother-in-law, Nana, Sister, “My Auntie Rene”, second-mother to a select few, faithful friend to many, “The older one is the better cooker”, baker, wedding cake decorator, knitter, seamstress, needle worker, gardener, flower arranger, water colour artist, hostess with an open door and heart, wonderful quirky sense of humour, chorister, world traveler, whilst being curious, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous with a strong heart both in body and character.
Born is Banstead, Surrey, England on July 9, 1927 and passed peacefully in Birr, Ontario on February 1, 2022. Rene married Derek Singleton in Banstead, on May 26, 1945, after which both returned to Service a few days later. In 1957, they immigrated to Canada with David, 10, John, 4. They built a life in Petrolia, Ontario and Karen joined the family in 1965. They remained in Petrolia until retirement to Dyers Bay in 1990. They had enjoyed 51 years of wedded adventure until Derek passed on July 6, 1996.
Rene is missed by her family; children David (2021) (Laurena), John (Charlotte), Karen (Peter), and her grandchildren Laura (Ron), Michael (Ruby Anne), Sarah (Dan); Dawn (Scott), Darcy (Anne); Mattias, Micah; and great grandchildren Emily, Nicholas and Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on July 9, 2022, Renes’ 95th birthday at 3 PM. Stream the service live via ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/95210835695
Donations can be made in memory of Rene to the Anglican Church of Canada’s, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
In keeping with Rene’s love for gardening, consider planting a rose bush in your own garden.