Peacefully at home with his family by his side at the age of 55, four years after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
Reece will be forever missed by his wife of almost 21 years, Jennifer (nee Brousseau) and their children, Thomas and Karen. He was beloved by his parents, Robert and Mary, and his younger brother Glen (Tasmina). He is also survived by his in-laws Wilfred Brousseau (Judy Langley), Paul Brousseau (Lisanne), Christine Brousseau and Stephanie Brousseau (Mark Harris), as well as several nieces and a nephew.
Born in Winnipeg, Reece moved to Ottawa with his family when he was five years old. He grew up in Orleans, where he developed a passion for cycling, cross-country skiing and motocross bikes. Reece ‘The Rocket’ was a fierce competitor who achieved great athletic success, but he was also humble and loved to share his passion for sports and his healthy lifestyle with everyone around him. He turned that passion into a career as brand manager for Madshus cross-country skis and K2 bikes, which gave him the opportunity to travel all over the world racing, working and making friends. Jen teased him often because, no matter what airport they were at, he would know someone. He enjoyed supporting Madshus athletes at World Cup events and the Olympics in Salt Lake City and Vancouver, bringing his love of the technical aspects of ski performance to help people in their athletic careers. The last few years he was a board member of Ski Heritage East and worked hard to bring the multi-use winter trail to people in the east end of Ottawa.
He passed his love of it all down to his children and was so very proud of his family. He would tell anyone who would listen how lucky he was to have such a great family, and that he felt like he won the lottery with them.
Reece was happiest with a fancy tool in his hand, something to fix, and a dog hanging out with him in his workshop. He will be missed by his project partners Mike Bertrand, Rich Greenham and Bryan Roberts, who spent countless hours figuring out how to make things work or go faster. He will also be missed at motocross tracks; that magical place he loved to be and where everyone helps everyone. This past season was possible only because of the support received from the Kolmans, the Kirbys, the McKies, the Guadagnos, and the Racines, as well as from his brother Glen "the Pocket Rocket" who travelled with him to the races.
He spoke often with gratitude for the support over the last few years and it provided him with a tremendous amount of comfort knowing his family would be well looked after.
Reece received exceptional care at the Ottawa Hospital, and the family would like to thank Dr. Hyra Sapru and Christine Veal from the myeloma team, Dr. Daniel Vincent and the palliative care team and everyone at Medical Daycare, for their care and compassion for him and his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Ski Heritage East through GoFundMe would be welcomed in Reece’s memory. Or consider donating something more precious - blood to support patients like Reece, so they too can get more time with their loved ones.
Friends and Family are invited to visit the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, ON on Friday, October 28, 2022 from 9 until the time of a Service at 10AM, with a reception to follow. For those that may not be able to attend Reece's Service in person, the service will be livestreamed - you may register for the livestreaming at the link above or by clicking here.
Deepest condolences. May the fond memories carry you in this difficult time.
Jen and family, I never had the privilege of meeting Reece but I came to know him through the stories Jen would recount of his many accomplishments as an athlete, supportive Dad and amazing husband. I know he has been so loved through this challenging time by his incredible family. In deep sorrow and friendship, Karen
Louise Pagé and Luc Chartrand
Dear Jen and family,
Our deepest condolences. There are no words to ease your pain. Our hearts go out to you. Wishing you peace, comfort and courage during this difficult time.
Dear Jenn , Thomas, Karen,Glen, Robert and Mary I am so terribly sorry for your loss of Reece. Reece e was a true friend , helper ,inspiration and champion at life. He often expressed his luck at coming from one awesome family to winning the lottery again in having his own with Jenn. Reece was so proud of all of you and you were all on his lips. I hope that the remarkable times you had with him and knowledge that his suffering has eased will bring comfort to you during this time and the years to come. May you all have comfort with each other. For me I will miss our adventures and the knowledge that I had the best friend.
Jen, Karen, Thomas and Family - My deepest sympathies for your loss. The last number of years have been a challenge. My thoughts are with you all and I hope that you will cherish the wonderful memories. Much love.
My sincere condolences Jen to you and your family. Sounds like Reece loved life and lived everyday to the fullest. What a beautiful tribute to him.
My deepest condolences to the entire Rendall family. Jen, Karen and Thomas, may your loving memories that are held close, help you through these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Reece, I am thankful for our time together earlier this year. It was good to see the ‘Rocket’ again.
Rest easy my friend.
Jen, my sincerest condolences. Reece was an amazing man and it was a blessing to know him and your wonderful family. Thomas and Karen, so very sorry for your loss, your dad beamed pride whenever we saw him with you. Thinking of you all.
Jen, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to you and your family during these challenging times. I recall the stories you shared about all the fantastic and adventurous activities you, Reece and the kids experienced and shared. Rob and I are holding you all in our thoughts this week.