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.
Sending my love and thoughts to Jen and the rest of the family today.
Lisa & David Elliott
Such a beautiful service for a life lost too soon. Sending you all our love.
The Callum Family
As friends of Glen & Tas, we wanted to extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Rendall family. We're thinking of you all and sending love and strength during this incredibly difficult time.
Kristy, Jack, Annie & Grace
The measure of a good life is how many people you touch during its course.
Reece touched so many people including me. For that I'm ever grateful.
My sincere condolences.
Thinking of you.
Dear Jen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. From the celebration today, it's clear that Reece was a terrific husband, father, son and friend who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Know that Amandah and I are always here for you at this difficult time.
My deepest condolences, Jen, and Thomas and Karen. Take good care of yourselves. -Bruce
My deepest condolences to Reece's family. I have fond memories of Reece supporting a team I was riding on in the early 90s. When I think about it now, I realize how young he was then, to put all of that together for us. Thank you, Reece. I know you will be missed.
The Peden Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sandra Czech (Rendall)
Dear Uncle Bob & Aunt Mary,
Jennifer, Thomas, and Karen,
Glen & Tasmina,
I was so grateful to watch Reece's funeral service today. I learned so much about my cousin and the life he lived so well!
What a wonderful example he was.......intelligent, energetic, kind, loving and full of life!
I appreciate his sense of humor stating he thought "his ashes should be saved in a nutella jar" : ) ...... and what a fierece competitor! It was clear to see that whatever he threw himself into he did it with all his heart, and all his might!
Thank you Jennifer for putting together such a thoughtful and heartfelt memorial for Reece....."Nothing too over the top"........but I think for someone like myself who didn't know Reece well except from a few special memories when we were kids, it offered a very loving look back into his life.
About those memories..... 3 things I remember when we were about 5 & 6 yrs old........
.1) running around the neighborhood with butterfly catchers, 2) going to the next door neighbors to watch a cartoon movie about tooth decay, and 3) last but not least, I think he thought it quite funny when my sister got her mouth washed out with soap (or at least a taste of it), for saying a bad word! - Yup, after today, I'd say that sounds like Reece! ~ And that's a good thing!
Our Love & thoughts go out to you all.
Love Sandy & Chris & all the Rendalls here in Spokane, Washington.
Sending our deepest and sincerest condolences to you, Thomas and Karen and the rest of your extended family.