Henri Louis Riendeau of Burgess Street passed away in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. He was 88.
Born in Berlin, on January 20, 1928, he was the son of Louis and Flora (Hebert) Riendeau.
Henri served in the Air Force as a ground crew fire fighter then he worked as a security Guard for 43 years for James River Corp. After retirement he also worked for Fleury-Patry Funeral Home.
On July 4, 1949, he married Lise Robichaud and together they raised three children.
Henri was a self-taught musician; his true passion was playing the guitar. He was extremely talented and he played with many famous musicians including the Irish Rovers and Bill Monroe. He played at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC with his family members. He participated in many Fiddler contests as an accompanist, he never missed a Stark Fiddlers Contest. Henri recorded an album with his father, brother Larry and sister Dolores titled the “Riendeau Family”. He could often be heard playing at the Nursing Homes. His true love was playing for family and friends; he loved entertaining at all kinds of special events.
Henri was fortunate to enjoy a long, healthy retirement where he spent much time renovating his camp, with his cousin and best buddy Robert “Bee” which was built by his father in 1934. Camp was Henri’s little piece of Heaven! He loved hunting and playing cribbage with his son Richard and was known as the “Camp Champ”. Years ago he raised homing pigeons as a hobby which was a source of enjoyment to him. His love for animals was evident by his gentleness and caring manner. He was also a diehard Montreal Canadians fan and never missed a game. Everyone would agree that Henri was the best husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, he will be sadly missed by all.
Besides his parents he is predeceased by his brothers George and Larry Riendeau.
He leaves his loving wife of 67 years Lise (Robichaud) Riendeau of Berlin; a son Richard Riendeau and wife Cindy of Berlin; two daughters, Collette Theberge and husband Roland “Lefty” of Berlin, and Lucie Roy and husband Dan of Gorham; four grandchildren, Marc Theberge and wife Meghan, Bonnie Lowry and husband Ken, Bransin Roy and Stephanie Roy; three great-grandchildren, Bronson Roy, Brock Theberge and Leighton Theberge; two sisters Dolores Riendeau and Pauline Costa all of Berlin; several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow at St. Anne Cemetery, Berlin.
Online guestbook: www.fleury-patry.com