CHARLTON — Francis E. “Pete” Renaud, 77, passed away on Friday, July 13th, in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, Worcester, after a long illness.
His first wife, Simone M. (Latour) Renaud, passed away in 2005. He leaves his wife of nine years, Paulette (Lavallee) Renaud; his three sons, Clint F. Renaud of Longmont, Colo., Philip M. Renaud of Sturbridge and Gary R. Renaud and his wife Tricia of Pomfret, Conn.; his mother, Evelyn V. (Bartlett) Renaud of Southbridge; his brother, Harry Renaud of Dudley; his two sisters, June E. Renaud of Southbridge and Yvonne G. Dalton of Southbridge; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Diane L. Renaud, this past March. He was born in Southbridge the son of the late Francis X. Renaud.
Pete was a builder and woodworker and owned and operated F.E. Renaud Builders for many years retiring in recent years. He was very talented with his hands and did custom woodworking including cabinets and various other finely crafted items. Pete was also well known for being an avid guitar player and was greatly influenced by his idol Chet Atkins. His favorite music was Country music. He also built his own steel guitars. Pete was an extensive traveler, traveling throughout the U.S. He was also a great admirer of his grandfather, the magician and escape artist, The Great Reno.
His funeral will be held on Friday, July 20, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Notre Dame Church of the St. John Paul II Parish, 446 Main St., Southbridge. Burial will be in St. George Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.