TRIBUTE : TO SIR KNIGHT, BROTHER RENE TRUDEL
FORMER RI STATE DISTRICT DEPUTY, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Whenever I hear the death news of individuals, especially those who have given so much of their time to the improvement and advancement in the lives of others, it saddens me. Are we truly ready to follow their path, are we ready to make the sacrifices which they rendered on our behalf, are we conscious enough to take up the cross of service?
Worthy Sir Knight, Rene Trudel, made his transition on April 14th, 2023, at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Brother Knight was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on September 28th, 1945, to their parents, late Donat and Jeannette (Duguay) Trudel.
According to family sources, “he is survived by his wife Peggy Trudel, his daughter Tenley McGowan and her husband Gregory, his grandchildren Madeline and Liam, his brother Donald Trudel and his wife Denyse, his brother-in-law Thomas Boland and his wife Kathy, his sister-in-law Elizabeth Crawley and her husband Robert, his aunts Georgette and Lucie Duguay and many cousins, nieces, nephews”.
I met Worthy Sir Knight, Rene Trudel , along with other Brother Knights during the month of May, 2005, visited to celebrate Mass with members of the African Catholic Community of Rhode Island. This community is primarily comprised of African immigrants, consists of worshippers from Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana , The Congo and Cape Verde. The objective of his visit, was the possibility of establishing a council, Knights of Columbus ,comprising of mainly African men, worshiping at the Holy Name Church of Jesus, located at 99 Camp Street, Providence, Rhode Island.
The African Catholic Community was established in July , 2001, when Bishop Robert E. Mulvee approved a request from Father Jude O. Onuchukwu, the Spiritual Director at the time , to celebrate Mass for African Catholics in the community. The community’s inaugural Mass was celebrated on October 14, 2001, at St. Edward Church in Providence.
After adequate preparations, I was appointed to be the first Grand Knight, of the newly established council, to be named Mary Queen of Africa, Knights of Columbus Council # 73. Subsequently, on the 10th of July, 2005, I was installed as Grand Knight, and along with other respective officers by the Sir Knight, State District Deputy, Brother Knight Rene Trudel.
First Installation of Officers, Mary Queen of Africa
Installing Officer: Sir Knight Brother Rene Trudel
Knights of Columbus Council # 73, 10th of July 2005.
The establishment of Mary Queen of Africa Council is the first of its kind in the State of Rhode Island and perhaps, the only completely operated by African Knights in the United State.
Indeed, members of my community, are sorry about the passing of Worthy Sir Knight Rene Trudel. It is always a loss when someone who has dedicated their life to the betterment of others leaves us. It is a testament to his life, commitment to service, the promotion of unity and inclusion.
May I, on behalf of the members of Mary Queen of Africa, Knights of Columbus Council # 73,convey sentiments of appreciation to the leadership of the Knights of Columbus within the State of Rhode Island , for the opportunity for African Catholics , to be a part of the Knights of Columbus here in the State of Rhode Island. Sadly, may I also express deepest condolences to the Trudel Family, on the untimely transition of Brother Sir Knight Rene Trudel. He was a man of great compassion, a devout Catholic and love of humanity. May they find solace in the memories they shared with him and the legacy he has left behind. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Let me close with the following eulogy verse:
“Nature it seems stands on its head
When you mourn the loss of a great man
Today we remember his life with us
The years of laughter and fun ,
We’re thinking of all the times that we shared
And though we are bowed with grief
Today we celebrate the great man we once had
Because it is our firm belief
That his life enriched us in so many ways
Brought sunshine and happiness into our days
And though we are heartbroken and very sad
Today we admit that we’re also glad
That we had him, if only for too short a while
Not yet but sometimes, we’ll remember and smile.”
(by Author Unknown)
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
FAREWELL GREAT KNIGHT, SLEEP AND TAKE YOUR REST TILL WE MEET AGAIN. Vivat Jesus!
Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University Washington, D.C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former President of the African Catholic Community of Rhode Island and Former Grand Knight of Council 73, Knights of Columbus, Former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA. He is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School. He can be contacted at: [email protected]