Real J. Gaulin

Réal Joseph Gaulin passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Sunday February 21, 2021, in his 72nd year, at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Shirley (nee DeFauw), of 42 years. Dear Father of Nicole (Jake), and Dan (Mandie). Proud Papa of Andrew, Amber, and Tiffany. Great Grandfather to Adrianna, and Lillian.  He will be remembered by his siblings Roger (Marcelle), Lise, Carolle (Gilles), and Michel (Carole).   Predeceased by his parents Armand (1999), and Ange-Aimee (1999), and by his brothers Jaques (1974), and Martial (1987).

Born January 2, 1950 in Sainte - Justine, Quebec, Réal worked most of his life in the bush logging and cutting firewood.  He was able to share many of those years working with his children. He would retire home after a hard day’s work to be greeted by his wife, children, and family pets.  He had a love of animals.  He leaves behind Peanut, his dog, who offered much affection and comfort.

In keeping with Réal’s wishes cremation has taken place. Burial at the St. Luke's Cemetery in Vienna will be at a later date.  The family would like to thank the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Palliative Care Staff for their exceptional care and comfort in Réal’s final weeks.  Memorial donations to the Children’s Health Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a local Humane Society, or the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.  Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared here at

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  • My Dear angel, my husband, there isn’t a day l don’t think of you, l think of you every minute, l will never ever for get you, Francine and Nicole from St. Justine is bringing you to your brother Michel and Carole, Nicole will meet Michel to bring you to you, he is so happy Real, he told me how much he loved me, and Carole, the love you so much and miss you Real,l pray for every day, please give Your Mom and Dad, and my Mom big kisses and hugs for me, l hope to see you soon, we will be together again in each other arms, love you baby, kisses and hugs ❤️🤗😔💙🦋🦋

  • Peanut, and your wife Shirley will always love you forever, your the best, until we meet you again baby, love ya for ever, Peanut loved being you and he is missed from his itch before we tucked him into bed, l will miss you forever..

  • Peanut, and your wife Shirley will always love you forever, your the best, until we meet you again baby, love ya for ever, Peanut loved being you and he is missed from his itch before we tucked him into bed, l will miss you forever..

  • My condolences, i’m so sorry for your lost. Now, he can have some rest. I send you a lot of love, stay courageous. Xxx

    Julie Gaulin
  • We were so sorry to hear the news of Reals passing. We are glad that we met you, Nicole and Andrew. We are thinking of you and your family. Hold on to the memories you have. Praying for you in those difficult days. Keep in touch and God Bless.

    Winston & Ruby Green
  • Real Gaulin , an avid reader, opinated conversationaalist on any subject, worked all his life, suffered and then left us to soon. Life is so unfair..
    R. I. P. Real..
    Shirley, Nicole, Danny and families, thinking of you at this difficult time . God bless you ..

    Gavin and Joanne frauzell
  • Hi Shirley, We here are all so sorry to hear of Real’s passing. First thing I said was, " I feel so bad for Shirley, i’m sure she’ll be beside herself!!!" Real worked so hard his whole life and this happens. He’s been through so much in a short period of time. As well, so have you! You did a great job in keeping him home for as long as you could and you should be very proud of yourself!!! You did what you could and you did the best you could do in helping Real. People can accuse and throw out accusations and criticize all they want but, no one knows what you been through and had to do to look after Real. Be proud of what you did and don’t worry about what the negative people say. Be proud and feel proud of yourself, you deserve it and never forget what you did to help him!!! No one else was there to help you really take care of Real. You are a great person and great friend and don’t let anyone ever make you feel less than what you truly are!! Love you dearly, you stay strong and stay safe! Oh and don’t you forget about our chicken wing lunch date when we can get out!!! :)) Love you Shirley, lots of people do, never forget that!! Big Hugs

    Jeff,Jeannette Carl Gary, Rena Norman
  • RIP Real we are going to miss our times we spent talking about past times and having a few good laughs and just being a good neighbour we miss you RIP

    Jean and Pete
  • Grandpa.
    I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to visit more often.
    I miss you so much it hurts
    I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that your gone.
    I will Definatly make sure that my kids know who you are and make sure they know how great of a man you were as well as how much you loved them and us.
    I hope your resting in peace and are happy and I hope your watching over all of us and making sure we are safe.
    I love you more then I could ever explain.
    I miss you ❤️👼

  • RIP Real sure enjoyed the conversations we had when i visited You were a strong man n put up a good fight

    Melissa Balint
  • Real was a wonderful man, always had a smile and love talk and joke. Going to miss him but we know he is going to be looking down on us.

    Jerry and Ann Dhondt
  • To Shirley and family .

    Im so blessed to have known Real .Did everything for his family and friends !
    Shirley Nicole Danny .
    So sorry for your loss ❤❤❤

    Mary Mcquiggan
  • I would like to give my condolences to Shirley his wife for many happy years together There children and grandchildren which will greatly missed by all He was amazing man that took after his family will miss his smile RIP Real

    Sandra Ford
  • Rest in peace real u were like a second dad to me u will be greatly missed

  • I sure will miss you honey, l will love you forever

  • Sorry to hear about Real all the best Shirley

    Gord and Mable Crocker
  • So sorry to hear about your loss he was agood friend to me. With this lock down I didn’t get a chance to come over I wish I could of been there to say how much of good man father he was but we all know Godspeed love RIP

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Real’s passing. He was such a fun loving, cheerful guy who had so many friends. Shirley if you need anything, we’re here. Rest in Peach Real.

    Cheryl & Rick Nevill
  • Rest in peace my friend you were always a good friend to me and I sure enjoyed our talks. You were dearly loved by your family. Until we meet again.

    Doris Brindley
  • Rest in peace old friend.

    Ray Neamtz
  • Real u will sadly be missed by plenty of people I have very fond memories of u when roby brought me and our three kids to see u love u lots and we will see you again


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