May 11, 1937 – September 8, 2018
Born 1937 in Lac Amqui, Quebec, Real was raised in a large family with 16 siblings. He came from a logging family and became a logger at the young age of 14. Real moved to Golden with his wife Jackie in 1964 and continued his life in Golden, BC having 2 children, Rene (predeceased after a long battle with cancer) and his daughter Martine.
Real loved his life as a logger and enjoyed being with his friends at the Golden Lodge Hotel. Golfing and going to loggers sports days were his favorite things to do. Real was known as a logging legend with many young fallers trying to out do him. His son Rene became a legend also and could finally keep up and to then, surpass his father.
Rene passed away in 1998, devastating Real to lose his best friend and son. His daughter Martine was the apple of his eye and he was very proud of her accomplishments. His granddaughter Sana had Real’s heart wrapped around her finger. He loved his grandchildren.
Real touched everyone in ways that they will never forget and will never be forgotten.
Sadly, missed by his wife Jackie of 57 years of marriage, daughter Martine (Alvie), grandchildren Sana and Dawson.
Where There Walks a Logger, There Walks A Man
I’ve seen two loggers stand toe to toe and slug it out in a free-for-all fight,
And when it was over they got up, shook hands, laughed and drank together the rest of the night.
I’ve seen a logger pick up a baby bird and put it back into its nest;
And I’ve never heard one criticize a man when he knew he was doing his best.
They’re a rough, rowdy breed of people, but it’s a rough life they live
and most of the time their jobs demanding just a little bit more than they can give.
They come home at night so dog-goned tired, bruised, cut and sore,
get up the next morning with a big ol’grin and go right back out for more
to the same steep, rutty hillsides they were cussing the day before.
I think a logger loves his family just a little bit more than most men
cause he knows if he makes one mistake, he’ll never get to see them again.
A line can break, a tailhold slip and cut a man right in two.
Dangers’ there lurkin everywhere and the rewards just all too few.
but it’s the life he chose and which ever way it goes, his family will understand
cause when he walks through that door at night, they know that there walks a man.
Loggers don’t sit around much discussin’ church, religion or prayer,
but a wise man once said, “If you ever get to heaven, you’ll be surprised who you’ll run into there.”
And when the last trumpet’s been sounded and all of life’s secrets unfold.
We’ll find more than one set of caulk boot tracks on those streets that are solid gold.
With respect, GOLDEN LODGE HOTEL, by Don Dube
A celebration of Real’s life will be held from the Royal Canadian Legion, Golden, BC on Saturday, September 22nd from 2 to 4 pm.
Online condolences may be sent to Real’s family through his obituary at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com.
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