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May 18, 1935 - October 17, 2021
Maillardville, BC - Kelowna, BC

With family at his side, Real Gaudet passed into the presence of Jesus on October 17, 2021.

Real Vital Joseph Gaudet passed away on the morning of October 17, 2021, at Mission Creek Landing Care Facility surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Raymonde; his six children, Marc, Corinne (Frank), Richard (Rose), Nicole (Scott), Monique (Brian), and Christopher; his grandchildren, Matthew (Lindsay, and her children Jada and Keaton), Jonathan, Adam, Frances (Richard), Cole, Lucas, Landon, Thomas (Alex, and her children Grace and Maddie), Leon, Amanda, Nicholas; as well as his great-grandchildren, Ana, Oakley, and Hudson.

Real came from humble beginnings, born in a small french logging community called Maillardville, BC, his parents Yvan and Germaine and late sister Georgie were great influences on him growing up, teaching him the value of hard work and the love of laughter. Real started working at a young age in the Fraser Mills Lumberyard under his father's care. He developed a love of baseball, and all sports; growing up Real was known as "Powerhouse Gaudet" on the baseball diamond for his home runs and tenacity on the field. Things changed quickly when he met the love of his life, Raymonde Ducharme, sister of his childhood and lifelong best friend Roger. Roger recently passed away and shares similar stories with Real. Many laughs were to be had whenever they were together.

Real and Raymonde were married at an early age in their catholic community, and they were eager to start a family. Five children were born in Coquitlam, BC, surrounded by many loving cousins, extended family, and friends. The family decided to head for greener pastures and move to Kelowna, BC in the mid-seventies, where Real became the first employee for Centennial Packers. Their sixth child was born in Kelowna. Many in-laws followed suit and moved to the Okanagan, and now many Ducharmes and Gaudets are residing here. Real worked very hard to support his family. Even with knee struggles and back issues, he never complained, he was always making jokes and praising the Lord!

Many of his children got married and had families, which Real took great pride in. Real was always happiest when surrounded by his loving family and friends. Sunday was a special day for Real and Raymonde as they spent quality time with their parish community, attending mass and breakfast afterwards.

Real was known for his infectious sense of humour and love of music, playing guitar and singing, drawing inspiration from the likes of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. He was well known for singing "Your Cheating Heart" at many family weddings. At the care facility, Real was well known for bringing joy and laughter to many. All people mattered to Real, as he had a big heart and loved unconditionally, always trying to brighten someone's day.

He was very proud of his extensive family and of his loving wife of 62 years, Raymonde, never wanting to leave her side.

Real you will be missed on earth, but you will be cherished in heaven. You made everyone laugh, and it is a sad day knowing we will never hear your voice again. But, you will live on in our hearts. Thank you Real for your many gifts, you were truly a legend.

The family would also like to thank the staff at Mission Creek Landing. You were amazing and made my dad feel loved. Thank you.

Memorial donations may be sent to support pro-life, a cause that Real believed in, Kelowna Right to Life, lifecollective.io/kelowna.

Vigil and Prayers for the deceased will be held Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC.

A Funeral Mass will be held on MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021, AT 10:30 AM, ALSO AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, with Fr. Cerlouie Jimenez and Fr. Pierre Ducharme co-presiding, all are welcome to attend if able. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream, a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the family will have a small, private reception.

To view the Livestream/recording or send the family condolences, please visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (click direct link below)

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/gaudet-real
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 07, 2021
    So very sorry to hear of Real's passing. Spent a number of good times and had great chats watching our sons play hockey, many years ago.
    Ian Tycho
  • Oct 28, 2021
    We at the Kelowna Right to Life Society are forever grateful for all Real and Raymonde have done for unborn children. Real's witty humor and contagious smile have been greatly missed at the vigil and at all our events. He was a wonderful person who exuded joy every time I was in his presence. Our condolences to Raymonde and all the family.
  • Oct 26, 2021
    Nicole, Monique and families. What a beautiful tribute to a very beautiful person! Our sincere condolences to you all. May all your wonderful memories bring you much comfort in the days ahead. RIP Real.
    Myk n Lisa Detmers
  • Oct 25, 2021
    My condolences to the Gaudet family on the passing of Real, it was actually a shock to me. Real and I worked together at Centennial Packers for almost 16 years. I’ve never laughed more than I did working with Real. Real had no problem speaking his mind. He loved his Montreal Canadiens and being in the hockey pools every year. I’ve missed him for along time, I miss him even more now. R.I.P. buddy…
    Denis Trottier
  • Oct 25, 2021
    Raymonde and family,
    Real always made everyone feel so special, always making sure he got a laugh out of them too!
    He was a true gentleman, proud of you all but you could tell he was especially happy at the side of his wonderful wife. A true love story.
    Thinking of you all as you grieve,
    Patty and Bryon
  • Oct 24, 2021
    A very true friend, I am sorry for your loss. He made me laugh a lot. I will really miss him. Dean Fitzgerald
  • Oct 23, 2021
    Dear Raymonde and families. May Jesus, Mary Joseph and ALL God's Angels and Saints welcome Real, with his eternal reward of Life in Eternity for his blessed life on Earth, where he lived and was blessed with God's special care and LOVE. May Joy & Peace and Love be with you as you grieve his passing.
    Betty Yarrow
  • Oct 22, 2021
    Raymonde and family. I will miss Reals visits at my garage ect in sunrise village. We were pretty good friends and could weave many a good tale between the two of us.At least Raymonde we will still be able to see each other as you drive by on your daily tours and wave. My condolences to the whole family. Tom Mckenzie
  • Oct 22, 2021
    Oh Raymonde... I am only reading now and hearing of Real's passing. My heart breaks for you. Your friend and partner in crime has passed on. But our hope is in the notion that he is ALIVE in Heaven with Jesus and the saints and all those from our community who have gone ahead of us.
    I am here for a hug whenever you need one. God bless you and I will keep you, Real and your family in my prayers. <3
    Leanne Hopegood
  • Oct 22, 2021
    Ramonde, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember the kindess and beautiful smiles from you and Real. May he rest in peace. Prayers and peace to you and your family during this sad time. Hailey Harfman
  • Oct 22, 2021
    Sad to hear of the passing of your dad, grandpa and great grandpa. He was always fun to be around, loved to joke and laugh. May he Rest In Peace.
    Love Liz and Sue.
  • Oct 22, 2021
    such a loss, i remember Real and i teasing you at the A&W Raymond, they were good times my thoughts are with you, Gary Jamieson
  • Oct 21, 2021
    Raymond and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Riel was the first person I met at Centennial. Real was very supportive, working very hard as he lightened our days with humor and good cheer. We shared many toasts together. May Real Rest in Peace as you and your family share special memories.
    Jim and Marian
  • Oct 21, 2021
    Raymonde and family
    My Condolences
    Harry Mehmal
  • Oct 21, 2021
    Really sorry to read of Ray's passing. I knew Ray from his centennial packers days in Kelowna. My youngest son played hockey with Chris in Kelowna for many years. I really enjoyed the road trips with Ray. He was a fun guy and a big hockey fan. My thoughts go out to the family and will be really missed.
    Keith Kennedy and family
  • Oct 20, 2021
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Monique my condolences to you and the family. Georgina Edwards
  • Oct 20, 2021
    Our condolences to the Gaudet family. Many fun memories as neighbours on Bankhead Cres. with Real, Raymonde, and the kids. Jim & Irene Cronin
  • Oct 20, 2021
    We solved a lot of the hockey problems over the years and i even think we solved some of the world's problems
    Real was a true gentlemen always respectful of people, young and old
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and LIna Rampone
  • Oct 20, 2021
    To Raymonde and Family on Real's passing. He had such a "Happy go Lucky" attitude and was always a joy to visit with, as we frequently did as neighbors. Our prayers go out to you and yours, and may he Rest in Peace. Ted and Simone Randles
  • Oct 20, 2021
    Deepest sympathy sent out to you Raymonde and all the family in the passing of Real. Such a lovely man. Our paths crossed as we were close neighbours in three areas of Kelowna. Bankhead Crescent, old Glenmore and again in sunrise Village.
    Always enjoyed our chats on his daily walks until a few years ago. You will all have so many good memories to keep him close in your hearts. Barb Turner-Schmidt
  • Oct 20, 2021
    Dear Ramonde and family, Please accept our warmest condolences. we are deeply sorry for your loss. Real always had a big smile, we had lots of fun and laughter at hockey games when Chris and Jason played for the same hockey team. We certainly miss those fun times together. He will be greatly missed. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Denis and Doreen Deleurme
  • Oct 20, 2021
    Our sincere condolences to your whole family. As expressed in Real's Obit, he was an amazing man and "happy" and smiling all the time. May all your memories keep you smiling too.
    John & Doreen Jack
  • Oct 19, 2021
    To the family , thinking of you all. Your parents were special friends of my parents ( Jack &Trudy) for many years. I remember Real always happy and made us laugh.
    Lisa K.
  • Oct 19, 2021
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Real. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Raymonde and the family. Real had a great sense of humor and it was always a joy to visit with him for coffee at the A&W after weekday masses. We will miss him.
    Anita and Gerry Fee
  • Oct 19, 2021
    Corrine: Sorry to learn your dad has passed away. Sounds like he had a very fulfilling life.
    Carol Losch ( Simon)
  • Oct 19, 2021
    Dear Raymonde,Nicole,Monique,Chris and the entire Gaudet family. We were so very sorry to learn of Raels passing. We have many many happy memories of the good old hockey days we spent together when Larry was coaching Chris. You were one of the best hockey parents anyone could ask for and so much fun to be around. Our thoughts are with you all and hope that the many many fond memories you all have will give comfort at this time. Nicole please give Raymonde a big hug for
    Love Larry and Wendy Keating
  • Oct 19, 2021
    Monique, Corinne, Nicole and family. We are so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. We send our condolences. Marty and Linda.
  • Oct 19, 2021
    So very sorry for your loss. Real was always a pleasure to have around at Michaelbrook and I looked forward to his smiling face every men's night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Chris and Dave Drew.
  • Oct 19, 2021
    Raymond and family, we were so sorry to hear of Real’s passing. We have many good memories of working together at Centennial Packers. He always had a smile and laugh to share with everyone. Gary and Corinne Archibald
  • Oct 19, 2021
    Sorry Raymonde to hear of Real’s passing - deepest condolences to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time.
    Bee - #566
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