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Matthew James Rene

06/03/1985 - 11/18/2022


Obituary For Matthew James Rene

After a courageous 8-year battle with ALS, on November 18, 2022, Matthew J. Rene, 37 passed away peacefully at home. Matt was a dedicated husband to his wife and beloved childhood friend, Andrea (Pannoni) Rene and a loving son to Jocelyn "Josie" (McGail) and the late Robert J. Rene.

Matt was a lifelong resident of Warren, RI and admirably known as a hard worker. He was an inspiration to his community through both ALS awareness and the non-profit Stand 4 A Difference he helped build with his wife and stepdaughter. Through his character of determination and a persistent resolve to spend as much quality time with his growing daughter Kennedy, Matt lived his life to the fullest. Even wheelchair bound, like a true fighter, Matt completed everything on his bucket list, including traveling the world with his wife. He is the true definition of courage and tenacity. Matt was an avid New England Patriots fan and season ticket holder. He loved to travel, cook, and spend time around the table with his friends and family. Some of his fondest moments in life were working and barbequing alongside his late father, Robert. They are now joyfully reunited.

In addition to his loving wife, Andrea, and devoted mother, Josie, Matt is survived by his daughter, Kennedy Rene, his stepdaughter, Madison Kuzmiski, both of Warren, RI, his brother, Michael Rene, nephew and niece Benjamin and Savannah Rene of Chelmsford, MA.

Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI, where the family will receive guests and relatives for visitation on Friday, November 25, 2022, from 4-8PM. A short service will follow at 8PM ending with a fireball toast to Matt.

A celebration of Matt's life will be held at a later date at Burr's Hill Park in Warren, RI. There will be a family trip to Madeira to spread his ashes honoring the last of Matt's bucket list.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Matthew’s honor to: The Christopher Stone Foundation, 605 Main St. Warren, RI 02885 or Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 or online at

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  • 11/23/2022

    My heartfelt condolences on your loss. I still have the Stand 4 a Difference cup that Madison made and I will always cherish it. My thought and prayers are with you all. Chris Kinder

  • 11/22/2022

    You were a huge part of my First Season as a Football Coach, for the Warren Redskins in 1997. I was a Freshman in College, and you were a 12 year old kid with a Dream of becoming a Running Back. You inspired me watching you earn that Fullback Position, leading the way for our Team that Season that I will truly, never forget. You were my First Captain, My First Fullback & Middle Linebacker and taught me more than you realize in my first year Coaching this Game. I will always remember you as a tough kid with a huge heart that would do anything for his Teammates & Friends. You handed me the Football after your First Touchdown and I will never forget that moment. When I reach the Gates of Heaven my little brother, we will throw that TD Football around one more time. Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the Lord forever." With Love, Coach Rhynard & Family

  • 11/21/2022

    My Sincere Condolences to his Wife Andrea Rene & Family . And his loving Mother Josie Rene and Family .! May we all find Comfort & Peace in each other and Friends during this difficult loss of a loved one ! RIP Matt 💔🙏 Forever in our Hearts! Love you ! Aunty Carol

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