Rene R. Fortin

  • Born: May 27, 1943
  • Died: September 29, 2018
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rene R. Fortin, 75, of Manchester died Saturday, September 29, 2018 with his loving family by his side.
Born in Manchester on May 27, 1943, he was the son of Laurent and Simonne (Cote) Fortin. He was a graduate of St. Marie High School, class of 1961. He attended St. Anselm College and served in the US Air Force National Guard from 1963 until 1969. He married his wife, Ruth (Gravel) Fortin in 1963.
Rene dedicated most of his career to the auto body and towing industry. Joining the New Hampshire Towing Association just after its creation in 1972, he served 43 years as its President. He also had a broad regional impact on the industry as President of Conference of Northeast Towing Association and was a board member of the Towing and Recovery Association of America. He was recently inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, TN on September 15th of this year. He was equally humbled and honored by the experience. Rene was employed at a handful of body shops in southern NH, most recently sharing his talents and insights at National Wrecker Service in Portsmouth.
His commitments outside of work included time supporting former Boy Scout Troop 113 of Goff's Falls, including over a decade as Scoutmaster. He received the Daniel Webster Council/Rockhill District Award of Merit for outstanding service to the community. He immersed himself fully into his interests and his family.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, family members include a son, Roger Fortin of Brewer, ME; a daughter, Barbara Richard and her husband Rob of Bangor, ME; four grandchildren, Christina and Jennifer of Colorado, Alex and Kimberly of Maine; his brother, Richard Fortin and wife Holly of Snowville, NH; his mother-in-law, Yvette Gravel of Manchester; several aunts, nieces, cousins and many, many cherished friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Laurette Fortin.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in the chapel at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, Manchester. Burial followed in St. Augustin Cemetery, So Beech St, Manchester.
Donations may be made in his memory to the NHTA earmarked for training and education fund at: NHTA, PO Box 5438, Manchester, NH 03108-5438, or at or to ITRHFM Wall of the Fallen Survivor Fund which is dedicated to the families of tower's who died in the line of service at: ITRHFM, 3315 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408 or at
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Very sorry loosing such a great guy he was the best

Posted by michael Mcgrath - braintree, MA - Friend   October 05, 2018


Rene was a truly remarkable man. He had a genuine smile and always made you feel special. There was not a mean bone inside of his body. What a fantastic friend he was. I will miss seeing him every Friday. My deepest sympathies to his wife and family.

Posted by Nicole Deshaies - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 05, 2018

Rene was a fierce advocate for the towing industry and working with the NH Department of Transportation in promoting safety for those responding for roadside assistance and emergencies. I always enjoyed our conversations and the passion he had for highway safety. Very sorry to learn of his passing. He will be missed.

Posted by Bill Boynton - Concord, NH   October 04, 2018

One of the best. I will miss his neighborly banter. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Rich Thompson - Manchester, NH - Neighbor   October 04, 2018

He was a very caring, kind and brave man! He touched my heart. I will never
forget him. My sympathies to his wife and family.

Posted by sherry paulhamus - wear, NH   October 04, 2018

you will be very missed...rene.& a great 40 years with the NH, towing inerstary !!!rest in peace .love always...Robert & Noreen .supreme towing & recovery .

Posted by robert surprement - manchester, NH - Friend   October 03, 2018

An all around good guy. Rest in peace

Posted by Bob Molloy - Manchester, NH - acquaintance   October 03, 2018

So sorry to hear of Rene's passing. I knew him best as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 113. He was a great guy who did so much for so many. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Ken Hamel - WEST NEWTON, MA   October 03, 2018

Ruth, Roger, Barbara and all of Rene's family;

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and with Rene too. He was a great man and will be remembered by all that knew him. I first met him almost 42 years ago when he was at Duclos Auto Body. Later, after I joined the PD, I'd meet him again, and would always stop in to say Hi and visit when he was at Yanco Auto Body, and later too, when he was working in Hooksett.

Rene will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless.†

Posted by Jack Murphy - Manchester, NH   October 02, 2018

Ruth, family & friends; sorry for your loss and sincere condolences, Rene will certainly be missed by innumerable people as he was always there whenever he was sought out for help, me included.

Posted by Roger Simard - Clermont, FL - Classmate   October 02, 2018

Rene will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out for you Ruth, and your family. I first met Rene while driving for Campbell towing and then at Queen City Toyota. He was well regarded & loved throughout the industry. He was truly an amazing guy and thoughtful friend. RIP my friend. With deepest sympathy. Ron & Cheryl Fournier

Posted by Ron Fournier - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 02, 2018


Posted by Renee Dube - Manchester, NH   October 02, 2018

My deepest sympathy for the Fortin family
at this difficult time.

Posted by Benedict Hargraves - North Fort Myers, FL   October 02, 2018

Ruth and family, sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all at this time.

Posted by jim and linda molloy - manchester, NH - Coworker   October 01, 2018


We have lost a great friend and a awesome man that I have known for many years. He will be very missed as he has touched many hearts in his lifetime and he will never be forgotten. I remember all the good times being with the towing association and the time he always put in to it. He was a generous person and always left a great feeling with you when you talked to him. My condolences go out to the Family and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. He always had touched a part of everyone he came in contact with was a very happy person always look for the good in everything never looked at the bad. You will always remember the good times and fun everyone had being with him and let those thoughts always be there and never be forgotten. God bless Rene he will be watching over us.

Posted by Steven & Patty Plourde - Claremont, NH - Friend   October 01, 2018

We are sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Love from Lisa, Frances, Paula, Susan and Deb @ Elliot.

Posted by Registry Services - Manchester, NH - coworker   October 01, 2018


Rene you will be greatly missed. Thank you for making an impact on my life. I enjoyed working with you during my State Police days, but especially enjoyed talking to you on a personal level about our families. I know you are in a wonderful place surrounded by all things great, but I will miss talking with you. You put up a heck of a fight; go now and rest. We'll meet again. Nicole Armaganian

Posted by Nicole Armaganian - Concord, NH - Friend   October 01, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Rene for the first time as a class mate of the 2018 Hall of Fame International Towing and Rcovery museum.
It was my great honour to sit with Rene at this event and talk to him about his passion (towing and recovery)
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time, God bless Rene a true gentleman.
John And Christine Coldwell Suffolk England. Class of 2018

Posted by John Coldwell - England UK - Classmate   October 01, 2018

Ruth Roger Barbara and family .Our hearts are very heavy and will be for a long time.We lost an awesome man and friend.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Don and Dotty. Kuna Id.

Posted by Don and Dotty St Cyr - Kuna, ID   October 01, 2018


Barbara and sorry for your loss...our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time..hold tight to the memories as they will sustain and carry you...Mr & Mrs Padden

Posted by Kevin & Carmen Padden - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 01, 2018

Dear Ruth: We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Rene please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences.We will be away from October 3 through October 11 and therefore will be unable to attend any of the funeral service's.

Posted by Roger and Emily Mercier - Manchester, NH - Friend   October 01, 2018

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