Services for Rene

Hello Everyone,

There will be two Services for Rene, in Park Ridge and then in Toronto.

Park Ridge Visitation will be at Ryan Parke Funeral Home on Monday October 21st from 3 – 8pm.  Per Rene’s request, casual attire encouraged.  Address is 120 South Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Rene Collins to the American Cancer Society.

Toronto Memorial and Services will be held at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club on Monday October 28th from 2 – 4pm.  Per Rene’s request, casual attire encouraged.  Address is 141 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5M 3A3.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Rene Collins to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Family all gathering and we are sharing some good laughs and going through Kleenex at a pretty good rate.  Thanks as always for your efforts in helping us cope.

11 thoughts on “Services for Rene

  1. Jason and family so sad to hear about Rene. Our heart felt sorrow to you and all the many family members for their care and love throughout this very long journey.
    Rene was a fighter and a winner always,


  2. To Jason and family,
    You do not know me, but I grew up playing tennis with Renee as we’ll she was a bridesmaid at my wedding.
    I just found out about Renee’s illness and i’am so sorry for your loss. As you said, she was an amazing girl with a lot of determination and a never give up attitude. As well, she always had a smile on her face. That is truly how I remember her always happy and enjoying life to the fullest. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as well as Renee’s.

    Wishing you long life,
    Carrie-Lynn Cohen Kalk

  3. Jackie called this us morning having seen Rene’s very touching and impressive obituary in the newspaper.
    We are so incredibly sorry to hear of her passing. We have followed her journey by means of the website for a year, and she certainly fought the good fight. The only blessing now is that she is at last at peace.
    Our hearts and minds go out to Jason and our dear friends Burt and Jane. We wish we could be with you at this very difficult time. Distance prohibits this, but please know that we are with you in thought, and this strikes very close to home with us. We have known Rene since she was a little girl, and followed her through her life and career on the circuit as if she were a member of our family.
    There is nothing we can say that will mitigate your deep sorrow at this time, but we pray the as the days pass the hurt will ease and you will be able to focus on all the wonderful memories that you have of your talented daughter.
    We will be in touch, Burt and Jane when you are back at home in Toronto.
    With much love as always, Dorothy and Arthur

  4. So very sad to hear of the news. Ron, Rachel and I are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. With love, the Bunts

  5. Thoughts and prayers are will all of you. I hope that this weekend and many more weekends will provide such love, honor and support for everyone for weeks and years to come. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this journey. As I have stated before…. It truly had been inspiring. Much love,

  6. Jason:
    Our thoughts are with you and all of Rene’s family at this time.

    You welcomed me into the Wilson family with open arms even after I assumed “Feder” stood for Kevin Federline… instead of Roger Federer. Rene was just as welcoming, fun and sweet.

    I remember how your honeymoon fell during a busy period of the new labels requiring you to call with updates and directions. I kept cutting your calls short intentionally. Shortly after your return, I finally met Rene in the Wilson lobby. She didn’t need an introduction because her beaming ear-to-ear smile and energy gave her away. I introduced myself and got a hug from her thanking me for encouraging you to leave work behind during your trip. You two were great together.

    Most importantly, Rene was a true inspiration. She touched many lives and will be missed greatly.

    -Greg Greenwald

  7. Jay – really sorry to hear about Rene. My thoughts are with you and your families. I know Craig has reached out to you but wanted to also leave you a message.

  8. Dear Jason, I was deeply saddened to hear of Rene’s passing and still am. My heart goes out to you and your entire family. I was blessed to meet and spend time with Rene while making my feature documentary film SHE GOT GAME: Behind-the-Scenes of the Women’s Tennis Tour, in which Rene appears.

    I lost my mom suddenly last year, and recently discovered the beautifully bittersweet words below, which brought both a smile to my face and tears to my eyes… which I would like to share with you and your family:

    I am with you still, I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am a diamond glints on snow
    I am the sunlight on the ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn rain
    When u awaken in the morning hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush.
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone
    I am with you still
    In each new dawn

    Most sincerely,

    Bobbi Jo

  9. Was playing tennis yesterday and thought of you, Jason as we approach this first Christmas. It will be a strange one no doubt and I pray that you’re surrounded by loving family. All my best for strength for you.

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