Rene was born in Somerville MA in 1931 to Anthony and Louise Pignone. He was soon joined by brothers Anthony and Reynolds. Rene had a great love of music and studied Jazz percussion for 12 years. He was known for drumming on tables his whole life.
After high school, when the Korean War was declared, he joined the Marine Corps the next day. He was later selected to be a member of the elite Force Recon. His love of the armed forces and country played a big part in his life. After leaving the Marine Corps he became a hairdresser and won the International Trophy 3 years in a row. He founded Rene Coiffures on Newbury St which quickly became one of the top salons in Boston. This is how he met his wife, Nona, of 56 years when she was a Weather Girl on Channel 7.
They married in 1964 and went on to have 3 wonderful sons Anthony, Nick and Arty. For the first 9 years they raised their family in Winchester and then moved to Fairhaven. In 1996 they moved to Hollywood Florida.
During their years in South Florida they were blessed by 3 wonderful daughters in law Katie, Jessica and Deirdre and 5 beautiful grandchildren Sydney, Conor, Sofia, Alexander and Ella. Loved by all who knew him, Rene's life was one of faith, honor, and compassion. On Tuesday he passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and 3 sons.
"I met Rene through my late husband of 35 years, a longtime, dear friend who extended his hospitality at his 91 Newbury Street salon to Rene & and the salon he was affiliated with until they found new quarters, which may have been before Rene opened up his own business. In spite of some time gaps when they lost touch from time to time, Romaeo and Rene always comfortably resumed their friendship whenever they did reconnect. One particular characteristic about that friendship -- Romaeo's ability to make Rene laugh hysterically. Listening to that was worth everything.....especially among such longtime friends. Love to Nona and the kids and grandkids....Ariana "
"May you Rest In Peace Rene. You left a wonderful legacy and you will be missed. God wrap His loving arms around your dear family. ??"
"Rene was one of the kindest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing, he was a valued friend. He adored Nona and their family, you are his legacy. We will miss him. We hope the family will take comfort knowing he's at peace in heaven. With our love, Johnny and Karen Morgison"
"Nona, Arty and family....you have our deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Rene...had been awhile since I saw him ( 2005 at Matt and Erin's wedding) ....but will always remember him as a kind and gentle man...he will certainly be sorely missed...Rest in Peace, Rene....love Donald and Cathy Gomes"
"Rene was that ever constant friend, always there, always willing to listen or lend a hand when needed. Our families enjoyed years of fun and friendship that has meant the world to us. From food fights in Waterville Valley NH to wonderful dinners in Hollywood FL......it has been a journey to remember. And that is the key...the wonderful memories we have. RIP friend."
"My darling friend, Rene - I'm so sad that he has left us, but relieved that he is out of pain and suffering. One of my fondest memories with Rene took place several years ago when I was visiting my best friend Nona and Rene was still able to stand. A favorite song came on the TV and I asked him to dance - in their kitchen. His eyes brightened and he said yes! And there we were - dancing right next to his gorgeous wife and favorite chair in the kitchen. All of us smiling and laughing. Not a lot of fancy footwork, but his love and caring for family and friends were right there. RIP my friend."