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In Memory of

Rene Enrique

May 2, 1937 - September 6, 2017

Obituary


Rene Enrique passed away peacefully in his residence on Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017. He was 80 years old. Beloved husband of Aleida Enrique of 57 years. Loving father of Grisell "Gigi" Girau (Sergio) and Wagner Enrique (Tania). Grandfather of Michelle Girau Jackson (John), Nicole Girau, Evelyn Enrique, and Liam Enrique. Brother of Jose Enrique and the late Miguel Enrique. Son of the late Miguel Enrique and Carmen Gonzalez. Rene was a native of Havana, Cuba and has been a resident of the New Orleans area since 1980. Passion for the arts is an understatement...

Rene Enrique passed away peacefully in his residence on Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017. He was 80 years old. Beloved husband of Aleida Enrique of 57 years. Loving father of Grisell "Gigi" Girau (Sergio) and Wagner Enrique (Tania). Grandfather of Michelle Girau Jackson (John), Nicole Girau, Evelyn Enrique, and Liam Enrique. Brother of Jose Enrique and the late Miguel Enrique. Son of the late Miguel Enrique and Carmen Gonzalez. Rene was a native of Havana, Cuba and has been a resident of the New Orleans area since 1980. Passion for the arts is an understatement when it comes to the heart of Rene Enrique. Even words like vigor and zeal seem to come short. Thankfully for the sake of his family, his love for singing opera and painting was accompanied by an excess of talent. Rene received formal vocal training from the University of Havana, where he received a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts. Visitors were always greeted with a small excerpt of his favorite arias such as "Ah Mes Amis" or "La donna e mobile". However, his talents were not limited to the confines of his home. His loving voice could be heard from the altar of his church, Getsemani Hispanic Baptist Church, to the houses of painting clients. Rene believed that music broke the language barrier, connecting people of all cultures. People may not have understood his thick Cuban accent, but they could feel his heart each time he sang. After retirement, Rene began his own business painting homes. It all began as he was refinishing the front door of his own home. His neighbor admired his work and asked if Rene could retouch his own door as well. The neighborhood admirers grew and soon his schedule filled up with clients throughout the Greater New Orleans area. While his painting was not the artistic portraits he was trained to complete, he relished the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes of his fellow New Orleans neighbors and essentially being welcomed into their families. He enjoyed sharing his talents with his "new" families and leaving a memorable mark in their homes. Rene loved to travel, regardless of the destination. In fact, his family will always remember his desire to tag along to any outing, including mundane errands. He relished any opportunity to walk around and see new people. Even if the outing lead him to a hair products store, which is particularly humorous as Rene did not have hair for most of his life. It didn't matter to him as long as he could go. Of course, that does not mean he didn't have favorite destinations, his absolute favorite being Tuscany, Italy. Even 10 years after his visit, one could not meet Rene without seeing a slideshow of his trip to Tuscany. He called Italy the home of the Arts and often referred to Tuscany as heaven on earth. Rene Enrique was a beloved and righteous man who served his family, friends, and community extraordinarily well. The lives of those who knew him are forever enriched. His memory will not soon be forgotten. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to celebrate his life at Getsemani Hispanic Baptist Church, 5834 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, on Friday morning, September 15, 2017 at 11:00. Visitation will begin in church at 9:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum within Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans. An online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.