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Last (and first) name sure sound French. Born in Maine; lots of French-Canadian 'Acadians' moved to Maine and rest of New England in droves in the 19th century, from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Also to Louisiana. But that was more the 18th century (Cajuns). Also from Quebec, to New England. Big Catholic families, no jobs, village priest encourages to send kids to New England textile factories. Result is hundreds of thousands of people in New England today with French last names.
All of which to say (long-winded; sorry), I wonder if Rene Rancourt is of French-Canadian heritage? But unlikely he could still speak French; or know any relatives in Canada. Probably 4 or 5 generations "out" (since ancestors left Canada). Like millions of people around Chicago or Cleveland who have Polish last names, several generations "out" from Heimat, so can't speak Polish.