Born July 23, 1913 in Wainwright, AB - Died July 15, 2018 in Surrey, BC
Rex is survived by Trudie, his devoted wife of 63 years. Also by daughter Linda (Bob) Butterfield and Jon (Marcia), Rex’s children with Lois. As well, survived by son Dave (Nancy) and daughter Maggie (Bill) Leary, his children with Trudie and a host of grand and great-grandchildren.
Rex began an interesting and rewarding career in aviation at a young age in Fort McMurray, AB. During his career, he travelled widely and was deeply involved in the development of aviation in the Canadian North. After retiring from CP Air in 1978, he and Trudie spent many summers at the cabin on Tagish Lake in the Yukon. He authored a well-received book, Bent Props and Blow Pots which recounted many of his experiences during the early years of Canadian aviation.
Rex was rewarded a number of honours including induction into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, and recently had a building named after him in Fort McMurray. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Union Gospel Mission, 601 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6A 1J7 or a charity of your choice will be appreciated.
A Celebration of Rex’s Life will be held on August 25, 2018 at Eagle Quest Golf Club. (East Room) 7778 - 152nd St., Surrey, B.C. from 1:00 to 4:00.