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October 13, 1936 — August 14, 2019

Rex passed away on August 14, 2019 at the age of 82. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Caroline. Born in England on October 13, 1936, he was one of five siblings. He grew up in Winnipeg, MB, where he met the love of his life in elementary school.  They were later re-introduced by friends and Rex and Caroline were married on September 12, 1959. He worked at Headingley Jail in Winnipeg until in 1967 when Rex and Caroline moved to Kelowna to escape the cold. Rex then worked at Calona Wines until retirement.

Rex and Caroline enjoyed their cabin up a Bonaparte Lake for many years, having fun there in summer as well as the winter, celebrating many Christmases. Rex and Caroline also had a love for German Shepherds. Rex loved to go hunting and fishing with his friends. He had fun with all his toys and whistles: his boat, ATV, and snowmobile. There are many stories to be told and shared.

Rex was a true friend to many; he was always helping others. He helped build or re-model many houses, decks, and sheds. He was always there to help.  Rex had a daily routine with several life-long buddies where they met for coffee at L and O, Dairy Queen, and A&W.

Rex created an extra-special bond with many. He was the best “Big Brother” for Kevin, for 47 years, doing many fun things as Kevin grew up, then having a bond as an adult. Rex had many trips to Ottawa to visit his nephew, Randy and his wife Gloria. He had 14 summers with his nephew, Jeremy. Rex shared many “niches” with Brad and snuck away for lunches at Triple “O”s. Rex recently had a great trip to PEI with Donna (an “adopted” daughter). Rex was a loving, caring husband and friend. His friends were his family. He will be remembered and cherished forever in our hearts.

A Reception will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Should you so desire, memorial donations may be made to Cops for Kids, www.copsforkids.org. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for PALMER, Rex is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Howard Soon says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of our friend Rex . Carol , I felt lucky to see him at DQ just a few weeks ago . We talked about his recent visit to PEI and how much he enjoyed the music in the kitchen parties . So my last great memory of Rex was of that glint of excitement in his eyes as he told me about his trip . He was a great friend to all ! Rest Well , Rex !

  • Nick Bennett says:

    Saddened to hear of Rex;s passing Carol. We worked together at Calona wines for several years and as a newcomer I sought and valued his advice on many occasions.I considered him a friend and he will be sorely missed. Thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Jerry Kozubal says:

    I am glad to have visited with Rex in his last hour at the hospital.
    He was happy to see me and my daughter Jennifer and my son Steven.
    Wish you could have stay with us longer as we had a strong bond as family.
    We will miss you and visits to Winnipeg.
    Your brother-in-law, Jerry.

  • Lucia McMullin says:

    Dear Carol,
    We are so sad for your loss of Rex. We are praying for you and love you and are thankful for the many wonderful years and memories you had together. He was a kind man and I am thankful I was able to meet him.
    Much love,
    Lucia, John, and the McMullin family.

  • Jason Kozubal says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Rex passing. He was an amazing man and somebody that I always looked up to. We will always remember his laugh during games of Farkles and when him and I warmed up dad’s car extra long to get a ride out of dad! Uncle Rex loved that! He was loved and respected by his immediate and extended families and will not be forgotten.

  • Michelle Chang says:

    Dear Carol,
    I was so sorry to hear about Rex’s passing and I offer my deepest condolences. I have many fond childhood memories of his friendship with my father, and I like to think that they are catching up now on the other side. Sending you love, strength, and peace.

  • Connie Penner says:

    So sorry for your loss, Caroline and family.

  • Ron Milani says:

    Dear Carol: I often met Rex in the morning when we both stopped by L&O, to visit Con, Rudy and Todd. Many a story passed back and forth. Rex loved to exchanged ideas on preparing food, canning, hunting and fishing. He loved to go visit his family in Eastern Canada. On return from these trips the details were always passed on. His garden was a great joy to him, the great big onions, garlic, tomatoes, all generously shared. I am sure you will miss his gentle, kind presents. Please accept my best regards. Ron Milani

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