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RAYNER, Bernhart “Ted”

February 4, 1937 — January 31, 2022

At the age of 84, Ted Rayner, passed away with family by his side, at Central Okanagan Hospice House on January 31, 2022.

Ted was born in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan to Dorothy Stoliker and Leonard Rayner.  The family moved to Mission City, BC and then to Vancouver, where Ted grew up with his younger brother and sister.

Ted loved people, he was compassionate, and his compassion saved many lives.  He was a pioneer in the BC Ambulance Service, which was followed by a 28 year career as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic.  He retired in Kelowna in 1998.  Ted enjoyed his retirement to the fullest with close connections to his other retired colleagues, his family, and his many relatives.   He had a passion for classical music and was an accomplished violinist. His sense of humour was one of his most endearing characteristics.

Left to treasure his memory is his loving family: his beloved wife of 53 years, Gloria; children Jeffrey (Lela) Shenton, Gregory (Barbara) Shenton, and Adrienne Rayner (Darius Mavalwala); five grandchildren Lacey (Coriey) Kelly, Isabella Shenton, and Tai, Kian, and Jaden Mavalwala; two great-grandchildren Carter & Tessa Kelly.  He will be dearly missed by his siblings Garry (Denise) Rayner and Jean (Jack) Dangerfield; his many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as extended family, and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Interior Health – Central Okanagan Hospice House.

A Memorial Service will be held on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST), at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. 

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST)

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The service for RAYNER, Bernhart “Ted” is scheduled for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST). 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

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • WENDY RAYNER says:

    Uncle Ted was so compassionate to me during trying times in my life. I have nothing but fond memories of him. May he rest in peace.

  • Gerry and Dawn Parrott says:

    Dawn and I send our sincerest condolences to Gloria and her family. Ted was a great man and a wonderful paramedic. He will be missed by many.

  • Hugh Smith and Mary Pepper-Smith says:

    Heartfelt condolences, Gloria and family. We were honoured to know Ted as a friend, neighbour and fellow retiree.
    We’ll miss sharing reminiscences of the early days before we retired

  • Steve Williams says:

    Ted… the original “Goat” There really isn’t enough space here to express what Ted meant to those that knew him in his second family, that being his B.C. Ambulance family Ted was an icon, mentor, his sense of calmness under the most horrific calls was historic, likewise his sense of humour. Gloria… to you and your entire family and all of his/your friends, please accept our condolences from the executive and membership of the BCAS 10-7 Association/Society (retired members of the B.C. Ambulance Service. RIP Brother.

  • Dave Weir says:

    Thank you so much to let me be a part of the service from so far away. Gloria you are in my heart at this moment. What a wonderful service for a wonderful man.

  • George and Shirley Staley says:

    We send our love and condolences to you, Gloria, and your family. Ted was a very special and wonderful person and he will be missed by all. We used to enjoy the company of both of you at the many dinners of our dinner club. We send our best to you as you cope with this loss.

  • David Wardrope says:

    I worked with Ted during our ALS training at RCH, and when we graduated from that second ALS class. He was kind and capable, and I remember his smile and how much I looked forward to working each shift together. He was so proud of Adrienne, who I think may have been in figure skating during those years, like our daughter. Among many partners I worked with over the years, Ted was one of the best.

    • Sarah Hancock says:

      Love you uncle Ted. Thank you for your kind spirit that was felt in your presence. Thank you for your good example of a loving and devoted family man that you were . Prayers and hugs to family. ♥️❤️
      Love, Sarah

  • Les Vertesi says:

    I remember Ted well. Who could forget him? One of the first class of 8 paramedics in BC and you had to be among the best. to be in that group. Our province is better off for what he gave to us. I wish I had known that he played the violin. Never a braggart that guy. A life well lived. May he rest in peace.

  • Jason Stoke says:

    I still remember that morning in July 1987, waking up to see Uncle Ted on the front page of The Province. Years later, he shared the story of that Burnaby Mountain rescue with me after handing him the paper I kept in my bottom left desk drawer. Whether as a child or as a grown adult and father, Ted was the person I looked up to the most. His demeanor, compassion, sense of humor and gentleness will not be forgotten and serves as an example of what we should all strive to be. I spent time on your favorite running loop on the Greenway on Saturday in reflection, and I’m so glad to be left with our memories in the Lower Mission and the GVRD. You will be missed, Ted. I’m sorry I never got to say these words to you until now – I love you. Run on clouds, my friend…

  • Bruce McGowan says:

    Gloria: Kaylee and I send our condolences to you and your family for your loss. Ted will be missed by all. Didn’t Ted have the warmest smile ever. Such a good man

  • Irene Eurchuk says:

    I have just now learned of Ted’s passing, Gloria. Both Bernie and I are sad to hear that he is no longer with us. I often think of the afternoons the four of us spent together during our practice sessions. Our hearts go out to you! Take care!!

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