Saturday, March 21, 2009

The loss of a True Friend.....

It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that I write this posting. Normally, I can't wait to recount the previous evenings adventures on ice, but the news this morning changed everything. When the phone rang and a friend and fellow teammate informed me that Rex had passed away , a sudden wave of disbelief and shock overcame me. I was speechless, my mind was just not accepting the words that were trying to register . Not Rex, we just had a beer with him after last weeks game for Christ sakes ! He gave me some sort of painkiller pills and a knee brace and said, " Here Rob, take these, keep the brace and use it until I get back in a couple of weeks. Don't lose the damn thing, I will probably need it for the tourney." And with that , Rex said a few quick good byes on his way out of the dressing room. You see Rex only stayed for one post game whiskey that night, as he informed us that he was told by Bev , that perhaps he should maybe consider to start packing for their 2 week Mexican family vacation, which he was leaving for at 6:00 am the next morning. But that was Rex, never taking things to serious. Just when you thought he wasn't gonna make the game, who wheels in, 1973 Molson Canadian hockey bag in hand, but the Golden Vet. Never one to let his teammates down, Rex always had a cure for what ailed ya. Whether it was a pill or a whiskey from his mobile vet kit, or maybe a smile and a story, the Golden Vet always knew what to prescribe . Rex was and will forever be a "Swan Valley Credit Union Oldtymer" . You will be missed dearly my friend.


  1. he was a great guy. a real team player always ready to share a shift with you.i will miss him

  2. Good write up Rob. Ya, hard to believe. We were down in Mexico the same time Rex was there and got the news. Just hard to believe. Rex always gave me these bloody Lime Pills. I had my thumb and fingers taped up with masking tape and he said, "here, take these, it will stop the fingers from cracking." I took 'm.