March 19, 1921 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
March 26, 2014 – Red Deer, Alberta
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, passed away peacefully in Red Deer at age 93 after a long struggle with heart disease.
Rex is survived by Dorothy (Hellings) his loving wife of 70 years. Fondly remembered by his daughters, Heather (Terry) Hodgins and Colleen (David) Hardy; his five grandchildren, Sara (Robin) Wiens, Kelly (Aaron) Woods, Lindsay (Jason) Van Huizen, Alison Hardy and Evan (Jillian) Hardy; by his seven great grandchildren, Dylan, Ronan, Sylvie, Ilse, Iona, Vaughn and Natalie; brother, Gerald, of Winnipeg and brother-in-law Bill (Norma) Hellings of Edmonton.
Although reticent to discuss his experiences in the war, Rex enlisted out of high school in 1940. As a fighter pilot in the RAF and RCAF, he flew over 185 Hurricane and Spitfire missions in Europe, Africa, Sicily and Italy, where he was shot down and narrowly rescued from the Mediterranean. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valour, courage and determination of the highest order. He retired from service with the rank of flight lieutenant in 1945.
Rex had a successful career as a menswear manufacturer’s agent, travelling through much of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. He established a menswear store, “The Rack” in Moose Jaw in 1961. He subsequently returned to his agent’s role and moved to Calgary in 1972, before retiring in 1981 at age 60.
For many years he spent the summer months at Buffalo Pound Lake, near Moose Jaw, where he devoted much time and energy to his annual projects expanding and upgrading his cabin and property, when not playing horseshoes or sailing. Rex was a member of the Moose Jaw Lions Club and an effective fund raiser for a number of community organizations, including the YMCA. In Calgary he was an active supporter of Preston Manning in the early years of the Reform Party. A skier, hunter and an avid golfer, after retirement he could usually be found on the golf course in Calgary and Palm Desert and continued to play into his late 80’s.
A Private Family Service will be held in Red Deer. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.
In living memory of Rex Probert, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences