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REHILL, Donald (Boomer) Beverly

March 30, 1937 – Morin, Alberta
November 8, 2017 – Pincher Creek, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Don passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the age of 80.

Don’s day job was working for ICBC for more than thirty years, but his main passion was hockey. Spending most of his early years playing in the senior leagues of Alberta where he was known as “Boomer”, for both his toughness and goal scoring. To put money and potato salad on the table for his young family, he worked as a body-man for auto body shops across the province. Relocating to Cranbrook in the early 70’s, he was a primary “defense” fixture in the East Kootenay’s Oldtimers hockey league well into his 60’s, played on the VOT (Very Old Timers) team and finally hung up the skates in his late 60’s after a number of years of refereeing minor hockey.  Don had a huge love for the sport of golf. Many, many hours were spent at his beloved Cranbrook Golf Course, on the annual Osoyoos pilgrimage and touring courses on his snowbird drive to Mazatlan, Mexico. Don was also an avid fisherman with some of his happiest days out on the lake with his wife Joan.

Nothing made Don prouder than to talk about his boys. There was never a doubt as to the love that he had for his three sons.

Don is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Trent and Nicole of Tunis, and Barry and Gladys of Frank and by his sister, Esme of Wetaskiwin and his brother Reg (Diane) of Westville, Nova Scotia.  He is survived by his grandchildren Bret, Dallas, J.T and Tessa.  And his great-grandchild Haedyn. Don is predeceased by his wife Joan, his son Randy, and his parents.

We will all miss his infectious smile and kind heart.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the BCSPCA East Kootenay Branch, 3339 Hwy 3 & 95 Cranbrook BC V1C 4H6 CA http://spca.bc.ca/locations/east-kootenay/ in memory of “Boomer” and his love of animals.

In living memory of Don Rehill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Frank/Evelyn Gray :

    Trent & Family

    Our deepest condolences to you on Boomer’s passing. We will always cherish the good times we spent with him – he was one of a kind!

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  2. Eric Pearson and Family :

    Trent,

    Our thoughts are with you and your family as you work though the loss of your father. A full and interesting life, leaving memories people around you will cherish forever, is the best any of us can hope for and your dad set a fine example. I wish we could join you at the service to celebrate his life, we will be there in spirit!

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  3. Colin & Barb Chakowski :

    Sorry to here of Don’s passing – but glad we could stop in and visit him at the rest home in Pincher Creek. He was much fun either at the golf course or on the ice.

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  4. I watched Don play for the Red Deer Rustlers/Chevvies in the mid 60s and what a great time it was. The arena was packed with excited fans and Don and his team mates put on a tremendous show every game.
    Don, Ron Tookey and Owen Mailey were three top players from that era.
    Condolences to the Rehill family and Dons friends.
    Craig Pearn
    Calgary

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  5. Gerry and Elaine Ridgley :

    So sad to hear about Don. We have such great memories of Don in Mazatlan, Cranbrook and Osoyoos. He was always a happy man to be around.
    Our condolences to his family.

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  6. My heartfelt wishes go out to Trent,Barry and all of Donny’s family. Don was my mentor when I hired on with ICBC and I worked with him until he retired.
    he taught me to be “firm but fair” with the shops and the claimants, and that you could only “call what you see” just like his in refereeing.
    Donny will be missed by all who knew him.

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  7. Trent and Family,

    My Deepest Sympathies on the loss of your Father. I have many fond memories of my friendship with Donnie and our rounds on the Cranbrook Golf Course and in Osoyoos. He has been missed this past few years. I hope that time and your special memories of Donnie will help you cope with his loss. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

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  8. Jennifer Namislo. (Reeve) :

    My dad, Tom Reeve, knew Don well and I remember getting together with the family. Years later I had the privilege to work with him at ICBC. Enjoyed his camping stories and think very fondly of him. Sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were wonderful

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  9. Kate Stapleton :

    My sincerest condolences to you Trent, Barry, Reg and Esme (mom). I will be thinking of you on Saturday, as you say your goodbyes. I will forever remember his laugh. It was so infectious! Love you all
    Kate

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  10. marie-anne hammond :

    My name is Marie-Anne and I worked with your dad from 1980 until he retired – I send my very sincere sympathy on what is truly a loss for you, and for the hard times before your dad died – he was a man of very large character, and in spite of his sometimes crusty exterior, I never doubted his soft heart. I also really appreciated your lovely mom, and know that your memories of both of them will be precious.

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  11. Trent and Nicole,
    We are so sorry for your loss, and our thoughts are with all of you.
    Doug and Karen Grabham

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  12. It was with a heavy heart that I read of Don’s passing. I enjoyed his company and infectious humour and will fondly recall the Osoyoos pilgrimages. RIP Don, you’ll be missed but never forgotten.

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  13. Trent
    I was very saddened by the passing of your Dad. He and I worked together for a number of years and I always enjoyed his company. Pretty darn good golfer too.
    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. He will certainly be missed

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