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Born: Jul 15, 1941

Date of Passing: Jul 09, 2021

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of Edmonton, Alberta
July 15, 1941 - July 9, 2021

Rex passed at Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton on Friday, July 9, 2021. He was predeceased by his partner Joni Young on December 11, 2015.
He was born to Dr. A.D. "Cy" Pickell and Lillian Florence "Lil" (nee Howe) in Stonewall, Manitoba, July 15, 1941.
He will remembered by his children, son Derek Pickell (Nitsa), daughter Brooke McCalmon; Joni's family, daughter Karissa Olson (Quinn), son Allan Young (Sharon), daughter Barbi Price (Dennis); by his siblings, Merle Tomyk (Barry), Doug Pickell (Betty-Lou) of Stonewall and Gary Pickell of Modesto, California; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
As a child Rex loved to spend time with his grandparents, Bill and Ethel Howe in their home at the Canadian Pacific Railway station in La Riviere, Manitoba. Helping inspect trains and travelling by rail with Bill, he gained his lifelong passion for trains. Throughout life he travelled by train at every opportunity especially to Grey Cup games as the CFL and the Eskimos were passions of Rex's. Rex was a fan of many sports and enjoyed cards, his classic car collection and he will be remembered particularly for the time he enjoyed at his cabin on Lake Manitoba and the pleasure he got from his many trips on his Harley. In particular Rex will be remembered for his sense of humour.
He attended school at Stonewall Collegiate, the University of Manitoba and University of Guelph College of Veterinary Medicine. During the late 1960s working as a veterinary pharmaceutical representative he witnessed the frustration of veterinarians unable to obtain medications for their practices in anything less than two weeks. He responded by developing a warehousing and distribution system in Edmonton able to deliver medications and supplies to veterinarians throughout Western Canada overnight using available public transport. This prior to the service by Fedex and UPS by years. Delibrex thrived, and providing this wonderful service to the communities of Western Canada became his career mission.
Rex was wonderfully kind, compassionate and generous. He never hesitated to stop and help anyone in need or distress, even putting himself at considerable risk more than once assisting accident victims. He was always ready to help a friend in need, and wonderfully generous with his favourite charities.
Rex dearly loved, adored and admired his Grandmother Ethel Howe. As he wished, his ashes will be interred with her in a simple graveside ceremony.
Rex was the valedictorian for his high school graduating class. In his address he compared the graduates to leaving port on a ship to sail the seas and explore the world. Rex has completed his exploration of the world and has returned to his home port and will rest in peace in the loving memory of his family and friends.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 24 at Stonewall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the South West District Palliative Care Inc., or your favourite charity.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • To start I want to extend Our Deepest HeartFelt Condolences to Rex’s Family! We wish we could be with you all. My Prayer for All is May Your Memories Heal Your Hearts & God Help Heal Your Souls. We met Rex through G&H Harley Davison. He became a welcome regular customer & was well known for his almost every Saturday A&W Whistle Dogs Lunch. I don’t even like hot dogs! But…. We would all sit with him & eat our dogs & enjoy his Readers Digest style jokes. I remember when Rex & 2 of his friends stopped in at the shop on their way to BC & Grant suggested that they stop in Kelowna & see my mom (Joni). I called my mom & warned her immediately that she was going to have company. And thus began their adventure in life! They were pretty much inseparable right from their 1st date. And knowing they are together again puts a smile on all our faces! My favourite times with Rex was giving him the gears about his great taste in women but… His horrible taste in hockey teams, as we are avid Flames fans, till he converted both my boys to the Oilers dark side & how he’d make my girl feel like a Princess. I’d like to also quickly say a Thank You to my sister & her family for taking such amazing care of Rex. Rex ….. Thank You for being You! & Loving Our Mom & Our Families! You will be remembered & missed by all!!!! All our love from the Price Family - Posted by: Barbi Price (Step Daughter ) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Rex was a year ahead of me but I remember his smile & always thinking of the next joke to tell or play! He was involved with the scout movement, with friends, Brian Doubleday, Doug Oakford, Gord Holloway just to mention a few. My Mom & Dad were great friends to the Pickle family & had a special place for Rex. Condolences to the family. Pat Croy - Posted by: Pat Croy (School chim) on: Jul 23, 2021

  • Rex was a character like no other. He enjoyed making people laugh and took great pleasure in seeing your reaction after throwing out a specific joke or jab. We know that he spent time thinking about what he would say to us next, and the look on his face after landing a well thought out comment, was something we will remember most about Rex. That smirk was priceless... Such sad new of his passing just shy of his 80th birthday, and the only comfort we have is knowing he is again with his partner in love and life, Joni, who was also gone too soon. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends who loved him. - Posted by: Sharon and Simon (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Rex always called me Margaret Anne, which was my sister's name. He thought it was funny. I didn't at the time, but as time wore on, I started to see his droll sense of humour. And then I thought it was funny too. He was always kind to me. As a scallywag, he didn't have to but he did. Thoughtfully remembered. - Robert Hawkins - Posted by: Robert Hawkins (Friend) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • His obituary is well written and says it all. While we have been separated many years by geography, intrests and time, we still remember Rex as a good friend, business partner and gentleman. And while the company we founded together in '75 has gone through many owners and changes, its name still flourishes in the Alberta and USA oil patch. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Cliff and Carol Pulfer (Friends, business partners) on: Jul 21, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear about Rex. My memories of him go back many many years when we lived on Main Street beside the Pickell family. I remember his smile and his gentle reminders to me daily about not walking on the stone fence as I might fall and hurt myself. My deep condolences to the family. - Posted by: Donna Shepherd-King (Family friend) on: Jul 20, 2021

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