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REGINALD PALMER (REG)
Date of Passing: Feb 12, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Peacefully, with his family at his side, Reg passed away on February 12, 2021 at the age of 92.
Reg is survived by his daughter Vicki, daughter-in-law Leona, son Randy (Marianne) and daughter Elizabeth (Gary); grandchildren, Jennifer, Tom, Matthew, Jeannine and Alex; many great-grandchildren, his brother Jim Palmer (Marilyn), brother-in-law Harvey Marriott, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Isabel; parents, Fred and Edith Palmer; sisters, Dorothea, Ruby, Vera, Grace and Violet; brother Fred, son David, and sister-in-law Irene Marriott.
Reg was born in Winnipeg and grew up in St. James. He graduated from St. James Collegiate and later achieved a diploma in Industrial Management from University of Manitoba.
Reg married his school sweetheart, Isabel, on August 6, 1949. Reg started working with Westeel in Winnipeg and relocated for a short stint in Swift Current. He was hired by British American Oil in Brandon and, after a few years, transferred back to Winnipeg as Construction Supervisor. He built the family home on Aldine Street where they resided for about 30 years. Dad always considered himself a St. James boy at heart. Reg joined the St. James-Assiniboia School Division where he spent the rest of his working life.
Reg was always active in the community. He volunteered at the St. James Track and Field Club, Sturgeon Creek Community Club, Deer Lodge and Lac du Bonnet curling clubs. Reg was a member of Sturgeon Creek United Church where he led the youth group and helped with maintenance. Reg joined Lutheran Church of the Cross in Lac du Bonnet, and then Harrow United Church, when he returned to Winnipeg.
Reg was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). He took great pride in building the Christavia Mk1 tandem aircraft from scratch. Reg and Isabel made many friends through their involvement with the EAA and had many good times on their trips to the world's largest airshows in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
In 1967, Reg and Isabel bought the family cottage at Lee River. Over the years, he built several additions, eventually turning it into their four-season home so that Reg and Isabel could enjoy their golden years living on the river. When he wasn't busy working on the cottage, Reg's favourite summer pastimes were fishing and berry picking.
After his retirement, Reg volunteered as a guard at the RCMP Detachment in Lac du Bonnet and he was very involved with the Pioneer Club there as well, serving as President for a period of time.
Throughout their life together, Reg and Isabel enjoyed travelling with friends and family. Many great memories were made on road trips, southern vacations, and trips to Europe.
The family would like to express their most sincere appreciation and gratitude for the exceptional care Dad received during the four years that Tuxedo Villa was his home. Without a doubt, the gang at Tuxedo Villa easily became Reg's new-found family.
Due to the pandemic, the family plans to hold a celebration of Reg's life at a future date, to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Mom told me about this. Very sorry to hear. Sounds like he had a very good long life. Worked with his brother, Jim, on the Fire Dept. His son David was a good friend of mine during school years and we went to their family cabin a few times. Always enjoyed being around them. Good people. - Posted by: Tim Deacon (Friend of Davids) on: Feb 28, 2021
Vicki, Randy, Elizabeth and families, sorry to hear about your father; my uncle Reg. Great man, lived a long and productive life. He helped me a couple of times in my life: first finding me my first summer job (as a teen) and later through a friend of his with an accounting firm. Last saw Reg & Isabel in 2012 at my mother's memorial in North Vancouver (Reg's sister Ruby). Reg delivered quite a eulogy. Again, condolences to all your family. - Posted by: Bob Kinniburgh (Nephew) on: Feb 25, 2021
Uncle Reg was one of a kind. Loved his zest for life. I believe he lived each day to the fullest. Our family celebrated many special events together both in Winnipeg and Lee River. He always had a smile on his face. My very favorite memory goes back to my childhood when he would haul over his dog Tar and his sleigh to Linwood Street and take me and my sisters for sled rides down our front street. He will never be forgotten and my sympathy goes out to the rest of his family left behind. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Judy Hames (Niece) on: Feb 22, 2021
Have known Reg since I was 6 years old. He was never too busy to spend time with all us kids. Either chasing us around on the ground or in the river. Not only had many opportunities fishing with him growing up, was very proud that he would drop by the dock 5 over and pickup our son Jonah and take him out to sit with Reg in his little aluminum and teach the next generation. Rest in peace Reg. Scott and Dawn - Posted by: Scott & Dawn Lyon (Long time Neighbor on Lee River ) on: Feb 20, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family and pray that God will comfort you during this time. Love you and thinking of you, Gonzalez/Ball/Thiessen family. - Posted by: Mary Ball (Friend to Liz) on: Feb 20, 2021
My condolences. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Obviously Reg had a very full life with the various experiences that he had as well as living until the ripe old age of 92. I knew Reg because I taught the Carpentry program at St. James Collegiate consequently I saw him quite frequently. I actually knew his son Randy a lot more because he was the head custodian at St. James Collegiate. Again, my condolences. Reg was a great guy! - Posted by: Edward Bailey (A fellow colleague at the St. James School Division. ) on: Feb 20, 2021
Liz and family. So sorry to read about Reg. He was a terrific person. Always wanted to participate in all rec programs. Val Kostelnick former recreation worker at the villa. - Posted by: Valerie kostelnick (Friend from tuxedo) on: Feb 20, 2021
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