Reginald Alfred Ek was born May 13th, 1945, in Milden SK to Robert (Bob) Ek and Elsie (Mary) Ek, or as how Bob would call her, “Tootsie”.
Growing up, Reg loved school, and took his early schooling in Stranraer SK, followed by high school in Plenty, SK. He found that he did not like the bigger (high) school and left at the age of 16 years old. In his younger years, Reg had a lot of fun doing activities such as sliding down by the church; whilst on a big six person sled, which they hauled water to ice the track. They had to have someone as a look-out, so the sled would not get hit by a car coming around the corner at the end of the street. That ride would last all the way to the railroad tracks, only for them to turn around & pull it back up again! As he got older, he started playing broom ball on the outside rink, and curling in winter. The local curlers would often get Reg to play with them as he looked a lot older than he actually was. They would travel all over, going to various bonspiels. After the games were over everyone headed for the bar, and no one would question Reg being there because he looked old enough. Reg also loved going to the pool hall on Main Street to shoot pool and be with friends. He was a big, strong, young man and was always up for a challenge such as racing against a horse and rider with his bike. He would go on boasting that he always won. Reg would also ride his bike five miles to be with his father, who was working in the fields. One thing Reg wanted to play growing up was Football, but unfortunately his parents would not let him.
After he left school, Reg went out to the Eastern side of the province for work. After a while though, his father asked him to come home and help on the family farm. Reg loved the farm and all the hard work that it entailed. He would work winters in Saskatoon, and in summer he would drive the Co-op bulk fuel truck out of Stranraer. While delivering that fuel, was where he saw his future wife for the first time. It was love at first site for both of them when they finally met at a party. Linda said that ‘he looked like Elvis, so who could resist that’! They were married on November 1st, 1969, in Plenty SK, and blessed with 3 beloved daughters. Louise was born in March of 1971, followed by twin daughters Sharon & Karen in April of 1973. Reg was a kind and caring father to his girls and worked hard to support his family.
In the winters of 1971 and ’72, Reg took his young family to Saskatoon for work to help supplement their income. On the farm they would raise chickens and still find time to help his in-laws. Eventually Reg started working in the oil patch as a cat operator and rented out his farmland.
When his daughters were grown with families of their own, he sold his land and began a life of traveling with Linda. They loved going to places such as Las Vegas, Florida, the Bahamas, British Columbia, and spent the summers at Kimball Lake fishing and swimming.
Reg loved his grandchildren, and they could do no wrong in grandpa’s eyes. He was a good friend and was always there to help someone in need. The last years of Reg’s life was spent in nursing homes due to failing health where he passed away in the Kerrobert Long Term Care Facility on June 13th at the age of 76 years.
Reg had been predeceased by his parents Robert and Elsie (nee Dunsmore) Ek, and his in-laws Thomas and Lillian Ramnes. He will be missed by his beloved wife Linda of 50 years, his daughters; Louise Ek, Sharon Kuervers, and Karen Cavanagh and their partners, as well as his nine precious grandchildren, Andrew Ek, Shawn Keurvers, Robyn Keurvers, Morgan Wilson, Dylan Wilson, Jaydan Ek, Kara Cavanagh, Sarah Cavanagh and Nicole Cavanagh. He will also be remembered by his many extended family and friends who loved him very much.
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