Arnold “Arnie” Rein

May 5, 2024

In Loving Memory

Arnold “Arnie” Rein

On the evening of May 5, 2024, Arnie passed away of natural causes in Kamloops, BC with family members at his side.  He had just turned 88 years old.

Arnie was born in the Ukraine and spent his early years in central Europe.  When the war broke out, the family relocated to Canada.  As a boy, Arnie split his time working on the farm in Saskatchewan and going to the local school.  As a young man, he moved to Kitimat where he worked for Alcan.  He always worked to improve himself and was a skilled welder and millwright.  It was in Kitimat that he met the love of his life, Nettie Hardychuk.  Their marriage produced three fantastic children:  Debra, Douglas and Donna.  No doubt these children were very easy to raise and a pure joy to him.

After a long and successful career, Arnie retired allowing him to spend more time at his favourite activities.  Arnie and Nettie spent many days camping and fishing on local lakes.  Even though Nettie consistently out-fished him, he loved being out on the boat.  During the summer, Arnie could be found at the golf course in the early mornings, then puttering around the yard and his garage during the rest of the day.  In the winter, Arnie was a proud part of the Sun Peaks Antiques, and skied numerous times a week.  The crossover season posed a special dilemma:  What should I do today…ski or golf??

After Nettie passed, Arnie moved into Chartwell assisted living facility where he met many new friends and made a couple very special friends.  Among his favourite activities were carpet bowling, dancing to live music and beating everyone at cribbage and bridge.  Arnie will be missed by the staff and residents alike.

Arnie will be remembered as a strong, hard working man who was always quick to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.  He had a large repertoire of jokes-some moderately funny and some completely terrible.  His dry wit and humour will be missed by many. 

Arnie leaves behind three children, Debi (Richard Ward), Doug (Beverly) and Donna (Dufferin Warnock).  Also left behind are five lovely grandchildren, Deven Rein (Brendan Savage), Rozalind Ward (Spencer Hammond), Linden Rein, Elizabeth Warnock and Max Warnock, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arnie has been cremated and later this year, his ashes will be spread at an informal event at Peter Hope Lake, where Nettie’s ashes are. 

Together Again.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 7

  1. Yolande Tomten says:

    So sorry for your loss to the Rein family, he was a kind and gentle man, it was a privilege to know your Mom and Dad, they were amazing and beautiful people🌹🌈💕

  2. Cynthia Morrow says:

    Donna, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. Arnie was such a positive caring person. He will be missed by all.

  3. Herb & Phyllis Kimmel says:

    Our condolences to Arnie’s family. We were very sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. We were neighbours for 36 years & we have many pleasant memories of Nettie & Arnie. We used to do so many things together like camping, fishing, playing cards or just sitting in the backyard having an adult pop! Arnie & I spent many a day carpooling to Sun Peaks for many years.
    He was a great friend for a long time. RIP Arnie

  4. Tony Coriale (Work-Collegue) says:

    My Sincere Condolences to Deb, Douglas , Donna and Families. May the good Lord embrace all of you with His Love and Peace during this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    P.S. , Arnie: use to attend our Moly-Cop group of retirees coffee meeting once a month. as matter of fact we had lunch meeting just about a month before his passing. Our friend will be forever in our hearts, and greatly missed.

  5. Tony Coriale (Work-Collegue) says:

    My heart and Sincere Condolences for Deb, Douglas, Donna and Families. May the good Lord surround all of you with His Love and Peace, my prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    P.S. Arnie use to attend our Moly-Cop group of Retirees coffee meeting once a month, as matter of fact we had lunch meeting just about a month before his passing. Our friend will be forever in our heart, and greatly missed.

  6. Guy & Shannon Atwater says:

    Our condolences to your families. It’s been many years but I remember his friendly personality. Both Arnie and Nettie were outgoing and friendly on the occations we met. Sorry for your loss.

  7. Sigi White (from the ski group) says:

    On behalf of the Sun Peaks Antiques, all that skied with Arnie, wish to express their condolences to the family. We miss him very much, ever since the time had had to hang up his skies. A page in our photo albums will be dedicated to the life and times of Arnie, one of our ‘regulars’ on the ski hill.
    Our sorrow and sympathy comes your way.
    Sigi White
    SPA member

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