It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Reginald Allen Depper who was born in Simpson, Saskatchewan on October 16, 1944. He lived a great life and had no regrets. He loved horses and was a rodeo cowboy for years. He was a bulldogger and took home some nice buckles and saddles to show that he was good at what he enjoyed so much. In his younger years in high school he played football and after his 50th high School reunion in 2010 he was invited back in 2011 to be inducted into the Woodstock, Ontario Hall of Fame along with so many other athletes with the likes of Bobby Orr. What a wonderful achievement for the football team he so loved. As a young man he left home and moved to British Columbia from Ontario and the dairy farm to cowboy in the Interior around Watch Lake, BC and enjoyed the people and the opportunities it gave him as he developed a long lived friendship with the people he worked for at the time. He felt he needed to start a career to make his own way in the world and took up his apprenticeship as a pipefitter and plumber along with his gas ticket he did well in the trade over the years and settled in Pritchard, BC. Prior to his retirement he opened his own business as Deppers Plumbing and Heating and stayed with that until his retirement at the age of 59. He travelled and enjoyed a bunch of very nice people he had become a big part of as one of the founding directors of the North American Rodeo Commission.
Reg was predeceased by his mother Violet and father Cyril, his father in-law Jim Cunningham and Jim’s wife Chloe and will be remembered by his sister Helen and her husband Stan Skube of Ontario along with their children Susan, her husband Steve, niece Madelaine, nephew Ryan and Cathy and partner Clair. He will be sadly missed by his wife Susan, stepdaughter Erica, her husband Josh, along with his stepson Ashley, his wife Leanna and his grandchildren Devon, Tristan, Kieran and Aidan, along with extended family and relatives. He shared in each and everyone’s life and was a great father figure to the kids. He lived in Pritchard for the last 42 years and loved every minute of it, it has been a great place to be. He died from Cancer and if you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers to the Cancer Fund, SPCA or your own choice, I know he would be honoured.
A Celebration of Reg’s life will be held at his home, 1727 Old Duck Range Road, Pritchard on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:00 (noon).
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com
Ride in the wind Reg and we will meet again, I love you!