Reginald (Reg) Pointer of Kamloops, BC passed away peacefully on May 20, 2021, with Tracey by his side. He is survived by his loving wife Tracey, sons David, Shawn and Clifford (Francine). He also leaves his sister Yvonne Duke (Joe) to cherish his memory.
He is predeceased by parents Herbert and Maude Pointer, sister Peggy McEwan, brother Bert and daughter Charmaine.
Reg was born February 6, 1932 in tiny Maxstone, Saskatchewan in the middle of a prairie winter. Growing up, he and his family lived in several small towns in southern Saskatchewan. He did a stint in the Air Force in Saskatoon and, later, settled in Regina where he married and raised a family.
Never afraid of hard work, Reg worked a myriad of jobs at the Post Office, steel mill, dry cleaners, driving delivery vans and even slinging beer at the Regina Legion in between jobs. He was happiest when he was driving bus and worked several seasons with Greyhound Bus Lines in Regina and Cache Creek. He also worked for any bus company that would hire him and spent several winters bussing junior hockey teams around Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The family moved to BC in 1967, where Reg continued to work for Greyhound out of Cache Creek.
In 1971 he worked for a spell as a transit driver for BC Hydro in Vancouver and in 1973 joined the Workers’ Compensation Board in Richmond as a driver and attendant at the Rehabilitation Centre.
There he met Tracey in 1979 and in 1981, they moved to Kamloops and married in September. He immediately was hired by the School District to drive school bus and finished his career as a janitor at South Sahali Elementary School in 1996.
Reg was a very talented man; singing with the men’s barbershop chorus and Happy Choristers and acting in several plays and musicals in town. He also painted, and everyone who knew him knew how much he loved to dance.
Tracey and Reg were lucky enough to travel extensively, taking seven months to travel across Canada and down to the southern US in their RV in 2000-2001. They also travelled to Cuba, Europe and Australia and returned to England several times as both have English roots.
In December 2016, Reg suffered a stroke and other medical complications and descended into vascular dementia. He was home for almost three years, but in May 2019, was moved to Ponderosa Lodge, where he received outstanding care and was loved by the wonderful staff.
Tracey would like to thank Dr. Robert Thomasse, The Alzheimer Society of Kamloops and the nurses and caregivers at Ponderosa Lodge for the excellent and loving care he received.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society at https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en
No service or plans have been made due to COVID restrictions. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.
On a personal note, even though dementia ravaged his brain and body, I am grateful that he was unaware of the demise of Greyhound Bus Lines in Canada. That would have broken his heart.
We the Happy Choristers of Kamloops would like to express our greatest Sympathy in the loss of your loved one Reginald Pointer, who was a long standing member of our choir for many years. He was very much admired and will be greatly missed.
Tracey, it is so sad to hear about Reg. Sad as it is, his smile, love of dancing and enthusiasm for travelling abroad brings back happy memories for me. He will be missed. My condolences to you, Tracey, and the family.
A nice man and a nice friend. Thinking of you, Tracy.
Although I have only met Reg once or twice, it was through his wife Tracey, I learned about this loving, fun, and talented husband of hers (Tracey and I go way back...to our days at Cambie Junior High School in Richmond during the 1960's). Tracey and Reg were a perfect match for 40 years and his presence will surely be missed. May Reg rest in peace.
So sorry to hear about Reg's passing. What a lovely man with a wonderful smile. May he rest in peace.
I have known Reg for many many years and from the first day I met him found him to be a man of great personality and caring nature. I sang and acted with him for many years and we shared fond memories of Saskatchewan where we both came from. We also thought we were the funniest two people around when we gathered for our creative sessions at the Legion to craft our stories. I know Tracey was the love of his life and she dedicated herself in these last few years to his comfort. I will miss him dearly, and share this sadness with her. I consider myself blessed to have had him as a father figure as well a great friend to me
My sweet uncle, Reg, you taught me to draw and helped my technique in painting. I adored having tea with you, and treasured your surprise trip to visit me in Fort Qu’Appelle when my path led to Saskatchewan. You will absolutely be missed, and I eagerly await your reincarnation. Big hugs to Tracey, and your children. I know you will be missed by them and so many others. Take care and see you in the next life!
Rest in peace Uncle Reg. I didn't get to spend a lot of time getting to know you but, I remember the first time I met you and every other time after. You were always joking and laughing, making people happy. Such a wonderful person.
I recall smiling Reg with his Janitor broom always ready to chat, help, or have some fun.He was welcoming to everyone at the school and I was grateful for his connections into the theatre world and the Friday night pub staff safety meetings. Lots of fun memories from South Sahali days as well as the Kamloops Players. A big heart ...... A very kind soul ....... A creative and giving person......
Although I never got to hear Reg sing, I did love to watch you and Reg dance together. I was so impressed with the dips. I was honored to be your maid of honor at your wedding and never forget our wayward young sons getting into the alcoholic punch. The funniest picture I have is Phil and your brother, Nick, who was wearing your bridal hat and both very drunk, sitting with their arms around each other looking bleary eyed into the camera. I know how happy Reg made you and I am thankful you had such a wonderful life together. How sad it had to end with this last year being so stressful due to Covid. I was relieved you were finally able to be with him and the last photos showed him looking so happy with you by his side. Your life will now start a new chapter and you will have to make a lot of adjustments. We can both look back at the lives we shared with our beloved husbands and honor their memory. Take care my dear friend.