Rex Trailer was the best thing to happen on a Saturday early morning. He showed the old king cartoons and the Sergent Billy along with another character that died. And Rex handled his death with grace knowing that it was the first time most children dealt with it. My twin sister and I got to watch it at my Nana's house. Very happy memories.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time on the passing of your father
If you need help with anything please let me know.Hope that we can get together soon.Once again my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.
Talk about "class", some spend their whole life trying to achieve it; others, like Rex were born with it. Knew Rex well, first at Air General an many hours shooting landings on Big Island Pond. Last time I saw Dallas was just before he went to PanAm; Did see Rex many times and always asked to be remembered. Dallas may not be aware but another of the Air General original crew recently passed...Nelson B. Lee. My condolences to Rex's family and to Dallas. Fond memories
My most sincere sympathies to his entire family. You will never know how much he impacted so many young lives. He truly was "our hero". You can't say that for too many people today. God rest Rex...thank you for the wonderful memories.
What a beautiful, compassionate, loving soul this man was! I am 59 and just discovered this Icon, who brought so much loving kindness to this world. I have never seen nor heard of him until now. I learned that he resided in Almonesson-Deptford Township around 1950 till 1965, while doing a childrens TV show in Philadelpia.He had a ranch here in Deptford during this time. I learned that the house I grew up in and still reside, was built on part of Rex's land in 1959! It is a small developement of 90 ranchers call Almolind Homes. Rex I am so gratefull to discover you,and what a beautiful,talented and loving man you were. Respectfully Walter Kingston
Thank you for being the faithful companion of millions of us growing up.
When I was 5, Pablo died, and you ever so gently taught all of us children, most for the first time, about sadness and death, and it is OK to cry.
When President Kennedy died in 1963 you taught us to put down our guns, and we were all sad, and it was OK to cry.
I think back to all of those early mornings waiting for the test pattern to go away; you are gone now, and I am sad, and cry.
But the wealth of memories you have left with us all, brings on smiles that grow and grow, as we share our hearts with your legacy of teaching and gentility.
MY SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO REX TRAILER'S FAMILY I'M 53 AND STILL REMEMBER REX ON EVERY SAT AND SUN MORNING. HE IS MY CHILD HOOD HERO WISH THERE WERE MORE OF THEM TODAY. I REMEMBER GOING TO MILFORD WHEN I WAS 7 SEEING REX PERFORM
I MET REX AT WORCESTER CENTER AT AN AMBULANCE SHOW IN 1979 I WILL FOREVER CHERISH THAT DAY. I WILL NEVER FORGET REX, MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I HOPE TO ATTEND A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HIM WHEN ONE IS PLANNED.
Out of the West He Came One Fall
On a Golden Horse and Riding Tall
Here to Bring Thrills To Us All
Came the Call
As He Rode from the Range
And Over the Knoll
To a Live Ranch House Scene
Where Lessons of Life
Young Folks Could Glean
Appeared Each Week
On the Living Room Screen
Rex Lived His Cowboy Code
Honorable Behavior- Without Any Waiver
Respect- Everyone and Everything Patriotism More Than Justa Song to Sing
Television Pioneer, Broadcaster,Teacher
Who Led by Example and Not asa Preacher
President Kennedy was Gunned Down
More Than Words Could Say
Rex Gave His Guns Away
A Man of Peace Among Men
Rex Was Never Seen
Wearing His Cowboy Guns Again
For More Than Four Score
Not Nearly Enough
For We All Wanted More
Of Our True Cowboy Hero
And His Western Folklore
Enriched So Many- Beyond Any Measure
So sad to hear. Rex Trailer and his show brought such joy to this little girl who pretended he was her daddy, visiting through Boomtown every weekend, when in reality she never knew when she would see her daddy. Rex filled a hole in my childhood.
My condolences to the family of Rex Trailer on his sudden passing! I met Rex on,October 15,1966,at the,Worcester,Mass.Memorial Auditorium,where he appeared with THE THREE STOOGES,he was kind enough to speak with me and to give me his autograph,I still have to this day,Eternal Rest Grant unto Rex,O'Lord,May he Rest in Peace,Amen.
Of my many wonderful childhood memories, none is as prominent as my flying with Rex in his helicopter to an event with Pablo. In his "Whirlybird", we flew up Rte. 93 and I remember so well the people looking up at us as the copter had a big glass "bubble" for a windshield.
Rex was larger than life and his devotion to children, his sense of truth, honesty and integrity all had an effect on us.
Thanks Rex for all you did.
My siblings and I have wonderful memories of being on the show in the early 70s. What a terrific, inspirational person. We will miss you Rex.
Thank you Rex. You gave me wonderful childhood memories and a forever love for cowboys. Enjoy that roundup in the sky.
We have, in our mind's eye, a tendency to romanticize the past. Life was a dream and childhood, idyllic. We had safe streets and stickball, bobby socks and records, Lassie and The Lone Ranger, and of course, we had Boomtown!
Our childhoods were surely not all as good as we see them in our memories. Families and children had problems, just as they do today. Back then, it seems though, that people didn't talk about those problems as they do so freely now. There were children living in poverty then, too, and alcoholism and abuse, and there were broken homes, like mine.
Mr. Trailer was a man much-blessed by fortune, but in humility, for every blessing in his life, he gave a hundred-fold back to the world. With his great talents, and handsome face, he might have become a big Hollywood movie star. But, instead, Rex saw the importance of giving to children. He was drawn to entertaining and teaching kids, and in return, we were all drawn to Rex. Something in children senses goodness and trustworthiness in others. No matter the troubles we faced as children, Rex was always there for us.
We knew him well, we knew he loved us, so we loved him.
We always will.
So long, Mr. Trailer.
I will always remember Rex, his great show "Boomtown" , his wonderful work with the kids and trips to Florida with Crimson Travel each year. God BLess him and my sincere sympathy to his family and friends around the world. Happy trails to you Rex always!
We all have an Angel we know by first name. Thank you Rex for always looking out for us and now over us. Blessings and love.
Rex, you will be greatly missed by many, many people that you made happy here on earth. I am sure your love, Cindy, has welcomed you with open arms and a loving embrace. You were patient, considerate and loving during a very trying time...never without a positive comment and a reassuring smile. Rex was a kind and positive man not only for the "public eye", but also behind the scenes at home. God be with you both and to Jillian, Gerry and John.
Thanks for being a great teacher at Emerson Mr. Trailer. You were one of a kind, and a great guy to we night school students. You gave it everything you had. Condolences to your family.
The entire NGH staff would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Jillian and family. He will always be in our memories as a kind and gentle man. He will be greatly missed.
Dear Rex,I am listening to your music at the moment; good to hear that strong voice, again. The lyrics to your cover of the 'Last Roundup' are appropriate at this time for the journey you are on. As you ended your letters in recent years, so will I. Rex, I appreciate you, your friend...
Rex was one of a kind. A gentle soul, who loved everyone and everyone loved him. I know I will miss him very much. His favorite bird was a cardinal, now whenever I see one I will remember him with fondness. Sympathy to his Daughter, Jillian and his family
As a child of the days of Boon Town, it is hard to imagine that time and place to have passed. My family and I were also part of the 25th anniversary trip to CA. What an absolutely amazing well organized fun adventure with 700 other Boom Towners. Our entire family will always have him in our hearts.
HAPPY ARE THE PEACEABLE,SINCE THEY WILL BE CALLED SON'S OF GOD.~`~SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS..
I grew up watching Rex Trailer every weekend! I saw him perform at a fair in western Massachusetts. As a little girl, it was a wonderful experience! RIP Rex
I grew up watching Rex Trailer. I had a rather tumultuous childhood but for a little while every weekend, life was special! Thank you, Rex. Namaste ~
Total class act. They don't make them better than Rex Trailer. Those of us who grew up in New England were blessed with his presence.
I was a student in an youth acting workshop taught by Rex. Thirty years later I still remember how wonderful he was with everyone in the class. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
after reading the full obituary on my childhood hero ,Rex Trailer, I did not realize that he focused on children with disabilities. I work closely with people with disabilities, instilled in me by Rex no doubt. A man of many talents! RIP
Please accept my deepest sympathy. May the God of all comfort bind your broken hears. Isaiah 61:1
Rest in peace Rex! May God hold you in the palm of his hands pard'ner! Thank you for the great childhood memories!
We always watched him. A lot of us grew up with him.
My deepest condolences to Mr.Trailer's daughter, the rest of the Trailer family, and Mr. Trailer's friends.
Although I live in Arizona now, I was born and raised in New England. Rex Trailer and "Boomtown" were a very big part of my childhood, so much so that I can still remember a bit of the theme song. But now Rex, like my childhood, is gone.
Rest in Peace, Rex. Thank you for the happy hours.
Rest in peace cowboy Rex.
I knew him as the father of my friend Jill, he was a gracious host, and a kind man. He will be missed.
Thanks rex for being a big part of my childhood. Your show was special and I watched it a lot as a child. God Rest your soul and many thanks for being a part of our lives. Bernie Fallon Belmont,Mass.
oh so sad. thank you giving me a great childhood.
Thank you for lighting up my childhood . You may have been around the corner in Boston, but to me BoomTown was my most wonderful escape
Rest in Peace now .
Dear Rex: Thanks for all those entertaining and educational Saturdays and Sundays, I was a lonely kid and you brought wanted company and dreams!
V Shea formerly of Boston
My father took me to Rex's ranch in PA when I was 4 or 5. Does anybody remember where that was?
To the family of Rex...Thank you for sharing him with all of us New England kids for so many years ! He and Sgt Billy were the high light of my weekends for so many years. When I was so lucky to meet them, not once but twice I felt so lucky ! His kindness was so evident, when you met him, he seemed as happy to met you as you were to meet him. I wish him Everlasting Peace with Our Heavenly Father.
I lived across the street from Rex for many years. I used to babysit his daughter Jill and even dog sat once when the family went to Hawaii. I visited Boom Town twice with my friend's children. My thoughts and prayers are with Jill and other family members.
Thanks for the memories! The cowboy of my time... from television to the Hopkinton Fair... none would have been the same experience without you!! RIP Rex...
THANK YOU REX. YOU WERE A WONDERFUL MAN.ALL THE HAPPINESS YOU BROUGHT TO US. AS THEY SAY, HAPPY TRAILS YOU AS YOU RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET, MY FRIEND. PAPA TIM,
Now we have one more, "Shining Star" in the sky. Thank you for all the Happy Memories on TV and at the Natick Fourth of July Parades. Your kind words made me feel very special as a little girl. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. ~j~
I WAS ON BOOMTOWN IN THE 1950's and i still remember it today! Rex was great with kids. A great American personality.
You will sadly be missed........RIP
I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful entertainer who wwas loved by all. He made a mark in TV and in country music.Georgia Mae
I remember you and Pablo on early Saturday mornings. I never missed a show. Rest in peace,Rex.
A wonderful man who remains in the hearts of all who knew him. Sincere sympathies to his family.
R.I.P. Rex, U were a classs act!!!!!
Happy trails to you until we meet again! I loved the tv show as a kid. I will always remember my Mom taking me on the school vacation trip from MA to CA! That was one of the most exciting things I did as a child! Thank you for the memories! My condolences to his family and friends.
Please accept my condolences for your loss. May God's word give you the strength and comfort to cope during this difficult time.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I am so sorry for your loss - I grew up in NH watching Boomtown. I met him around 1966. He was a very nice man and great role model and he will always be remembered.
My most sincere condolences and sympathy to Rex Trailer's family.
I also, watched Boomtown Saturday & Sunday mornings in the early to middle 60s.
Rex Trailer influenced my generation in such a positive way. All my friends in central Massachusetts watched and attended the show. What a great role model he was for kids.
I only wish he was able to influence the youth of today. God Bless you Rex, you were a Great man.
I watched Boomtown as a kid and was a student at Emerson College. The world is a better place for Rex Trailer having been in it. God bless family and friends.
was a big fan of Boomtown as a kid still have an autographed picture, and a photo of him holding me at the age of 3 im 50 now but will never forget Rex
A large piece of American Decency died with this man.
May you find comfort in God's word.
I was on the show with Rex when I was 10. I even did a commercial for Milky Way candy bars with him. I loved being in the studio with him and his horse. It was thrilling for this young girl. My condolences to his family.
We'll miss you Rex, Rest in peace in the big Bunkhouse in the sky.
Rex R.I.P YOU WILL BE SADLEY MISSED.I can remember watching you & sgt billy every weekend when i was a yongster and when you would ride in on goldrush your palomino. & i can also remember when you made an appearance at the north beverly massachusetts shopping plaza landing in your helicopter this is when i grew up in hamilton mass i had found your face book page...
My family of 7 went to Disney in California(before FLA opened) with Rex and his crew in the late 60's. This is still one of our fondest memories
Dorinda from Stoughton, MA
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Rex. I am among a throng of fans who will always remember you as being a bright spot in our childhood. BOOM BOOM BOOMTOWN YAHOO
Rest in peace Rex Trailer. Such a positive role model and inspiration. My sincere condolences to his family.
My sister was on Boomtown with her Girl Scout troop. I was young but loved the show. I never did get to go on the school vacation week vacations to Disney but I liked the commercials for it. RIP Rex
Very sorry to hear of his passing.My three children watched his show faithfuly.A good show a Great man
This Philadelphia kid remembers Rex Trailer with much love.
Thanks for the wonderful TV show. It has remained a great child hood memory. May you rest in peace.
I worked for Rex and his brother Dallas at Air General in Boston for a short period of time in the 60's. He was a class act and a true gentleman. I was proud to have know him, if only for a short time. My prayers to his family.
I was on The Boomtown show with my sister and a family friend from Newfane vt. Rest in peace Rex
Was sad to hear of Rex's passing. My father was a good friend of his , and I had the pleasure of meeting him, on several occasions, in Boston. That was in the 60's. Never missed his "Boomtown" show.Thanks Rex
, for the memories.Goldrush will be happy to see you.
love tese stories thye were on in way southeren south he will be missed by lots of not only keds @ young ages but lots ollder fans as well S,Kinikin-Poer of Texas
My brother, sister and myself would watch Rex every weekend. The reception wasn't a;ways great in SE CT, but we watched, enthralled
"We all grew up with Rex, God love him," (The O'Briens of Roslindale)
When we were in California back in the 1980s we met up with Rex at one of his stops at Knotts Berry Farm.What a fine man.We will miss one of the last great cowboys on tv.Rest in peace .
I have fond memories of being 6 years old, getting up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, my father driving us to the show and sitting cross legged on the floor with my sister and brother. I also had fond memories of Pablo. Great man, Great show. Thank you Rex (-: May you rest in peace.
To the family and loved one of Rex Trailer. My heart goes out to all of you at this very sad time in your lives. My heart also goes out to the many fans in his life (like myself). I've met this great man twice in my life and these are 2 times within my own life that I will treasure forever. We will all miss him dearly.
Boomtown was my favorite show growing up. I remember going to events where Rex would come in on his helicopter and do his cowboy tricks. He was a great inspiration and I will miss him.
Rest in peace. U will be sorely missed.
I remember Rex Trailer. He is a Legend. I remember the show. I think I was on the show with my older sister. Senior year in high school, I went on the California trip with Rex and Sgt. Billy. It was very well organized and a lot of fun. On the trip, I met my best friend. We are still friends to this day, about 35 years.
I was on Rex Trailer's ranch house in
Philly in the 50's. I won a ranch house
by guessing how many beans were in a jar. You were the man every boy wanted
to grow up to be. R.I.P
One of the best influences on my childhood and I am aware he was also an inspiring professor at Emerson. I wish that we had such positive and educational role models as Rex, Captain Bob Cottle, and Frank Avruch's Bozo for present day children to identify with. I had the great thrill of seeing Rex in person at the WBA studios when I was 7 or 8. Jordan Fiore
Hey Kids, Remember this?
Howdy there, folks, we're glad to meet you in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!
There's a bunch of folks who'd like to greet you in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!
You can bet we'll have lots of Western fun
And excitement for you
We'll ride and rope, do a square dance and shoot a gun
And we'll sing a song or two
Come along, folks, now we're gonna start the fun in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!
From six to sixty there's something for everyone in
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!
So do-si-do and swing around,
Get your gal and promenade down to
Boom- Boom- Boomtown!
Thanks for all the happy memories, Rex. I'm sure that your faithful steed, Goldrush, met you at the gates to your new ranch. Happy Trails.
as a babyboomer i alaways enjoyed watching rex trailers boomtown i did get to meet him some years later when i did a motorcyle run to raise funds for md what a great and gentleman.
Aw, thank you Rex, and God Speed
So sorry to hear of Rex's passing , Back in the late 60's My dad Al Litchfield and Bruce Harrington went to Boston, and asked Rex if he would come to Newfane for the Annual fair days that the fire dept. put on , He agreed, what a wonderful show he put on , He was a very thoughtful person , People came to see him from miles away , Plus My 2 younger sisters and a young boy friend of our family was on Boomtown, What exciting news for a small town called Newfane .. I think every kid watched Boomtown ,what joy Rex brought to kids , May He Rest in Peace now , You will never be forgotten..
Boomtown was the best! We loved seeing Goldrush a real live horse on TV! Rex Trailer brought delight to so many children for so many years. We need more people like him and TV shows like his.
Eternal rest grant unto him o lord, may the perpetual light shine upon him, may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Thanks for all the years.
RIDE COWBOY RIDE!
living in california now but never forgot you and Pablo. only wish my kids had got to see u
my brother and i watched this all the time.RIP
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
I remember Boomtown also growing up in Arlington...Watched it from 1962-69 WHDH probably the reason I own a horse today!! TV needs a show like Boomtown back on the air today to provide the right direction in life..Happy Trails Rex because its Boom-Boom Boomtown!!
You were and still my hero - not because you were a cowboy but because of the man you were - Happy trails
Legend :) Was HAPPY to know him
I'm 61 now and can totally remember boomtown it was one of my favorites. So sorry for his loss he brought much joy to many homes. He was a wonderful person. God bless him and his family. With love from a grateful fan sharron Boissy n.h. Now ny
I was one of the many children watching Rex during my growing years. I have nothing but fond memories of the show. My deepest condolences on your loss.
Many fond memories of Rex, watch him every Saturday & Sunday, was a great role model for all of use back then. R.I.P Rex.
I watched the Rex Trailer Show all the time when I was 5. You will be missed Rex. My condolrnces to the family.
R.I.P Rex, U were one of a kind !!!!!
SIncere condolences and sympathy to the family of Rex Trailer. Isa.12:2.
A great entertainer, and a great man...I never missed his show. Rest in peace, good cowboy...
Oh so remember watching Boomtown.
My first and only time on tv was on his show. Thanks for the memories.
Every Boston boy and girl from my generation is in mourning today. Rex was such a part of our childhood. May he rest in peace.
Steve Marx, Sharon, MA
Mr. Trailer, your classes downstairs in the Beacon Street tv studios were my favorite. I think of you every time I hear or say "Atlantic salmon". Oh...the number of times I had to practice that one. RIP
Emerson, class of 1998
Oh my I remember when my cousin Joey and I were on Boomtown I was the sherrif for the day and had to pick out the man on the wanted poster. Thank you Rex for every Saturday morning when I was little. It is a shame that my Grandson will never know the fun of being on live TV. Rest in Peace.
I watched boomtown every saturday.God's speed Rex,you brought happiness to a lot of kids.I'm 61 yrs old
An icon lost. I remember the man who used to bring his dogs to our Veterinary office. He just loved them (and they were the boss)
I remember the actor who took my special needs brother to California to see Disney Land with Sgt Billy. To this day the man in his mid forties still remembers. I still have the Mickey he came home with...along with a huge smile.
Thank You Sir.
I was born in boston,now live in maine.ive never forgotten boomtown,and never will.god bless
May you rest in peace Rex Trailer. You made a lot of children very happy while you were here.
RIP, Rex. Thanks for all the great shows and the lessons you taught us. You're with Pablo now. Happy trails!
everyone in the neighborhood watched your show. thank you for the memories
Remember it like yesterday, the Sunday morning he looked at me and waved, on his cross state wagon train to raise awareness for children with disabilities. Greenfield is 100 miles west of Boston and in those days he was as big a star to a kid as any Hollywood super star. Thanks for the memories Rex
Sincere condolences to this great mans family/friends. How proud you all must be to have the honor or his affiliation. Wish we had a few more like your Rex. I grew up in Newton,Framingham watching his show weekly with much anticapation. RIP Rex we will all miss you dearly:(
happy trailes to u...u were a happy part of my childhood..thank u 4 the memories...GOD be with your family...u will shine forever in the hearts of many
YOU'VE LEFT SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. HOW I WISH THE SIMPLICITY OF THOSE TIMES WERE BACK. YOU WERE A GENTLE, KIND & CARING SOUL & A WELL RESPECTED ROLE MODEL TO SO MANY CHILDREN INCLUDING ME.RIDE THE HEAVENS WITH THE ANGELS,REST IN PEACE & GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY ralph kimmence
Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the Hearer of prayer at this time. Psalm 65:2
He was my inspiration to move to Texas. A great friend to the Baby Boom kids and some of their kids.
It's been nearly fifty years since I watched his show, but I can still sing the song.
Thanks Rex for all the memories and for what you did for the disabled. May your soul be happy and peaceful.
Our Five Childern Just Love watching boom Town and Rex trailer We Joined rex in a fundriser for Md . at Edvile rail road in 1975. we had A great Day Rex wrote around In our 1934 Buick We just saw Him again at The marshfield fair ground 8/12 It was wonderful talking to him. May he rest in God's arm;s Bless him for all he done to Help other .. thank ful for knowing him.
To the family I send you prayers and guidance. He was an amazing person. I use to see him around town in the 80's. He was always warm and welcoming. Truly a wonderful man. God Bless.
Rest in peace Rex Trailer. You were a big part of my childhood. I remember watching Boomtown every week it was something to look forward to on the weekend.
god be with you my friend we need more people like you then ever before
thank you for the blessings you gave us
I remember him telling us kids to get an empty pitcher, fill it with tap water and place it in the refrigerator to keep cold. He said that you would not have to run the faucet and waste water each time you wanted a drink. We did that every summer, and called it:"Rex Trailer Water." This was way before bottled water. We thought it was a good idea, and we did it. Rex was a good example for anyone who watched him. What memories back in Orange, MA.
Just wish my kids had the same chance I did, to have a show and a man like this be a part of their childhood. Thanks rex!!
Thankyou for the memories Rex RIP
You were a very big part of my childhood, I thank you very much for the entertainment, it was because of you I started my horse collection which grew to over 200, you were my hero back in the day and I would never miss your show. Rest easy and my thoughts and prayers are with your family
Goodbye childhood friend. Our family lived for Saturdays and Sundays. Your impact lead us to a higher standard.
Wakefied 4th of July Parade was for many years great with you riding in it.
As a child I look with awe. As an Adult I reflected back to my childhood. Thanks Rex.
Rex family, I work for Rex , we had alot fun and laugh's lern alot, Jill my prayers are with you and your aunt and uncle god bless RIP Rex to a great friend and person David P Frost of Leominster,Mass
Very sad to hear of his passing. My brothers and I would watch Rex every Saturday morning. He was our favorite. Brings back great memories.
I am sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May the God of tender mercy surround you with his love during this sad time. (1 Cor.1: 3&4)
You were a big part of my tv life...I also went to the 4th of July parade in Natick. Waiting to see you....thanks for the wonderful childhood memories. Pati
The Last Time I Saw Rex Was At The Lancaster Flea Market Back In October 2012. He Was Looking Good Singing The Boomtown Song & Others We All Had A Good Time. We Will ALL Miss You Rex RIP.
My thoughts and condolences...I remember being on the Rex Trailer and Cactus Pete Show back in the late 1960's...He was larger than life...Rex let me run the "Pony Express"...what a shock as a young boy to see what a tv set really was...Rex pointed me through the "door" and as I walked through the pony express office door I was staring at 2 x 4's and curtains holding up the set...I came back out while Rex was talking to Cactus Pete and told him their was nothing in the "office"...he laughed and walked me back through the door...obviously the show was live at the time..a wonderful memory I will forever cherish...I know Rex Trailer was a big part of a lot of lives just like mine...all thoughts to the entire family.
Oh my gosh...when I read this sad news, my heart skipped a beat as I remembered many happy childhood days that Boomtown was a part of because of Rex Trailer and Goldrush. I believe it was because of Rex's inspiration that brought me out West where I now live in beautiful Colorado with my Texas husband. Funny....I never connected this before now on how Rex truly made a difference in my life. If only I could tell him...but I think he already knows...he was truly one in a million who made a difference to a little girl from Boston. Our cowboys were heros and we were so lucky to have them as part of our lives. They taught us that "cowboys and cowgirls keep their word". Thank you Cowboy Rex..may your rewards in heaven be abundant and full of songs and stories around the eternal campfires in the skies...also known as sunsets.
I watched him avidly when I was a kid and I have very fond memories of him. He came to Worcester once along with the 3 Stooges. They appeared at Webster Square Plaza.
My condolences to the Rex Trailer Family. Rex was a great role model for children & for adults. I also grew up watching him on TV in my Dorchester apartment. And also enjoyed his sidekick, Pablo. My parents bought me a Rex Trailer western type 6-gun and holster set. Some of you may recall the Oriental Theater in Mattapan Square. Rex performed on that stage one Saturday matinee and he called ME up on stage out of all those cheering kids! He did his famous bullwhip tricks with me. I was so scared and he saw this and was very gentle. He calmed my nerves. After the tricks were done Rex gave me a western bandanna and a copy of his 45RPM record, "Hoof Beats." He was larger than life to so many of us youngsters. He blessed so many of us. may he be in Heaven with Cindy, Pablo and Goldrush! Amen.....
Rex will always be part of my youth and in my fond memories
may he rest in peace.he was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him.
I was a fan, and loved the idea of the cowboy life and the west. Loved the show. I ended up in West Texas. Condolences to his family. He was a treasure to all of New England.
Watched Boomtown every Saturday and Sunday and always remember the time he came to Milford.
You were a Saturday morning father figure. So sorry you're gone, but thanks for making yourself such a part of my very young life.
What everyone needs to know about Rex Trailer...
The world really lost a great person. I have so many incredible memories of working alongside Rex, but most of them have nothing to do with work. They're about him... an inspirational humanitarian who touched so many lives...
For me the list of fantastic memories is way too long, but here's just a snippet... The Muscular Dystrophy Carnival with Rex. The Hypnotist Convention with Rex. Meeting and videotaping Bill Clinton with Rex. Going to Disneyland with Rex. Meeting Chet Curtis, Boston news anchor, with Rex. (Rex never cared about competition - WBZ or WCVB - all he cared about was friendships. And if he ran the stations, only good news would be allowed because he never recognized anything but.) I could go on and on.
I was fortunate enough to have had him at Emerson College as my teacher, and then to have worked with him for 2 years as a cameraman for RTV, his own company. But what I learned from him in that short time will be with me forever. Yes, I learned all about shooting video and lighting a set, but the most important lessons were that every person on earth has a purpose, and everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. Rex taught me how to win people over... to care and to love. He taught goodness and kindness, and he taught compassion.
When someone made a mistake, Rex never got angry. Instead, the teacher kicked in... how and why not to make that mistake again. Everyone, and I mean everyone loved this man.
He was a TV pioneer, yes, but more importantly, to me, he was a friend. He respected everyone, and believed everyone has a purpose. "Everyone is good at something," he would say, and "Every kid deserves a chance." That "parade" of kids on all the Boomtown shows was his idea. He told me, personally, that he created that specifically to give every kid the chance to be on TV. He loved Boston, New England, and all its people... especially the children.
When I worked with Rex (and I have to say "with" and not "for" or he would correct me), he would always tell me how proud he was of his daughter, Jillian, and how much he loved his family. I hope his family takes some comfort knowing that he will live on forever through others who he touched while here on earth.
Rex was truly one of a kind... the real deal... a friend to all living creatures, human or animal. And Im sure he was greeted by both at the gates of heaven, as his wife, Cindy, and his horse, Goldrush, paraded him in.... just like it was another Muscular Dystrophy carnival, or a Crimson Travel trip to Disneyland's Main Street Parade, or a Veteran's Day march thru the square...with all the children standing and saluting their hero, yelling "Howdy Rex!" and "Welcome Home."
I, personally, will never forget Rex Trailer, and I am proud to have called him my friend.
He will truly be missed.
Condolences to his family.
Thank you Rex for a hugh piece of my childhood. What you taughtlives on in
all of us little cowpokes. Ride on with olove.
Shirley, North Carolina
Very fond memories of Rex, getting to meet him as a kid and faithfully watching his show every week. Many years later, had the absolute pleasure of meeting him again on a European tour that I took as an adventure - young girl visits Eurpoe alone (on the travel tour with Rex!). He was kind, funny, interesting and engaging - and the always a honorable gentleman. He was like an uncle or a stand ion dad for me, exploring London and Paris, sort of on my own as a 20 yo.
Many sympathies and condolences to his family - I have never forgotten what a wonderful person Rex Trailer was.
Ride High Cowboy, I was on Boomtown in 1956 and our paths did not intersect again until we lost Red Banks in your Chopper in Quincy many, many years later. Rest in Peace
He was my favorite when I was a child and a hero now that I'm an adult. I got to meet him at the Brockton fair. I will miss him.
So sorry to hear of the passing of a childhood friend. Thank you.
Always wanted to go to BOOMTOWN...never made it! Rest In Peace Sir!
Thank you for wonderful entertainemnt and teaching us how to grow. I remember being on your show like it was yesterday. You will be sadly missed. God Bless you.
I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was part of my childhood, some great memories I have. Rest in Peace Rex.
with a heavy heart I say farewell to a wonderful friend.we talked just 2 weeks ago about our memories in Boston broadcasting, and we flew helicopters together. my prayers are with you good buddy Over and out.
YOU'VE LEFT SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. HOW I WISH THE SIMPLICITY OF THOSE TIMES WERE BACK. YOU WERE A GENTLE, KIND & CARING SOUL & A WELL RESPECTED ROLE MODEL TO SO MANY CHILDREN INCLUDING ME.RIDE THE HEAVENS WITH THE ANGELS,REST IN PEACE & GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
To the friends and family of Mr. Rex Trailer. I send my condolences to you all. There will be so many memories forever to rekindle. May you all throw your burden on our Heavenly Father at this time and He will sustain you all.....
I saw Rex at Natick parade this past year . I used to work on his car at Foriegn Motors West in Natick that is how i got to know him. I watched him as a kid also. Great man
Rex Trailer is a fond memory from my childhood. He was a great man and an inspiration to all of us in New England.
Grew up 2 miles from WBZ! We were always at the set of Boomtown in Brighton! Rex was always so nice to us kids! A Class act! He is riding Gold Rush into the great Boomtown in the sky! Thanks for your kindness! You are truly an icon in Boston!
Mr Trailer was a wonderful and graceful man. I made my TV debut on Boomtown at the age of 7 ( 53 years ago!) as the Pony Express Rider. It is one of the fondest childhood memories I have and I cherish it. Rex and I had been in email contact recently and I was honored that he was as gracious now as he was so long ago. Emerson College where I am a graduate with a BFA in Acting, was blessed indeed to have Rex as an instructor. This is a great loss to kids everywhere, and of all ages. I will sing "Hoof beats" in his honor and memory!
Thank you for the gift of joy while growing up. A Bostonian for 50 plus years, Now a Texan. Blessing to your family.
Rex Trailer and the Boomtown show was a good piece of my childhood. I was lucky to be on the show at christmas time. I was part of the Boston Children's Museum Bell Ringers Group. Many good memories that will be a precious gift. Thanks for sharing your Dad.
REX TRAILER always had A good story to share with me.
He was a fellow performer, one of the greats in show-biz.
He was a customer of ours at The Little Jack Horner Joke And Magic Shop, our neighbor in Sudbury and a real pal.
" Happy trails to you until we meet again. "
Rest in peace my friend.
And God sang: Howdy there Rex I'm glad to meet ya... I know I was!
Rex hired Jimmy Cal, accordion player, and me, guitarist, for his first series on "BoomTown". Rex was a great boss, but more of a friend. Met w/him at the MCMAA show,on 9-29-2008, and we had a great time reminiscing. I will always remember him!
It was a great show to watch every weekend. They don't make shows or men like Rex Trailer anymore.
You were a great actor. Loved you lots!
To the family of Rex Trailer,
As a child growing up in the late 50's and early 60's Rex Trailer was a huge part of my growing up. Every Saturday morning I rode my rocking horse right along side him from my living room. I saw Rex a few times as a child at special events but about a year ago I had the good fortune to see him at a personal appearance. He held my hand and sang Boom Town to me, he was as sweet as any one I have ever met. I am glad I got to tell him how much he ment to me. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Rex Trailer was part of my childhood...will never forget him! To this day, when I think of the 60's, being a young girl, I smile to myself and hum the Boomtown theme song.
Growing up in Massachusetts, every Saturday morning found me eagerly sitting in front of the TV waiting for Boomtown. I loved Rex and Goldrush, and spent hours with my jumprope trying to learn to lasso stuff. Rex provided hours of happiness and entertainment; I hope he knew how much he meant to all of us kids. God bless you Rex; may you rest easy and may the trail be good to you!
RIP Rex, you were one of a kind and will be missed. Happy Trails to you.
Thanks for the bike, Rex Trailer. Been sharing youtube videos to get word out that a Great Man has rode off into the Sunset! Everyone SHARE! Rex Would Appreciate That!
Thank you for the Rex Trailer stetson. I still have it.
I have such wonderful Memories, he will be missed. Happy trails to you, until we meet again
I can only echo the sentiment of so many others from this area. Growing up in Gloucester I always hoped as a boy to run into Rex in Rockport. Rest Cowboy. May Gods love give your family strength as they say goodbye. A true American Gentleman I thank you!
We are all going to miss seeing Rex ride in our annual 4th of July parade in Natick.He always received the biggest applause.R.I.P. Rex
The world is sad today Rex will always be in our hearts,my wife was on Boontown twice, he was a real Gentleman thanks for your kindness to special needs children you were ahead of your time
To the Trailer family
Growing up in the Scituate area south of Boston in the mid 50s and 60s as a small boy i can still remember your Dad like it was yesterday on the black and white TV set we had with rabbit ears. God bless your Dad he was part of the greatest generation. May he ride west into the ultimate sunset.
He was a great man. Hope he and Goldrush are off on a great ride together. Thanks so much Rex, for inspiring us - and bringing a lot of joy to our hearts
He was so awesome. I remember my family watching his show every week. My brother was on his show years ago. He will be missed.
When we got our television, I was allowed to watch Rex Trailer. In those days parents supervised what we watched. "The Good Old Days" are in our DNA today and Rex Trailer is forever a part of our lives.
They say when a person is born, they come out crying while everyone is smiling. Now that this world has lost you,we hope you are happy in your special place while we cry. You've touched many lives, including mine....keep well Rex.
"Happy Trails to you until we meet again..." to my first and favorite childhood memory.
Rest in Peace.
God Bless You, Sweet Soul.
Rex, rest in heavenly peace.
May God rest your soul, Rex. My family, two of whom were on your show, joins me in extending warmest possible wishes and deepest condolences to your family. Good-bye, friend.
the Vernon family
Dear Family of Rex... I just wanted you to know that Rex came willingly to the Christopher Gibson School to help with a summer program many years ago. The schools were experiencing turmoil with desegregation efforts and very negative publicity prevailed. It was due to Rex and his appearances that the school had one of the most successful summer programs which brought together children from different neighborhoods during a most difficult time in Boston. I thought you would want to know this. I salute Rex for the part he played in bringing togetherness to the hearts and minds of the children and their parents I was Principal of the school at that time.I am sure that this was a typical example of his CARING for those he entertained.
We all Appreciated you Rex!We were saddened by the news of Rex passing,our sincere condolences,Rex was such a pleasure to meet in person,and an honor to have at our home,always smiling & Joyful!Mike&Donna Calarese
I remember being on Boomtown it was something I will never forget!! Metting him in person and living in the Same city he lived in was great as well!! You be sadly missed rest in peace.
Thanks for the wonderful memories. You were one of a kind.
I took a course with Rex at Emerson College, and after graduation, I did an internship with him at Fox 25 in Needham. Using him as a reference, I landed my first TV production job at a manufacturing company, where I met my future husband. Thanks, Rex, for everything. We will miss you!
thank you for the memeories
Hello and sorry to hear of me trailers death I was wondering if this was the same gentleman that lived I southern bj deptford twp?
If so I remember riding at his place
COWBOYS LIKE REX GAVE MY GENERATION TRUE ROLE MODELS TO FOLLOW. REX,ROY, GENE AND HOPPY WERE THE BEST FOR US. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
I loved this show when I was a kid. Happy trails.
today is a sad day i lost a friend. rex i always appreciated all the help and how much of a friend are and you will be missed r.i.p.
RIP Rex, enjoyed ur show so much :)
A wonderful warm gentleman. He was so kind to myself and all of the Band members. Rest in peace Rex.
Dom V. The Reminisants
Thank you Rex Trailer. You were so much to so many. I loved watching Boom Town every Saturday. I wish there were re-runs to show our kids & their kids, it was so much fun. Thank you & God Bless you & your family.
Like so many kids we grew up with Rex and Boomtown. We loved the show and I think our parents liked their time to sleep in will we were enthralled with Rex and company Saturday and Sunday mornings. We dreamed of one of those trips, but it was never in our means, yet there was alwawys the hope of someday.
My H.S. class added Rex to our yearbook and when I heard where he was making a personal appearance I took my book to have Rex autograph it. Treasured all the more now.
In showing respect for others, including his animals, he earned so much more respect and love from others. Although his light has gone out we all will keep the flame he passed us in our hearts.
Safe home, Rex. From a former Bostonian.
My sympathies go to the family and dear friend of Rex Trailer. He was an icon for me and all of my friends growing up in Taunton. I will never forget the day he actually came to town and appeared at Hopewell Park. We were ecstatic. With all that has changed in the world, we really need to take time to salute Rex - a clean-cut, upstanding, father-figure for an entire generation (if not two). Thanks, Rex. Godspeed.
Spent soo many mornings wtching Boomtown.
The Easterparade that went by my house every year with Rex and The Easter Bunny For the Cronins Parade. You will Be missed by Kids of all ages .
Thank you Rex, for all those happy weekend mornings when my sisters and I watched your shows, entertained by your folksy charm and warmth as we learned your lessons about how to be good people. You touched hearts, enriched minds and brightened so many childhoods. We are so much the better for having known and loved you. God bless! If you happen to see our Dad in Heaven, tell him we love him!
We are going to miss you! Met you as a child at a horse show.
Grew up watching boomtown on saturday morning with Rex. Thanks for the memories!
Thanks for the memories Rex. You were my hero and made a memorable visit to the Cape (Falmouth Plaza). R.I.P.
Rex Trailer came to my elementary school May fair, horse and all! It was such a wonderful memory and big event at Wollaston Elementary School, Wollaston, MA! Thanks for the great TV memories REX and Trigger!
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Godspeed Rex Trailer, you were a staple of our weekend (black & white..) TV viewing in the early 60's and you've undoubtedly favorably influenced the lives of millions of our generation! God Bless!
Such a huge and happy element in my memories of growing up in Boston!