He made me think. Miss his genius.
I was just searching for Rex an old school friend...actually elementary school friend...and I'm just floored I just can't believe this has happened.
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. As a regular times Union reader, I missed him greatly when he moved to the Sacramento bee. His wife and family have my deepest condolences. He was one-of-a-kind. Rosalie Powers
You will be oh so missed old friend!
tears in my eyes for the loss of Rex. His cartoon from the airplane rescued by the hands of God is in my kitchen and computer room. May he rest in peace
I knew Rex right after he graduated college. We had some mutual friends from San Diego and we would go out drinking in and around Orange County. Dreaming and planning our futures. we were so young and full of promise and hope then. I lost track of him over the years until this article popped up, very sad. We always had great conversations, not the menial, narrow ones that mostly occur in bars, but meaty political, social, and spiritual conversations,,,sometimes it helped when were trying to pick up girls or look smart, but mostly it was for the love of good conversation,,,he said something to me that I never forgot,,, "we're in our early 20s, let's enjoy it, this is going to be some of the best years in our lives." i was sad when he left for Denver, but now sadder still.
Rex Babin you will be dearly missed.The Sac Bee just isnt the same without your humorous cartoons.The political humor you had was so right on.I really loved how you made fun of Arnold!!May your family know how much of a impact you had on the readers of the sac bee.Rest in peace and God bless you.
I followed his columns and drawings regularly. He was a class act and left this journalist/columnist world way too soon. Fond memories for the family to get through this. God bless.
Rachel Machado, West Sacramento, CA.
Oh how I miss those insights into events that I might have missed while reading or listening to the news. And the ones I got immediately--you could hear me hoot from one end of the house to the other. Miss you, Rex
I did not always agree with Rex Babin's point of view in his political cartoons, but I did like the way he made me think/consider about a subject.
It was great to see Kathleen yesterday. I had not seen Rex in a few years and am sad about that. I have some great memories hanging out with Rex drinking beer talking politics and sports. I will never forget our conversations about the various dysfunctionalities of California politics and how those conversations turned up in cartoons. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and Sebastian.
I will miss Rex's genius and creativity, and always appreciated his work a great deal. I want to offer my sincere condolences to the family on your tremendous loss and wish you hope and peace in upcoming years.
Thank you Rex, for every single one! I was hooked on the Editorial page just because of you. Prior to moving here from SoCal, I never even turned to the Editorial page and then it became the first thing I turned to. You opened my eyes to many things. I will miss you.
I truly miss seeing Rex every morning in the Sacbee. His expertly drawn cartoons provided intelligent insights beyond what most op ed writers could ever say in 1000 words. Thank you Rex for feeding my mind and soul each day.
The road less traveled. Rex and I met 31 years ago as Pledges at Kappa Sigma Fraternity (SDSU); we were both 18, naive, and looking to meet new friends in a strange place. In those 4 youthful years that shaped us, we learned amongst other things, the true meaning of teamwork, integrity, courage, strength, pride, and brotherhood. Rex truly took "the road less traveled" to the max, and I am honored that we had crossed paths; Rex was the epitome of taking the "bull by the horns", and living life to its fullest.
May his laughter and smile burn bright in all of us...May the light touch those that he touched...May God rest his soul and protect those he loved...May those that loved him find solace that he has been touched by an angel...Rest in Peace until we meet again...
Kathleen and Sebastian
I knew Rex from his days in Albany, NY. He was very good friends with my cousin Donny... May God grant you the strength to cope with your profound loss.
Rex Babin is my all-time favorite political cartoonist. I kept looking to see his creativity return to the Sac Bee on a regular basis. I will miss his insightful wit and artwork.
I pray that his wife and son will find great peace, knowing he had many fans, and that God will give them His peace that "surpasseth all understanding."
We still wear the fun t shirt that Rex designed for us, spelling out eba with beautiful bodies. he will be missed.
eba Dance Theatre
My many, many fond memories of the privilege I had to to work with the AAEC include a wonderful convention in Sacramento, hosted by Rex (and his lovely wife Kathleen). Sebastian was the cutest little toddler at that time. Rex was tireless in his efforts to showcase his beloved city and ensure his colleagues had a great time - they did! It was particularly poignant for me as this was the last convention I had with the AAEC folks. I still miss them!! They were absolutely my favorite group I ever worked with in almost 30 years.
Rex, you were a giant among them, for many reasons. You will be missed and your legacy will live on in your work and your family.
I remember Rex from the River City Rowing Club. He really loved to row. Today would have been Thereasa Polet's 50th birthday; she was a former coach at RCRC and she too passed away, back in August. As I was thinking about her, I found out about Rex. His cartoons always spoke volumes and I always looked forward to seeing them. RIP, Rex. Now you're rowing with the Lord.
We will miss his insightful and powerful cartoons, which were the result of deep thought and great talent. Many times we cut them out and put them on the fridge! Sorry for his family to lose him in the prime of life.
Kirk and Linda Draper
We moved to Roseville in 2001 and that is when we began to read the Bee and discovered Rex Babin. We looked for those every day and felt a loss when he wasn't there. What a great gift he had with the insight of what was happening in our world. We lost our son at 48 and our daughter at 54; so young and too soon for all of them. The family is in our prayers.
Only the good die young...Rex is another prime example. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Political cartooning was taken to new heights by Rex Babin. We have lost invaluable creativity and a gifted observer of the public square. But we are left with an archival treasury of timeless wisdom.
Thanks, Rex, for the years of enlightening and thought-provoking drawings and writings. My condolences to your family, friends, and colleagues. You passed way too soon.
I didn't get the chance to talk with Rex often, but when we did it was always an enjoyable and engaging conversation that would go on for hours. I will miss those conversations.
To the Beloved Family of Rex Babin...Please accept my sincere sympathy. I have been out of the country on a holiday, and just read the announcement in the Bee today. You lost a loved husband and father...we lost a wonderful talented artist who could capture a political thought like no other. I always wanted to tell him how I admired his prospective and talent...I guess we always think we have plenty of time! I am so sorry for your loss...the Bee just won't be the same without Rex. What a sad day.
My deepest condolences to Rex Babin's family, although I never meet him; I have an autographed cartoon from the "Miracle on The Hudson". Rest In Peace...Flight 1549 2C
To the family of Rex Babin,
My sincere condolences. I admired Rex's gift for capturing the essence of an event or political issue in a single drawing. Many times I cut out his cartoon and pinned it up or shared it with others. I still have one on my bulletin board from several years ago. I will greatly miss his contribution to the Bee and to society at large.
It is a sad day, when someone of such potential is taken from expressing current events in cartoons as Rex's did. He creative art was always a well thought out body of work, with a message clearly stated leaving me with a smile on my face.
I being an avid reader of the bee , i always went first to look at REX'S cartoons for the day, i will miss his great work,, !!\ THANK YOU, REX, rest in peace.
Rex made a difference in the lives of so many and he made people think and see things from different angles-brilliance manifested. Thank you, Rex, for all you gave through your amazing gift of art. My thoughts are with you and your family, especially your son, Sebastian.
Rex proved to be the rare exception to the rule, "No one is irreplaceable."
I was not a fan of Babin's liberal cartoons, but the one of God's hands holding up the plane on the Hudson was brilliant. I hope that his wife and son realize that his craft did indeed speak to the fact that "a picture is worth a thousand words," and their husband and father excelled at his job-no matter what one's political beliefs. He will be remembered as a Sacramento icon-biting wit, exceptional talent, and passed too soon. My sincere condolences to his family and may your memories comfort you in the coming years.
To my doubles rowing mate 01-04. You touched many people. The humor today at the ceremony was very comforting and captured your spirit. Pete told me a few of your rowing mates etched your name in a well known spot. I stopped at the REX! and looked across the causeway to the place we rowed long, hard and well together. We will miss you on and off the water.
Sadly I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you. However, I feel truly blessed and honored to have been a part in celebrating your life! It was the greatest pleasure singing in rememberance of you and I will hold the stories shared about you in my heart. Listening to your loved ones speak, you are truly a beautifully spirited and gifted creation of God! I wish more people were like you and shared your attitude towards life, love and family; I know I will do my best to do so!! <3
Rex, you made rowing the brotherhood that it is supposed to be, even for us guys well out of college. Competitive but you never took it too serious. You realized long ago that life is too precious for that. You spoke up for what needed to be said when most others didn't want to rock the boat. Outside the boat you were a great friend in all regards. Thanks for being you and I will never forget you.
I worked with Rex at the Times-Union and grew to respect him as a person and as a professional who was witty and talented, and I've watched his career blossom ever since. It was simply stunning to learn this news. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and son. He was, simply, a terrific guy.
When I was in elementary school, we took a field trip to the Sacramento Bee. We said hi to Rex Babin and watched him work a bit. He's always stood out from the rest to me because of the trip and his work.
You were the best Rex, and we will miss you very much. Enjoy the next destination. Blessings to your family.
I have many great memories of Rex. We worked together and hung out at the 1994 Woodstock Festival in New York. We had many talks in his office at the Albany (NY) Times Union.. and most memorable, the crazy late nights we shared in downtown Albany.. Rex made me laugh.. He had a great dry sense of humor, as reflected in his art. He will be missed by all that knew him. Prayers to his wife and child. Thanks for laughs, Rex... Rest in Peace, my friend.
We have lost one of the best things about Sacramento.
I am deeply saddened by Mr. Babin's death. His cartoon was the first thing I looked for in the Bee and no one can replace him. He once had a cartoon with the words "Peace on Earth". It still touches my heart.
GOD needed the best. RIP Mr. BABIN.
I'm very saddened to hear of Rex's passing. I have so many "cut-outs" of his comics that I've enjoyed through the years. My deepest condolences to his wife, son, and family. I will miss his insightful work.
Dear Kathleen and Sebastian, it must be hard to be without Rex, you have been so together the past years.
My thought: the Gods needed an angel like Rex. Now he can take care of many more people etc.
much love for you Kathleen, and Sebastian from Kirk, Maya Nika and Mooniek.
And thank everyone for contributing and helping!
Like all things precious there is never enough. And it escapes us not knowing its true value til we reflect its loss.
I owe you Rex for wisdom and delight.
My deepest condolences to Kathleen and Sebastian
I had the pleasure of working with Rex for 9 years, he was quite a guy. I loved his work and especially his personality. He always treated me with kindness and respect. I pray he is in a better place with no pain.
To one of the greatest political cartoonist in California history. You will be missed and impossible to replace
Rex your comics are some of my favorites. They decorate my cube and home. You will be missed.
There were many times that I did not agree with Mr Babin, but if he was guilty of anything in his way too short life, it was making people think.
And that was what we liked the most about him.
Mr. Babin, your sharp wit and point of veiw will be missed in our house-hold.
I am so sorry about Rex's passing, he was always so pleasant when he would come in for his treatments; no matter how much pain he was in. Loved his cartoons. My condolences to you and
Monica, Sutter Infusion.
Kathleen and Sebastian, I am sorry for your loss. Rex had a great spirit and a keen sense of righteousness. I can only hope a little rubbed off on me.
How sad to see a brilliant man go so young not to mention very handsome (my firt time to see his picture). My condolences to his family. My favorite cartoon of him was the all Presidents (Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush) it's embedded in my head but forgot to make a copy of that particular cartoon. He will be missed!
Dear Kathleen and Sebastian:
I had the pleasure of knowing Rex as a colleague and friend through my work as the assistant to the Ombudsman and Bee tour guide.
How Rex's eyes would light up, when I walked into his office to inform him the Ombudsman's office was hearing complaints about his day's cartoon. What that meant – his cartoon hit another homerun.
As a Bee tour guide, I would stop by Rex's office and let him know I was conducting a tour on a certain day, and would he mind if I stopped by with my group. He was always accommodating, and when the day arrived, he would welcome my group into his office and we'd all squish around his work area.
I can still hear him say, as he leaned back in his chair with his feet propped up, with paper and pencil in hand: “You probably think I'm not working and just goof in' around…” He would then inform them he was actually working very hard to come up with an idea for the following day's cartoon.
As the paper continued to downsize, Rex wondered at times, whether The Bee might downsize him as some point. I would tell him, not to worry, “You're the only celebrity left at the paper.” Rex would smile.
Sending heartfelt condolences, love and support to the Babin family.
I loved Rex. I still do. My heartfelt sympathies to his beloved Kathleen and Sebastian, and to all those grieving his departure...carpe diem
His work entertained and enlightened. He will be missed.
My condolences to his friends and family.
I became familiar with Rex's cartoons as part of my job working for a competitor syndicate. His work was courageous, spot on and unapologetic. My condolences to his family.
Rex was one of a kind. Weren't we all lucky to get in on part of his ideas! He continues to inspire us. My best to his family
Never met you, but always looked for you. Your cartoons always said what I felt. Will miss you very much. Liz Romero, Woodland
A wonderful talent who was entirely too young to leave us.
May you rest in peace, Rex BAbin. You were the best; you always hit the nail right on the head. I will miss your cartoons. Helen
Rex inhaled life and exhaled brilliance that touched everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. My most memorable times rowing at ARC always included Rex. He will be missed and fondly remembered by so many. My condolences to his family.
Rex- We rarely agreed on things political, but I always knew you to be a good guy and great cartoonist. My condolences to your family.
Your colleague at King,
I cheered Rex on at football games at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas. I remember that he wanted to be a cartoonist. Years later I was thrilled to see his work in The Bee and emailed him to see if he remembered me. I received such a kind response in return and later connected again on Facebook. I loved his work and The Bee will not be the same without him. Rest in peace Rex.
I feel so fortunate to have heard Rex speak at the SacBee not too long ago. What an impressive, kind and witty man. His love of his family came through the talk loud and clear. It is so hard to understand why life takes turns like this. To the family, love and light are with you. You are in my prayers at this difficult time.
Rex had the ability to connect with people of all ages. He could entertain, educate, and amaze readers and Sacramento Bee visitors with his keen wit and incredible talent. My condolences to his family and Sacramento Bee employees. Rex will be missed but remembered for his gifts.
Rex was brilliant! His art so truly summed up and fit the situation. I will miss him very much. To his family and friends, my sincere condolences.
Mr. Babin and his work will be missed. His cartoons were always entertaining thought provocative. Even when they stung a little.
My condolences to his family.
Kathleen, my heart aches for the whole situation, as you know it is close to my own heart, please remember that he is pain free and by your side all the time. This I know. Peace to all of you now.
I will sorely miss Rex's political commentary / via pictures so many times he portrayed exactly what needed to be "said" without words. Best wishes and condolences to his family.
Kathleen and family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. What a tragedy! So many great cartoons that I enjoyed and took for granted for the years to come. We have never met but I am in shock. For me only the Bee will be different. I cannot imagine how you must feel.
You are in my thoughts.
My condolences to Rex's family. I was always entertained or shocked by Rex's cartoons. I so admired his wit and ability to address complex issues distilled in a single picture. I looked forward to seeing his work in the Bee and thinking to myself, it had to be a Rex Babin cartoon to come up with whatever he was addressing.
I read Babin's cartoons for years...
So young to die - but what a legacy as one of the best in the history of news 'toons...
Thank you, sir. Love and faith to your family. SSchloth in Ecuador
Our hearts ache...
Susan & Andy
Wow, a true light extinguished before his time. Condolences to your family and to the Bee staff. You will be sorely missed.
I saw a Babin cartoon for the first time this morning on Cagle post .. Googled his name immediately to find out more.
Now I only have his glorious past to look at.
RIP .. I will try and emulate your cartooning ...........Toonopia
Thank you Rex for sharing your talents with us. I will miss your wonderful cartoons of important subject matter so eloquently emphasized by a winning combination of knowledge, wisdom, wit,and art.
Rest in Peace.
My prayers are with your wife and son.
Prayers go out to your family.
Such a beautiful and gifted man. Such a loss for us, his readers.
I had the great honor of sharing pain and triumph with Rex as we rowed together 2000-2006. He and Kathleen were the first to greet me at the boathouse when I returned to rowing and we shared a lot on and off the water. Tuesday night ergs together at the gym, seat racing in prep for the Head of the Charles, and beer 'n eggs at Fox and Goose after a tough Saturday morning row-the memories flood me, as my sadness engulfs me. Tough love-that was Rex to me: tough in a boat or discussing politics, and always filled with love. He kept you honest, kept you on edge, made you smile at life and yourself. So glad I visited with him a few months ago, setting up his stationary bike so he could still work out in front of the TV. I will always miss him, I will always cherish my time with him.
Rex Babin - a rare and wonderful combination of humor, intelligence, & heart. We make plans and God laughs; now when God laughs,Rex will create a cartoon. Wish he was here to draw that thought. He will be missed. God bless family & friends.
We'll miss him. Up there having a beer with Herblock, Paul Conrad, David Low, Carl Giles,and the others...
So very sad to read about Rex's death. His cartoons resonated with me and I kept telling myself that I needed to e-mail him and tell him how much I enjoyed his work, especially the one of the plane that landed in the Hudson. I never did tell him and now I regret it. This is an example of not telling people how much their lives have touched you while they are alive. I would like to take this opportunity now to tell Rex's family how much I appreciated his work. I'd like for his son to know that there are very few people in this world that can capture words with cartoons, photos, artwork, etc. but his father was one of those.God Bless the family and keep them safe.
Rex was - and will always be - one of the smartest, most entertaining editorial cartoonists in the business. The Bee was fortunate to have him grace its pages. I will miss him greatly as a friend - and as a social commentator. He always brought more sense to our lives.
My heart goes out to Sebastian and Kathleen. I know that Rex left them a lasting treasure of his love.
We all will miss this brilliant and beloved editorial cartoonist and gentleman.
Heartbreaking news. Rex was a very talented cartoonist as well as a very nice guy. My sincere condolences to Kathleen and his family.
Rex made me think, laugh, and say "too true". Your insights will be missed.
What a talent, what energy, what a fun guy. We will so miss you at the AAEC conventions. We lost Rex too soon. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.
I had the honor of being interviewed on television with Rex about the Mohammad cartoons in Denmark. Rex was courteous, professional, and personable. My condolences go out to his loved ones.
Rex was a dear friend, mentor and a big brother to me. He had one of the biggest hearts I ever knew, and I will miss him tremendously. It was always comforting just to know he was in this world. My heart hurts to think of never seeing his warm smile again. We shared a real connection as colleagues and as friends. He was a highly respected and well-known editorial cartoonist, and yet, when I showed up to my first AAEC convention, he could not have been more generous with his time and support. He truly loved helping others, and he inspired you to do your best. I hope he knew how much this meant to me, and how much I valued him as a person who changed my life. I am sad that Rex is no longer here, because it's not every day that you meet people with his idealism and enthusiasm. His influence and talent will live on through his amazing body of work.
I send my love, support and condolences to Kathleen and Sebastian. We love you.
Tomorrow will just not be the same, forever.
Thanks for making me think
Thanks for your honesty
Thanks for your interpretation of daily events
and thanks for sharing your work with all of us!
my favorite part of the paper
As a fellow scribbler, what I remember most was your originality in a derivative world, your generosity and encouragement, and your outstanding bravery in the face of a wretched disease.
It is clear you are a very special person whose courage at the unimaginable adversity you faced matched Rex's. Juana and I are devastated at your and Sebastian's terrible loss.
I did not know Rex, but from knowing delightful Sebastian and his wonderful mom, I could tell he was a wonderful dad and husband. My thoughts are with them.
Rex was not afraid to push the envelope, but at the same time could express compassion when needed. That is why I enjoyed him so much.
Many thanks for many years of your warmth and insight. Rest in peace. You will be missed.
Rex was truly one of my favorites. I'll miss his creative, unique approaches in cartooning.
To Rex's wife and son, I had the pleasure of enjoying life at SDSU with Rex and the Kappa Sigma house. I am so sorry for the grief you must be experiencing and pray that God will comfort you in this time. He was a special person and I know his legacy will continue in his work and his wonderful son. David Allen - AEKDB
Our hearts go out to Kathleen and Sebastian through this tough time. We also pray for aunt Shirley and first cousin Trent Babin to continue to find the strength to look ahead, especially for the young son,Sebastian. We know that here in Ohio we can offer our prayers,but know that their west coast family can be there for them in their time of need and for the future. Rex was very loving and kind when he last visited us back east and the drawings that he shared with our young children inspired them to be artists themselves, such a gift was never forgotten. We pray that other artists may help his son as he helped ours with his time and attention. God bless Rex and all of his family, you are not forgotten.
I live 600 miles from Sacramento, but would always check the Bee website to get Rex's latest work. My condolences to his family and close friends. I will miss him too.
Rex, you were one of a kind. A quick wit and a gracious person. Your editorial was my first priority when I opened the morning paper. Thank you for that.
My heart just breaks for your wife and son. I hope they have lots of loving family and friends around them to help ease the loss just a little.
I am so sorry for your loss, even after retiring and moving out of state I would still receive his cartoons.
RIP Rex Babin and my heartfelt condolences to your family. Over the years, you have pissed me off, made me laugh, smile, and most importantly, made me think. You will be missed greatly. Your artistry and creativity will never be duplicated.
I LOVED REX BABINS WORK. WHEN HE DID THE ONE OF THE LORDS HANDS HOLDING THE AIRPLANE THAT LANDED IN THE RIVER IN NEW YORK I SAT IN MY CHAIR AND CRIED. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.
HE CERTAINLY WILL BE MISSED AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
RIP, my deepest condolences for your loss.
fair winds and smooth seas!
Rex was a childhood friend and after 40 or so years we were able to reconnect. From reading these posts I see that he touched so many people in such a great way throughout his life. My deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
The Sacramento region has lost a bright light and there will be a void on the editorial pages of the Bee that will be hard to fill. My deepest condolences to the Babin family.
So many mornings my husband and I would say to each other: "Take a look at Rex's cartoon." I rank his work equal to the legendary Paul Conrad of the L.A. Times. So very sorry to hear of his passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family.
I am very saddened by Rex's passing.
I do know that the Bee will never have a political cartoonist as perspective as Rex.
I feel very sad today about our loss of a most talented man.
You were a light that blazed for so many of us. Sending love to Kathleen, Sebastian and the rest of the family and friends. It was an honor and a constant dose of good cheer to have Rex as a colleague but best of all was calling him friend.
His art was uplifting, charming, biting and funny. Thanks for leaving us something to remember you by. Bless you. Rest in Peace.
A friend who is a guidane counselor told me last night that a few years back Rex came out to the school for at-risk kids in Davis where she works. He told his story - how he got into cartooning, etc. - showed the kids his work. The kids were enthralled, she said. As a former teacher, I know that there is a high rate of brilliance in the kids who sit at their desks doodling doing lecture. I'm guessing Rex knew that too (probably first-hand) and that's why he reached out to those kids. Thank you Rex. - Pamela Martineau
I had the pleasure of meeting Rex while I worked at McClatchy. My son was a huge fan of his work and when I stopped by Rex's office to ask if he would sign a copy of a cartoon I'd taken from that morning's paper, he insisted he'd rather provide a signed original! Always a hello and smile in the hallways - he was not only an amazing talent but a kind man. You will be missed by all.
Rex: Thanks for the smiles and the frowns throughout the years. You were one of the best.
I always looked forward to see his cartoons. His vision of the world was filled with wisdom. I can't say enough about this beautiful man who touched me so deeply with his humor. Frank Thompson
So sorry to hear of the loss of Rex.
Doug, Lisa and Kurt were just looking at old movies that we had made in our back yard about 45 years ago.
Our hearts go out to you and yours.
I was surprised by how young he was, as I have admired his work for so long. I admire at how deftly one picture could state so much. His death is a loss for humanity and fairness.
Another brilliant young man, like Steven Jobs, struck down at the height of his creativity by that monster, cancer. Rex's cartoons touched our minds and our hearts. He made us think and laugh--not a bad combination. He won't be forgotten.
Rex made me stop and think and often smile when reading his graphic statements. My heart goes out to his devoted wife Kathleen. I am touched by the circle of support that has surrounded Rex, Kathleen and Cornelius over the last many months and the loving support of good friend and neighbor of the Babin's, Kathleen Ave.
Rex, you were aptly named. You were truly the king of political cartoonists. Thank you for sharing your art with the world.
Rex and I crossed paths professionally, and he easily could've been aloof or off-putting—no one would've blamed him. However, he was humble, approachable, and sincere. I liked his work, but I really respected the man. Condolences to his family, and may he rest in peace.
Rest in peace Rex. Your artistry,insight and wisdom were exceeded only by your wit. You will be sorely missed.
Every Rex Babin editorial art work (they were much more than cartoons) I ever saw either added a smile to my face, depth to my thinking, or warmth to my heart. Most often, all three. His artistry, deep insight and impish yet kind sense of humor and humanity were second to none. My heart goes out to his wife Kathleen and son Sebastian. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Condolences to both the Babin and Sacramento Bee families.
Rex will be missed.
Rex was part of every morning for so many years. Our hearts go out to his family. We will miss his wit, his humor, and his spot on commentary. Rest in Peace, Rex
We will pray for his family. From a TU delivery man for 15 years.What type of cancer did Rex have
I met him at a Second Saturday. He was very outgoing and friendly, signing copies of his work. I always looked forward to seeing his latest. He will be missed.
Rex Babin, with the economy of word and image, stirred emotion and found truth; and proved that God, for all his fearsomeness, is a jokester.
I had occasion to meet Rex several years ago while on a tour of the Bee. He took the time to explain what he did and how he did it. I had already seen his cartoon for that day and, when he couldn't find a copy, loaned him mine (I have kicked myself since then for not having him autograph it). He was very talented and caring about his work. I hope he's doing a caricature of St Peter right now.
I felt I lost a friend as well as a spokesperson for progressive thinking in this age of great turmoil. His talent, insight, and compassion were notable.
Every morning my first thing was to open the Bee and hunt for the Rex entry of the day. His humor and way of expressing it sure made our community a very pleasant place and added to the Bee's community standing, He will be missed but NEVER forgotten
We're all going to miss seeing Rex around Sacramento. We'll miss his kindness, his graciousness and his talent.
Dear Babin Family,
Agree or disagree, Mr. Babin provoked thought and discussion! Much more so, I think, than any written word. May God bless your family and look over you during this time by giving you strength. Thank you for sharing Rex with us, he will be missed!
The Bee just won't be the same without Rex Babin's contribution. I liked his ability to cut through the fog and get to the reality of an issue, without promoting a particular political agenda. He called a spade a spade, not an entrenching tool, and did not suffer fools kindly. Rex's pictures were worth many thousands of words.
I was a tour guide at The Bee for many years. Our tour kids loved visiting Rex as much as he enjoyed sharing his time with them.
Condolences to the Babin family at this time of profound loss and grief. Rex and I were "friends" on Facebook, and I met him at one of his lectures at the Sacramento Bee. Rex was a sagacious and insightful gentleman and we had about a hundred telephone conversations. With compassion and condolences from Robert H. Sydnor, geologist friend in Fair Oaks.
Kind thoughts from Oregon.
The favor you did without hesitation was indicative of your passion for the craft and willingness to share. I'm thankful for your blessing and will pay it forward in your name. Prayers of comfort and peace to his wife, son, family and all others lucky to have known him.
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Babin's passing. I have missed his cartoons which I thoroughly enjoyed. My condolences to his family.
Kathleen and Sebastian, we send light and love your way through the difficult times you are facing. We will miss Rex-- always checked the editorial page first for his cartoon before heading to the front page. We appreciated the intelligence and humor he brought to his work.
What a tragic loss. I only met Rex a couple of times, but was always inspired by his cutting wit. My deepest sympathies to his family, and to the Bee staff.
As a member of the rowing world, Rex was a true leader. A feared and fierce competitor on the water, Rex brought his fire and desire to every stoke of the oar. Off the water, Rex was even more influential. His sincere interest in supporting, encouraging and motivating others around him was unmatched. Rex has touched us all. The River City Rowing Club has lost a cornerstone today. But more, we have lost a mentor and brother. We will miss you sorely.
I love you.
My sincere condolences to his family and co-workers at the Bee. He will definitely be missed, as he was one of the greats!
My friend we will all miss your friendship, your dry humor, and your voice. My prayers are with you and your family.
Rex recently completed a one of a kind album art cover for the band Breva.. We were blown away by it- Truley amazing- his talents and uniqueness will be Truley missed- he will forever live on through his art and Breva's music
Rex, Your work made me laugh, made me think, sometimes made me mad. You will be greatly missed as no one will be able that space quite like you did!
Rex was my college roommate for a semester while we were students at San Diego State in 1982. There were many nights when we would discuss the days events and shared many laughs along the way. Little did we suspect the road our careers would take us. It has been a long time since we last talked, but I often recall those days.
Rest in peace my old friend, you have left us way too soon.
We send all love and strength to Kathleen and Sebastian. A loss both unfair and unimaginable. We loved Rex -- so smart and funny, yet so serious, and so much talent. So much courage.
Susanna Cooper, Eric, Abby and James Douglas
Rest in peace Mr. Babin. My condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.
We enjoyed Mr. Babin's work. He was the best! My husband and I will miss him. May God console those who knew him personally.
Rex, it is hard to believe you are gone. Thank you for your friendship. Farewell.
Rex had so much talent and his sketches/messages makes you think and ponder. Prayers to the Babin Family.
Your humor and insight will be missed in that beautiful artistic way that you had for timely news. As a fan I will miss your creativity and it is truly a loss to all that gazed upon your cartoons.
I remember meeting Rex and Kathleen when they walked into an Open House I was trying to sell. They had just arrived in town and were looking for a rental. Little did I know of the talent and humor Rex would bring to us all. Having their family settlet in our neighborhood was wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathleen and Sebastian and Rex will never br forgotten.
I'll treasure my many conversations with Rex around the SacBee. Especially vivid is our talk after his last vacation in Hawaii, where he described his great surfing experiences with his son. I'm so glad to have known him and learned from him. All thoughts are with his family and dear friends tonight.
too young and so talented. thank you...rest in God's arms.
Had the privilege of being in attendance at a special evening with Rex at the Sacramento Bee. He was delightful, insightful, intelligent and witty. Taken far too soon! RIP, sir, now you're inking for The Big Guy!
Rex--we'll all see you soon in the funny papers. Thanx for bringing us a little bit of light each day...
Dear Kathleen and Sebastian,
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Los llevo en mi corazon.
I once asked Rex for a copy of one of his editorial cartoons. Even though our politics may have differed, he not only responded but hand delivered the original. He was so nice and a very generous man. Condolences to his family.
I consider myself a very fortunate person to have known Rex. I worked at the Times Union in Albany on the business side of the operation. Each year we would have a group of runners participate in the Corporate Challenge event in the area. Rex would always be one of our top runners and he would always provide the drawing for our shirts.
Rex was truly an uplifting spirit.
My condolences to his wife and son.
I didn't know you personally, but your work spoke of who you were; you will be sorely missed by all you touched both personally and professionally. God has his new artist....but we lost a great one here on earth.
Rex, It was an honor and a pleasure working with you at the Bee. I liked that you would come to me once in a while with a comic book question. I'd give you an answer, and, sometimes it would end up in your Sunday strip about California's superhero-like Governator. And when someone in the newsroom gave you an idea that you turned into a cartoon that ran in the paper, you made them a copy of the final work and gave it to them. I still have mine and will treasure it more now that you are gone.
Mr. Babin fought to change minds, and I'll miss that. Prayers to him and his family.
Rex was my fraternity brother (Kappa Sigma) at San Diego State University. He was the one who gave me my bid when I was thinking of pledging Kappa Sigma. I not only consider him a brother but a dear and close friend.
My condolences go out to his family. Rex was a wonderful person with superior intelligence to match his sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him. R.I.P. my brother! AEK?B!
I knew Rex from his time in Albany and Sacramento, and always valued his generosity and willingness to chat about cartoons for my academic work. A man and a talent to be missed.
A sad, sad day. He was brilliant. His Curtis Park neighbors will miss him. Deepest condolences to his family.
Met Rex when he addressed the Lincoln Hills Veterans Group a few years back. What a talent! God bless Rex' wife and son.
I had the great luck to work with Rex when I covered the 2003 recall election for the Bee. I admired him so much -- as an artist, a journalist, a social commentator and a friend. A tremendous guy who will be terribly missed.
So very sorry to hear this news and we send condolences to the family. Rex voiced what needed to be "heard" and we appreciated his artistic talent and devotion to excellence. And he made us laugh! That, the world really needs, as he well knew.
Rex's political cartoons were often the first thing I would look for in my morning Bee. I will miss seeing the news of our nation and region through his intelligent perspective.
What a loss. So sorry to hear this terrible news about my talented Times Union colleague.
I never met Rex, but knew of him through my brother, Mike McKeever, who was so fond of him. I did look up some of his wonderful cartoons, which I enjoyed immensely. His family is in my prayers.
Rex achieved something we all can only hope to do with our lives: He made a difference. He was a great talent, and a better person. Sincere sympathies from an Albany Times Union co-worker.
He was a great talent and will be missed by his followers. One of his most meaningful editoral cartoons has been hanging in my office for over 10 years. He was one of a kind.. Deepest sympathy to his family...he was far too young to pass from this life but certainly left his mark.
Carole Herman/Sacramento, CA
We will miss your friendship and your humor, Rex. Much love to Kathleen and Sebastian.
Rex Babin was an exceptionally talented political cartoonist, always to the point, & a delivery @ a visceral level. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
With his genius and artistry, Rex truly left his mark. Years from now, people will look at his cartoons and laugh or smile knowingly. He will live on in his work and our memories.
One of the best cartoonists of all times.
In the newsroom of the Albany Times Union in the 1990s, Rex Babin shone as our brightest star with his enormous talent as editorial cartoonist.
More importantly, he was a generous colleague, a loyal friend and a compassionate soul. He touched our lives with an uncommon grace.
Those of us who loved him stretch from coast to coast. We pray for his wife Kathleen and son Sebastian and wish them peace.
Peace and light to Kathleen and Sebastian. I am honored to have known such a kindhearted and interesting man.
Thank you for sharing your talent and insight with the world. You will be greatly missed.
I did not know Rex personally but enjoyed every cartoon he created for the Bee. He will be missed by all Bee readers on a daily basis.
Rex, you will be missed. I am so sorry that we didn't get to see each other the past few years, once I stopped coming to our conventions. I will never forget the fun times I have had hanging out with you and Frank. I feel so blessed to have been your friend and colleague. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and to your beautiful boy, Sebastian.
What a great man. I had the pleasure of many conversations with Rex. And I will carry those conversations with for a long time. He will be missed.
I didn't know Rex personally but I always looked forward to his cartoons. I might add, I usually agreed with them. You will be missed Rex.
I didn't always agree with Rex's take on many issues. But even when I didn't, his cartoons still made me laugh or think - or both. And his cartoon about Flight 1549 - one of my favorites - expressed exactly what many of us were thinking. The Bee has lost a great talent, and the Sacramento area has lost the best kind of friend - the kind who loves you enough to keep you honest. He'll be missed.
As a collector of political cartoons, I was a big fan of Mr. Babin and had the pleasure of meeting him. He even signed a cartoon for me. He will be missed but his work will live forever.
Everytime I opened the SacBee I knew there was going to be a biting and eye opening view of current events through your excellent drawing style. Thank you so much for showing the readers that a cartoon can inspire people to think about their surroundings and politics along with an appreciation that we are so priviledged to live in these United States. Rest in peace Rex.....your fans will always remember you and your observations~
It was with much sadness that I learned of Rex's passing. A true talent that leaves much too young and much too much undone. For his wife, son, family, friends and fellow editorialists, my prayers and thoughts.
To Rex's family. Your husband and father was the most talented political cartoonist ever. I had the pleasure of having a conversation with him at Sierra College. He was a gentleman. I will miss his incredible talent.
My hearty is broken. I am crying as I write. Rex has spoken to our club, Democrats of Sun City Roseville, on several occasions. He was witty, charming and caring.
We loved him and his political cartoons. His cartoons will live on forever.
So sorry to hear about the loss of this very talent artist.
I never had the privilege to meet Rex Babin, but I often wished I had, and never more so than today. I am greatly saddened by his passing. His political cartoons have added a great deal to our family's discussion of political issues over the years. My children are now ages 16 & 17; they grew up on Rex Babin cartoons. We will all miss his insightful take on life's events. To Kathleen and Sebastian and all those who knew and loved Rex, our deepest sympathy.
There is a very old saying that says 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. It would be an understatement to limit it to ONLY 'a thousand' words, if it's one of Rex Babin's 'pictures'. It's a very special talent to be able to succinctly summarize 'a thousand' well chosen words into a single graphic illustration. But, week in and week out, Rex Babin did it perfectly. His pithy messages leapt off the pages within seconds of their viewing, and the number of readers who immediately thought "Ain't that the truth" again and again is legion. Thank you Rex, and our sincere condolensces to the Babin family.
I never met him but I sure will miss his wit...a fan Theresa Mitchell
Kathleen, as a fan and a neighbor, if we can be of some small help please don't hesitate to ask. We had so much respect for Rex it's the least we can do...
Peace be with you.
We will miss your genius.
Rex, I was proud to call you a colleague and you were always a great concert buddy, too. We really saw some great shows and I always loved talking about Robert Crumb with you ... My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family, and especially young "Buck." I know a 10-year-old named Diego who'd love to play with him some time. R.I.P. Rex, you will very much be missed.
The world will seem forever less interesting without you Rex. I will miss you.
I had the privilege of calling Rex a friend. He taught me how to surf, raced with me in the head of the charles and was everything you could ask for in a pal.
I too will truly miss this man. My love to Kathleen and Sebastian.
Always a pro and always a good guy. You will be missed.
You were such a good friend to my kids and me after their dad and your Bee colleague died almost 12 years ago. The kindness that you and Kathleen showed us was so helpful. I hate to think about your son growing up without his devoted dad. You were talented and a kind and caring person.
I am so blessed to have memories of Rex as a friend in Albany, NY; learning to row, Woodstock II, camping in the ADK's with Kathleen. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathleen and Sebastian. May all your memories of this beautiful person bring you both peace.
We will miss your skillful and talented contribution to the paper
You were a true artist in every way possible. Thanks so much for your wonderful insight and humor. You will be missed. Condolences to his family.
Thank you for all the emotional moments.... Some of your work made me angry, some made me cry, but they all made me think... Thanks for being such a good cartoonist, and a sharp wit... You will be missed!
Thanks to Mr. Babin for sharing his unique gifts and talent. He was kind of a satiric prophet through his cartoons. Condolences to his family.
My deepest sympathy to Mr. Babin's family. His loss is tragic and I'm so very sorry. I'll miss his sense of humor and style.
My deepest condolences to Kathleen, Sebastian and Rex's entire family. You are all in my prayers. I was honored to work with Rex. He was a respected colleague and his talent was greatly admired by the people who worked alongside him at the Bee. What a nice man he was. And what a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Rex.
You will be dearly missed by all of us. It was an honor to know you and to call you a friend. RCRC won't be the same without you.
Rex, Thank you for making us think, even when we didn't want to. Thank you for educating us, when we resisted. You will be missed by all of us you touched. Jan and I will miss you.
I will miss you Rex and fondly remember our rehearsals at the warehouse. Kathleen and Sebastian, I wish you strength and fortitude. You three are in my thoughts.
What a loss. I'll never forget Rex's presence in the Times Union newsroom. Such a good, interesting soul, so smart and funny and devoted to his craft. God bless his wife and son.
My deepest condolences to the Babin family. What a very talented person he was.
I always appreciated your humor, talent and courage. You were never afraid to push the envelope. I once emailed you, not expecting a response, but you did, with kindness and humor. Being able to make others laugh and think is such a gift you gave us. I was always proud that we shared the same Alma mater. Our thoughts are with your wife, son, family and friends.
I am so sorry for the loss, for his family and for all of us. He was a great cartoonist and great person, always interested in what was happening, and so able to express it in his drawings. I will carry your spirit with me, Rex.
If Rex is going to be missed this much by the general public, I can't imagine how painful this is for his family. My condolences to all for whom Rex's loss is so painful.
Rex was a formidable draftsman and a fearless cartoonist. I met him several times and will miss him and his splendidly rendered work. Condolences and best wishes to his family.
Thank you for so many years of chuckles and, with your 9/11 tribute, some tears. I loved your controversial pieces; it was always a blast to see who was going to squirm. You left us way too soon!
It was my honor to have known you. Today is a sad day.
I am so thankful that rowing allowed me to meet you and be your friend. I remember thinking, hey, this Rex guy is fun to hang out with. Back then I had no idea the depth of you and your family, how warm, fun and energetic you could be. You are a truely wonderful, insightful, loving and welcoming person. This turn of events is unimaginable, and you will be sorely missed.
My deepest condolances go to Kathleen and Sebastian. Row fast and steady my friend.
I'll keep your husband and dad in my prayers. Very sorry for losing this tremendous talented man.
I loved Rex's work and, along with many others, looked forward to seeing his latest submission. I will miss that, personally and professionally. Our loss, though, doesn't compare to his family's. My deepest condolences to them.
Dear Kathleen, My deepest sympathy for your loss. You are always in my thoughts, even with a little passing of time getting in the way. My love to you and Sebastian.
Why does it always seem the best and brightest pass too soon. What a sad day.
What a talent. What a loss. My deepest condolences to the family.
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Rex, your friendship and talents — as a strong oarsman and journalist — will be missed.
Kathleen, Sebastian and all your friends and family will be in my prayers.
God looked around His garden
And He found an empty place
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your precious face
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest;
God's Garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew you'd never ever
Get well on earth again.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine "
Then He took you up to Heaven
With Hands so gentle and kind.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God welcomed you home.
RIP Rex...Condolences to your family
I will miss your thought provoking illustrations, Rex.
My favorite editorial cartoonist ever. So sad. Such a loss.
Our deepest sympathy to your family. We both appreciated your cartoons as they generally brought a chuckle to our face in the morning and made us feel proud when your cartoon of the US airways flight in January was published.
I have lost a great friend and worthy basketball opponent. My heart goes out to his family. Fortunately, Rex leaves us a tremendous record of his talent and insight.
I will miss his Cartoons in the Bee.Rest in peace.
Rest in peace, pal. Thanks for the company "working" in the bar during the DNC.
To Sebastian and your mom--this is Tre Muraki from last years Mudcat's team. I just want to say sorry about your dad and I hope you and your mom are okay. My dad says he enjoyed your dad's work in the paper and was honored to meet him last year during baseball.
My deepest condolences to Mr. Babin's family. He was a treasure!
Rex is my favorite satirist. I say is, because though he has left us, his work remains. My sincerest condolences to Kathy and Sebastian.
RIP, Rex. Condolences to your family. Your talent and friendship will be missed.
Rest in peace Rex, your art and wit will be missed. My condolences to your family, you and they will be in our prayers.
RIP, my condolences to your family. i enjoyed your work very much.
Insightful, daring and so eloquent in your work, Mr. Babin! My deepest condolences to his family.
You gave so much to me, your fellow oarsmen and journalists and to the public. For your unforgettable courage, humor, constant encouragement and friendship, thank you. And when - not if - my erg scores start improving, I'll know who to thank. My love to you and yours, Chris
You brought lots of laughs and stimulated lots of thought and conversation in this household.
What more could an editorial cartoonist do. You're the best - Will miss you
Will miss your fabulous wit and drawings. Rest in peace, Mr. Babin.