REKERT, Winston Houghton
June 10, 1949 - September 14, 2012
To many Winston was a devoted artist; an actor, producer, director, writer and charismatic performer. To some he was a teacher, mentor and sponsor. To those who knew him closely he was a playful musician, talented wood carver and lover of animals. To his family he was a loving husband, brother and unique father. In the last four years some knew him as a patient and a fighter. Yet to Winston, cancer wasn't a battle. It was a blessing. Through profound courage and his invincible sense of humor, he was able to see his illness as an opportunity to live and love even more passionately and cherish the love around him. Winston passed peacefully on September 14, 2012 with a smile on his face that never left. His life and legacy are an example of how to live and how to die. He will remain in the hearts of those dearest to him: his wife Lidija, her daughter Sara, his son Dylan and fiancé Meryl, his son Carson and their mother Pat. Winston's career accomplishments have been recognized by 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards, 2 Gemini Awards plus 9 Gemini nominations and a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Star on Granville Street. After a successful career in the theatre he had roles in many films as well as starring roles in the TV series "Adderly" and "Neon Rider". To many, his presence and spirit lives on. A Memorial Fund will be established in Winston's name to benefit those in the theatre arts. For more information about how to make a donation, as well as details and updates on an upcoming Celebration of Life, please visit www.winstonrekert.com.
Published in National Post on Oct. 13, 2012