On Friday, September 24, 2010, Renz Crema died suddenly at his home in Pritchard, BC at the age of sixty three. Survived by his wife Pat; son Colin (Shannon) and granddaughter Brooke of Burnaby, BC; brother Glen of Trail, BC; as well as sister-in-law Joan and niece Lauren of St. Albert, AB. In addition, numerous uncles, aunts and cousins in Canada, Australia, Argentina and Italy. Predeceased by father Giovanni, mother Lucia and brother Alfio.
Coming to Canada from Italy at the age of three, Renz settled into life in Trail. A BA in psychology and a MSW in social work established his future career. Following some European travels, he and Pat settled in the Kamloops region raising Colin on their acreage in Pritchard. Renz touched many people`s lives in his role as a psychiatric social worker over the past thirty four years. His genuine concern and caring for others provided solace for their pain. He was tremendously proud of his son, volunteering for all the sports in which Colin took part. No one was a more devoted `Nono`as he delighted in his granddaughter Brooke. Retirement two years ago provided Renz with the time to tackle his huge list of projects, garden and tend his flowers and grapes, take bass guitar lessons, fix fences, clean the barn for Pat`s horses and train for his runs. He recently took part in the annual Terry Fox Run.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 2pm at Schoening Funeral Chapel, Kamloops. Should friends desire, donations may be made in Renz`s name to the Thompson Rivers University Foundation, TRU Social Work Bursary, Box 3010, 900 McGill Rd., Kamloops, BC. V2C 5N3.