Gerald (Dennis) Rainka
February 12, 1946 – February 7, 2021
After a valiant fight, through which he remained positive and full of hope, Dennis went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, February 7th at the age of 74.
Left to remember him; Carol, his loving wife of 52 years, beloved daughters Christie (Curtis) Masters & Sandy (Marvin) Taylor, and cherished grandchildren Jared, Lauren, Kirsten and Joshua. Siblings; Eddie (Marilyn), Katherine, Raymond (Kay), Stanley (Norma), Jim (Connie), Jack (Diane) & Loretta (Dan), sisters-in-law Josephine, Ann (Barry) & Shirley, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Peter & Nancy Rainka, brother Chester, parents-in-law Archie & Mildred Barbour, brothers & sister-in-law; Edwin, Colin, Bobby & Helen.
Dennis was born in Elk Ranch, Manitoba and grew up on the family farm on the Arden Ridge until the age of 17 when he joined the navy and moved to Victoria BC. This is where he met Carol, who was the love of his life for more than 55 years. Right to the end, Dennis would tell everyone that he had ‘made a good pick’.
After a brief service with the navy, he graduated from UVIC and worked in different facets of construction & sales until his retirement in 2006.
Dennis was a member of the Victoria Church of the Nazarene for almost 50 years. During this time he served on Local, District and National Church Boards. He participated in Work and Witness projects that took him to Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Honduras, as well as local and provincial projects. Dennis was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Major loves in his life were his church, his family, especially the time he could spend with his grandchildren, his garden, the breakwater and to travel. Travel highlights included; family reunions, hunting, visits to PEI, his 25th wedding anniversary cruise, Ireland trip with friends, retirement bus tour of Europe, family tour of Poland and family trip to Hawaii. His last years were brightened when his granddaughter Lauren lived in Victoria and they became part of each other’s everyday lives.
Dennis experienced many health challenges throughout the years, but Carol was by his side every step of the way providing advocacy, companionship, support and love.
The family would like to say a special thank you to; the Let’s Connect group, his three Amigos, Family Chatter, condo community, staff on 5N, 6N & Hospice and all the friends & family that supported and prayed for Dennis & his family through this time.
If desired, in memory of Dennis a memorial contribution may be made to The Compassionate Resource Warehouse; SHARPS or the Barb Duncanson Scholarship Fund (both c/o Victoria Church of the Nazarene).
Please join us as we honour Dennis’ life, Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2PM PST via Zoom
Meeting ID: 833 2978 8920
An in-person Celebration of Life will be hosted at a later date
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