Posted: September 4th, 2020

July 9, 1972 ~ September 1, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Tyler McKenzie Rae announce his passing on September 1, 2020, after a courageous and quiet battle with cancer. Tyler was born in Missoula, Montana, and while moving to Medicine Hat as a baby, Montana always held a special place in his heart. He spent every summer ripping it up on Flathead Lake, and later, asked Kim to marry him on the family dock under the magnificent stars.

True to his last day, Tyler was a fiercely loyal and kind friend. He treasured his many lifelong friends with all his heart. The first of these were made attending Vincent Massey and Crescent Heights High schools. Later, through sports and other interests, Tyler met a few more people that remained important to him. And then, along came the Monday Night Football crew, his true brothers. He treasured the frequent laughs, debates, bantering and above all respect. Tyler’s Monday night friends shared a bond beyond football pride and in the end, walked the hard walk beside him.

At the core of Tyler’s heart was his beloved family. His foundation: Mom, Dad, Gran, friend and sister Erica. His pride and joy was the family he built with Kim, Kassidy, Kobe and Kiera. Kassidy was his hope, Kobe his rock and Kiera his light. Each of Tyler’s children has inherited a special part of him – his quick wit, his deep loyalty and his humble wisdom. His love, belief and pride in his children will live on.

Kim and Tyler were best friends. They were drawn together by mutual respect, love and commitment to family. This remains and shall forever remain.

Tyler leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 21 years, Kim and three beautiful children, Kassidy, Kobe, and Kiera. Tyler also leaves his devoted mother, MaryEllen, his special friend and sister, Erica and family – husband Bob, Grace and Freddy Graham. He was also loved by his father-in-law, Tom; sister-in-law, Leanne and his brother-in-law, Brad (Janice, Haley, Chloe, and Brody) Herman. Tyler will also be remembered by his extended family.

He was predeceased by special people: Dad, Bill, Gran, Marian, and mother-in-law, Antonia.

A Private Celebration of Tyler’s life will be held in the coming days. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at www.cooksouthland.com). Those wishing to remember Tyler may do so through a donation to the Medicine Hat College Foundation – Rattlers Athletics, 299 College Drive S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 3Y6. Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 www.cooksouthland.com “Locally owned & directed”

5 Condolences for “TYLER RAE”

  1. Michael Sturm says:

    I remember Tyler when we were both kids on the playground at Vincent Massey. He was one of the most polite kids ever and always had a smile. We lived two blocks from each other and although we were a few years apart there was always a HI and how are you and that smile of his that just made you feel welcome. Sad to see him go rest easy and keep smiling.

  2. Valerie Folk says:

    Kim, Kassidy, Kobe and Kiera.

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Take care of each other, and know that we are keeping you close at heart. God bless you all.
    Kathryn, Valerie, Lionel, D’Jhonna &Brent Folk

  3. Elaine Dufresne says:

    Oh no. MaryEllen and Erica. I am so sorry. Cancer is so terrible. I just saw that you lost Bill. I did not know. I lost Gerald to cancer this May. MaryEllen, I’m learning how tough it is to face up to things now that I am alone. MaryEllen I am so sorry. I know how much you treasured your children. I hope you find great comfort in all those lovely grandchildren. Much love and prayers to you and the family. Elaine

  4. Mary Muller says:

    MaryEllen, Ihave just seen this .I am SO sorry to learn that you havE lost both Tyler and Bill. I live in Calgary in aseniors residence, near Simon, and will pass on your sad news to Luke as well. Please pass on my sympathy also toErica. Tyler was alovely boy and My prayers are with you and his family.l

  5. Vincent J Darr says:

    Sorry to learn of Tyler’s passing. I worked with Tyler as well as school. My condolence to Tyler’s entire family.

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