Rinaldo Peter "Rex" Vian was born in Essex, Ontario, Canada on July 15, 1924. Rex was a star student at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, Rex relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he was a highly valued designer at Cardinal Industries. Rex was a devoted husband to Ruth for 25 years, and during their marriage, the two had five children: Kathleen, Toni, Mark, Corey, and Martin. In 1973, Rex's beloved fiancee, Camille Renouard, with Rex by her side, gave birth to Rex's sixth and youngest child, Christian Peter Rex Vian. Christian and Camille were the center and light of Rex's life. With a trip to Italy on the horizon, Rex and Camille were planning their wedding and celebrating their life together with their year-old son. But, sadly, Rex died on April 5, 1974. Rex was highly creative and intelligent, a man of sensitivity and passion, who felt a great responsibility to those he loved. He was liberal in politics, an advocate for women's rights, a firm believer in healthcare for all, and an environmentalist. Rex had an infectious laugh, a ready smile, and a real sense of fun. He was very proud of his Italian roots, something he passed along to all of his children, even young Christian.  All who knew Rex admired and loved him, and none more so than Christian and Camille. Though Rex's spirit fills their hearts with love, they miss his physical presence in their daily lives. They will love him forever, with the same deep and abiding passion with which he loved them. 

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Happy Birthday My Darling Rex!

Shared by G C Renoir on July 15, 2019

My darling Rex,

It's so hard for me to imagine that today would have been your 95th birthday! My grandparents lived to be more than 100, however, so I can't help but wish you were still with us, healthy and happy. What a storehouse of wonderful memories we would have! We would have been married for 45 years! Who knows how many times we would have visited Italy or how many children we would have had? But I'm so very thankful for the time we did have together, for our darling son, and for our love that will last forever.

You are a grandfather, Rex! Mostly of boys, but a grandfather nonetheless. Your youngest grandchild is Christian's son, Michael Scott Vian. He looks a lot like you, and that just shows me how strong the Vian genes are. He even has the "Vian" hair color and eye color, and Christian continues to look like your mini-me!

Michael, Christian, and I are so proud of you, darling and all you accomplished in life. We miss you every day, and we will love you forever!

Happy birthday, my darling!

I love you forever!

Love,

Camille

Remembering Rex

Shared by G C Renoir on April 5, 2019

Today marks the 45th anniversary of my beloved Rex's death at the age of forty-nine. As I do every day, I remember him with tremendous love and deep sadness, but also with great joy. Rex brought more love and joy into my life in the years we shared than I've experienced in all the other years of my life put together.

Rex could be serious, and, because he was a man of great passion, he could lose his temper on occasion. (He only lost it with me once, and then, only momentarily.) But, at heart, Rex was a happy, joyful person, who loved life and embraced it to its fullest. I do my best to follow his example, As for our son, embracing life with joy is something that comes naturally, a trait I believe he inherited from his dad.

Wherever you are dearest Rex, please know you are loved, and please know we will be reunited some day. The love and passion we shared - and still do share - is truly stronger than death. We will find each other again. Until that day, I hold you in my heart, wrapped in love and joy. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving our little boy.

I love you, darling.

Love,

Camille

The Only Love of My Life!

Shared by G C Renoir on February 14, 2019

Remembering, on Valentine's Day, the great love and passion Rex and I shared for three-plus years. No, it wasn't long, but a love that great and that passionate is enough to sustain one for a lifetime! Rex and I shared more in three years than most couples share in a lifetime. We shared everything! There were no secrets between us! And I am thankful every day that we share the most darling son! Thank you for giving him to me, Rex. My pregnancy was, as you put it, "beautiful!" And Valentine's Day was our first holiday together as a family! So it's always special!

I remember, too, the first Valentine's Day Rex and I shared. Rex sent me three dozen pink and red roses. We went out for a romantic dinner of filet mignon, baked potatoes, amd asparagus. When we arrived home, Rex lighted candles, put some Johnny Mathis on, and we cuddled on the sofa with a box of chocolate covered strawberries. Neither of us were great dancers, but we danced anyway, and I sang "Unforgettable" to Rex between kisses. It was so very romantic and everything any woman - or man - could ever wish for!

Christian and I love you Rex, and we always will.

Happy Valentine's Day, darling!

Love,

Camille