Lovingly Remembered – Ben Reimer

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Lovingly Remembered

Ben Reimer

September 7, 1942 – July 17, 2020

With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Ben Reimer, beloved husband to his bride of almost 50 years, Karen Reimer, at Chinook Regional Hospital on July 17, 2020 at the age of 77. Besides his loving wife, Ben is survived by his only son, Mason (Caroline) of Lethbridge and their two children, Abigail and Carson, who were his pride and joy.

Ben is also survived by his four wonderful sisters, Evelyn Reimer of Coaldale, Marguerite (Harry) Antonio of Edmonton, Rosalie Bain of Calgary, and Dorothy (Allan) Sera of Coaldale; his brothers-in-law, Tom (Jean) Malmberg and Michael Malmberg (Sharon Mielnichuk); his sister-in-law, Mary (Leo) Dieser, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins whom he adored.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry & Susie (Riediger) Reimer, his grandmother, Katherine (Reimer) Klassen, and his brother-in-law, Bryan Bain.

Born in Vancouver BC on September 7, 1942, Ben’s life had very humble beginnings. One of five children of two immigrants from Russia, Ben was taught that a man’s word was his bond, to look a man in his eye when you shook his hand, and to appreciate the value of a dollar. His family moved to Vauxhall when he was three years old and settled in Coaldale when he was five. Ben enjoyed school as a child and got his first paper route when he was twelve. Ben worked after school as a pump jockey then quit high school to drive semi trucks for John Foder. When he was not working, Ben raced stock cars with SAAR (Southern Alberta Auto Racers). Ben was an active member of the Coaldale Kinsman for many years as well as McKillop United Church.

Ben’s life changed on August 11, 1962 , when he has an accident and became a paraplegic. After spending the next nine months in hospital in Lethbridge and Edmonton, Ben drove home with his parents, using a crutch on the brake and gas. He decided to go to Lethbridge College and became an accountant since truck driving was no longer an option. He opened Ben’s Accounting in Coaldale shortly thereafter. Ben worked with Krahn Homes in the early 70s, then starting Astro Realty and in 1972 Ben sold his accounting business and started Astro Insurance Ltd. Ben successfully ran Astro for 27 years alongside his registry office and his property management company, Astro Property Management, which is still in business now.

Ben Reimer memorial cardOn February 5, 1969, Karen walked into his accounting office and changed his life again. One year later, on their first anniversary, Ben finally proposed and the two were married on September 5, 1970. Ben and Karen loved to travel and visited many of the US states, the Bahama’s, and Hawaii. Their favourite vacation destination being GreenValley, Arizona, where they wintered for many years. Ben loved entertaining his friends there and enjoyed having Mason and his family come to visit. Ben cherished his time with Karen and always was up for a game of cribbage or rummy. Their love grew stronger every day.

Ben and Karen adopted their son Mason in 1979. Ben loved being a father, showing Mason how to do all the boy things. Ben was involved with Mason as a scout leader, baseball coach, and pit crew/fellow kart racer with him. They loved to fish together at Duck Lake, tinker in the garage on karts, and share in each other’s company, talking about everything.

Ben loved a good laugh and was so proud of all of his family. He was gentle, kind, and always ready to help. He arranged every party and family get together with precision and thoughtfulness. He will be deeply missed by many and loved by that many more.

Flowers are gratefully welcome as Ben loved them. If desired, donations can be made in his name to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta at www.sci-ab.ca/donate.


Cornerstone Funeral Home | 2825 – 32 St. S, Lethbridge, AB

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Officiant – Patrick Siedlecki

Processional – Guitarras from Heaven by Oscar Lopez

Opening Poem


Life Story

Eulogy – John Warren

Bible Readings – Anne Bibeau

Tribute – Allan Sera

Ben’s Life in Photos

Message of Hope


Closing Blessing

Recessional – Gershwin Melody by Liberace


Ben will be laid to rest in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery

Musical Selection – Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles


Mason Reimer – Caroline Reimer – Craig Takahashi

Blair Takahashi – Rhonda Somers – Michael Bain

Honourary Pallbearers

Al Triska – Lyle Whal – Fred Miller – Marcel St. Onge

Allan Sera – Jaime Morasch – Abigail Reimer – Carson Reimer


Following the Interment, everyone is invited to the Coaldale Kinsmen Picnic Shelter (near the Birds of Prey Centre) for a Reception

Insurance is Evolving – Calculating Premiums

With the recent bouts of severe storms leading to floods, sewer backups, roof damage and many more examples of losses, insurance companies are being forced to increase premiums for upcoming insurance terms.

Our friends at Intact Insurance explain why this is the case and provide valuable information about how our insurance premiums are calculated.

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Preparing for a Rainy Day – Umbrella Liability Policies

thumb2The Umbrella policy gets its name because its coverage goes ‘Over and above’ the limits of your regular policy. I’m sure your initial questions are ‘Why would I need that? Isn’t my current policy enough?’. They are good questions and the answer is that your current limits of insurance may not be enough in certain situations and that is exactly why an Umbrella policy could be crucial for you, to protect your business and your assets. If you are earning a good wage, you own recreational vehicles, properties or watercraft, maybe you have a swimming pool or trampoline on your property or you just like to travel abroad regularly then an Umbrella policy could be exactly what you need, even if you already carry insurance to cover these risks.

That sounds crazy, right? You already have insurance. You’ve been diligent in making sure you are protected if you should need it, so why do you need more insurance? The truth is that your lifestyle puts you at risk for being sued for large amounts of money should someone get injured on your property, injured using your belongings or if you damage the reputation of someone or their business. All insurance policies have their limits, and in the case of you being sued, these limits may be exhausted leaving you vulnerable and your assets exposed. An umbrella Liability policy provides an additional layer of security should you find yourself in this unfortunate situation and it also protects against libel, vandalism, slander and invasion of privacy. Umbrella Liability Policies can increase your coverage up to around $5 million, they are available for Worldwide-coverage (with added conditions) and often fill gaps in the coverage you already have.

Nobody wants to think about the worst-case scenario, but Umbrella Liability policies, like real umbrellas, are extremely useful when the rain does come. If you are concerned about potential exposures, or you are just not sure if this is something you need, then please do not hesitate to call us or to come into the office to speak with one of our insurance experts. We would be honoured to guide you through your options.

Challenging Choices – We are here to help.

We are here to help.

I remember as a young boy eagerly looking forward to my birthday. The excitement of waking up and getting to open gifts, the anticipation of my friends and family coming round to celebrate with me and also the hope that I would receive a birthday card that might have a crisp $5 note inside, and with it the opportunity to go shopping and getting to choose what to buy.

There is something thoroughly enjoyable about making the decision of what to buy when it is something we want, something we are excited about and something we will get to enjoy. Unfortunately, buying insurance just doesn’t have that same level of anticipation and excitement attached to it! Most of us dread having to ‘shop around’ and find the best deals and the most suitable coverage. This often leads us to merely renewing our policies blindly rather than looking to see if we can find more adequate coverage or the same coverage at a better price. This is probably because insurance is a necessity and not something we ‘get’ to buy, but rather something we need to buy. No one would deny the importance of having insurance, it is something that protects our assets and our family’s futures, and this is what makes the decision of buying insurance so difficult for us.

This is where your insurance broker can help you to take the stress out of your insurance purchase. Insurance brokers, like us here at Astro, are independent of the insurance companies. This gives us the freedom to go shopping for you, as we have access to all of our insurance partners and therefore, a wide selection of insurance policies. This means we can ensure that you receive the best insurance coverage at the best possible price. Shopping directly with an insurer doesn’t allow for this, they only have access to the one market and this removes the choice from you, the client.

As well as helping you shop for the best insurance, your insurance broker is also one of your key advisors, along with your accountant, lawyer and banker. Your insurance broker is licensed and is required to meet ongoing educational requirements to maintain that license, assuring you of expert, unbiased advice. Whether it’s finding the best coverage at the best price or negotiating your next claim, we at Astro are here to help you protect your family, your possessions, and your business. So come on in and let us take the stress out of your insurance shopping, and we will give you more time to do the things you do enjoy!