Rex Trailer Dies at 84; Local TV Icon

Trailer hosted a children's television show in the 1950s.

Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, died on Jan. 9, according to his website.

“Rex Trailer left this earth peacefully last night surrounded in love and song by his family. Rex had been in Florida for the holidays when he became ill into the New Year. While everyone’s prayers and support have been of great comfort to Rex, he decided it was time to go home. Rex and family thank all of you and love you,” a statement on his website reads.

Trailer hosted “Boomtown” a children’s show with a western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974, according to WBZ-TV.

Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. 

Share your memories of Trailer and his show in the comment box below.

Jerry Dibari January 10, 2013 at 07:41 PM
He was truly a very nice man who cared about others especially children and animals. I used to watch his show on Saturday mornings and now he is with Pablo. Rest in peace. J. Dibari Boston, Ma
Just Me! January 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
"Boom Boom Boomtown!!!" Sorry to hear this news...Everyone loved Boomtowm!! And Captain Kangaroo...and Major Mudd...and Bozo......sigh.....memories...
Kitchen Sink TV January 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Happy Trails Rex.
Marie Eckler January 11, 2013 at 01:20 PM
So sorry to hear the end of another era! As a baby boomer I have a Boomtown Sheriff Badge that I have been hanging onto through the years and would be willing to sell it to anyone who would like a nice memento of years gone by.


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