The rock gardening community and NARGS lost a good friend when Rex Murfitt died in August after a brief illness. Born in Leicester, England, in November 1926, he grew up with an interest in horticulture. During World War II, as a youth, he farmed vegetables as part of the war effort. After the war, he was based in Singapore with the British army, though he never considered himself a veteran since he had seen no action. He then returned to England to become a nurseryman.