December 11, 1938 – October 23, 2018
Born in Curacao, December 1938. Died in Victoria, October 2018 in his eightieth year after a long struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The seventy-nine years in between he grew up in Kelowna, reinvented himself from student to militia member to transmission line worker at the Alcan plant in Kitimat, which paid for his years of university. At the University of British Columbia, he studied International Affairs and Russian History. After a brief period working in stocks and finance, he obtained a teaching certificate where his career took him to the budding town of Port McNeill and a position at the newly built high school. The North Island would be his home for the next 32 years.
While teaching and organizing school clubs, he was also on the town council, held an acting Mayorship, and acted as a member of the library board, Parks Board and Hospital Board. He even owned and ran a gill- netter for one summer. In the 70s he helped found the North Island Ski Club, the forerunner of the Mount Cain Alpine Parks Society of which he was an active member for several decades. He was instrumental in designing and building Mount Cain as a community run ski hill for all the North Island to enjoy and provide employment for the youth. After retiring from teaching he moved with his wife, Nancy, to Victoria. where he attended talks at UVIC and CIC, volunteered during elections and made mostly good wine with friends.
He is survived by his wife Nancy,, his beloved daughter Jennifer and son Michael, and adored grandchildren Christopher and Abby. and his sisters Jessie and Winnie.
Donations to the Hospice Palliative Care Team would be welcome, with many thanks to the team at Island Health.
Celebration of Rod will be held on November 22 at Cedar Hill Golf Course at two o’clock.