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Rod, born May 12, 1932 in Bury, England, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 18, 2019 at home in Kelowna, BC.  He was predeceased by his first wife and soulmate Georgina; mother Charlotte; father Haworth; sister Del; brother Allen; brothers-in-law Dick and Roy.


Rod is survived by his loving wife and travel buddy Arlyn; daughters: Corinne and Darcie; daughter (in his heart) Cindy; sons-in-law: Les and Shane; granddaughter Breanna; great grandchildren: Zanna and Lukus; sister Barbara and sister-in-law Gwen.  He is also leaving behind cherished nieces and nephews, including his namesake Rodney, “Little Rod.”


Dad was an exceptional scholar and athlete.  He attended grammar school in England, excelling in soccer and track and field.  His report cards were stellar and he earned many track and field gold medals, as well as being short listed for the Manchester United Football Team (that’s soccer for us Canucks!) before immigrating to Canada with his family.  He attended Kelowna Secondary School and acquired Canadian credentials while making life-long friends (you know who you are).


At the age of 18 he started working at the Bank of Nova Scotia as an accountant assistant, travelling the province working at many branches.  It wasn’t long before his exceptional attributes were noticed and in 1960, he was promoted to Manager of the extremely important Lytton Branch.  From there he was transferred, as Manager, to Salmon Arm and Kelowna, where he put down roots.  He insisted on staying to raise his family, even though he was offered higher paying/ranking positions in other cities.


Dad supported our “horse crazy” family with all his heart.  He purchased many horses, properties and untold amounts of equipment.  He took us down the road as a family with a smile on his face.  We competed on the entire horse show circuit for many years.  Dad’s support of our passion was unwavering and will be forever appreciated and cherished.


Rod loved all animals, especially cats.  One of his many annual charitable donations was to the Okanagan Humane Society.  Memorial donations may be made to them through www.okanaganhumanesociety.com.


A private family Graveside Service will be held.


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  • Pat Stewart says:

    Corinne, Darcie and family:
    So sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts are with you all. I have so many fond memories of our riding club days. My sincere condolences to you all.

  • Norman Grant says:

    Sad to learn of Rod’s passing. First met Rod in 1972.. While I did not know him well he was always helpful and good to chat with when we occasionally met at BNS Christmas retirement luncheons.

  • Bob & Judi Spitznagel says:

    Rod and I worked together in the bank in Vancouver for many years. I remember him as an astute and respected banker. My wife and I enjoyed socializing with Rod and Georgie.
    Our deepest sympathy to the family on your loss.

  • Ray and Sheila. reckseidler says:

    We were your next door neighbours in Salmon Arm and best friends with your mom and dad. I worked with your dad and helped your mom with the horses so you girls could ride. You were pretty small then. rod and Georgina were wonderful fun loving people and they will always be in our hearts

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