October 8, 1925 – July 31, 2009
Rod was born in Calgary, the only child of Nancy and Dan Chisholm. He resided in Bowness from 1931 to 1954 where he spent a happy childhood playing hockey, swimming in Bowness Park, fishing in the Bow River and wandering in the surrounding hills. He joined the RCVNR in October of 1942 and was called to active duty in April of 1943. He was proud to have served in the Corvette Navy of the North Atlantic on the HMCS Napanee. Rod married Ruth Thorpe on August 7, 1948, they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary with family last year. Hockey was a great part of Rod’s life. When he no longer played, he spent a great many years organizing, coaching and managing teams in Meadowlark Park and for the Buffalo Hockey Association. A founding member of Pinebrook Golf Club, Rod played for many years, achieving every golfers dream, a hole in one. He greatly enjoyed the company of many friends from the club. Rod retired in 1982 after a thirty-five year employment with General Motors.
Rod will be sadly missed by his wife Ruth; son Dan (Shannon) and their children, Jenny (Stuart) Leckie and Jim; daughter Janeen (Colin) Van Orman and their children, Thomas, Eliza (Nathan) Whitesides, Kate (Dana) Hedquist, Dan, Camilla and Sarah; daughter Liz (Jim) Goertz and their children, Amy and Jack; great-granchildren, Sadie and Rory Leckie; as well as many old and loyal friends.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, August 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion & Veteran’s Organizations (#1, 4539 – 6 Street N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 3Z6)
In living memory of Rod Chisholm, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences