Rod (Rodley) died peacefully on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the age of 53 years, with his sister and friends at his side. He met his last challenge with immense dignity and courage.
Rod was born in Calgary on January 30, 1955 and he left Alberta only briefly to live in BC. Rod’s interests were many, and he was always ready for something new, including hot air ballooning at the 1988 Winter Olympics and bungee jumping in BC. A seasoned traveler and member of Hostelling International, Rod journeyed to many parts of the world by plane, truck and boat. His last trips included Hawaii with cousins, Las Vegas with a friend, Tofino with his sister, and Denver, Colorado, all in the past ten months. Rod loved to meet new people on his travels and always had a story for the rest of us after he returned. As a graduate of SAIT’s Business Administration program, Rod worked many years in the Calgary oil patch. He worked for McGinnis Rat Hole for twenty years and retired from Mullen Group a couple of years later. As a long-time member of the Bum Biters Ski Club, and before that the Petroleum Ski Club, Rod spent many weekends skiing with his friends. When he wasn’t skiing, he was bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, scuba diving, golfing, playing pool or travelling. Rod volunteered for many groups and events including the Nickelodeon Folk Club, the Calgary Folk Festival, various blues festivals, and his favourite radio station, CKUA.
Rod is survived by his father Ulric (Rick) Green; sister Joanne Green and brother-in-law Wayne Williamson; nieces, Erin Green (son Marcel) and Julie Green (partner Leland Guillemin); Uncle Leavert Johnson; Aunt Marion Hare; and numerous cousins all over Canada. Rod was predeceased by his mother Helen Green in 2006 and sister Shelagh Maureen in 1975.
At Rod’s request, no formal service will be held. Instead, a gathering of his friends will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at a time and location to be announced. A ‘come & go’ gathering for family & family friends will also be held at the Scenic Acres Retirement Lodge (150 Scotia Landing N.W.) on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca or to the charity of donor’s choice. The family extends special thanks to Dr. Nichol, palliative home care nurses, Irene Pierce & Jo Brooks, and the staff of Unit 47 at the Foothills. Most of all, we thank Rod’s many friends who made his last journey the best it could be. You were truly amazing.
In living memory of Rod Green, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences