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PEDEN, Roderick William

November 14, 1958 – Winnipeg, MB
December 5, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Roderick William Peden (Rod) beloved husband of Sara Janine Peden (nee Yarwood), passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the age of 55 years.

Rod is survived by his loving parents Jean and Murray Peden (Q.C., D.F.C.), brother and sister-in-law Jock and Karen Peden, sister and brother-in-law Laura and Greg Miskiewicz, niece Kirstie(Peden) and nephews Alex (Peden), Andrew, Ryan and Scott (Miskiewicz). Also feeling Rod’s loss are Sara’s family including her mother and step-father Anne Treadwell and John O’Connor, sisters Susan, Christine and Celia Yarwood, step-siblings Kristin O’Connor (Mike Johnston) and John Aaron O’Connor (Amber, niece and nephew-in-law Emily and Nate Meneer, niece Isabel Giancani and nephew and niece Evan and Jennifer Carbert, along with all members of both Rod and Sara’s extended families.

Rod will also be dearly missed by friends, many of whom date back to childhood and university, as well as time spent in Edmonton and Calgary. Recently he enjoyed cherished time with many of those dear friends in the city and those who came to see him from as far away as Edmonton, Toronto and Florida. Rod dedicated himself to loving his friends and family which included his and Sara’s canine companions Chisum, Shilo and Chance.

Rod grew up in Winnipeg and often talked of warm memories of hunting and fishing and time at Gull lake with extended family. His wonderful family encouraged musical development and Rod played piano (badly, he claimed), trumpet and the bagpipes. His parents also encouraged service pursuits and as a boy and young man he was a member of the Lord Selkirk Boy Scouts Pipe Band and served with the Cameron Highlanders. Additionally, Rod was active in swimming, judo and especially skeet shooting (which he later taught to Sara).

Rod earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and spent time in the banking industry prior to being awarded his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. He articled at the firm of Nickerson Roberts Holinski Mercer in Edmonton and was enrolled in the Law Society of Alberta in 1988. He took his passion for integrity and ethics in the practice of law (and life) first into private practice in Edmonton where he was determined to be a “full-service” lawyer handling criminal cases, litigation, family matters and real estate with equal skill and care.

Rod and Sara met in 1991, married in 1993 and later moved to Calgary where Rod entered into public service, practicing first as Assistant General Counsel and then as General Counsel to the Calgary Board of Education until 2011. His career in law culminated as Manager of the Administrative Law section of the City of Calgary Law Department.

Outside of his very busy work life, Rod dedicated himself at various times to his passion for politics and good works, serving as board member and then President in the Calgary Southwest Constituency Association for the Reform/Alliance/Conservative Party and on the board of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. As well he was a fanatically dedicated audio and videophile amassing the most amazing collection of music and videos that most have ever seen.

Sara and Rod’s family would like to especially thank the doctors and nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, including Dr. Richie Sinha, Dr. Patricia Tang and Nurse Practitioner Colleen Cuthbert. Rod was also expertly and tenderly cared for by the staff on Unit 47 at the Foothills Medical Centre (especially Dr. Jonathan Pearce) and he was most grateful to them and to the staff at Chinook Hospice for their care and compassion.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McInnis & Holloway’s Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a scholarship fund that is expected to be set up in the near future (details available from McInnis & Holloway as they become available).

In living memory of Roderick Peden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway.

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  1. I was deeply shocked and very sorry to hear of Rod’s passing.

    Rod and I were classmates from Grade 2 (or thereabouts) right through to the end of Grade 12 and we often played together as children and I remember going to several of his pipe band concerts.

    We remained friends through high school. After high school, I went east to university and we lost touch, though through mutual friends I had heard he had moved to Alberta. (I wonder now if he ever knew what had become of me).

    Rod was a loyal friend and a decent person, no, he did not play the piano badly. Not with his mother as the neighbourhood piano teacher! I am gladdened to have read he found love and happiness with his family and success in his career.

    Again, my sincere condolences on your loss.

    Tom Saunders
    Ottawa, ON

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  2. Rick and Sue Patterson :

    Sara, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Sue and Rick

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  3. Sara, I read Rod’s obituary in the Herald and I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. It is hard to believe that time will heal the ache in your heart as you will miss Rod in so many ways. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort as your life moves on.
    I feel fortunate that our paths crossed when I was at Dr. Oakley.
    Sincere Sympathy.
    Judy Edge

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  4. Dear Sara, my heartfelt condolences. Surround yourself with love and the comfort it will give.

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  5. Cindy Whitehead :

    In my short time working with Rod at the City I came to appreciate his amazing sense of humour. Once he found out I was a new Cub leader he shared with me a picture of him as a young boy playing the bagpipes. Even at that early age he started on the path of music. He will most certainly be missed by his family but also by his coworkers at The City! May his family be surrounded in his love and memories.

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  6. Debra Caso-Rohland :

    Dear Sara and family,
    My condolences for your loss, Rod sounds like he was a wonderful person who made this world a better place.

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  7. Many blessings to all of Rod’s family and friends …two and four legged….especially my good friend Sara who supported Rod in sickness and in health for many many years…rest in peace Rod

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  8. Dear Sara and family,
    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Rod’s passing. I greatly admire those who dedicate their talents to public service: Rod made many lasting contributions over his years in public education; his legacy lives on in so many ways. My deepest sympathy to you and your family! Rest in Peace! Rod

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  9. Brendan and Glenys Croskery :

    Dear Sara and family:
    This is just a little note to thank all of you for the wonderful ways in which you nurtured and cared for Rod during his life and his recent illness. His high integrity and many wonderful talents bear testimony to your support throughout his life. Rod was a terrific lawyer who served the Calgary Board of Education with the utmost skill and commitment. More than that, he was a good friend, a marvellous human being, and truly, the genuine article.

    We shall miss him greatly, for he left a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. May each of you rest assured that his life of service made a difference not only to those who knew him, but also to those who unknowingly benefitted from his many talents.

    Glenys and Brendan Croskery

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  10. Sara – my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you.


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  11. I just came across the news about Rod’s passing. Sara I am so sorry for your loss. I still remember the way you both were to each other when you first met. I hope one day to find a love as great as that. May you have peace in your heart and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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