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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
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.Print This Obituary & Condolences