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LONG, Roderick Ashley

Posted By Obits On August 9, 2018 @ 4:01 PM In Airdrie Chapel Obituaries,Obituary | 4 Comments

June 17, 1927 – August 4, 2018

After a brief struggle with cancer, Rod went to be with his Lord and Saviour on August 4 , 2018 at the age of 91 years.

Rod was the youngest of 8 born, in Kelliher, SK. His entire working life was spent in the farm implement business, first working with his father and then branching out to be an independent Massey (Harris) Ferguson, Versatile, Morris, Heston dealer in Weyburn, SK. He was an astute businessman and recognized for many of his accomplishments. Once he retired from the farm implement dealership, he retired to Airdrie, AB to enjoy his time with his family.

Rod has been an avid reader, discusser, and storyteller especially with history and business. He perfected his art in wood working after retirement, especially with Intarsia, gifting many pieces for charity auctions over the years.

Rod was an active member of All Saints Anglican Church (Weyburn), St. Clement (Balzac), Masons and Shriners. He was especially proud of his volunteerism with the Shriners, due to their charity work and support of The Shriners Hospitals for Children.

He will be remembered for his wit, sense of humour, love, devotion and generosity for his wife, children, family and friends.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 69 years, Lillian, his son Ashley (Barb), daughters Audrey Bergen and Leslie Leontowich (Duane); grandchildren, Andrea Nelson (Ken), Ryan Long (Lisa), Michael Long (Adriane), Meigan Bergen (Leigh), Paul Bergen (Joanne), Fayth Bergen, Gabrielle Bergen (Rob), Sarah Leontowich (Dave), Luke Leontowich; 9 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law Jack Archibald ;and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; two grandchildren Erica Long and Tamara Leontowich; his brother Gus; and sisters, Olive, Edith, Ethel, Grace, Gladys, Linda.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Clements Anglican Church (Balzac, Alberta [1]) on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Reception to follow at Woodside Senior Centre, (411 Woodside Drive NW, Airdrie, AB [2]). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 5225 – 101ST St. N.W., Calgary Ab T3L 1S4 Telephone: (403) 239-0030.

In living memory of Roderick Long, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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Condolence from Dianne Bunnah on August 9th, 2018 6:35 PM

My thoughts are with all the family at this difficult time. He was very special is and I always enjoyed chatting with him.

Condolence from John Porter on August 9th, 2018 9:11 PM

Just a cliche but so true for me, “Always Remembered and Never to be Forgotten”.

Condolence from darlene hyde on August 9th, 2018 9:14 PM

We are so saddened by uncle Rod’s passing. We send deepest condolences to his family. His was a life well lived and he will be sorely missed.

Condolence from Linda Tufts Prokopchuk on August 17th, 2018 9:41 PM

Thinking of you Leslie and your family at this sad time in your lives.

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