John Gilchrist Rodger

John Gilchrist Rodger

John Gilchrist Rodger passed away on February 20, 2015 at Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 91. He is survived by his beloved Irene, wife and constant companion for over 62 years. John was born at Milton-of-Campsie, Scotland on August 16, 1923. After joining up with the Black Watch in Scotland on January 29, 1942, he served in the UK, Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany in the Second World War and was discharged in 1947. After the war, John met Irene McCann, the love of his life, and they were married in 1952. They immigrated to Canada from Kirkintilloch, Scotland and settled in Edson, AB in 1968. In 1979 they moved to Salmon Arm and have resided here since that time. John was known throughout BC as an accomplished piper and loved to share his passion for the pipes through his teaching. He will be sadly missed by Irene and his many friends and former students.

Special thanks to the staff at Piccadilly Care Centre for their kind and compassionate care. At John’s request, no service will be held. If desired, memorial donations may be made in John’s memory to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Salmon Arm or to the local branch of the SPCA.

Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (2350) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories of John through his obituary at

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