Roderic Edward Griffin

Roderic Edward Griffin

February 4, 1927 – June 22, 2017

Born In Vancouver and raised on Cortez Island.

Rough and tough on the outside but with a heart

of gold. Always an adventurer, happiest in the

forest or on the water. He fished all over the world,

logged up and down the coast, log salvaged and ran

a patrol boat for Fisheries Canada for many years.

Oh, the stories he could tell, many of which made

their way into a book, “Destination Cortez Island.”

Predeceased by his mother Betty, stepfather Dick

and youngest daughter Heather. Survived by his wife

Cathy of 67+ years, daughter Pam ( Ken) Bellingham,

grandchildren Matt, Chantelle and Chelsea, grandson

Kaurie Godkin (Ashley),great grandchildren Marlena

and Madyson and their baby on the way, grandson

Jamie Godkin (Chelsea) and great grandson James,

and granddaughter Rachael. A proud family man,

storyteller, a mean accordion player, whiz “chef” with

a cast iron frying pan, fierce jive partner, and artistic

bird house builder, whose “houses” found homes all

over the world ! He chose his time and left on his own

terms. We will all miss you.

No service by his request, instead a family gathering

to celebrate his remarkable life at a later date.

Nanaimo News Bulletin


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