1921 – 2015
With great sadness, the Ireland family would like friends and neighbours to know of Rodger`s passing the morning of Tuesday, March 10th.
Rodger’s fine life began in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 24, 1921. As a young teenager, the family moved to the small town of Grande Prairie in Alberta’s Peace River country. He and his brother Bob (Robert) grew up fishing and hunting as a close-knit pair. Rodger’s life took on a new direction when he set eyes on a young lady from Czechoslovokia named Hilda. They married on August 27, 1941. After only a few months of marriage he was assigned by the RCAF to a tour in Great Britain as an electronic and radar technician. His WWII service in the UK lasted 4 years.
Once returned to Canada, he received a degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. For several years he worked for the Alberta Government as the Peace River District Homestead Land Inspector. He subsequently returned to U of A to earn a degree in Education. This was Rodger’s true calling and he spent the remainder of his working years helping students achieve their academic dreams. He loved every minute of it and was an extraordinary educator and later, school administrator.
Retiring in 1984, Rodger and Hilda moved to Balfour and became active members in that community. They greatly enjoyed their life and friends in Balfour. They relocated to Nelson two years ago.
Rodger is survived by Hilda, his wife of 73 years, 4 children, 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and half-sister Faye Burrell. He is predeceased by his parents, Clive and Hazel, brother Robert Ireland who was killed in action in WWII and his half-brother Guy Ireland.
Rodger was cremated and will be interred at the family site in Balfour at a later date.
Rodger will be greatly missed by all who knew him.