November 8, 1933 – June 7, 2019
Rola Lee Hogan Born November 8, 1933 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan to Rola Irwin Hogan and Dolly (Helen Norah Key) Hogan. Rola was the eldest of 4 children raised in Waseca, Saskatchewan.
In 1938 the family travelled to BC by covered wagon to look at property at Fort Steele. As the property was under water they chose to return to Saskatchewan, wintering at the Atwoods in Jaffray on their way back to Waseca.
Rola moved to B.C. in 1951 and after touring the province trying his hand at different jobs he ended up at Giant Mascot Mine in Spillimacheen where he took his electrician apprenticeship. Before finishing his apprenticeship he did a season touring as a carnie.
Working at Spillimacheen Rola got to know Elsie Erickson. They dated and were married July 2, 1955. Close to 64 years of a wonderful marriage! They were blessed with two children, Jeanette Leigh and Rola Eric. Family was everything to Rola.
Just a few months after completing his electrician apprenticeship the Giant Mascot Mine closed and Rola and Elsie moved to Cowichan Mines for a few months before Rola hired on to BC Power Commission in June 1956 as their diesel electrician. Rola and Elsie travelled the province living in hotels and a company trailer. Jeanette was born in 1958 and travelled with them until they settled in Prince George in 1960 when their son Rola Eric was born. In P.G. Rola was spare operator at the diesel plant, then electrician and then crew foreman. He was good at his job and mostly well-liked and respected. During our time in P.G. he also taught electricity upgrading to apprentices at P.G. Vocational School. Rola was conferred with a Loyal Order of The Moose Life Fellowship Degree in recognition of service rendered culminating as Past Governor. Rola had a knack for making people feel worthy and special and he was a great listener. He was always there for his family, friends and co-workers.
In 1974 Rola became Production Supervisor at BC Hydro based in Cranbrook, BC. where Rola and Elsie put down permanent roots. Embracing life in Cranbrook, Rola was involved in many groups including Board member of F.W. Green Home and Executive and President with the Cranbrook Colts organization. We have many memories of Dad at the hockey arena!
After retiring from BC Hydro in 1988, Rola started E & R Images where he imprinted hats, ribbons, trophies, magnets, t-shirts, banners and much more.
Rola was predeceased by his parents Rola & Dolly, nephew Irwin Victor Hogan, niece Judy Wiens and three brothers-in-law Jim Paul, Jim Weston & Ray Tress. Survived by loving wife Elsie, daughter Jeanette Sissons, son Rola E. (Shelley) Hogan, five grandchildren Crystal Scott, Brad Sissons (Brandy Adams), Andrew (Sam) Hogan, Jordy (Courtney) Hogan, and Erica (Luke) Lindholm, seven (+ 2 on the way) great-grandchildren Kyle Scott, Tyson Scott, Maizie Sissons, Jack Hogan, Quinn Lindholm, Max Hogan, and Riley Hogan, his three siblings Helen Tress, Irwin (Evelyn) Hogan and Christine (Ken) Scofield, two sisters-in-law Kay Paul and Betty Weston as well as many wonderful and treasured nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in Rola’s memory to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health or the charity of your choice.
Memorial Service June 22, 2019 at 1 pm McPherson Funeral Service Chapel. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com
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