RODERICK GIBSON GOTT
Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: August 13th, 2012
Roderick (Rod) Gibson Gott of Kamloops passed away peacefully on August 13th, 2012 at the age of 93.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years Jean and his sister Gloria Young, his children Cathy Lynne (Alex) Burton, Randy (Pam) Gott, Debby Gott, Cathy Liz Slater (Johnny), Jock (Janet) Slater, eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, one niece and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his grandson Paul and son Jay.
Rod was born in Vancouver in 1918. From a very early age his talent playing sports (tennis, golf, hockey), wood carving, fishing (in 1947 he caught the record Steelhead in the Seymour River) and music (played banjo and organ) was very evident. His love of the great outdoors helped develop and fine tune his talent for painting.
Graduating from McGee High School excelling in commerce he worked in his Father's Accounting Business, eventually taking over that practice when his Father retired.
At age 24, Rod purchased 1 1/4 acres on the banks of the Seymour River in North Vancouver where he and his first wife Sybil pioneered a homestead and raised their three children. Sybil died in 1958.
Rod married Jean Slater in 1960. She and her three children moved to Rod's home where their blended family lived until 1971. From then on, Rod and Jean lived between Burnaby (15 years) and Watch Lake where they built another home (resided there for a decade) where numerous family members would retreat to and enjoy the quiet. Then finally, Rod and Jean moved to Kamloops in 1996, where Jean still resides.
Through 1960 on, Rod managed to balance his accounting business with golf (Burnaby Golf & Country Club champion), playing the organ and 'gone fishin'. Rod's passion for painting was never waned as he sat at his easel almost daily until December, 2011.
Rod (Dad) we all love and miss you!
Special thanks to Staff at both Royal Inland Hospital and The Ponderosa Lodge, where Rod's declining health due to broken hip/wrist spent his final days.
There will be no service by request. Memorial donations may be made to either the Hospital or the Lodge.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home
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