Born In: Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: October 8th, 1929
Richard "Eric" Rodger was born in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan on October 8th, 1929 to Bertha and Harry Rodger. In 1937 the family moved to Duncan, B.C, and then to Cobble Hill where he received his education.
When he finished school he went to work for the Bamberton Cement Plant. While there he earned certification in blasting, operation of heavy equipment, first aid and rose to the office of foreman of the Cobble Hill Quarry. In 1977, after 27 years at Bamberton, he decided to go into business for himself, bought a truck and spent the next 22 years as a long haul trucker. He had many interesting experiences and met some very interesting people on the road while seeing a lot of BC and Canada.
Eric was a man of "old school". He could build anything from game boards and furniture to houses, of which, along with his wife Alice, he built two for his family. He could fix most anything from toasters to trucks, and could drive any type of machinery you put in front of him. But most of all, he was a kind man ready to help in anyway he could. It didn't matter if you were family, a friend or a stranger, if you were in need of a helping hand he extended it.
He loved camping, fishing and baseball in his younger years, all of which he shared with his family. Annual camping trips were the family's holiday and many Sunday afternoons hiking into rivers discovered through his affiliation with the Fish and Game Club.
Eric was predeceased by his mom and dad, son Keith, grandson Derek and brothers Gordon and Leigh.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Alice, brother Lyell (Hope), daughters Rhonda (Michael), Carrie (Rick), son Richard (Nellie) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Ponderosa and the Kamloops Seniors Village for the wonderful care during his stay with them, also their kindness to the family during this difficult time.
There will be no funeral by request.
A gathering of family and friends to be held later.