Surrounded by love, Rod found peace on December 24, 2014, after a lengthy and courageous battle with MDS, in his 77th year. Devoted husband to Betty (Lilly); cherished father of Margie (Bob) Graff, Barb (John) Stewart, Becky (George) Schweizer; loving grandfather to Joey, Ben and Sean; dear brother of Bill, Gib and Jim all of Nova Scotia. Greatly missed by his mother-in-law, Zaida Lilly, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews who all held a special place in his heart. Rod was born in Upper Granville, Nova Scotia to the late Rena (MacDonald) and Ray Goodwin. He was a highly respected computer consultant throughout his career, working with such companies as Commercial Cable, Formex, IBM and the Department of National Defence, as well as consulting across the United States. Long time model railroader and member of OVAR and MVAR, he will be missed by his fellow ‘conductors’ at their gatherings. Rod was a devoted and valued member of many church congregations, wherever he went, lending his wonderful singing voice to the back row of the choirs, including those of Glen Cairn United Church and Almonte United Church. Most recently, he sang bass with the Almonte Valley Voices. An excellent square and round dancer, both Rod and Betty could be found dancing many a night way with their dear friends in the Mississippi Squares.
Special thanks to Dr. Sablov, Dr. Sheppard and the staff of the Ottawa General Hospital for their care during Rod’s illness and to Dr. McKillop, Anita and all the wonderful nursing staff at Almonte General Hospital for their care for Dad, and the whole family, particularly in his final days.
Visitation will take place at
C.R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL Inc.
127 Church Street, Almonte, Ont. (613)256-3313
For visiting on Friday, January 2nd from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Funeral Service, Saturday, January 3rd, at 1 PM in the Almonte United Church.
Those wishing to make a donation in celebration of Rod’s life are asked to consider the Almonte General Hospital.
Condolences & tributes: www.crgamble.com