PAYSON, RODNEY ELWOOD
Rodney Elwood Payson passed away peacefully December 27th, 2013 at the age of 67. His wife, Janice, was by his side. Rodney fell asleep on December 24th and spent his last days surrounded by family and friends. Rod was born October 7th, 1946 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Hazel and George Payson, and was a younger brother to George Gary. As his father was in the army, they moved throughout Canada, to Soest (Germany) in 1955, settling in Winnipeg in 1962 before Rodney himself joined the army. His fondest memories of serving in the army were always jeep related, and include a jeep that is presumably still at the bottom of a lake somewhere. Rod met the love of his life, Janice, at the Ruetz Gas Station in Ladner, B.C. and they were married August 21st, 1971. Their family grew with the birth of three daughters as they made homes in Nakusp, Robson, and the Okanagan. Rod was known for handyman qualities and was quick to help a friend build a porch or clear out a stubborn tree. He was a compassionate man at home and at work. He worked for NOCLS in Vernon for many years and was an active member of the BCGEU. He was an avid golfer and competed around Vernon for many years. Rod was the best dad ever. He supported his daughters in all their adventures and welcomed their partners into his life seamlessly. He loved the recent addition of two grandchildren to the family. Rodney is survived by his wife Janice; his daughters, Jennifer (James Swingle), Julia (Jason Queck), and Leone (James Rennie); his grandchildren, Malcolm and Hazel; and his brother George Gary (Carole). He is predeceased by his mother and father. The Celebration of Life for Rodney will be held on Saturday, January 4th at 1 p.m. at the Schubert Centre in Vernon. The family would like to thank Dr. George Borchert for his excellent and compassionate care of Rodney for the past 20 years, and to the paramedics, nurses and doctors at VJH ER. A special thank you to the amazing staff at Polson Special Unit for their love and generosity to both Rodney and his family over the six months he lived at their facility. During the last few days of Rodney’s life, they gently and respectfully tended to all his needs. Rodney will be remembered for his strength and humour. Rod didn’t fight Parkinson’s disease; he rose above it with a life full of adventures and bursting with love. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s on-line Obituary @ www.MyAlternatives.ca .
Arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES ®
Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237