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I was absolutely shocked to hear of Rod's passing. He was such a fit and fun loving individual and always had a beautiful bright smile on his face. He loved life to the fullest and always made you feel special in his presence.
I also have known Rod since High School and am so happy that I had the chance to see both Rod and Beth at Marilyn and Gary Young's 50th wedding Anniversary in July, 2018. He was the most fun loving, happy and healthy person I know.
Having lost my husband, Beth I truly wish you all the best and may the memories you made together and with family and friends help you to get through this very difficult time. He will always be in your heart and in the hearts of all of us.
He will truly be missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Dear Beth & family
It seems impossible that Rod has passed away - He was so full of joy and life. We have both known Rod since high school . Gary met Rod on the high school football team and they became lifelong friends. Rod drove us on our first date , was a groomsman at our wedding and we were so pleased that Rod & Beth attended our 50th anniversary celebration last July. The old gang was so pleased to see Rod and it wouldn’t have been the same without him! Since we heard this terrible news Gary has been recalling some of the many good times he shared with Rod over the years - all wonderful memories that brought smiles to our faces.
We enjoyed visiting Rod and Beth at their beautiful home west of Calgary and were so pleased they took time to visit us in LLoydminster when they came back to Vermilion. Rod has positively influenced our lives and will always be in our hearts.
Sending love,prayers and condolences to you Beth and your family.
Beth and all the Haverslew family,
We were shocked to hear of Rod's passing. He was a good friend ever since arriving in Vermilion from Buffalo Coulee for High School. We didn't see much of each other over the last few years but we did have a chance to catch up at Gary & Marilyn's party in July. He will be missed by all that knew him. We always had so much fun when we got together. We're thinking of you as you go through this difficult time.
Richard & Gail Brennan
Forever in our hearts, Rod. We will miss you dear friend!
"There are some who bring a light so great to the world
that even after they have gone the light remains."
Beth and family
Words can not adequately express our deepest most heartfelt feelings for you Beth as you truly lost your soulmate.
We remember Rod as a warm , humorous and brilliant person . His unique ways made everyone feel special when in his presence.
His joy and passion for life left an impact on us all. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and colleagues however amongst the tears we will smile when we share our memories. Gerald and I have been truly touched by his unexpected passing . Beth we know you too are loved by many and everyone will find their own special ways of supporting you along the way. We can’t imagine your pain. God bless.
Lark and Gerald in Jakarta
Dear Beth, Family, & Friends March 16, 2019
It is with a sad heart that I sit down and write to share a few memories of our beloved cousin Rod. I don’t think Rod would want us to grieve which is hard not to do because we have lost someone who we deeply cared about. He was such a hoot to be around. Laughing and smiling just came natural to him. There are so many great memories of good times.
Joye and I always looked forward to getting together with Rod and Beth which was not near often enough. The welcome mat was always out when we came to Calgary. We always tried to spend a couple of days with them at their beautiful home they built with the great view of the Kananaskis enjoying the companionship and the fantastic meals Beth fixed.
For a number of years, we would get together at the annual Petroleum Geologist’s convention held in various cities. The four of us wined and dined with Rod picking out the perfect table with the best view in the perfect restaurant. Once in New Orleans we were looking for something to do and I mentioned going to a nearby aquarium. He said we could go but they would find something else to do. He had no interest in seeing any kind of fish or animal that was confined in an aquarium or a zoo. He was a naturalist who loved the outdoors.
My first winter in Colorado at college he came down and took me on my first ski trip. I thought he might give me a few tips on the lift ride up the mountain but I guess he thought I would figure it out. Actually, I think he was looking for a little entertainment at my expense. When we got to the top of the mountain, away he went down the hill stopping at a good vantage point to watch the show. I didn’t disappoint him. Picking myself up off the ground after the lift chair dumped me off, I took off down the hill after him. Not having been given any advice on how to slow down, stop, or turn I built up an excessive amount of speed as I headed down the mountain to where he was waiting, watching, and laughing. When I finally tumbled and rolled to a stop he came over and said something like “good show Hawkins” and away he went.
One winter before either of us were married I met Rod in Edmonton and we drove to Jasper for another weekend ski trip. Along the way we encountered a RCMP roadblock checking for people imbibing a little along the way. We were guilty. Somehow, he convinced the officer it was my fault so I got the ticket. Rod claimed he paid it after I left but I did spend a number of years being concerned that I was on the wanted list in Canada. Finally, after several decades of not getting arrested when I came to Canada, I believed him.
A few years ago, Joye and I had an opportunity to visit Rod and Beth at their beautiful home on Vancouver Island. I talked him into going on a chartered fishing trip. Our wives caught more fish than we did. Rod complained the whole time about how much it cost. I expect he’s still complaining.
Rod’s smile and laughter was contagious. Canada won’t be the same without him.
The Good Lord certainly broke the mold when he created Rod.
We’re gonna miss you Cuz.
Your Okie Cuz,
A few years ago Rod showed up with his close friend Lou to join our men's
hiking group and after introductions and conversation I could immediately
discern that Rod was going to be a genuine friend. In the following years
he demonstrated this in acts of kindness and generosity. When he and Beth
took delivery of their lovely puppy Stephie I shared that my wife too wanted
a dog.......Rod responded with pictures and info relative to their new found
joy. In 2017/2018 I was planning an extensive trip with two home-made planes
for a trip circumnavigating South America and requested donations to a Charity
Hope Air which helps Canadians from coast to coast travel to healthcare. Rod,
as well as several other of our hikers, did not hesitate to give...for others!
Yes, I will miss his laugh/chatter but mostly the good man he was.
Dear Beth & Family
We were deeply saddened to hear of Rod's passing. We will miss that wonderful smile and mischievous laughter and the wonderful, special guy.
You have our very deepest sympathy.
Sending you Love and Hugs
Susan & Don Myshak & Family
We will miss Rod's smile and laughter at the Hart gatherings. Beth take care our thoughts are with you
Our sincere condolences to Beth and all of the family. We so enjoyed knowing Rod, and his kind personality and love for life. Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.
Laurie and Gareth
I will miss Rod very much. He was such a pleasant, upbeat friend to walk and talk with. Always the first to lend a hand when in need. I extend my most heartfelt condolences to his family.
Rod’s smile and his laughing eyes will be remembered. His gentle spirit was such a bright light among us. He will be missed. Sending our warmest regards to the family for their loss .
Beth and Haverslew Family
I just want to pass on my condolences and let you know how sorry I am to hear about Rod's passing!
Rod was a beacon of light. He was a very outgoing person and had time for everyone. We are all better for knowing him and my deepest sorrow to Beth, his siblings, nieces and nephews. While going to University he was a fixture at our Sunday dinners. He will be missed greatly by me and my family!!
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