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Jan 6, 1944 – May 2, 2021

After a 9 month battle with cancer, Roger died peacefully in the presence of his family in Vancouver General Hospital. Predeceased by his father Ronald and mother Sarah, he leaves behind his wife Carol, brother Derrick(Jeanne), sons James (Paige), CJ, and stepdaughters Annie (Glenn), Jennifer, and stepson Justin (Jen) and beloved grandchildren Olivia, Mayreau, Marcus & Alexandra.

Born in England, Roger came to Canada in 1965 travelling to Vancouver to make it his home. A man of many talents, he started working at Canadian Airlines in 1968. Working his way through several different departments eventually becoming a Director. In 1988, after leaving the airline business and looking for a new adventure,  he was the first to bring the Subway Sandwich franchise to Western Canada. With his business partner, they built their business into a huge success with over 21 stores at one point.
In September 2019, he decided to retire and continue his love of travel and golf with his wife Carol. They travelled extensively experiencing the world through their love of food and wine.

Roger will be greatly missed by all the friends he’s made along the way, for his sense of humour,  his versatility of conversation and knowledge on just about every subject, his delicious risotto, and his Elvis impersonations. The world just won’t be the same without this charming, classy, lovable man who through the years has given kindness and friendship to many and mentoring others to be their best.

A heartfelt thanks to Dr Stephen Parkin, Dr Joseph Leung,  Dr Pippa Hawley, BC Cancer and all the staff at VGH especially the palliative care team, and the 8th floor medical staff.

Condolence Messages

  1. Terry Ohman

    11 May 2021 1 year ago

    Worked with Roger on the Pegasus passenger & inventory management project which brought CP Air into the computer age. Always a joy to be with Roger whether at work or socially. He treated everyone with respect. Often the brightest one in the room. Gone but not forgotten.

  2. Gerry Manning

    09 May 2021 1 year ago

    Roger and I worked together at CP Air. His operational knowledge and people skills were excellent . His counsel was sought for he was always objective, concise, and thoughtful. He was a special person and it was always a pleasure to be with him.

  3. Donald Honeywill

    09 May 2021 1 year ago

    Rest in Peace Roger

  4. Sharon Jackson

    09 May 2021 1 year ago

    Such sad news. Roger is the one who comes to mind when asked, “which boss had the most influence on your professional career.”. He taught me “it’s okay to make a mistake,” he always had my back. He encouraged independence, he taught me how to deal with difficult people. Always with a smile, and a great sense of humor. The last time I saw him (several years ago), it was good to see him so happy and enjoying life with Carol.
    Being from Memphis, I can truly say, there’s never been a better Elvis impersonator! Will miss you Roger. Rest In Peace.
    Sharon Jackson

  5. Keith

    09 May 2021 1 year ago

    We will always remember Roger as he always had a smile and time for you.
    Carol and the family we send our condolences and prayers during this time.
    Nancy & Keith Mackenzie

  6. Frank Suto

    09 May 2021 1 year ago

    Hey Roger, sorry to see you leaving us so soon. Worked with Roger in the old old up and down days. A true gentleman.

  7. Tony Clegg-Butt

    08 May 2021 1 year ago

    What sad news, Roger was a gentle giant in our industry, quiet and at times unassuming. To have him onside meant certain victory. To the family, cherish the memories for they last forever.

  8. Dave McLean

    08 May 2021 1 year ago

    Roger was a terrific fellow; always enjoyed working with him
    He was a guy in head office at CP that understood the real world
    My heartfelt condolences to his family

  9. Glenn Rae

    08 May 2021 1 year ago

    I’m sincerely sad to see the loss of Roger.
    He was always a calm happy delightful man to be around.
    My thoughts go out to his family.
    Sleep well my old friend.

  10. Deborah Goegan

    07 May 2021 1 year ago

    My deepest sympathy to C.J. , James and the family. This is such a difficult time for all of you. He was an amazing man and hopefully you will find comfort in time with wonderful memories of him.
    Mike and Deborah Goegan

  11. karen and Bill Cotterill

    07 May 2021 1 year ago

    We are so sorry to hear of Rogers passing. Will miss seeing his happy face at the golf course. Our condolences to the rest of the family

  12. Rosemary and Glen

    06 May 2021 1 year ago

    Thinking of all of you at this sad time. We have so many fond memories of our time with Roger, Carol, and family. We remember the risotto (which went so incredibly well with Carol’s famous lamb en pappillote) and so much more fun, food and good times. Our time in Arizona together will never be forgotten. We are so fortunate to have had Roger as part of our lives.

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