ROD HERBERT ELDRIDGE

ELDRIDGE, Rod Herbert

February 6, 1943 – December 30, 2014

Rod passed away suddenly in the presence of his loving wife of 47 years, Lynda and their daughter, Shannon.  Throughout his brief, but courageous fight with pancreatic cancer, he showed grace, humour and dignity.  Rod was born in Vancouver, BC to Herbert and Winnifred Eldridge.  In 1965, he met the love of his life, Lynda.  After they married, they moved to Kitimat where Rod began his teaching career. They settled in Summerland in 1973 and together raised their family.  Rod taught at McDonald School for many years prior to taking a leadership role with the science department at Summerland Secondary School and in 2009, he received a national award from Youth Science Canada for starting up Summerland’s participation in science fairs. Teaching and helping others was his passion in life, and he spent countless hours volunteering with Kinsmen and in his community. Rod enjoyed being outdoors (skiing, golfing, fishing, camping) and he and Lynda spent many winters in Arizona and California.

He is survived by wife, Lynda; his son and best friend, Michael; his daughter, Shannon (Clayton Gall) and his treasured grandchildren, Jack and Madeline.  He also leaves behind his sister, Diane (Glen Witter); nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and many close friends. Thanks to Dr. Bannerman for his compassion and care and to Rod’s friends and family during his illness. Friends and family are invited to attend a service celebrating Rod’s life on Saturday, January 10 at 1pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Summerland. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Youth Science Canada would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com.