Rodney CORNELIUS

Cornelius, Rodney Reuben 1928 – 2009. It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Rod Cornelius of Summerland, BC on April 24, 2009. Rod is survived by his sister Selma, brother Eugene, sister-in-law Cynthia and brother-in-law Ralph. He also leaves behind numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, so many friends & neighbours. Rod will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Helene of 49 years, son Mike and daughters Denise, Catherine, Karen and their respective spouses, Susan, Sean, Ken and Doug, along with grandchildren Lukas, Samantha and Parker. Rod was born in MacNutt, SK. He attained his teaching degree at the U of M and subsequently taught school in MB and SK before moving to Vancouver, BC where he met and married the love of his life. He worked summers for the BC Forest Service, while attending university. He worked at Hooker Chemicals in North Vancouver, as a Chlorine Operator. He so enjoyed working with all his colleagues at Miller Park Elementary school, Coquitlam BC, and for the many great students he taught for 25 years. Rod was the kind of man who made a positive impact on all those who met him. Rod & Helene moved to Summerland, BC in retirement where even more friendships were developed and nurtured by this loving man. Rod will be remembered for his laughter, sense of humour, love of life and love for people from all walks of life. He enjoyed curling, golf, and was a devoted Vancouver Canucks fan. He had a passion for gardening & landscaping and brought beautiful blooms of sunshine and happiness to his gardens for all to enjoy. Rod will also be remembered for his 35 year dedication to UNICEF – a big part of his life. He developed programs & spoke in communities about actively helping children in Africa. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm Sunday, May 17 at St. Stephens Anglican Parish Hall, 9311 Prairie Valley Road, Summerland, BC. Funeral arrangements by Providence Funeral Homes. Condolences may be directed to the family: summerlandfuneralhome@vip.net Memorial Tributes may be made in Rodney’s honour to UNICEF.