MacDONALD, Maj. Roderick (Roddie) E. RCE Retired
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1917 - 2013
Passed peacefully at the Ottawa General Hospital at the age of 96. Proudly born of strong Cape Breton stock in Florence, Nova Scotia, Roderick is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty Anne) MacDonald (McGowan), his son Burns (Shauna) and daughter Sandy, his step-children Mark McGowan (Eileen) and Mary Beth McGowan and her husband Bob Starkey, and loving grandchildren Heather MacDonald; Matthew, Caitlin, Joshua and Adam Starkey; Erin, Patrick, Brendan, Kathleen, and John-Francis McGowan; and one great-granddaughter Roisin Lea. He is predeceased by his first wife Linda MacDonald (Cluett), his father Roderick Edward MacDonald, a Vimy veteran of the 85th Nova Scotia Highlanders, his mother Mary Alice MacDonald, and his brothers Harry Burns MacDonald RCAF – Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), and Earl MacDonald, CBNRC. Roderick was a graduate of Acadia University (1939) and worked briefly in the Lab at the Sydney Steel Plant, before the onset of World War II. Like so many of his generation, he joined the Army, serving in the Royal Canadian Engineers in Sicily, Italy, and the liberation of Holland, where he was known to have helped many of the Dutch people, for whom he had tremendous respect. Roderick commanded the No. 1 Radiation Detection Unit through the early 1950s including their participation in Allied and Commonwealth nuclear tests in Nevada and Australia, and played a part in developing much of the dosimeter, radiation detection and safeguard technology in use today. The family would like to extend a very special thank-you to the staff at the Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Centre who became a loving extension of our family, and to the kindness he and our whole family received at the Ottawa General, whose compassion exceeded all bounds and made this life experience much easier for us all, especially for Roddie. A celebration of Roddie's life will be held in Ottawa at the Perley & Rideau Veteran's Health Care Centre, in Lupton Hall, at 10:00am on Saturday 02 November. A memorial service for the interment of ashes will be held in Sydney, Nova Scotia, at a future date - location and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Perley & Rideau Veterans Health Centre Foundation, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, or the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.
God's piper has called Roddie and
he goes well-loved by all.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, 2013