Steven Roderick "Rod" McCoy (1943 - 2017)

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Rod McCoy of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on Dec. 14, 2017, at the age of 74, at home surrounded by his family. He succumbed to complications of Big Tobacco's shady advertising and government payouts to keep the deadly effects of airborne toxins hidden from the common man.
Steven Roderick "Rod" McCoy was born on July 30, 1943, in Weed, Calif., to Richard and Edith Gail (Long) McCoy. He married his "sweetie," Ann Harter McCoy, on March 15, 1969, in Chico, Calif. They moved to the East Bay Area, where he worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad while she completed her teacher credential. In 1970, they answered an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle and moved north to Alaska, where they taught in Noatak until 1974. Then they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and Rod taught for the Anchorage School District, mostly at Creekside Park Elementary School until 2005.
Rod had one primary interest in life: people. Professionally, he worked where he felt he could have the most positive effect. He was a champion of the common man. He was an irresistible force, always in motion. In retirement, he enjoyed sharing Alaska's beauty as a bus driver for Princess Tours. This was the perfect match for Rod's love of stories and primal need for movement.
Rod made contributions to numerous organizations both locally and statewide. In the 80s, he joined Toastmasters, and this led him to his spiritual home, the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. For over 40 years, he enjoyed copious coffee, consideration, conversation and consternation in a compassionate community. Rod was a perennial AUUF board member. In addition, he was a leader in the Creekside Park Scouts, at both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout levels. With his prodding, both of his sons earned their Eagle Scout Badges at the last minute. As a longtime participant in neighborhood issues, he spent years supporting the Northeast Anchorage Community Council, serving a term as president, as well as many other positions. Rod was active in local and statewide Democratic organizations, holding numerous positions. Politics were his passion. He was an advocate for education and served in local AEA and statewide NEA Alaska and NEA Alaska Retired leadership positions. He received praise for his success in the last 10 years of his life serving as a mediator for the state court system. Rod spent his life working to improve his community and state.
Rod is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann; children and spouses, Laurie and Bruce Templeton, Eric and Tamara McCoy and Mark and Annamaria McCoy; and six grandchildren, all of Anchorage; as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Kendra McCoy of Bodega Bay, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mary McCoy of Davis, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives
He was a loving husband and father, who is now reunited with his parents; sister, Louise McCoy; brother, Ken McCoy; and the rest of his lung.
The family thanks all those who visited Rod as his health declined. It always brightened his spirits.
A service will be held in his honor at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist fellowship on Jan. 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Democratic Party of Alaska, the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship or a charitable organization of your choice, except the oppressive Republicans.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018