Walker, Roger

November 24, 1936 – January 6, 2024

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of our father, grandpa, and great grandpa Rod, at the age of 87.

Roger (Rod) Walker passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Health Sciences North, Sudbury.  Beloved husband of Jean (predeceased) and long-time partner of Yvonne Pattison. Loving dad of Steven (Emily), Cathy (Kevin) and Christine (Richard). Grandpa of Craig (Alex), Kevin (Sam), Samantha, Jenna, Chris (Katharine), Curtis (Steph), Matthew (Jillian), Cayley (Jake). Great grandpa to Oliver, Charlie, Luca, Jack, and Eddie.  Loving stepfather to Donny (predeceased)(Pauline), Darcy (Mary Ann), Kevin (Lisa), Brian (Rachel) and special step grandpa to Shannon, Olivia, Rose, Thea, Layne, Tanner, and step great grandpa to Kade, Rhett, and Charlie. He will be greatly missed by his sister, Lynda.  Predeceased by his siblings Helen, Floyd, Herb, Bill, and Joan.

Rod had a zest for life and a carefree, easy-going attitude.  He could light up any room with his goofy smile and energetic vibe.  A few words to describe him would be resilient, strong and a true “kid at heart”.  He had a will to live like no other, beating the odds over and over again with grace and a smile on his face, always.

Rod was born and raised in Gore Bay and in his young years, worked on the ships sailing the great lakes.   He later moved to Sudbury to begin his career as a welder at Inco/Vale. He had an interest in flying and got his pilot license to fly his own plane.  He was a proud family man, providing great memories of fun, especially in the backyard pool where many shenanigans were had.  In quiet time, Rod enjoyed many hours working in his garage, building and fixing anything without fail. He was a fun-loving friend and neighbour to many.

Rod enjoyed a full and happy life, finding new happiness and companionship with Yvonne, following the passing of his wife Jean.  They enjoyed travelling to Florida in the winters, playing their luck at the casino, playing cards with friends and spending time with family. Up until just a few years ago, Rod could be found playing golf everyday with his buds at the old Chemmy course.  Most recently he found new pleasure, and purpose enjoying summers at their trailer on Manitoulin Island. Rod was sure to be found in his golf cart driving around the campground meeting fellow campers, tinkering at odd jobs and no doubt playfully teasing someone. As per Rod’s wishes, there will be no service. A Celebration of Life will take place in the summer on Manitoulin Island. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this difficult time. A special thanks to Dr. Ravi for his continued support and for keeping dad going year after year.


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  1. Christine, Richard and family – Thinking of you at this very sad time. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you – it is always so hard to lose someone you love. May your memories of the good times you shared with your father/grandfather bring you peace and comfort. With love – Judy and Jerry

    By: Judy and Jerry Kosmerly
    January 12, 2024

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