It is with heavy hearts the family of Rod announce his passing on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge. He was in his 83rd year.
Rod leaves behind his wife Judy (nèe Huggard) and his daughters Gwen Holmes (Alan) and Colleen Lewis (Gary). He is pre-deceased by his daughter Tina. Much loved Papa to Karlee Holmes (Dean), Amii Holmes (Alex), Jeryht Caughey (Charlotte), Nygel Caughey, Deyon Smith, and Shaye Smith (Justin).
He will be missed by many friends and extended family.
Born in Bambridge, North County Down, Ireland on November 1, 1938, Rod came to Canada as a young man in 1957. Driving was his passion. He spent many years driving for Grey Coach and TTC. He moved to Bracebridge and worked at Alcan Wire and Cable. He later drove limousine here in Bracebridge and eventually became affectionately known as ‘Rod the Driver’ taking people to and from the airport, cottages, appointments, and the like. Whether greeting you at Walmart or helping you at Canadian Tire he will be forever remembered by all he touched with his kindness and warm heart.
The family wishes to extend their sincere Thank You to Dr. Gleeson at SMMH, Dr. Whynot, and the wonderful nurses who helped us all so much once he entered palliative care.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.