Keith Rodgers

Celebration of Life

10:30 am
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Legion #285
9202 Horton Rd SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Obituary of Keith Dexter Rodgers

July 15, 1932 - Montreal, Quebec

December 10, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Keith Rodgers, beloved husband of the late Helen Marina Rodgers and Marguerite Blevis, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the age of 90 years.


Keith was born in Montreal, QC, on July 15, 1932. After his father died at the age of five, he and his mother moved from Pointe-Saint-Charles, QB to the small village of New Glasgow, QB.


His mother Edna Minnie Rodgers (nee Jones) remarried to Norman Nightingale. Norman taught Keith how to be a farmer, he told many stories of his days on the farm and tending the Belgium drafts and caring for the cows. He started his education in a one room schoolhouse in New Glasgow. Later on, he would spend his weekdays at High school, staying in a boarding house in Lachute, QB, always returning to the farm on weekends to see his mother, stepfather and stepsister Wilma Nightingale.


While in New Glasgow, Keith made friends and engaged in money making ventures, some a little dubious, with the village characters, Steve Vacaresco, Steve Bandi, George Kmeck, just to name a few. Keith always embraced the entrepreneurial spirit, from fur trap lines or tree harvesting to being the local pool hall sharks. Keith and his band of brothers were always happy to liberate money from someone.


Keith joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951 and was stationed in HMCS Sherbrook, NS, Canada, where he met and married Helen Marina Semark. He served on many ships, most notable were HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s last aircraft carrier, and HMCS Labrador, the first ship to circumnavigate North America


Keith married Helen in 1955, and they had four children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. He married again after Helen passed to Marguerite Blevis and was embraced into their family, fostering an unbreakable friendship with Norman Blevis.


He was a member of The Royal Canadian Legion, The Royal Canadian Naval Association, Naval Museum of Alberta Society and Volunteered with Bingos for The Royal Canadian Naval Association.


Keith accomplished much through his life and was particularly proud of his bridge playing and his awards and certificates, Kaufman million-dollar summit awards, and Certificate of participation for the Queen’s coronation to name just two.


Keith enjoyed cards and games, but he loved bridge.


Keith’s most memorable vacation was when he cut his thumb off while camping, but more recently his last trip to Montreal, where he saw and visited friends and places of his youth. One highlight for him was a trip to see he buddy Steve Vacaresco and his son George, another being a dinner and cards with his favourite nephew Timothy Brushett and the best driver in Quebec, Tim’s daughter Michelle.


Keith’s favourite saying was “my armies can handle anything,” when he didn’t feel well and more recently “it is what it is”. He will be most remembered for his love of cards, humour, and ability to flirt with anything in a skirt.


Keith is survived by many family members including his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, girlfriends (Liz), his sister Wilma and Bernie’s Family, the Montreal gang, cousin Albert and friends.


Keith was predeceased by far too many to name...


A Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at Legion #285 (9202 Horton Rd SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X4) on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. A Reception will follow at the Legion. Graveside Service to take place at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Keith Rodgers, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


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