Rod Drury passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in Mountain View Complex Care Facility, Kelowna, on May 8, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce (née Moody) and their children Donna (Marie-Andrée) of Montreal, Larry (Vicki) of Red Deer, Denise of Banff and sister Carol Lawrence of Kelowna. Rod’s life was enriched by grandsons
Matthew (Elaine) of Vancouver and Mark (Alexis) of Red Deer, their mother Dianne (deceased), former son-in-law Bruce Anderson of Banff, “step” granddaughters Susan and Caitlin of Calgary, extended family and many wonderful friends. Rod enjoyed his 30+ year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was proud to be commissioned from the ranks. He had a passion for airplanes and, even close to the end
of his life, would always search the skies at the sound of a passing plane. Rod and Joyce made many moves and had some wonderful travels together before happily settling in
Kelowna in 1990. Even after numerous strokes left him disabled and unable to live at home, Rod maintained his sense of humour and remained upbeat about his life.
His positive and appreciative outlook was reinforced by Joyce’s constant love and by the exceptional kindness of
the staff at Mountain View. Rod and Joyce made good friends with staff, volunteers and other residents and their family members at Mountain View – and earlier with
those at Brookhaven. Being able to go sailing regularly
with the Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia
was a highlight of Rod’s life in recent years.
There will be a family memorial gathering at a later date.
Should friends desire, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Disabled Sailing Association: C/O DSA Tracy Delorme, 1370 Water Street, Kelowna, V1Y 1J1.
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