Walter Rogers

Walter Carlyle Rogers

Saturday, July 6th, 1940 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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Walter Carlyle (Carl) Rogers
July 6, 1940 – March 9, 2019

Carl Rogers passed away unexpectedly (aged 78), after enjoying his 20th season of wintering in Mexico and urgently returning home for treatment of a sudden illness.
Carl grew up in Orangeville Ontario, studied at the University of Western Ontario and Lakehead University, and cherished memories of his time as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces service corps. In the 1960s, he moved with his wife Ann (mother of Warren and Cerrie) to Red Rock to start his 30-year-long teaching career and pursue his love of the outdoors. They renovated an old farmstead in Slate River in the early ‘70s to house Thbayo kennels, where they bred and trained golden retrievers and competed in national-level field trials. Over the years, Carl was a ski-patroller, an avid hunter and trap-and-skeet shooter, an electoral candidate for the Conservative party, a beloved and inspiring teacher, and head of the history department at Lakeview high school, where he made some great lifelong friends. A new chapter began in the late ‘70s, when Carl charmed Doreen Lankinen (mother of Dan and Roy) with his canoe-topped van and his dancing boots. At the farm, Carl and Dor raised their blended family as largely self-sufficient hobby farmers with strong ties to friends, community and the outdoors. His non-stop puttering and renovation projects at the farmhouse, the hunting camp at Lake of the Woods, their current off-grid oasis at Pete’s Lake, and the Kakabeka Redeemer Lutheran church kept this jack-of-all-trades busy and productive throughout his retirement, as did his quirky piano playing and his nature-inspired stained-glass projects. Carl loved showing his grandchildren the ways of the lake, the sauna, and the canoe; his grandchildren think he was the most interesting man in the world. Each winter, Carl and Doreen enjoyed a rich life in Guayabitos Mexico filled with friendship, golf, community involvement and travel adventures. Every day, they counted their blessings of health, faith, love, friendships and family.
Carl is survived by his wife Doreen, his siblings Doug and Joan, his children Dan, Warren, Roy and Cerrie, their spouses and eight grandchildren, and his many in-laws in the Scott and Hughes families. Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 16th at 11:00 am at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kakabeka Falls. The family will be available for visiting an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family will gratefully accept donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to Lutheran Community Care Centre, or to your charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 332 North May Street, Thunder Bay.
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    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
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Mel Saari

Posted at 12:53am
Dear Doreen and family, We have fond memories of your visit to see us in Kelowna, our stay with you at Pete's Lake and the pleasant time we spent with you all in Rincon de Guayabitos. You are in our thoughts and we wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Mel and Leslie
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Malcolm and Carol Stewart

Posted at 03:26pm
We were so sorry to hear of Carl's passing. Doreen, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Doug, Margo, Joan and Peter, thinking of you at this difficult time and how nice it was that we were all together in January.
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David & Nancy LaSalle

Posted at 04:17pm
WE ARE SENDING OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO DOREEN AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY FOR YOUR LOSS. HOW FORTUNATE WE HAVE BEEN TO HAVE HAD CARL"S FRIENDSHIP FOR OVER 40 YEARS. WHENEVER WE VISITED THUNDER BAY IT WAS A PRIORITY TO SEE CARL AND DOREEN AND WE HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF OUR TIMES TOGETHER..... MEETING FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH TO EXPERIENCE AGAWA CANYON TOGETHER, TRAMPING TO FIND THE OLD SILVER MINES IN SILVER MOUNTAIN, EXPLORING EAGLE CANYON, BEATING OUT A THUNDER STORM ON KAWAGAMA LAKE , SAUNAS , SWIMS AND DINNERS AT PETE"S LAKE AND ENJOYING THEIR COUNTRY HOME IN SLATE RIVER.. CARL WAS A UNIQUE AND SPECIAL PERSON AND WE WILL MISS HIM. LOVE TO DOREEN AND FAMILY AT THIS SAD TIME. DAVE AND NANCY.
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Helen Shipston

Posted at 04:16pm
My sincerest sympathies to you Doreen, and your family. I remember the many laughs Carl & my Dad had. You were both very kind to him. Warm Hugsss~~ Helen Shipston [Metzler]
 
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Beryl Simpson Posted at 01:39pm

We are so very sorry to learn that Carl has passed away. Carl was a cousin/childhood friend many years ago. Although we had not been in touch for many years, we recently reconnected where we did some reminiscing & catching up. To you the children of Carl: Warren, Cerrie, Dan & Roy, our condolences. Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes and this is one of these times. Please know that although your Dad has passed on, his thoughts, hopes and dreams will live on in you his children and grandchildren. To you Doreen, although we have never met, we offer our condolences. We are wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold him in your heart. To you Joan & Doug & your families: Tenderly may time heal your sorrow. Gently may friends ease your pain. Softly may peace replace heartaches. And, may warmest memories remain. -unknown- Beryl (Hanna) & Ron Simpson
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