Alexander “Alex” Friedrich Roedger, passed away peacefully Sunday September 27, 2020 at Rest Haven Lodge, Sidney B.C. in his 86th year. Born September 11, 1935 in Dresden, Germany.
Beloved spouse of Joan (Horne) of Victoria B.C. and husband of the late Ursula (nee Eckert) Roedger (2002).
Loving Father of Roy and his wife Maggie (Kinmond), Peter and his wife Lydia (Alex), proud Opi to Marc and his wife Janna (Fryday), Philipp and his partner Sabrina Olinskie, Gordon, Tristan and Gil. Great-Opi to Eve and Aiden.
Remembered by his sister Gisela (Wingartz) and brother Klaus. Cherished by his many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Rudolf and Lydia (nee Dechandt), son Kirby (1966) and daughter Rebecca (1972).
After completing his apprenticeship with Demag GmbH as a tool and die maker, Alex left Germany as a young man in 1955 to follow his dream of adventure and establish a new life in Canada. He worked his way from the East to the West coast and eventually found employment with Alcan Aluminum in Kitimat B.C. where he met his wife to be Ursula who was working as a nurse at the Alcan facility. They fell in love and would share 45 years of marriage prior to her passing. From Kitimat the newlyweds would continue the adventure to Toronto and started a family. Later they moved to Deep River where he completed his training for a position at Ontario Hydro’s Douglas Point facility which eventually brought the young family to Port Elgin. Alex would excel at his various supervisory positions in the fuel handling division of the plant until his retirement in 1992. It wasn’t only the complex and intricate work involved that intrigued Alex but perhaps more the camaraderie that he and all members of his crew would experience in committing to “getting the job done!” Those memories and experiences appear to be life lasting and it was his Leadership through Example that will carry on. After retirement the adventure continued to Kelowna B.C. where his life partner and wife Ursula passed in 2002. With a heavy heart he would return to Port Elgin to be closer to family and friends. Luckily Alex would meet and marry Joan who became his sweetheart and the couple would eventually move to and settle in Victoria B.C. After years of travelling together and enjoying the west coast lifestyle, the last phase of Life approached and Alex entered Rest Haven Lodge, Sidney B.C. until his departure.
His intestinal fortitude and enthusiasm for challenges led him to delve into new things. Be it sheep farming with his buddy Ellsworth Yuke, developing residential properties, the stock market or owning and operating 2 successful cottage parks while working full time he did it all with passion, diligence and a smile!
Alex was always falling into adventure, whether it was wearing a borrowed pair of football cleats from Gene Kiniski and kicking field goals at an Edmonton Eskimo’s practice (after watching players run through tires and tackling stuffed dummies he announced that wasn’t the sport for him) or auditioning for Stampede Wrestling after an invitation from the founder Stew Hart , leaving restaurant Chefs in disbelief on his beloved Mexico vacations by eating the hottest dish on the menu without breaking a sweat or being mistaken for Hulk Hogan at Pearson International airport there was never a dull moment with this incredible restless Spirit.
Alex was loved and respected. He made lasting memories with Family and friends that will forever bring warmth and happiness to all.
At Alex’s request he has been cremated. Due to current restrictions no visitation will be held. A private grave side service will take place at a later date.
Donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Fund, Southampton Ontario would be appreciated.