Rodger, John Gilchrist

RODGER, JOHN WAugust 16, 1923 – February 20 2015
at the age of 91 years

RODGER, John Gilchrist – passed away on February 20, 2015 at Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 91.   He is survived by his beloved Irene, wife and constant companion for over 62 years. John was born at Milton-of-Campsie, Scotland on August 16, 1923. After joining up with the Black Watch in Scotland on January 29, 1942, he served in the UK, Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany in the Second World War and was discharged in 1947. After the war, John met Irene McCann, the love of his life, and they were married in 1952. They immigrated to Canada from Kirkintilloch, Scotland and settled in Edson, AB in 1968. In 1979 they moved to Salmon Arm and have resided here since that time. John was known throughout BC as an accomplished piper and loved to share his passion for the pipes through his teaching. He will be sadly missed by Irene and his many friends and former students.
Special thanks to the staff at Piccadilly Care Centre for their kind and compassionate care. At John’s request, no service will be held. If desired, memorial donations may be made in John’s memory to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3, or to the local branch of the SPCA.


  1. Irene,

    You and John have been an inspiration to me and any other couple who love each other. You both shine in my memory. We will all miss John and his place in our community. Heartfelt condolences to you.

  2. To Irene-
    My deepest condolences. The relationship that you and John have had over all these years is one for the annals of history. Not only do you love each other, you both were in love with each other- right to the end.

    Be well, Irene. It will be hard but know that you are loved.

    Gros bisous-
    Brian Revel

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