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In memoriam: Paul Roddick

In memoriam: Paul Roddick

[photo of Paul Roddick in 1950]

Paul Monroe Roddick, BA'50, died Aug. 9 in Kingston.

Predeceased by his wife Barbara and daughter Jackie, BA’69; by his parents Aaron, BA 1906, and Annie May; and by brothers Dougall and John and sisters Lura and Jean. Beloved father of Paul, David, Barbara Kemme, Daphne Arsenault (David) and Michael (Michele) and daughter-in-law Jenny Trapnell. Cherished grandfather of 11.

Paul enjoyed a fulfilling and truly Canadian life -- growing up on an Alberta homestead during the Depression and volunteering with his three brothers to serve overseas in WWII. While stationed in England he courted and married Barbara, the stationmaster's daughter. At Queen's, Paul received a Tricolor Award in 1949-50. He was also the 1950 editor of the Tricolor yearbook.

Paul had a diverse career in the public service, culminating as Public Service Commissioner of the Yukon. He was a prolific writer, a social advocate and humanist, familiar to editorial readers of the Kingston Whig-Standard, and author of two books: Faith, Reason and Common Sense and My Canada.

In the latter book, he described his student days. “During my third year at Queen’s, Don Warren and I wrote the libretto for Dr. Graham George’s opera Evangeline. I produced it; Dr. George conducted; Arnold Edinburgh directed. Barb joined a group making costumes and (with others) dyed them in a copper ‘boiler’ on the stove in our small apartment, at the corner of Division and Clergy. Our opera played for three nights in the ballroom of the old Lasalle Hotel (on Bagot St.)...After four years at Queen’s, most of it spent in the New Arts Building and the Douglas Library, I graduated with a second-class honours degree, and membership in the Tricolor Society. Not bad for a farm kid from Larkspur, who failed Grade XII and, after four years in the army, was still waiting to get his first lance-corporal stripe.”

In Paul’s memory, donations to Queen’s would be appreciated by the family.

[Queen's Alumni Review 2010-4 cover]