Rodney WEBB

WEBB Rodney Elton (Rod) July 21, 1936 – July 20, 2008 Rod, beloved husband, friend and soul mate of Jeane, passed away the day before his 72nd birthday at the Red Deer Hospice after a long and valiant struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Rod was born to the late Iola and Elton Webb, second in a family of eight children. He grew up and received his schooling in Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan where he was active in Curling, Drama and Family and Community activities. After High School Rod spent his young adult years working for Halliburton in the Oil Industry. He came to Red Deer in 1956 where he eventually began, under the mentorship of the Corbett Brothers, to learn the Parts Business. This led to the establishment of the Industrial Parts Business, Cidco, that Rod was to own and operate for almost 30 years. Rod loved Red Deer and the Parkland Country and was thrilled to be part of the development of this city over the years. He served on the Land Development Appeal board, as President of the Chamber of Commerce, on the Committee that compiled the book, "Proud beginnings", a pictorial History of Red Deer. He acted as a Scout Leader and took an active interest in local affairs with Committee Work. Rod was a faithful member of both St. Luke's and St. Leonard's Anglican Churches where he served on Vestry, sang in the choirs and co-chaired the 100th Anniversary of the now Historic St.Luke's Church. Rod enjoyed being a Member of the Red Deer Optimists Club and appreciated the wonderful work they do with Youth Programs. He embraced new challenges and adventures earning his Pilot's Licence at Penhold where he enjoyed several years of flying light aircraft and being a part of the Flying club. Rod was also an avid Curler but his utmost passion was Sailing. He sailed the waters of Sylvan Lake for over 35 years in everything from a Dinghy board to his 16 foot Day Sailer, "Goldenrod" to his 25 foot McGregor, "Daydreamer". He participated in many of the Sailing Club Activities and especially enjoyed the Wednesday evening races. Rod was predeceased by his oldest son, Ross, in 1990 as well as two sisters, Irma Grouette and Luana Washburn. Rod will be deeply missed but fondly remembered by his "Darling Girl", Jeane, two sons, Mark & Gordon Webb and one daughter, Lauri Mambretti, all of Edmonton. He will always be loved and remembered by his step-daughters, Susan Rathwell of Red Deer, Colleen (Paul) Alpern of Sherwood Park and three treasured grandchildren Samantha, Alexandra and Nicholas Alpern. Rod is survived by three sisters; Barbara (Gordon) Maxwell of Lloydminster, Ardene (Wally) Cherneski of Edmonton, Ada (Tom) Thompson of Sydney, B.C., two brothers; Lyle (Dorothy) Webb and Curt Webb (friend Sherri) of Calgary. He also leaves a special brother-in-law, Keith Robson and sister-in-law Sharon (Bob) Costall, all of Edmonton. Coming from a very large family Rod leaves a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Rod's life will be held at St. Leonard's Anglican Church, 4141-44 Street, Red Deer on Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. with The Reverend Gordon Jackson officiating. Jeane and the Family wish to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ray Hulyk, Dr. Charlene Fell of the University of Calgary Foothills, and to all of the Staff on Unit 31 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for the many long months of care. A huge and heartfelt Thank-you to the Chaplains Ministry at the Red Deer Hospital and to the compassionate caring team of Staff and Volunteers at the Hospice. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations could be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta. T4R 3S6 or to the Youth Ministry at St. Leonard's On-The-Hill Church, 4241 – 44 Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1H3. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at: To My Dear Rod You were the calm at the center, You were the star in the dark, You were the spring of the river, And for the fire, the spark. You were the gold in the sunrise, You were the soul in the song, You were my life and to love you Forever's not long……. Not long. Happy Birthday, my love, Jeane Service and Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 – 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222.

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