Roger Burgess

Surrounded by loving care in Victoria hospice, Roger died peacefully on Oct. 19th 2015, after a short battle with brain cancer. His many friends, colleagues and family will miss his strong leadership and competitive spirit.

Born in England, Roger immigrated to Canada as a young man. He had varied careers in marine and oil insurance, construction management and quantity surveying. Throughout his working life he was always active – renovating the family house, sailing, hiking, camping and partaking in many other pastimes. He was a supportive and caring father for his two sons, Michael and Stewart and loving husband to his wife, Marie.

After retirement he volunteered for many organisations, helping update constitutions, bylaws, designing plans to rebuild and restore old and new buildings, planting apple trees, always planning with an eye to the future.

Wildwood and the Eco Forestry Institute, Wace creek improvement district, Mill Bay tennis club, Camp Fircom on Gambier Island, several Cowichan Valley Regional District committees, the Mill Bay Historical Society, Keating farm estate, the Victoria MG car club, and Ross Bay Villa among others have all benefitted from his work on their behalf.

An avid gardener, skier, tennis player, MG racer and tourer, he was never still except when reading for hours at the library. He always had a project going, his or some else’s, and it was always accompanied by a dry sense of humour. He will be thoroughly missed by his family, his many friends and his community at large.

A heartfelt thank you for all the gentle care and counselling from the volunteers and nurses at Victoria Hospice. Also thank you for the good professional care from the doctors and nurses at VGH, Jubilee and the Canadian cancer agency. And a big thank you for all the support and good wishes from friends and family.

Sunday November 1st 2015 from 12pm to 4pm in the garden at 454 Goulet Rd. Mill Bay.

Wear your coat and your boots!

If you would like to give a gift in Roger’s memory, please consider making a donation to Camp Fircom or the Eco Forestry Institute.

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