They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
GROVE, Rodger Wayne - lost his lengthy and courageous battle with Cancer on Jan 29th 2013. He was born in Sarnia Ontario on Jan. 9th 1958 to Gary and Helen Grove. Rodger attended Lochiel Public School and graduated grade eight before moving onto S.C.I.T.S High School where he graduated with honors in 1976. Rodger then made his career decision to join the Canadian Forces as he attended Camp Borden on July 18th of 1976 and began basic and trades training getting certified as a Marine Electrician. After Camp Borden, Rodger then embarked on his long decorated career starting with HMCS Kootenay. He then enjoyed postings to Fleet diving unit, Gatineau, Fundy, CFFSE, Huron, FMFCB, Sea Training, and as Coxswain of HMCS Regina. In 1992 while on the Huron he earned the Gulf and Kuwait Medal. Recognition of Rodger's achievements and successes continued in 2003 when he was invested into the Order of Military Merit. After Regina he became Coxswain of FMFCB before taking his commission in 2007 as the CBRN training officer in CFFSE DC DIVISION 3. Predeceased by his Father Gary Grove on July 22, 1992, Rodger is survived by the love of his life, wife of 33 years, Jane Grove and their three sons John, Gary, and Nick. As well Daughters in law Katherine Grove and Andrea Grove as well as his beloved Grandson Riley Grove , his Mother Helen Grove, Brother Kevin Grove, Sister Debra Hardie (Mike) and Sisters in law, Mary Gardiner, Linda Hill ( Mark), Jackie Brazier (Jim) and his many loving nieces and nephews. There are also many people to Thank for giving us our last year with Rodger, starting with Dr. Richard Klasa and Cathy Paul of the BC Cancer Clinic in Vancouver. I really need to thank LT. Cmdr. Ian Meredith for his unwavering support even at the times his family really needed him and for always being a friend to Rodger. I don't know how we would have gotten through the last month without you Iain. I also need to thank Dianne Johnston, Nadine Lawless and Dr. Gary Saunders from the Base Hospital for their never ending support for Rodger and our family over the last year and to all the nurses and Doctors who made it possible to have Rodger home for his final week. Last but definitely not least I need to thank our family, extended family and friends for all their support right to the end and going forward.
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