Nicholas Sparks Rodger was born in Ottawa on April 30, 1947. He died on April 27, 2023 from complications related to Parkinson’s/Lewy Body Dementia.
Nick greatly appreciated the care and support from Dr. MacDonald and Dollie Brooks of Moncton Hospital’s MIND Clinic, and Dr. Beaulieu, Ellie and all of the staff at The Briarlea Off Gorge.
Nick was predeceased by his parents Norman Elliot Rodger and Isabel Otley Rodger (nee Wilson).
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Charlotte Anne Adelia Varner, his two daughters, Adelia Sarah Rodger and Laura Nell Rodger, and by his stepson Dylan Varner-Hartley (Katie) and their daughter Finley. Nick is also survived by his brothers Norman Wilson Rodger MD (Judith) and David Elliot Rodger (Meredith) and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family dog Tuck will miss his walks with Nick in the Sackville Waterfowl Park where they were greeted as Nick and Tuck.
Nick grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba. He attended high school at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School. He went to the University of Manitoba for his undergraduate degree and then to Osgoode Hall Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1971 and practiced law in Sackville and Moncton until 2015.
Unlike many of his family and friends Nick did not take to golf or curling; he liked cross-country skiing and cycling. He particularly enjoyed bicycle touring and spent many happy days riding in various parts of Canada, the New England States and England. He enjoyed hiking and as a youth he loved to sail. In 2016 he and Anne had a memorable hiking trip in the Dolomites of Italy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge St, Sackville, NB E4L 3N9 (506 364-1300). In accordance with Nick’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. Nick’s family will get together later in the summer for remembrance. All those who would like to honour Nick he encourages you to go out for a bike, hike or walk and enjoy the day. Nick’s motto was, "When in doubt, go for a bike ride."
Donations in Nick's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
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