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Roger Podmore

 
 
 

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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Roger Anthony Podmore, a dedicated family man, a loyal son and brother and a respected businessman. Roger came from humble beginnings in rural Alberta where his father worked as a grain buyer for United Grain Growers and his mother raised him and his younger sister. It was in these early years of his life that Roger began to develop the strong work ethic that would later contribute to the valuable role Roger established for himself within Edmontonís business community.

A visionary in the retail world, Roger started his specialty mattress store (Rogers Sleep Shop) in 1977 long before specialized retail stores were the norm. Roger truly loved serving his customers and running a business which he did successfully for 38 years. While Roger achieved great success with his company, it was equally as important to Roger that he created opportunity for his employees and their families; whether it be a gift for all the kids from Santa at the annual Fort Edmonton Park Christmas party or a helping hand to staff who needed guidance and support, family was incredibly important to Roger, whether it was his own or that of others.

Never one to seek out the spotlight, Roger also quietly supported multiple local charities and organizations in Edmonton. He consistently gave to those around him in any way he could and was always willing to lend a hand, or dollar, to those in need. Roger was gracious, down to earth and incredibly empathetic to all those he came in contact with.

Roger thoroughly enjoyed his four children and his seven grandchildren. Whether watching them in sporting events and dance recitals or helping out with babysitting, Roger was dependable as a father and grandfather, and was always willing to contribute; he took great pride in watching his family grow over the years. Roger took pride as well in the many extended family members, friends and business colleagues he had in his life with whom he spent time on the golf course, Wednesday night dinners or Saturday morning breakfasts.

Roger was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Marie Podmore (nee Sunley), his father Anthony and his mother Pearl. He leaves behind his four children, Daylene Podmore, Joe (Katrina) Podmore, Doug Podmore, Christi (Chris) Holmes in addition to his sister, Wendy Podmore. Also left behind are Roger's adored grandchildren: Elizabeth Podmore, Olivia Podmore, Grace Podmore, Georgia Podmore, Matthew Podmore, Jack Podmore and Alexander Holmes.

Roger will live on eternally in our hearts and memories - we will never forget him.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the University of Alberta Hospital's Hematology Unit 5F4 and Dr.Tiffany Van Slyke, in addition to the staff at the General Hospital's Unit 9Y.

In Loving Memory of
Roger Podmore
 
 
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Visitation
Friday, January 12, 2018
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
St. Joseph Basilica
10044 - 113 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Friday, January 12, 2018
2:00 PM
St. Joseph Basilica
10044 - 113 Street
Edmonton, AB
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