Roderick Neil Babcock

14-Mar-1936 - 16-Dec-2022

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In Loving Memory of Rod

The family of Roderick Neil Babcock age 86 of Amherst are saddened to announce his passing on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Gables Lodge in Amherst.

Born in Fredericton, he was a son of the late William and Edna Babcock.

He served for 23 years with the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1st Canadian Signals Regiment, with postings in Ladner, BC (where he met Joyce), Kingston ON, and finally CFS Leitrim, Ottawa ON, where he worked in Comm Research with several postings to CFS Alert. After leaving the military he moved with his family to Amherst, NS where he retrained as a Stationary Engineer and worked at the APRCHH until his retirement. Rod pursued several hobbies including landscape painting, and ham radio.

Rod will be remembered by his wife Joyce (Williams), son Bruce (Stephanie), daughter Kathleen (Blake Patterson), grandson Andrew (Amy) Paterson, great granddaughter Amelia.

Beside his parents, Rod was predeceased by brothers Donald and Frank, and sister Mary Wilson.

There will be no visitation or service.

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Gail and Brian Lee | 24-Jan-2023

I was once told this by a very wise woman (my mom) Joyce's mom as well. Life well lived is a life remembered with love.

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Posted by Ray Lebeau | 23-Jan-2023

To Joyce, Bruce, Kathleen, Family Members & Friends, The members of the Canadian Forces Supplementary Radio (SUPRAD) System Oldtimers Association were saddened by the news of Rod's passing. All those who proudly served with Rod in Kingston, Ladner, Leitrim and as a member of the 'Frozen Chozen' at CFS Alert, will forever remember all of the enjoyable times that were shared. During Rod's tours in Alert, he must have scheduled quite a few ham radio hook ups on VE8RCS, Victor Echo 8 Real Cold Spot. Back in those early Alert days, ham radio was our only line of communication to our loved ones down south. We thank Rod for his friendship and for his 23 years of loyal service to Canada. Please know that as members of your extended military family, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 'Friends Forever' Ray Lebeau

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