Short, Roger John

September 17, 1939 - April 26, 2024

To die proudly, when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own, free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness consummated in the midst of children and witnesses, so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.

Roger Short died peacefully, at home in Clarksburg, with his family beside him on Friday, April 26th, 2024.

He will be missed by his wife Sue, his beloved children Tim (Ann) and Helen (Ken) and his four exceptional grandsons, Ben, Nicholas, Matthew and Alexander of whom he was so proud. Born in Birmingham but at only days old, he and his Mum were evacuated to a small village in Wales to escape the constant bombing threat. (His father stayed through the blitz). Mother and son lived there for the next 5 years and Wales remained in Roger’s heart and soul for the rest of his life.

Roger and Sue grew up in the same village in Somerset, UK and married in 1962 whilst Roger was a postgraduate student at Oxford.  His career began in industry where some aspects had a bearing in the Forestry and Pulp and Paper industries. Roger was recruited and brought the family to Vancouver, BC in January 1965.  That move resulted in crossing Canada frequently, living in Prince Rupert, Vancouver Island, Montreal and New Brunswick and time spent in Brussels, Belgium and France before returning to Canada.

Much of Roger’s working life was spent overseas or in other provinces of Canada as his mission was to ‘save’ companies in a spectrum of industries which were in trouble. He was proud to be able to say that he did not ‘bury’ any of them.

In 1981 we took possession of a tree farm in the Beaver Valley which we owned and loved for over 37 years before moving to Clarksburg.  Roger was one of the founders of the Bruce Grey Woodlands Association and, on his own property, pruned most of the trees over time. He learned from, and was associated with, Herman McConnell who owned the property next door.

Roger was passionate about the environment, and along with a close friend, they turned their hands to wind farming and together they embraced solar energy and efficiency too.

He loved to bike, hike, XCountry ski – participated in the first Ottawa ski marathon in 1967 and continued doing so from time to time for years – and snowshoe and swim – braving the cold waters of Georgian Bay from March to early November.

He was proud of his involvement with the Rotman School of Management (where he obtained his MBA in 1979) and also the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Roger made a difference in so many ways, and this is his legacy.

A private celebration of Roger’s life will be held at a later date.

As your expression of sympathy, and lieu of flowers, donations to scholarships for young surgeon scientist at the University of Toronto are much appreciated. Donate online via http://uoft.me/roger-short or at 416-978-0811, or through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Edith Chin
    Saturday, April 27, 2024

    Roger – a true gentleman!
    My thoughts are with Sue, Tim and family.

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    1. Tim Short
      Monday, April 29, 2024

      You are true friend, Edith. And as a scientifically minded person yourself, you’re able to appreciate many of the foundations of my dad who approached life from a scientific perspective.

      Tim.

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  2. Charles Shortt
    Saturday, April 27, 2024

    I first met the Short family when I returned home to my old stomping grounds in 1998. They were the part time neighbours across the road. Through the years they became family. I am sad to see Roger go but i will always remember him as a strong willed man with a gentle heart.
    My thought are with Sue and the family at this difficult time.
    Chuck

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    1. Tim Short
      Monday, April 29, 2024

      Thank you very much, Charles. Helen and I have truly appreciated your friendship with our family for so many years. You have really helped mum and dad in ways you can’t imagine.

      Tim.

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  3. Judy Archdekin-Smith
    Saturday, April 27, 2024

    Dear Sue and family,

    Sending deepest, sincere sympathy to you and your family over the loss of lovely Roger.

    Although grateful for the peacefulness of his passing after enjoying the company of the loves of his life, wonderful food and wine, when we read of his passing, we felt the loss. He truly was an exceptional, kind and friendly man! Your memories of Roger and your life together will be rich and full.

    We’d like to know the date of his Celebration of Life, and if possible, attend.

    Take good care, Sue. You are in our thoughts….

    Massive, comforting hugs, Judy & Terry

    Dignified and Humane = Exceptional:
    “To die proudly, when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own, free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness consummated in the midst of children and witnesses, so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there”

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  4. Natalie Henrie
    Saturday, April 27, 2024

    Helen and Family, I am profoundly sad to read this announcement today. Sending you all love, hugs and support at this most difficult time. Love Natalie Henrie

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  5. Denise Hall
    Saturday, April 27, 2024

    Dear Sue,
    You and your family are in our thoughts, Roger was truly an amazing man…difficult times? Yes, but know that with your family’s support and your friends, we hope it will bring you a bit of comfort…
    Hugs and Love, Dear Friend. Xo. Denise and Daryl

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  6. Angela Bischoff
    Sunday, April 28, 2024

    Roger was a great environmentalist, contributing much to the advancement of renewable energy development in Ontario. I always enjoyed his phone calls — he was always positive, jolly and supportive. We will miss his good spirits. Our condolences to family and friends.
    – Ontario Clean Air Alliance

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  7. Doug & Judy Galloway
    Sunday, April 28, 2024

    A big loss to all

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  8. Rebecca Barrett
    Sunday, April 28, 2024

    Dear Helen and Family, I am so sorry to read your family’s loving announcement about the loss of your dear dad.

    What a full and interesting history, and what great engagement with life your dad had, bringing such meaningful experiences and memories.

    Thinking of you with comforting thoughts and with love to you, your mum and your whole family at this difficult time, Rebecca

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  9. Wendy Macdonald
    Sunday, April 28, 2024

    Dear Sue
    Ray and I are so very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a good and kind man and will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts.

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  10. Tom Carbert
    Sunday, April 28, 2024

    Condolences to the Short Family

    I only met Roger a few years ago. I sold him his “Kubota Family”. Roger purchased many pieces of equipment from me and we had become great business friends. I only seen him a few times after he left the farm but always greeted me with that big smile and hand shake. He will be missed. Tom Carbert

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  11. Lou Fowler
    Monday, April 29, 2024

    Dear Sue and family, Ward and I are so sorry to hear that Roger has left us
    He did it his way and as he said”he lived proudly and died proudly “
    Our thoughts are with you Sue and your amazing family which will help you through these difficult times
    Hugs to you all, Lou and Ward Fowler

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  12. James Wong
    Monday, April 29, 2024

    Dear Sue,
    Please accept our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Roger was our prize patient. A kind and generous gentleman.
    Sincerely
    Nancy and James Wong

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  13. Helen K Lightbody
    Monday, April 29, 2024

    Dear Sue, Tim, Annie, Helen and the boys

    Roger has left on his own terms, a brave man and a brave family – he will be missed. The many hours we all spent together in the valley over the years, our dinner club, where conversation was always cheerful the wine flowed and the food excellent, golf with the “boys” was always something Willi looked forward to – and the conversations both Willi and Roger had over solar were fascinating. Roger always the punctual man, he certainly enjoyed a full life with a very loving family. I look forward to our continued friendship Sue.
    With love Helen

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  14. Anthony Picilaidis
    Monday, April 29, 2024

    My sincerest condolences to the Short Family (Sue, Tim, Helen, spouses, grandkids). Roger had my utmost respect and he was an amazing man to converse with. His intelligence, business savvy and love of his grandkids was easy to spot and admire.

    The world lost a great mind and most of all, a great person!!

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  15. Peter Willis
    Saturday, May 4, 2024

    Dear Sue and Family

    Eve and I were shocked to learn of Roger’s death. Rog was such a vibrant person,,,one of those people you regard as “ bullet proof”. We are devastated by your loss. Please accept our sincere and loving condolences.

    We always enjoyed being with him, and you Sue….both in business and pleasure. Our travels in Canada and France were so memorable.

    Love
    Eve and Peter , Jodie and Simon
    Xxoo

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  16. Julia Scott
    Thursday, May 9, 2024

    Dear Sue and family. I didn’t know Roger well but as a new neighbour on Russell Street was looking forward to getting to know him. With compassion and hugs

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  17. David Jarvis
    Tuesday, May 21, 2024

    Dear Sue,

    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. He was so kind, helpful and guiding for me when I first met him many years ago in our Burgundy society. I will continue to miss his companionship as I have since the day he left the Burgundy group. However, I have been left with so many wonderful memories and experiences together in Toronto and France.

    Thank you for being a part of our life.

    Fay and David Jarvis

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  18. David Grieco
    Thursday, May 30, 2024

    Dear Sue,

    My heartfelt condolences. Roger is a man I will never forget. I still wear the Lecourt Renewables baseball cap he gave me during my special visit to the tree farm years ago when we discussed your philanthropy. He toured me with such love and pride. Your hospitality, generosity and his storytelling will always be pleasant memories for me.

    “I said to the almond tree, ‘Sister, speak to me of God.’ And the almond tree blossomed.” Thank you for this. My thoughts and prayers to you and family.

    Sincerely,
    David

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