Andrew Rodgman – Obituary
Born October 30th, 1985, one day before his father’s birthday of October 31st in Ottawa, Ontario, from the get go Andrew was always doing his own thing. He was 26 years old. The son of Dr. Graeme and Dr. Susan Rodgman (Mowat) and brother of Dr. Christopher Rodgman of New Orleans, LA, he is survived by his immediate family as well as dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, his grandparents Mabel Rodgman and Malcolm Mowat, and a legion of friends who he had nurtured, supported, and lived alongside, through good times and bad. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Chuck Rodgman and grandmother Billie Mowat. Rarely did people meet Andrew and not come out of it with a lasting impression. His brief and active life saw early moves in the military lifestyle of his folks, followed by travelling the globe, and studying in both Canada and the United States. Graduating in 2003 from Fellows High School in Pembroke, Ontario, his most memorable days were spent at Hugoton High School, where he ran Cross Country under the loving care of Coach Rod. A bright writer and avid hockey fan, his colorful life was peppered with brief stints as a television actor, independent director, and producer. Appearing on MTV’s “The Assistant” as the Kansas Farm Boy, his presence was immediately felt and his behind the scenes commentary refreshingly ridiculous. He was at Woodstock ’99 when the riots broke out (we don’t THINK he was responsible) and also stood in awe in King Tut’s tomb, had seen Europe, and been on safari on the Serengeti. Even though his life was busy, he travelled frequently back to Canada to see his relatives in Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. His love of the KU Jayhawks basketball was unmatched, able to rattle off stats at the drop of a hat, and he had carried season tickets for the past three seasons, but this was nothing next to the Montreal Canadiens. Never missing a detail, he watched literally every game he could, and often travelled across the United States and Canada to make it to games. He frequently blogged about the team and was beginning to gather notice for this work. Working as the night auditor at a local hotel for the past two years, his diligence on the night shift and skill at training others was unmatched, proving time and again his skill as a problem solver. He always took great care of his animals, spending time on his special friends Rico, Meeeestor Xizor, and J.T. Future plans had included going to Law School and he was studying for the LSAT. Had things worked out differently, Andrew would have come to New Orleans to visit Chris for Thanksgiving, then gone to spend a two month break enjoying hockey games in Toronto with his father. Andrew was many things, but was never boring, and always willing to help out those in need, even if it meant giving all he had. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at First Christian Church in Hugoton, KS. A visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2011 at Brenneman Funeral Home in Liberal, KS. Donations can be made in his name to the Lawrence Humane Society.
Dear Sue, Graeme and family:
I am praying for you and your family in the loss of Andrew. May you be blessed and encouraged as you walk through this season in life, knowing God will never leave you or forsake you. You are missed from this area.
Love and blessings,
Suzie and Jack Woods
Hi Sue, Graeme and family: I am so sorry about your loss. We are thinking of you in this time of sorrow. My Mom Audrey and rest of our family send our condolence’s.
Sue, Graeme, & Chris
I think fondly of some of the escapades with both Andrew & Chris growing up. He definitely was very fun to be around. Love you all I will be praying for you as you try to deal with this hard time. Miriam
Dear Sue and Graeme,
We are so terribly sad to here this news. Please know that you are in our prayers. Miss you so… Sheryl and Chris
Dear Dr. Sue and Dr. Graeme, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. Your friends and former co-workers at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Kansas.
Andrew was a great friend, he always helped me out whenever I needed him. We spent alot of time together on the golf course, watching sports, and playing video games. I will miss him and he has been in my thoughts everyday since I found out about his passing. We had a lot of awesome times together and I will never forget him or the memories we shared. Sorry for your loss.
Dear Sue, Graeme, and Chris: it was so heartbreaking to hear the news about Andrew. In my mind he is still the youngster I knew from those early days in Hugoton. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Anything I can do just let me know. Leslie
Holding you up with love and prayers for your tragic loss.
We share in your grief.
Marilyn, Peter and Ian Hewitt
To the Rodgman family – our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Dr Rodgman. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this terrible time. No words that I can say will ever be able to make you feel better but I wanted you to know that I was thinking of you. take care of you. Frankie-Jane
Graem, Susan, Sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences go to you and your family.
Andrew was very small when I met him but I do remember him and his big smile. My thoughts are with you both. randy
Graeme – our deepest condolences. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this horrible time.
Dr Rodgman and family, I want to send my deepest condolences and prayers during this time as you celebrate Andrew’s full and adventurous life. Although I had never met him, from what I read he was a joy for both you and his family. May God Bless and comfort you during this most difficult time. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa
Graeme – My sincere condolences on the loss of you son. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Words can’t express how terribly sorry I am for your loss.
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time. Although I never met Andrew you spoke very highly of him and it brought a smile to your face.
Take care and keep in touch.
To Graeme and Family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Andrew. You will all be in our hearts and prayers and may you come to find the strength to deal with your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Chris & Brandy McKenna
Sue and Graeme
On behalf of the Blondon’s we wish to offer you our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on the most regretable passing of Andrew. Our heart and prayers go out to you and your family
Bill, Georgia, Alyssa, Thomas and William
Dear Dr. Sue:
I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine life without my son, born in the same year.
Gord in Kingston, Ontario
I want to be more like Andrew, he was certainly one to seize the day and although his life was all too short, he did live well.
Laura and I are so sorry for your loss.
Yesterday was your birthday and I was thinking of you. I still miss you. You were always such a great friend.