We had just married and joined the Karachi Adventist Hospital in
1962. Rodney entered our lives then and remained well entwined ever
since. As citizens of Sri Lanka we joined the mission in Pakistan by
invitation on an almost regular basis, and of all those there, Rodney
stood out as one who would not betray a friendship.
We met again, back in Sri Lanka, most often at his home, knowing we
could awaken him at late evening hours, whenever we spent an evening at
the beach and on our return to our physician post at the lakeside
Adventist Hospital in Kandy. We needed his dose of laughter and happy
sharing, and as all true friends would, could trust him to open his door
gladly, regardless of the hour.
Then we lived on the opposite coasts of the USA about the same time.
Back in Sri Lanka we welcomed his newly found Cherryl into our circle,
and didnít miss their wedding.
We discovered a well-partnered couple who also accepted our mostly
night intrusions into their home. And the memories were building for
We bid them farewell to Canada and later welcomed them back home,
again. Rodney was the one who neatly penned the letters that spread
laughter along with updates on family and life and the friendship never
As Providence afforded us, we lived in the Far East and found our way
to visit with him again in Moscow and then later in Beljing. Always
found him so upright and still cheering every soul that we walked and
moved fearlessly passed guards and went places unfettered.
On an official visit to Hong Kong to which we were invited, the host
remarked that he noticed how much we talked with each other and always
with such laughter and joy. Rodney and his Cherryl have always been so
contagious with their unity and the happy side of life, that their
daughter Niloufer and us, family members, have been infected without
If you can tell that we have been with Rodney we will be honoured!