Rodger Bishop

Rodger Stewart Bishop

Thursday, February 12th, 1920 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Rodger Bishop passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2020, surrounded by his family. He joins his beloved wife of 69 years, Jean (Sweet) Bishop, who died in 2013, and leaves two daughters, Ruth Bishop (Murray MacAdam) and Anne Bishop (Janet Morrell), his granddaughter, Rosemary MacAdam, nieces and nephew Jennifer Sweet, Joan Beck Brochman, Warren Beck, Barbara Beck Terrill and Cat Beck Tucker, and sister-in-law Dianna Bishop.

Rodger was born in 1920, third child of the late Rev. Charles W. Bishop and M. Frances (Rodger) Bishop. He graduated with a degree in History from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1943 and volunteered with the RCAF, where he trained as an aircraft navigator. After the war, he taught physical education and history at Leamington District High School, Leamington ON, 1946-1950, and then became head of the History department at Oshawa High School, later O’Neil Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa ON, 1950-1977. After retirement, he continued to teach as a volunteer literacy tutor at the McLaughlin Public Library and organizer of a history film series at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre.

History was not only his teaching subject, but his lifelong passion. He read history constantly and remembered every detail. Summer camping trips were organized around visits to historical sites, often attracting a group of strangers to the family’s informative guided tour. After retirement, he and Jean were able to pursue their love of travel on longer trips in North America, the UK and Europe. They were particularly proud to have visited the Soviet Union when it first opened to tourism in 1984.

Childhood summers at the extended family’s cottages gave him a deep love of the outdoors and skill at canoeing, swimming, hiking and camping. He could identify dozens of birds by eye and ear. Another passion was his broad and eclectic taste in music.

Besides his parents, Rodger was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy L. Bishop brother, Charles F. Bishop and a wide circle of friends.

The family is deeply grateful for the skilled and loving care given to both of our parents. In particular we want to thank Dr Kevin Graham, Dr Peter Noble, Vendria and Peter Woods of Meridian Homecare Services, and all of the caregivers who have been part of our home and family for the past dozen years, especially Jayne, Trudy, Shelley, Joanne, Nadine, Ava, Gwen, Kerasia, Dory, Logan, Shannon and Barrington. Without you, Mom and Dad could not have completed their journeys with the wonderful quality of life they have enjoyed.

Cremation has taken place and, due to current circumstances, the family will organize a memorial gathering at a later date. Meanwhile, if you feel so moved, Rodger’s memory would be honoured by a donation to Canada’s History Society (, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (, TVOntario ( or a charity of your choice.
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    Alymer Cemetery
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    Alymer, Ontario
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Private Condolence

Liz Greer

Posted at 07:50pm
I will miss my dear friend. He has and always will have a special place in my heart. Love to each of you, Ruth, Murray, Rosemary, Anne and Jan. Liz and Rich

Tom McIntyre

Posted at 09:08pm
Dear Ann and Ruth:
My condolences to you and your families on the passing of your father. As student at O'Neill-" 64-69" he is part of my wonderful memories of that period.He not only was an excellent teacher but more importantly he was a role model for so many young students. The school and the community were better places because of Rodger Bishop.

Doug Yonson

Posted at 03:08pm
Hi Anne,

I read with sadness and great interest your dad’s obituary in the Globe today. I had no idea he had the other wide interest in the outdoors and in music. But then, when I only know him as a history teacher and your father, what do I know?

I had him for at least two of the four years of history (two years ahead of you), definitely for Grade 11, and he was certainly a charming and mannered teacher. I still remember the amusing way he gently slapped his own cheek when he made a mistake. I am sure I thought it was weird at the time, but it was a very humanizing trait.
I send you my best wishes and sincere condolences.

Doug Yonson

Adele Wilkinson

Posted at 04:28pm
Hello Anne,
Another O’Neill memory... When I think of your dad I remember a gentle giant who cared deeply about what he taught, but even more deeply about whom he taught. What a rich life he lived. I too remember you and your love of learning and sweetness. Wishing you kind and gentle moments as you continue your goodbye to your dad.
Adele Wilkinson

Andrea Conway

Posted at 06:14pm
Hello Anne,
I remember your dad from O’Neill and always thought of him as a real gentleman. I can still see you in my mind’s eye... a high school girl with a gentle spirit and a curious mind. I’m thinking of you as you grieve the loss of your dear dad. Sending you my heartfelt condolences and warmest wishes. Andrea Conway

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