Rodney “Ripper” Stitt
Rodney Paul “Ripper” Stitt, a resident of Glen Stewart for the last nine years, passed away at home on Tues., March 3, 2009 following a brief battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 8, 1963.
Rodney was a lifetime resident of Cardinal until he met his loving companion, Bea Smith, in 1999 and moved to Glen Stewart to live.
Besides his companion Bea, he is survived by his son, Brendon of Cardinal, his stepson, Jim of Morrisburg, his parents Mary and Jim of Cardinal, along with his two brothers, Barry (Lynn) of Cardinal and Darren (Carolyn) of South Mountain. He is also survived by four nephews: Zach, Lucas, Colton, and Bradley, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He worked with his brother, Darren, building and remodelling homes for the past few years. He loved working with his hands. Rodney believed in working hard and then enjoying life.
He was a very caring man, especially to his friends and family. He loved being with family and friends. He threw many BBQs and parties. He always made everyone feel welcome and was the highlight of the party.
Rodney played a number of sports, including fishing, hockey, broomball, baseball, and golf. He was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and golf fan.
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Cardinal on Thurs., March 5. The service was held on Fri., March 6 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cardinal. The service was officiated by a dear friend of the family, Jim Grant. Trevor Gill, a long-time friend, delivered the eulogy. The pallbearers were Tim Markus, Trevor Gill, Randy Stitt, Stephen King, Denis and Paul Casselman, Jeff Allen, and Danny McLaughlin. The honourary pallbearers were Jim Smith, Doug Leizert, Zach, Lucas, Colton, and Bradley Stitt. Friends and family later gathered at the Cardinal branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
In memorial donations were made to the Children’s Wish Foundation.