Regretfully, we announce the passing of Honoury Colonel Rod McDaniel.
On behalf of Honoury Colonel Lauchlan Currie, Honoury Lieutenant Colonel Brian Parker, Commanding Officer, LCol Ryan Palmer, and RSM, Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Fedoruk, and the Regimental Family of The Calgary Highlanders, We thank you for your service to Canada and to The Calgary Highlanders.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
There will be a Celebration of Rod’s Life at the Calgary Golf and Country Club from 1500 -1700 hrs, 18th March 2019.
Passing of Honoury Colonel Rod McDaniel
March 18, 1926 – High River, Alberta
March 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
After a full life well lived and filled with countless personal and professional accomplishments, we announce the passing of Roderick Rogers McDaniel on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, just 12 days short of his 93rd birthday.
After graduating from Oklahoma University in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Rod began his professional career as a Reservoir Engineer. Working at both Creole Petroleum Corp. and Imperial Oil until 1955; when he went out on his own and established McDaniel Consultants Ltd., which was the first reservoir engineering consulting firm in Canada at the time; he remained a vital part of the company he founded until his retirement in 1993. During his active working days, Rod had many diverse interests that bestowed upon him lifetime honorariums and accolades. In 1952 Rod began volunteering on various committees of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. In 1978 he was elected to the Board of Directors and in 1988, was appointed Honorary Life Director, a position he served until recently when called upon, he would fulfil his hosting duties at the Brand Room. As Calgary was very good to Rod, Rod in return gave back. In 1970 Rod was asked to serve as a Director of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which he did and was then elected President of the Chamber from 1972-1973, while at the same time serving as President of the Calgary Petroleum Club. In 1973 Rod found he still had one or two hours left in the day so he accepted the position of Chairman of the Board of Pacific Western Airlines Corp., and served in that role until 1991. Although there were many other projects that Rod enjoyed lending a hand to, he especially enjoyed his time as Honorary Col. of the Calgary Highlanders Regiment from 1994 -2000. Rod also loved to ‘play’ and had many dear friends that would happily ‘play’ with him and were always there at his side. From the golfing, hunting, and fishing trips with the ‘Rats’, to the end of the week get togethers with the ‘Freaks’, he enjoyed his very FULL LIFE.
Rod is survived by his daughter Leslie (Scott Hunt), granddaughters, Meagan (Brandon) Moore, and Shelby (Garrett) Watson; wife Trudith (nee Ethier); her daughter Chantelle, son Karlen (Jill) Ethier, and their children McKenzie, Prescott and Montana. Rod was predeceased by his first wife Marilyn McDaniel (nee Bouck), as well as their oldest daughter Nancy Taylor (nee McDaniel) in 2014.
At Rod’s request there will not be a service, but on the 18th of March, (which would have been his 93rd birthday) a Celebration of Rod’s Life will be held, at the Calgary Golf & Country Club. Please join us between 3:00 pm and 5:00 p.m. for an informal toast to a life well lived. In lieu of Flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, 801 11 Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 2C4, www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/calgary-highlanders-regimental-funds-foundation/. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Rod McDaniel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.