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Monday March 28, 2011

JAMES ALEXANDER ROGER (RODY) WATT (B. COMM, MBA, FCMC, CHRP)
At home, with his family around him, Rody lost a valiant yet devastatingly short fight with cancer on Friday, March 25th, 2011. Born at Montreal, Quebec on January 17th, 1932, Rody was first son of the late James Stewart and the late Marjorie Helen Watt (nee Annett). Best friend, true partner-in-life, and husband of 54 years of Barbara Watt (nee Woods). Devoted father of Jaime Watt (Paul Ferguson) of Toronto, Ontario, Susan Stewart (Bill) of Delta, BC, and Patti Baker (Greg) of London, Ontario. Adored grandfather of Heather Watt (Matthew Sparks), Grant, Jessica and Megan Stewart and Emma and Mackenzie Baker. Only brother of Graham Watt (Jacinthe) of Sackville, NB and brother-in-law of the late George Woods (Elizabeth) of Toronto, Ontario and Jim (Gwen) Woods of Ottawa, Ontario. Retired Partner with Sobeco Ernst & Young, Rody's business experience spanned three international consulting organizations, a major Canadian bank and large industrial conglomerate. A life-long volunteer and community leader, among his many, many contributions, Rody was past chair of Cheshire Homes Foundation, past commodore of The Oakville Club, board member, instructor and passionate ambassador of Track 3 Ski Association. A natural athlete, Rody was equally at home on the hockey rink, ski hill, squash court and the lake sailing his treasured boat, Vitesse. Many gifts came in the last weeks of Rody's life. One of the most meaningful was the support he received from Oakville's Palliative Care Team which allowed him to remain comfortable and secure at home. His family will welcome friends at the Parish Hall of St Jude's Anglican Church, 160 William Street, (entrances off Thomas and King Streets) from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, April 1st, 2011. A private internment will take place on Saturday morning, April 2nd, 2011. At 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, a Service of Thanksgiving for Rody's life will take place at St Jude's, following which a reception will be held at The Oakville Club, Water Street, Oakville. All are welcome. Remembrances gratefully acknowledged by Rody's family; Casey House Foundation of Toronto and Wellspring Cancer Support Centre of Oakville among the favourites of the organizations for which he cared so much. Email condolences may be sent through www.koprivataylor.com

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