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Wednesday February 6, 2013

ROGER, Gene Elizabeth Fairchild (nee Machum) May 3, 1927 - February 3, 2013
Gene passed away peacefully at the Ottawa (Civic) Hospital after a full and rewarding life. Gene was born in Halifax to Ralph and Laura Machum, and grew up there and at their south shore property in Glen Margaret. She studied journalism, history and dramatics at Kings College and Dalhousie Universities, and loved acting in Shakespearean plays. While working for the Canadian Red Cross Transfusion Service, she met, and then in 1952 married, a young naval officer, Allan B. Roger who shortly after became a Canadian Foreign Service Officer. Allan and Gene, with their four sons in tow, served in eight posts abroad where she demonstrated that she was an inclusive, accomplished, practical, gracious, warm and welcoming diplomat's spouse, while nurturing her four sons and their many friends. After Allan died at 58 in 1987, Gene returned to Ottawa to resume residence at her home on Linden Terrace, where everyone was made welcome and invited to share her favourite red wine. Gene was predeceased by Allan (1987), her long-time companion John Edwards (2009) and her son John (2011). Gene loved and was loved by many, including: her sister, Sheila Lindsay; sister in law, Eileen Roger; her sons Don (Jane), John (Vicki), Scott (Barbara) and James (Liivi); numerous nephews and nieces; and was a loving Nana to Lilia, Charlie, Brittany, Michael, Lukas, Lauren, Christina, Jeffrey, Stephanie, Alexandra and Sean. Friends are invited to a celebration of Gene's life at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, starting at 1:00 pm on Friday February 8, 2013. The family will also receive friends there from 7 to 9:00 pm on Thursday evening. In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation to SickKids Hospital Foundation or the CHEO Foundation.

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