Roger Minaker

Obituary of Roger Minaker

MINAKER, ROGER GORDON – Sarnia has lost one of its finest.  Corporal Roger Gordon Minaker died peacefully at Marshall Gowland Manor, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the age of 84.  Beloved husband of Velma.   Loving father of Jody Minaker & his wife Wendy. Dear step-father of Gerry Macartney and Rick Macartney & his wife Darlene. Cherished grandfather of Nathan & Mallory Barnhardt, Tiffany Felton (Jim), Sarah Ryan, Joey Minaker, Skyla & Kasha Minaker, Robert Macartney, Shannon Soaeres (Jack) and Jamie Macartney.  Great-grandfather of Harvest Ryan, Matthew Minaker, Mataoe & Joequim Soaeres and Aiden & Ash Felton. Also survived by his sisters Tracey & Adrienne and many nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents Elmer & Lorna Minaker, daughter Rodlynne Barnhardt, son Roger Minaker Jr., baby sister Agnes Minaker,  brother Ronald Minaker and his sister Maxine Minaker.  Roger served with distinction on the Sarnia Police Force, where he earned the rank of Corporal, and the trust and admiration of his fellow officers and the citizens he served before retiring in 1985.   Roger boxed and enjoyed a brief career as a professional wrestler.  Throughout his life, he was dedicated to fitness and earned awards as a power lifter even into his 70's. He loved the gym and spent many hours at Iron Works working-out, training other members and enjoying the comradery of countless friends. He especially enjoyed coaching and encouraging the Developmentally Disabled.  Roger loved boating, snowmobiling, traveling and spent many summers fishing on the shores of the Bay of Quinte. He was a relentless opponent in a game of "pepper", a great story-teller, and a man deeply devoted to his family and friends.  Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Roger’s life will be held for family and friends on August 17, 2017 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Pt. Edward. Arrangements entrusted to the  McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, (519-344-3131).  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1-940 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, ON N7S 5C4 or the Canadian Cancer Society - Lambton Unit, 556 N. Christina St., 2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com