Sad News - Rod Ireland Passing

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Rod Ireland.

Rod was an active member of the Green Pool this year and was out to play with us this past Wednesday night for Eric's Team #44 Hawks. Rod played only one shift and was not feeling great so he decided to sit it out and play it safe. He stayed in hockey gear and watched a good part of the game from just outside the players bench. After the game he went home and mentioned to his wife that he was not feeling well... felt like he was getting the flu. Unfortunately later that evening he suffered a heart attack and although a blockage was found complications from oxygen loss lead to his passing.

I spoke with Rod as I was leaving the dressing room having just played in the previous game. He shared with me how he was feeling and said that he had just had an appointment with his cardiologist recently and was given a clean bill of health. A MESSAGE TO ALL... SIGNS OF STROKE OR HEART ATTACK ARE NOT TO BE IGNORED.

In hindsight I should have been insistent in having Rod go straight to Emergency Room or called paramedics prior to having Rod leave the rink. I bought in to his message that he would be OK and insisted that it was probably just the flu. 

Rod was a long-time member of both the BOHC as well as the BOSL. He made a contribution as a Captain, volunteered at our annual Invitational Tournament and was one of those that embraced what our Club was all about. He also made his mark in our Community as a soccer coach. He will be sadly missed.

Captains -Please pass this message along to all of your team members and Greg Gillies please share with your Black Division brethren.

Bob Riddell
Green Convenor

IRELAND, Rodney Arthur

March 29, 1962 – February 10, 2017

With heavy hearts and surrounded by family at the age of 54.  Survived by his loving wife, Joanne (nee McMaster).  Cherished father to Sarah and Shannon.  Rod leaves behind his parents Arthur and Corleen, siblings Tim (Terri), Marcia (Terry) Joiner and Patricia (Deb).  Loving brother-in-law to Chad, Amber, and Tom and son-in-law to Gail.  Rod will be dearly missed by his buddy Cash, extended family and friends.  He was a Bronte Fisherman, a dedicated coach of hockey and soccer, passionate hockey player, and a member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club.  Family wish to thank the CCU at the Hamilton General Hospital for their tremendous support and effort.  Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.  A Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 1 p.m. friends are welcome to gather from 12 noon until the time of service.  Cremation has taken place.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Hamilton General Hospital-Cardiac Care Unit would be greatly appreciated.