I have just this minute received this very sad news,
I'm not really sure what to say here, but this is Roddy's wife, April. We were enjoying the day today with family, when Roddy suddenly had a massive heart attack. His passing at 59 is very unexpected, as he has been a pinnacle of health this past year. He's never been in better shape, active or more stress-free. He was SOO SOO excited to start his new adventure at CSmart. I'm devastated to have lost him, but even more sad that he didn't have a chance to get to Almere. He was really looking forward to that and spent a great deal of time being very prepared for it. I know it was going to be a rewarding experience. Not a great way to end the year or begin the next one.
-- April McConnell
Sad news indeed and condolences to his wife April.
Many of us sailed with jovial Roddy.
Does the Seadogs Departed section still get updated ?
Think a few have missed the departure list.
What a great shame. I sailed with Roddy in Canberra and later, I believe, in Arcadia (III). A thoroughly nice guy who will be sadly missed.
I sailed with Roddy on SS Oriana, smashing bloke, taken before his time RIP Roddy
Please pass this on to April.
I am so, so sorry to hear about Roddy. We grew up together in the Broomhead flats and were good friends. I used to drive him home from the Clyde Uni of Nautical Tech in '77. He was a lovely man.
I met Roddy at a schools event when we were at different primary schools in Dunfermline. When we both went to Queen Anne High School, he was my first friend from a different primary school. He was born the day before me and at that time we shared an interest in science, which set us apart somewhat, and made us close friends. We played rugby together - me second row, he hooker - so we were close in that respect too. He also had a great sense of humour.
We went down different social paths in later school years and lost touch, which I regretted and tried from time to time to find him. Tonight in one of these attempts I discovered this sad news.
I would very much like to share reminiscences of him, and to hear of his family life and career after college. The last thing I'd been able to find out was that he had married and had a child, and I think, divorced.
It would be good to hear from anyone who knew him.
Sailed with Roddy when I was a cadet on Sun Princess. Respected him highly and had great fun being part of Engineer's ballet troupe, with him the bearded lead ballerina. Deepest condolences.