Roger Cowper- Celebration of Life- Sunday April 24, 2016


A Celebration of Life for Roger Cowper will be held on Sunday April 24th, 2016 at Ellerslie Rugby Park in Edmonton.

The doors will be open at 1 PM with the formal program starting at 2 PM. There will be a light lunch served after the program. The cash bar will be open until 5 PM.

There will be a short photo-video presentation during the formal program. If you would like to share some photos of Roger for the event, please forward to Eric Germain (e-mail: egermain@is2.ca ) by Friday April 15th, 2016.

There will be selected speakers at the formal program. If you have a heartfelt or humorous story about Roger, or a message for his family that you would like to share, please forward to Eric Germain. Some stories may be shared during the formal program.

Roger’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, any memorial donations be made to any club or organization that promotes the sport of rugby.

Roger Cowper was a rugby leader on and off the field since the 1960's in Edmonton. He played prop for Alberta against England in 1967, and was on several Druid RFC city and provincial championship teams and tours over the years. He also played for the Ajax Wanderers in Ontario and the Dartmouth Saracens in Nova Scotia when he was living in those areas from the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s. His last game was at Rugbyfest 2013, when he was bagpiped onto the field, playing prop for the Antediluvians RFC, achieving his goal of playing rugby in all seven decades of his life.

Roger was a key executive member for the Druids RFC and the Edmonton and Alberta Rugby Unions, and he is as an honorary life member in them all. He was instrumental in the development of Ellerslie Rugby Park, and the Strathcona Druids RFC facilities. He was a regular fixture at local rugby games. Roger was extremely knowledgeable about past and present local, provincial, Canadian and international rugby. He attended the 2015 Rugby World Cup last September in England and Wales, even though he was fighting cancer. Roger was a true gentleman and a great friend to many.

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