The passing of Vernon Roy Rourke, a kind and compassionate man, occurred on April 24, 2021 in Saskatoon. He was born in Arborfield on April 18, 1935 and lived in Aylsham from 1936 to 1953. The family moved to Nipawin in 1953, when Vernon's father bought the local John Deere and Chrysler dealerships. Vernon worked there until he moved to Saskatoon.
Vernon married Eleanor Till in 1954. They moved to Saskatoon in 1956 for university studies. Following graduation, Vernon worked for the Saskatoon Public Schools for many years. During his career, he accepted a two-year term teaching in Ghana, Africa, an experience he treasured. He spent most of his time at City Park Collegiate teaching mathematics and agriculture; later he spoke appreciatively of how welcoming the local farmers were to his students. He concluded his teaching in Regina at Martin Collegiate.
Vernon and Eleanor returned to the Aylsham area to farm the family land. They moved to Nipawin in 2007, which was just a short drive to the farm. His love of farming and the surrounding community brought him great joy.
McPhee Lake and Prince Albert National Park were also special to Vernon. It was a rare time you'd find Vernon there without a coffee cup beside him and a smile on his face.
Vernon is survived by his wife Eleanor and three children; Vern (Lois Hansen), Sheila (Martin May) and Charles (Beverly Rempel) and grandchildren; Wallace (Kayla Gelowitz) and William Rourke, and Gillian (Graeme Duff), Duncan (Rianna Deprez) and Caroline May. He is also survived by his sisters; Pearl Shank, Isabel Buhr, Laura (Larry) Rose, Dorothy (Don) Wickford, Patricia (Gary) Bohme, brother-in-law Charles (Kay) Till, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John and brothers-in-law Bob Shank and Gerry Buhr.
Dr. M. Jutras, his family physician, provided Vernon years of outstanding healthcare and personal support. During Vernon's recent illness, he and his family were also thankful for the thoughtful care he received at the St. Paul's and Royal University hospitals.
In keeping with COVID-19 protocol, a family service will be held at the United Church in Nipawin, with interment to follow. Condolences may be sent to:
Box 2464 Nipawin, SK S0E 1EO