Rodger Kotanko


A private family service will be held.The service will be live streamed at on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 2 pm for anyone that would like to view it. A public Celebration of Life will be held when Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Obituary of Rodger Wayne Kotanko

KOTANKO, Rodger Wayne of Simcoe passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at the age of 70. Cherished and loving husband of Jessie. Dearly loved father of Colton of Toronto, Conner of Brantford and Minying of London. Devoted son of Elinor of Port Dover. Much loved brother and brother-in-law of Jeffrey and Claire of Port Dover, Suzanne and Darryl Kantor of St. Thomas, Marilyn and Gregg Carrie of St. Thomas, Charlene and Tony Gorham of Saskatchewan and David Kantor of St. Thomas. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and dear friends Violy and John. Predeceased by his father Reuben, brother Michael and sister Vickie Kantor. Rodger was a lifelong resident of Norfolk County, he was born and raised here. He loved to hunt and fish and in his younger years he enjoyed skydiving. Rodger was a gunsmith by trade for over 30 years. He was a very highly respected man for his expertise and experience as a gunsmith. He was known around the world and was considered one of Canada's best gunsmith. His family are heartbroken about the terrible loss of Rodger. They will hold dear the cherished memories they have of him. Cremation has taken place and a private family Memorial Service to honour Rodger's life will be held. The service will be live streamed at Go to the following link to join us for the service at 2 pm on Friday, November 12, 2021. At a later date a public Celebration of Life will be held, details to be announced. For those wishing donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Thompson Waters Funeral Home, Port Dover 519-583-1530. Online condolences and or donations can be made at

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