It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.
Terry was cherished by his wife of 51 years, Heather, and by his children, Brian (Nicole) Rogers, and Tammy (Jeremy) Kerr as well as his grandchildren Danielle (Steven) Laitinen, Kathryn and Amy Rogers; Sarah and Matthew Kerr. Terry’s treasured grandchildren were his pride and joy. Terry will be sadly missed by his brothers, Charles (Joyce) Rogers of Winnipeg, Mb and Richard (Carol) Rogers of Nanton, Alta as well as his sisters in law, Sharon (Gary) Sinclair and Maureen Henderson, both of Victoria, BC.
Terry was born into a military family and was the middle son of the late Harold and Rhoda Rogers of Stewiacke, NS. As an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads Military College, he met, then after Graduation married Heather. Terry’s 35-year military career took the family on many memorable journeys with postings from NS to Florida to Ontario, and saving the best for last — Beautiful BC. His integrity and remarkable abilities were not only a lesson to his family but were also recognized by the military. Career highlights included C.O. of VP407 Sqdn and his appointment as Commander of 19 Wing, Comox. After retirement, Terry joined 3E Training, a position he enjoyed immensely on account of his colleagues. Terry also served 2 terms on the Board of Community Living Victoria in honour of Maureen and her housemates.
Travel, golf, gardening, and walking became Terry’s retirement hobbies, however, his love and devotion to his children and his grandchildren surpassed all else. Family events always became a cause for Celebration and he never turned down an opportunity to attend a grandchild’s piano or dance recital or hockey game — he was an avid fan of all they do. His sense of humour, kindness and happiness serve as reminders for all of us to truly enjoy the time we share with one another. Terry inspired us to travel and took us on so many amazing trips. He taught us to work hard to accomplish our goals. And he taught us that Family always comes first. Terry left us much too early, but our cherished memories and the love we share are with us until we meet again.
“ I love you and don’t you forget it”.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Terry’s name can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation https://bccancerfoundation.com/ or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation https://www.heartandstroke.ca/. Condolences may be offered to the family below.
I was an Army guy and had limited contact with Terry. However the few times I met and had interactions with him I was so very impressed by his leadership style and his humanity. I have met many great RCAF folks but Terry I think was my favourite after many decades of service and/or post-service — and I wish I had known him longer. My sincere condolences to the family for your loss.
Glenn and Wendy Rolph
Dear Heather and family, we just wanted to express our great sadness for your loss. Terry was a wonderful, kind, considerate and friendly man. He was a dear neighbour that we got to know over the years and whenever we walked our dog (Joey) we frequently ran into Terry working in the yard and he always stopped what he was doing so we could chat and he could give our dear Joey a treat. Terry was one of those rare people who always, always, always had time for you and asked how we were doing. A very special man. The neighbourhood will not be the same without him but it certainly has been a better neighbourhood because of him. Dear Heather, please stay well and know how much Terry meant to our family. We will truly miss him.
Much love, Glenn and Wendy
I had the privilege to work for Terry at 19 Wing Comox. He was a truly professional Officer and leader He was in a class of his own. By far the best Officer I had the pleasure to work for. He would always talk to you , not down to you. Enjoyed our chats between periods at Victoria Royals hockey games.
Our sincere condolences
Heather and Family,
Mary and I would like to pass on our belated condolences to you on the passing of Terry. Terry and I were classmates at Royal Roads and RMC. He was a stalwart classmate and went on to have a great career in the RCAF. Since graduation, our military paths and civilian paths only crossed at our college reunions, if we were both at the same ones. You and your family have lost a good and kind man.
Garth and Mary Jonah
Heather and family, I share the pain that you all have gone through with the loss of Terry. My heart aches for the loss of my long time friend. The vivid memories of those early days at Royal Roads, the stand-down weekend partying, the tragic accident on Pender Island, your wedding in Victoria, and various visits over the years. Even though we didn’t see as much of each other after graduation, when we did meet, the value of our friendship always resurfaced. Much love from Paulette and me and may God be your guide through this time of sorrow.
Kathy and Denny Thomas
Kathy and Denny Thomas
To Heather, Brian, Tammy and all the family; our deepest sympathy on your loss. Terry truly was one of the good guys.
Terry was a very capable leader and mentor both in the military and later in civilian life; as those that served with him have attested. I believe that one of the main reasons for his success in life and the respect he earned was because he remembered that family and the person always needed to be considered, despite our military calling.
His sense of humor, especially when things were rough, got us through many a task.
Memories of Terry, of service together, sailing trips and visits over the years will stay with us and bring us smiles and happiness.
We will toast him well and miss him often.
Anne & Bernie Poole
I remember well Terry from 407 sqdn and 19 wing days. Anne & I wish to pass on our sincere condolences to Heather and Family. When we can gather again in Comox with our retired VP friends, we will hoist a drink to Terry in memory of the good times on the Demon squadron.
Anne & Bernie Poole
It was a sad day for Lori & I to learn of Terry’s passing. From high school in Camp Borden to discussing snowbird retirement plans and occasions in between I’ve got fond memories of Terry.He used his wisdom and success better than most of his peers. A good man gone too soon. Our thoughts & prayers go to Heather and family – Rick & Charlie. Moe
Brian and I send our deepest condolences to Heather, and Tammy and Brian and their families. Terry was a devoted family man and he especially loved sharing stories of his grandchildren.
We met Terry through work at Three E Training, and over the years he and Heather became good friends. In retirement, we were golf buddies and he will be sorely missed on the course.
Terry was always a gentleman and was very well respected no matter where he was or what he was doing. He was an intelligent, astute, and natural leader and by virtue of his own behaviour, he set the bar very high for everyone else. He made us all better for knowing him and he made the world a better place.
Rest in peace, Terry. We will miss you.
Leslie and Brian
My condolences to Charlie and Joyce. Memories of you two in Summerside are still clear in my mind. Losing a brother as you have has to be difficult and my thoughts go out to all the family especially Heather and the children. I never met Terry but in reading all the tributes I can see how much he was loved and appreciated. Charlie, as I recall you, I see the similarity to your brother and I share your grief. Take the views shared by his friends and family as how he lived his life. Rest in Peace Terry and my deepest condolences to you and Joyce, Ad Metam, Chuck O’Neill.
Peter Krayer von Krauss
My deepest condolences to Heather and family; Terry was without a doubt one of the “good guys”. Although we were not on the same Argus crew back in Greenwood, we saw each other often at the Officers’ Mess. Terry was simply an all round great person and a pleasure to be with. He had a profound positive influence on many people and will be sorely missed.
Heather, Tammy and Brian – Linda and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers. I know the hole that the loss of Terry creates in your lives and the lives of your extended families. Terry and I first met in “Room 206” nearly 56 years ago – seems like yesterday – and remained connected through our many adventures over the years. May God give you comfort with the many happy memories you have of this fine human being and excellent RCAF officer. Ad Astra.
Norma and Patrick
Terry was the best of neighbours and simply a very good man. It was a pleasure to see him enjoying his grandchildren, his gardening, his walks and his hammock. He was pleasant and friendly to all who passed by his yard on their walks.
A special bond developed between Terry and our miniature poodle Carmel and she would happily sit and watch him mow his lawn for eons. Their frequent greetings always brought smiles to our faces. He will be sadly missed and invite Heather to call on our support if needed.
Kathi Springer and Bill Valentine
Dear Heather and family,
We offer you comfort during these tender days and the knowledge that Terry made a difference to the lives of all he encountered. We came to know Terry as our neighbour for several years and considered ourselves very fortunate to have been the beneficiaries of his warm welcome, easy conversation and ready smile. We wish him peace, and we are grateful for having known his kindness.
I have many excellent memories of Terry; he certainly lived life enthusiastically. We enjoyed battling on the tennis court at CFB Esquimalt during many lunch hours. We also participated on the same team for the infamous Snow to Surf Race in Comox where our very mature team competed with much heart if not much success. Terry – you were a great guy to know and I am better person for having known you.
Heather, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Terry was a shining star at 3e Training and liked and admired by everyone. Truly a natural leader, mentor and friend. He will be missed very much.
Valarie & Robert
Gary and Judy Hare
Heather and Family
Judy and I are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. He was a true friend and colleague. Always filled with confidence and humour Terry instilled that confidence and well being to all who knew and worked with him. His passing is a loss to all of us.
Our memories of Terry have been and will always be warm and pleasant.
May happier memories help you through your sorrow.
With love Gary and Judy Hare
I too was saddened to hear of Terry’s passing. Terry was an excellent mentor and instructor for the young Navs who joined the community, and I always enjoyed meeting him as our careers allowed along the way. My condolences Heather as you and the family mourn the loss of this great man.
As a U.S. Navy exchange officer I had the pleasure of serving under Terry when he commanded 407 Squadron. I will always be grateful for his leadership and friendship. He had a tremendous influence on both my military career and personal life. Terry was the consummate leader who was respected by all who served with him. I feel extremely fortunate to have been one of them. Terry’s passing will be felt by all of us and may we never forget the memories of his remarkable accomplishments.
Hold on High Skipper!
It is with much sadness that I learned of Terry’s passing.He was a “Demon”(407 Sqn) colleague who was so well respected for his Maritime Air expertise and mentorship of so many young officers in the Argus/ Aurora community.Many condolences are extended to Heather and family. Per Ardua Ad Astra.
Barry and Mary Bowen
Heather and family-
It’s still hard to believe that Terry has passed away, and far too early. He was by any measure a true gentleman and a professional airman whose natural leadership skills set a high mark…he was a definite presence no matter the occasion or venue and always committed fully to every task throughout his distinguished military career. He was no slouch on the golf links either!! Now, having ‘slipped the surly bounds of earth’ he will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Thanks for the memories Terry and may you rest in eternal peace.
We extend our sincere condolences to Heather and family.
Barry and Mary Bowen
Pat and George HENDRY
Pat and I remember Terry and Heather from our the early days on squadron in Greenwood though our paths did cross on occasion throughout his career. Terry was the consummate professional aviator, with a wicked sense of humour and a forthright manner that appealed to one and all.
Our sympathies to Heather and family who lost a wonderful guy far too soon.
Pat and George Hendry
Sincere condolences to Heather and family on the untimely passing of Terry. Like you, we are all left with fond memories of our very happy association with him over many years. May he rest in peace.
Terry & Barb Chester
I first worked with Terry on 404 Sqdn as we converted folks to the new CP140, then we worked together in DMA in Ottawa later on. A consummate professional with a wicked sense of humour and infectious smile, you always knew where you stood with this man.’Cause he would tell you! His tours at 407 and 19 Wing set the standard for those of us that would follow his path. I always knew I had a friend in Victoria whenever I visited. Dearest Heather; Barbara and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you and your kids – he is gone far too soon, but never forgotten. He has passed the torch for us to…. Hold on High!
Susan and John
I have so many fond memories of Uncle Terry (many of them involving card games). His laughter was infectious, his advice wise, and the love for his family endless. Uncle Terry shared an unbreakable bond with my father and while he will be immensely missed by all of us, he will live forever in our memories. Our deepest condolences to Auntie Heather, Tammy, Brian and your families. Susan & John xoxoxo
Bruce, Elaine and Amanda Lewis
Elaine, Amanda and myself were quite saddened by Terry’s passing. We have fond memories of our time in Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood as Amanda would call it with Terry when she was eight. Terry’s friendship, mentoring, and leadership to myself and all members of 19 Wing as Wing Commander was truly outstanding. Our condolences to Heather and all members of his family.
Jim & Mary Ellen Ward
Our sincere condolences to Heather & family. Many fond memories from Squadron & NDHQ days. Ad Astra.
We are so very saddened at the loss of such a Wonderful Guy. He is.no longer in pain and he and Rhoda are having an exciting crib game!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Terry will be missed immensely!
David, Linda and Sean Rogers
Fondly remembering a stalwart who was such a good friend and mentor during our early career and family days. Heather, may memories of Terry be a blessing of strength for you, and Brian and Tammy’s families. Sincere condolences also to you Charlie, always a brother of strength.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Terry’s passing. He was a truly professional officer and a fine leader. His humour and common sense advice always made the difficult seem easy. He will be sadly missed. May he Rest In Peace.
Phil & Lee Pimlott
Heather and Family
Lee and I – and the entire Pimlott clan – were so sad to hear about Terry’s passing. All our memories of him involve family, fun and much laughter and we will sincerely miss our times together. We understand how difficult it is to lose someone so loving, but God provides us our memories to always keep them close and in our minds.
Please know we are thinking about you in this time and that we can be counted on if you need us at any point in the future.
Love you, Phil, Lee and Family
Thank you for your mentorship, support and fond memories through the years. Per Ardua Ad Astra.
Barry And Ethel Morris
To Heather, Brian, Tammy :
Please accept our sincere condolences for Terry’s passing. It has been many years since we last met but you are in our thoughts during these sad moments.
May you all find comfort in your happy memories of Terry.
Barry and Ethel Morris
Andy and Judy Steohaniuk
Our deepest condolences…RIP Terry
Sharon and I wish to pass along our sincerest condolences to Heather, Family, and the many Friends of Terry
I worked with and for Terry many times throughout our careers. Passing is just a stage of life. Life goes on. R.I.P Sir. Peter & Sharon Devana.
Heather, Prudy and I were so saddened to hear of Terry’s passing. It was far too soon. In addition to being a wonderful leader, Terry was an outstanding Staff Officer, and I fondly remember our days in DMA at NDHQ. May he rest in peace.
With heavy hearts, we accept what we cannot change.
Carol and I have Terry & his family in our thoughts and prayers now and always.
Wally and Eleanor Kirkwood
We were very saddened to hear of Terry’s passing. There are lots of fond memories of our Air Force years. Terry was a very professional officer and a fine leader Our sincere condolences to Heather and family
Terry was a giant of a man to me. He was a gentleman, friend and confidant.
My heartfelt feelings to Heather, Tammy, Brian and the rest of the family.
My wife and I last Saturday saw four vintage planes fly in formation over Victoria and then turn towards Oak Bay. In our minds it was Terry’s fly past.
Thoughts are with all of Terry’s relatives, Heather and family, Rick and Charlie and families. Kathryn Rogers and Laurie Peters
Heather and family,
Terry was always someone whose wise counsel and great insight I cherished as one of his young mentees. A thorough professional and a great mess mate, his humour and quick smile were frequently the element that brought some tough work to bear. I am so glad he continued his life long passion at hitting little white balls down verdant pastures.
To Charlie, dear friend I am so sad that your brother is once again a Pathfinder. Though I know his heart lies with the Demons, I’m sure they will forgive his loftier station.
Be well and at peace.
A leader, a mentor, a confidante – a friend. Rest in peace, Terry. Your legacy is well established as a senior RCAF officer, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a friend to many. Cheryl and I will remember the good times, of which there were many.
Kerry Ann, Dylon, and Josh Vasey
No words can accurately express our condolences. Uncle Terry was always so kind, gentle, calm and welcoming. He brought our family beautiful memories of acceptance, joy, humour, peace and love. I know Miles adored his Uncle Terry. As for my boys their Great Uncle Terry was always so engaged, entertaining, gentle and safe
for my boys….so joyful and loving to them always ❤️,
As for me, Terry alway made me feel appreciated and accepted for just being me every time I was privileged to be in his presence. I pray for you all to find comfort in each other and for Uncle Terry to be pain free. He holds a special place in the hearts of EVER person who ever had the honour of meeting him. That I know is true.
God bless to you all and know you are all in our prayers.
With Love, Kerry Ann, Dylon, and Josh xo
Joyce and I are very saddened for the loss of a great brother and good friend. We have so many pleasant memories of the time he spent with us and he left us far too soon. Rest In Peace.
Heather and family and Charlie.
We were shocked to learn about Terry’s passing. Terry was a role model for many of us as cadets and as we began our career on the Argus. Please accept our belated condolences, prayers, and the many great memories shared by all of us who served withTerry. Per Ardua ad Astra.