RIP Reverend Rod Booth, ex-broadcaster


A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. August 9 at Crescent United Church, 2756 127 St. Surrey for Reverend Rodney Booth who died July 10 at age 80.

As Gord Lansdell wrote today in his “recent news” page at Northwest Broadcasters, Rod Booth became BC Regional Director of Broadcasting for the United Church of Canada in 1967. He took over church responsibility for the Sunday morning programs on CKWX Vancouver, and was the United Church liaison with BC media in general.

Along with his Anglican Church counterpart, the Rev. Art Hives and various Catholic Church colleagues, he formed Interchurch Broadcasting. Their weekly newsmagazine show Dateline was broadcast throughout BC and eventually across Canada for more than 10 years.

Rev. Booth moved to Toronto and worked with United Church Television and the Vision Network for many more years and won numerous awards for writing and production.  He retired and returned to the Vancouver area in 1999.


Following is the obituary as printed in the classified section of the Vancouver Sun and Province, July 14-15, 2014

Rodney Maynard Booth

Rodney Maynard Booth August 1, 1933 – July 10, 2014
– It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, minister, and friend.
Rod will be greatly missed by Maria, the love of his life; his children Kari (Steve), Shawn (Gwynne), Tina (Patrick), and James; his grandchildren Samantha, Rebecca, Russel, Kathryn, Jessie, Graeme, and Sullivan; and the many other family and friends whom he cherished.
He passed away on July 10, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Born in Arvida, PQ. earned his B.A. from Sir George Williams University & his M.Div. from McGill University; an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological College. Rod was ordained in 1957, & moved to British Columbia, where he served for 27 years first as a congregational minister and then as Director of Communications.
During that time he pioneered the church’s venture into television.
Rod then moved to Toronto as Media Director/Executive Producer of UCTV with the National Division of Communication, till retirement in 1999. During that time, he was always on the cutting edge of building relationships internationally & working on unique way for the church to evangelize while building on line community within the church.
– He won accolades from people he worked with, gratitude from those he mentored, & numerous internationals awards for his writing & documentaries. He highly valued the people & was grateful that his life touched so many of the world’s community leaders and he was able to give many a chance to be heard when no one else would.

.- Rod was Chairperson of the World Council of Churches’ Communicators’ Network, open-line radio, produced & hosted television programs like Spirit Connection on Vision TV. Was a National Editorialist for Canadian Broadcast News. He has worked for the WCC, he has provided resources and media/TV coverage from three Assemblies, and participated on in co-productions of documentaries with the BBC, NBC, and CBC earning him many awards over the years in the international film venues.

-Rod loved music. He could play: guitar, piano, French horn, trumpet, accordion, and was a gifted tenor. He moved back to Vancouver in 2002, Rod joined both the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Jubilate!, and later the EnChor choral group. His family loved to hear him sing.

– Rod was an adventurer and travelled the world, much of it with wife Maria. In his childhood spent many summers with his family on Lake Memphramagog, Quebec. Active till the end, only recently he worked with his son James on renewing the fence. Rod’s last outing was to daughter Kari’s cabin enjoying the lake. He leaves a huge void.

-A memorial service will be held at Crescent United Church, 2756 127 St, Surrey, BC on August 9th at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate a gift in memory of “Reverend Rodney Maynard Booth” to the BC Cancer Foundation


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