Rodney John Grainger ‘Rod’

2nd October 1945 ~ 12th March 2024

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Rodney John Grainger passed away peacefully at the North Devon District Hospital on Tuesday 12th March 2024 aged78.
Loved Husband to the late Christine, loving Dad to Mark, Daniel and Zoe, wonderful Grandad to Max and Effie and a loved Father-in- Law.

Funeral Service

North Devon Crematorium
Old Torrington Road
EX31 3NW

Date: Thursday 11th April 2024

Time: 11.00am

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5 comments on “Rodney John Grainger ‘Rod’

  1. Jayne Langley left a message

    What a great man!
    You will be deeply missed. :candle:

  2. Neil Johnson left a message

    My oldest friend! We played together as toddlers!

  3. John Shardelow left a message

    Rodney and the New Instow Players

    Rodney first came to join NIPs for its production of Robin Hood in 2012. He was dragooned into playing one of two trees (the other by David James) which spent the whole of Scene 2 talking to one another. Unfortunately there’s no pictures of the trees – only with them as Men at Arms with King Arthur (the late Michael Cane).

    Rodney let us know that this was a little less demanding than the parts he had played in the past, but nevertheless, he took it on with good grace and enthusiasm, carving himself a permanent niche in the company. This was his springboard to greater things, and he soon took on the mantle of the Villain in most of the following productions, parts which he exploited to the full.

    Rodney never ceased to amaze us by the speed with which he would learn his lines: two weeks tops and he’d be near word perfect, while the rest of us were stuttering ‘till Christmas. This inspiration for us all to learn our lines will be sadly missed, as will Rodney’s other considerable theatrical abilities. But most of all, we’ll miss him as our friend.

    R.I.P Rodney

  4. Chris & Bev Norburn left a message

    Rod has been a good friend for many years and will be greatly missed. Hopefully now reunited with Chris.

  5. Alf Lees left a message

    Rodney was a longstanding and very popular member of Bideford Bridge Rotary Club. He joined in 1996 and served as President in 2004/5. In 2020 he was made an Honoury Member.
    Always active in fundraising and social events he will be much missed by us all.
    RIP Rodney.
    Alf Lees
    Club President