Eagle River resident James T. Roderick died of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage surrounded by family and friends. He was 51.
A memorial celebration will be held at Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.
Mr. Roderick was born July 20, 1951, in Waterville, Maine, to Wilfred J.A. Roderick and Lucille Laurette. He grew up in San Jose, Calif., traveling to Alaska with his family for the first time when he was 17.
He graduated in 1969 from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose and attended college, majoring in political science. He eventually moved to Alaska and settled in Homer and then Eagle River.
Mr. Roderick worked as a miner, trapper, commercial fisher and political activist. In the last years of his father's life, Mr. Roderick took care of him in Homer, which is when he became more interested in military toxins and environmental issues. He also worked on the Exxon Oil spill, by coordinating the gathering of mussels in order to feed the sea otters that could not eat other foods while being cared for after the spill.
He also was one of the original founders of the Cook Inlet Vigil, which later became Cook Inlet Keeper. He was one of the founders of No HAARP, an organization opposing the misuse of technology.
After his father's death and his own illness, Mr. Roderick moved to Eagle River and began working as a researcher with Earthpulse Press Incorporated. While with Earthpulse he co-authored, with Dr. Nick Begich, numerous articles and the book "Earth Rising -- The Revolution."
"James Roderick lived a simple life with little regard for physical things. His eye was toward making the world a better place, on a foundation of nothing physical in terms of economics. Jim believed that a single person, even with nothing in his pocket, could still reach out with what he had and do something truly great for someone else. He did not seek either recognition or reward. He only sought to do, to take action, that might further what he believed was right and true," his family said.
"He knew trying was what was required. Not winning or loosing by the world's standards, but always trying no matter what the obstacles. Jim knew that the spirit of a single soul contained more power than a thousand suns. He knew that his connection to the universe and the Creator would allow him the opportunity to serve a greater good, and he was committed to do so, and he did."
He was proceeded in death by his father, Wilfred J.A. Roderick, and his mother Lucille Coatney.
He is survived by his brothers, Paul Roderick of Anchor Point, John Roderick of Soldotna and Ronald Roderick of Ninilchik; nieces, Sara, Rachel, Jessica, Martha, Elizabeth; nephews, Joseph, Jeffery, William, Marc, Mathew, David, Andrew, Lucas and Daniel; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
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