Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today on the passing of Colonel, The Honourable Robert G. Rogers on May 21, 2010:
"On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to extend condolences to the family of Robert G. Rogers, a war veteran and former British Columbia Lieutenant Governor.
"Rogers served our province with high distinction and a generous spirit. He was B.C.'s 24th Lieutenant Governor from 1983-1988, and is remembered for opening the doors to Government House, welcoming visitors from all parts of society and truly turning the official residence into 'the people's house'.
"He also served his country in World War II in Britain and Europe, and participated in the D-Day Invasion.
"He was a forest industry leader as chairman of the board and CEO of Crown Zellerbach Canada Limited and also the chairman of the Canada Harbour Place Corporation. Rogers was an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Order of St. John.
"Throughout his many-faceted career he was extremely generous with his time and skills, and helped a wide variety of organizations reflecting his great interest in youth, education, the forest industry and Pacific Basin trade.
"As we remember his kindness, his dedication to service and his loyalty to his country, I thank his family for sharing him with us."
The general public are invited to sign a condolence book which is available online athttp://www.protocol.gov.bc.ca/protocol/prgs/condolence/condolence.aspx
until May 31st.