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Rodney Frederic Harris-Lowe

August 3, 1935February 10, 2020

Rodney Frederic Brandon Harris-Lowe

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Rodney Harris-Lowe on February 10, 2020, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Priscilla (Percy) Harris-Lowe (nee Poyner), son of Aileen and brother to Elizabeth (Sandy). Loving father to Paul (Maureen), Kevin (Joy), Keith (Simone) and David (Jan). Loving grandfather to 11 wonderful grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

Rod was born and raised in Toronto and attended secondary school at Danforth Technical Institute. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1958 during which time he and Percy met. He obtained his degree in Engineering Physics at Queen’s University in 1959. In 1965 he returned to the Physics Department at RMC after completing tours in the Royal Canadian Navy and earning a Ph. D. at Ohio State University. After his retirement from RMC he continued work as a Professor Emeritus and also assisted with the Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association.

Rod took great pride in his family and loved guiding and seeing his children and grandchildren grow and succeed. He and Percy loved having family and friends to their house on a lake after retirement and later to their apartment in Kingston. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend with a curiosity for life and wonderful sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

There will be a visitation on Friday, February 14 at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m., also at Robert Reid Funeral Home. A reception at RMC's Senior Staff Mess will follow the funeral service from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada may be made in lieu of flowers for those who wish to do so.



  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


  • Reception to follow service


Rodney Frederic Harris-Lowe

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Dave and Paula McCormick

February 14, 2020

Rod was a colleague and friend from NDC Course XXIX. Intelligent, industrious, warm hearted and wise. Canada has lost one of it’s finer citizens. Our condolences to Percy and family in their loss. May he Rest In Peace. Dave and Paula.

Kirsty Salmon

February 14, 2020

Percy, Paul, Kevin, Keith and David,

Sending you all the biggest hugs and condolences from the UK. Your dad was an amazing man, one of my dad’s best friends, and a rock. My memory to share is when I got married in 2001. My dad (Bob) had passed away in 1998. When it came time for the father-daughter dance I was thinking what do I do? Apparently your dad had it all thought out and swept me out to the dance floor. We laughed and talked about my dad and he made me feel complete. Your dad was a special man.

Love Kirsty

Christine Marcovitch

February 13, 2020

Dear Percy and family, my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Rod. I remember him fondly on the occasions when I was privileged to attend gatherings at the reunions of the 39er and participated on some travels as a spouse during the year with the NDC as well as meetings in Kingston. His hearty laugh and special bond with my late husband Bill when they performed their dance together "tip toe through the tulip" to everyone's delight!
He was a special person and will be thoroughly missed. I wish you strength during this difficult time! Love, Christine Marcovitch

peter dunnett

February 13, 2020

A wonderful friend and inspiring colleague, Rod was the backbone of the Canadian Military College Faculty Association for over twenty years following its inception in the early nineties. It was my great privilege to spend many years working with him.