Badminton Canada mourns the loss of Rolf Paterson
October 25, 2017
Badminton Canada extends its sincere condelences to the Paterson family on learning of the passing of Rolf while in the comfort of his home and under the loving care of his family and professional caregivers. He passed away peacefully after a courageous 5 year battle with cancer.
Sports, whether as a player, administrator or spectator were an important part of Rolf's life which helped define his caring, competitive and co-operative nature. While he enjoyed many sports, including fishing, he and his brother Ed played badminton for 40+ years, excelling at an international level and reigning many years as Canadian junior singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles champions. The duo represented Canada at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Jamaica while Rolf also played in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. They were both members of 3 Canadian Thomas Cup teams competing against Japan, Mexico and the USA.
Remembered as a dynamic player, leader and fan of badminton over the decades; his volunteer leadership as the President of the Vancouver Racquets Club, Badminton BC and Badminton Canada was felt across the country by his very nature and steady presence of caring, competitiveness and cooperation. May his soul rest in peace.
Details of the Celebration of Rolf's Life can be viewed here