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James T. Roderick


Former Homer resident James T. Roderick, 51, of Eagle River, died of natural causes Aug. 10 at Providence Hospital, Anchorage, surrounded by family and friends. A memorial celebration of his life is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center.

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. He first came to Alaska with his family when he was 17. He graduated from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose and attended college, majoring in political science. He eventually moved to Alaska, settling in Homer and then Eagle River.

Mr. Roderick worked in Alaska as a miner, trapper, commercial fisherman and political activist. In the last year of his father's life he cared for him in Homer, which is also when he first because more interested in military toxins and environmental issues. During the Exxon Valdez oil spill he coordinated the gathering of mussels to feed injured sea otters. He also helped found the Cook Inlet Vigil, which later became Cook Inlet Keeper. He was also one of the founders of No HAARP, an organization opposed to the misuse of technology. After his father's death and his own illness, Mr. Roderick moved to Eagle River and began working as a researAnd then there'cher with Earthpulse Press. He co-authored with Dr. Nick Begich numerous articles and the book, "Earth Rising -- The Revolution.

His family wrote, "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 believe 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. He knew 'trying' was what was required, not winning or losing 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 1,000 suns. He knew that this connection to the universe and the Creator would allow him the opportunity to serve a greater good, and he was committed to doing so, and he did."

Mr. Roderick was preceded 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; his nieces Sara, Rachel, Jessica, Martha and Elizabeth and his nephews Joseph, Jeffery, William, Marc, Mathew, David, Andrew, Lucas and Daniel; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.