Tony Rotherham, LJI J-C, as he was usually called, passed away at the BMP on June 22, 2023 at the age of 79, predeceased by Maureen, his wife of 50 years. He is survived by his daughter Kadeja, a Naturopathic doctor and his son Guillaume, a mechanical technical writer. His sister Viviane was a qualified Bush Pilot at the age of 19.
J-C was born into a military family. His father, a senior officer in the Canadian Army, was a member of the team that planned the D–Day Normandy Landings. J-C joined the Canadian Army Reserve at an early age and trained at Valcartier and Farnham. He graduated from McGill with a degree in Anthropology, taught in Algeria for 2 years after graduation and returned to Canada to work for the CPR where he was writer and editor of the CPR monthly newsletter. With a group of friends he established the Jazz et Cafe Club in Val Morin in the Laurentian’s.
J-C was a good photographer and operated his own “dark room” to develop and print photos. He had a keen interest in all aspects of science and Canadian and international politics. His interest in journalism continued with the ‘Informer’ – the monthly newspaper in Montreal West, where he served as writer, translator and editor. When he retired to the Townships living in West Bolton, Sutton Township and finally in Sutton he was active with the Tempo where he translated articles from English to French and French to English for several years.
He was a very interesting guy to have a beer with.