Munroe Frederic Compton Green February 4, 1948 - October 5, 2023.
Munroe (Roedy) passed away peacefully in the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on October 5, 2023, after declining health on many fronts. He was the eldest son of George Frederic Green and Barbara Jessie (Miller) Green. He leaves behind his beloved companion, Geneva Hagen, and four siblings, Charlotte (Jerry) Coombs, Daphne Green (Chuck), Cynthia Green and Roger (Lynn) Green, and a loving extended family. Roedy's extraordinary life was devoted to making the world a better place in many ways.
He was a very prominent computer programmer, possibly the youngest in Canada at age 15, when he designed a timetabling program for the West Vancouver School Board. He received a lifetime achievement award from Byte (BIX) magazine for developing his own computer language, Abundance, and a Java glossary, both of which people were free to use as they saw fit, for non-military use only. He founded a company called Canadian Mind Products (www.Mindprod.com). His projects over the years included assisting Dr. John Lilly in a dolphin communication study and Dr. Finn at UBC on equations to track the flow of pollutants in rivers and soils.
In 1971, he wrote a popular handbook called "A Guide for the Naive Homosexual." Many gay youths of that era remember that booklet as the first information they could find on how to meet others like themselves. Along with the death threats, he received many invitations to do radio interviews and presentations before schools, church groups and social clubs. Before long, Roedy had become became the most prominent gay activist in Western Canada.
Throughout life, he donated generously to environmental and social justice charities. In 1986 he sold his house and donated the proceeds to The Hunger Project. He had two pre-fab houses built in Afghanistan and also bought survival kits for newborns, village water pumps, livestock, and vaccines for those in need, as well as supporting numerous foster children around the world.
His spiritual mentor was Ken Keyes, author of "Handbook to Higher Consciousness." Roedy became a trainer for Keyes' Living Love techniques and practiced them faithfully until the day he died.
He will always be lovingly remembered for his playfulness, generosity, and genius. His main regret was to be leaving our planet in a state of crisis, never to know how it all turned out.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation to Plan Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, Dying with Dignity Canada or another cause you associate with Roedy would be appreciated. People using U.S. currency can donate to The Singing Tree Institute or The Pachamama Alliance.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Charlotte’s home in Steveston on Wednesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. Please email email@example.com to RSVP and for the address.
"And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him!"
Superman, by Crash Test Dummies