ROTHERY, Kevin David

May 31, 1963 – August 1, 2023

After a courageous 22 month struggle with cancer, Kevin Rothery left us on August 1, 2023. In his last days Kevin was surrounded by his loving family and many friends, all of whom will miss him greatly.

Kevin was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 31, 1963 to David & Margaret Rothery (nee Brown). Kevin quickly showed his talent and love of performing when in 1978, at the age of 15, he joined the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, and was an active member of the YCs until 1983. During that time Kevin appeared regularly in the Grandstand Show, travelled with them to perform in Toronto and Las Vegas, as well as appearing in many of the Young Canadian’s Dinner Theatre productions.

Kevin attended John G. Diefenbaker High School, graduating in 1981. Driven by a strong love of the performing arts, he then went on to study Acting and Theatre at the University of Calgary’s Department of Drama in 1982. He was also a part of The Dubbin Show from 1986 to 1988, touring with them to Malaysia for 5 months in 1987.

After leaving the U of C, Kevin embarked on a long and illustrious career as a professional actor, working extensively in Calgary, as well as across the country, from British Columbia to the Maritimes. He has been seen on virtually every stage in Calgary, and was an audience favourite at many theatre companies here, including Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, ATP, Lunchbox Theatre, Stage West, and many more. Across Canada he appeared at The Gateway (Richmond), Theatre Northwest (Prince George), The Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), The Globe (Regina), Mirvish Productions (Toronto), Festival Antigonish (Antigonish) & TNB (Fredericton), to name a few.

Kevin also made a name for himself in the world of film and television, appearing in many Films, TV movies, and television series. His commitment to his craft and ability to create rich, compelling characters, both on stage and screen, earned him admiration and respect from his colleagues and audiences alike.

Through his extensive career Kevin amassed a large network of friends across the country, all of whom will miss his incredible talent, generosity, wit, sense of humour, sparkling personality, unbridled laughter, and mostly his incredibly warm and giving heart. The flood of tributes to him after his passing was extraordinary, and is a testament to the incredible impact he had on so many people’s lives.

Kevin always called Calgary home, staying here to be close to his loving family, close knit group of friends, and Calgary’s theatre community. His love of his hometown was evident, and no matter where he travelled, he was always happy to return to his home, his family, and his loving and loyal dog Watson. At home Kevin loved nothing more than watching home renovation shows on HGTV, reading his countless home magazines, exploring new restaurants with his friends, and a good glass of French Rosé.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents David Edward Rothery (March 20, 2018) and Margaret Isabelle Rothery (April 25, 2023). He is survived by his sister Kim Sirr, and brother Blaine Rothery, as well as many cousins, relatives, and his many, many friends.

Kevin spent his last month at the Agapé Hospice, where he received extraordinary care provided by the truly incredible staff and volunteers, as well as endless support and visits from his siblings and Village of Friends. His passing leaves a void in all of our lives, and he will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin’s family asks that donations be made in his name to a local theatre company of your choice, cancer research, or the Agapé Hospice.

A Celebration of Kevin’s life will be held in Calgary at a later date this fall.

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – 403-932-1039

  1. On August 21, 2023 at 9:39 am Brent Beerbaum Said:

    Kevin you were a truly beautiful person. From our days in high school to the many times we saw you perform at various venues to the casual encounters around town , you were always smiling, happy and you shared that joy and happiness with everyone around you.
    You will be missed by so many, Kevin you left your mark!
    Rest easy my friend. Sincere condolences to Mark, Kim and Blaine and to all the family and friends.

  2. On August 21, 2023 at 9:51 am Grant Tilly Said:

    I only got to work with Kevin once, but he was always so kind when we ran into one another, always asking how my father was doing. He was simply one of the kindest people I have ever met. My thoughts are with his family and his incredible and extensive group of friends.

  3. On August 21, 2023 at 11:47 am Elaine Lee Said:

    Kevin Rothery, you were my dear friend, stalker and always laughing at my bad jokes when I wasn’t even funny! I can’t believe you are physically gone but you will always play a huge role in all the lives you touched. Peace, strength and love to your family and friends. My heart goes out to you! Please save a spot for me in heaven. Take care, Everyone.

  4. On August 22, 2023 at 12:27 am Tania Sablatash Said:

    Kevin: you were a beautiful human. I was so lucky to get to work with you. You always had smiles, hugs, and support – for everyone. I loved your generosity of spirit, your kindness, your lovely sense of humour. You will be so missed! You were a treasure, and our community is less without you. I hope you are free from pain, and smiling, wherever you are. Much love and many condolences to everyone who loved and is missing Kevin. How lucky we were to have him in our lives.

  5. On August 23, 2023 at 3:21 pm Bonni Baynton Said:

    Kevin was such a talented, joyous, and kind human being. Condolences to his family and dearest friends.

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