Mr Rogers, 6th dan, had an adventurous spirit, moving to Japan at the age of 19 to improve his judo skills. He arrived in 1960 with a plan to stay for 6 months but did not return to Canada until 1965, having already won an incredible silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Mr Rogers went on to become a world medalist and Continental champion before retiring from competitive judo to embark on a lifelong career as a pilot. He never lost touch with judo and in in 1996 was inducted into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame.
The International Judo Federation offer sincere condolences to Mr Rogers’ wife and 4 children and to Judo Canada. Doug Rogers was a giant of a man, in every sense and will be missed.