RHODES, Harold Edward - Peacefully, after a 3 year battle with cancer, Harold Edward Rhodes passed away at the age of 77 years, at the Seven Regions Health Centre, Gladstone, MB on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Harold was born October 5, 1935 in Lundbreck, Alberta, to Harold and Ethel Rhodes. After leaving school, he went to work in the local coal mine for a few years, then made his way East to Langruth, MB with his good buddy Art Johnson, where he worked for local farmers. Here he met his lifelong companion Marjorie (nee Egilson). They were married October 24, 1959 and resided at Big Point near Lake Manitoba on Bar VI Ranch. Together they raised three children, Tracey, Shelley and Wesley. Harold and Marjorie farmed alongside Marjorie's father and brother. Harold was a co-owner and operator of the Langruth Trading Store. He drove school bus for Pine Creek Division and commercial fished on Lake Manitoba. Harold was also known as the community handyman doing odd jobs around town. Since he enjoyed working with wood and tinkering, he opened a store on the farm with Marj in 1988 with all their crafts and made custom carpentry items on request. Harold belonged to the Langruth Elks #359, serving as Exalted Ruler from '67-'68. He was a member of Langruth Legion Branch #162 and a 4-H leader in woodworking. Harold loved to play any instrument and played in a community band for many years. Later he enjoyed accompanying his nephews and niece with their musical talents. Harold was proud of his grandkids accomplishments and couldn't wait to hear what they had been up to. His great grandchildren's smiles brightened his day and he was always amazed at their high level of energy. In 1998 Harold and Marj retired and remained n the farm until February of 2009, when due to illness they moved to Gladstone residing at Centennial Apartments until 2 weeks before his passing. Harold was so thankful for the special surprise visit from his sister Wynne in 2010. Harold was predeceased by his parents Harold and Ethel Rhodes; sister Margaret; two children, Baby Harold and Baby April and parents in law Sveinn and Sigridur Egilson. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marjorie; daughter Tracey (Dennis); daughter Shelley (Darin) and son Wesley (Drenna). Harold had four grandchildren Corissa (Shawn), Andrew (Amanda), Brady and Steven; three great grandchildren Tristan, Logan and Cassidy. He is also survived by his sister Wynne Croft and brother in law David (JoAnn) Egilson and their children, whom Harold considered grandchildren Kristopher, Kelly, Alan and Jayme as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Thank you to Portage Cancer Care Unit, Central Plains Cancer Care, Gladstone Home Care Workers and Seven Regions Health Centre for all their support and compassion over the past three years, and to family and friends for the kind words and visits. Thank you to the residents and workers of Centennial for their friendship and for helping Harold and Marj adjust to their new home. Cremation has taken place and a Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Big Point Cemetery, east of Langruth. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Central Plains Cancer Care, 318 Saskatchewan Ave., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8 or to the Seven Region Palliative Care, Box 711 Gladstone MB R0J 0T0. Clarke's Funeral Home, Gladstone in care of arrangements. www.clarkesfuneralhome.com12164681
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