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Edward J. P. Rodesky

October 2, 1921March 2, 2021

RODESKY, Edward J.P. Passed away at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Tuesday March 2nd, 2021 at 99 years of age. Edward served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII as air crew with No. 6 Canadian Bomber Group and completed 33 operations on enemy targets. He was employed for 40 years with General Motors prior to his retirement in 1982. He is predeceased by his wife, Betty Eleanor Mills and survived by his daughter, Susan, his nephews, Carlo (Norma) Giovanella, Ed (Wendy) Giovanella, and nieces Carol Broddy (Wyoming) and Lana Shelden (Florida). As per Edwards request, there will be no visitation or service. Private cremation and interment to follow. Arrangements entrusted to the Oshawa Funeral Home 847 King Street West Oshawa (905-721-1234).

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Carlo Giovanella

March 21, 2021

My Uncle Ed

Some of the most salient memories of my Uncle Ed hearken back to WWII, when I was 4-5 years of age, and Ed was a young serviceman with the RCAF. My Father was overseas, and my Mother and I were living with Gramma during the war years. Two or more Aunts and my cousin Helen were also in residence or passing through at various times. Uncle Ed would come to visit when he was on furlough. I absolutely adored and pestered him, non-stop! In defence, he responded by teasing me relentlessly. I recall three particular incidences of note.

Uncle would be primping up for a night out, ensuring that his wonderfully wavy hair was just right, and I would ask where he was going. His response was always “to see Herbie”. I knew most of the family friends, and Herbie was not one of them. I would ask “Herbie WHO?”. The answer being“Herbie Hind”.

On one (or more) occasion(s), as he was heading for the door with me in tow, he rolled me up in a carpet runner and made his escape. I was left screaming in terror until quickly rescued.

Dinner time was often crowded, depending on who was around. Gramma often served desert, with stewed prunes being a favourite in those days. Quite often during the dinner, a loud commotion would suddenly erupt, with mother and sisters severely reprimanding Uncle for something he had done - something I never seemed to be aware of. Later, as I was draining the last of my glass of milk, I would discover a prune pit at the bottom. It happened so often I came to expect it.

When the war ended, my Father returned and we moved away from Gramma’s. It was several years before I actually figured out how those prune pits got in my milk, and realized who ‘Herbie’ was.

When it came to hi-jinx, Uncle Ed was a creative master.

Kathy Masters

March 11, 2021

Dear Susan,
So very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You were always so good to him, kind and caring through the time I knew you at Whitby Fabrics’ classes.
May your memories of your Dad be a comfort to you during this time.
Thinking of you.
Kathy Masters

Jackie Burke

March 11, 2021

Goodbye my good friend it was a pleasure knowing you I’ll miss our little chats together you were a remarkable man and did so much in your life I hope we’re ever you are everything is under control your famous phrase I’ll never forget . my regards to Susan such a caring daughter with a lot of patience . May you Rest In Peace love jackie PSW saint Elizabeth.

Jim Vinson

March 11, 2021

I worked with Ed for several years in General Motors as did my father Gord Vinson and I found Ed to be a great employee and a better friend. He was always good for a laugh and any mischief anyone could think up. I never saw Ed have a bad day, everything was just great with him. After GM I used to run into him all over the place and occasionally I would try to keep up to him in his car which was next to impossible. Ed had kind of a lead foot. All in all Ed was just a great guy and hi also had a very active role in the air force during the war. He will certainly be missed by a lot of people and he was just one of those guys who leaves lasting memories.

Jim Vinson

Jennifer Robinson

March 9, 2021

Dear Susan....
My deepest sympathy with the loss of your father. I have so many fond memories, being your neighbour for so many years. I always looked forward to your dad sharing things from his garden, especially cucumbers. Something my dad never grew. He always said Ed was better at growing them. I can hear the echo of you dad saying over and over “you know John!”
Your dad always made time to talk to me and always shared a beautiful smile. He truly was a great neighbour....

Linda Hargreaves

March 3, 2021

As a child and neighbour of Mr. and Mrs. Rodesky, I would frequently visit them on their front porch. Once married and moved away I would see him always raking, cutting grass or trimming his willow trees. He kept his home and property in immaculate condition. My Dad and I snowmobiled with him when he was in his 80s. I will miss him and his stories. He was a good friend and neighbour to my father. Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed.

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