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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

Roderick Dhu Atkinson

May 9, 1925September 4, 2019
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Memorial Service-Sunday September 15th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield

Please join us for a memorial of Rod Atkinson’s life, where we will connect and share stories and pictures over food and soft drinks. Dad enjoyed gatherings with family and friends most of all, so we ask only for your attendance rather than any flowers or memorial fund contributions. All are welcome.

Services

15 September

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151

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Roderick Dhu Atkinson

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John Mastbrook

September 15, 2019

My uncle Rod was my mentor and life long hero. I am as well as others is one who will honor his memory for as long as I may live. Thanking him for his love, guidance and leadership.

Julia Ragland

September 14, 2019

Papa Rod (as you were called by my children), You gave my mother a good life after my father died. You traveled to wonderful places and left her with great memories. We loved our visits to the cottage. Life may have started out hard for you but you made the best of it in your latter years...you will be missed.

Barbara Atkinson

September 8, 2019

At the end of the day, at best, we get to take two things with us; our memories and the content of our character.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of cultivating character by demonstrating, in living color, the timeless truth of story of The Fight of Two Wolves Within You:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is self-pity, lies, false pride, arrogance, greed, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, guilt, resentment, inferiority, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Thank you for demonstrating how the wolves gets fed, and inspiring me to speak kindly, give generously, encourage others, and be compassionate. Thank you for helping me appreciate the importance of making a daily commitment to be a decent human being, most of all, every day doing what I can to make my small corner of the world a better place.

Jessica Lynn

September 8, 2019

I didn’t really get to know you, but when I did spend time with you, you came across as non-judgmental of my views. I remember one time calling you to tell you I enrolled in college and at the time you were the only family member to give advise and praise for starting college. I never felt judged by you and being an female ENTP with no true support network, it I meant more to me than you would ever know. You, much like my own father, seemed to understand I will always have a need and desire to go on adventures and never be tied down. You both seemed to understand sometimes I just needed to hear a familiar voice on the phone while I was out chasing an idea. Neither of you ever denied me an ear.

You also like my own father had a rough childhood, made the best of the cards handed to you and put a huge importance on family. I hope much like with my own fathers passing that your work to bring the family together will pay off and bonds will be reforged.

Bruce Atkinson

September 8, 2019

Dad,
You had a very tough life and deserved a much better childhood than you had. You were but a child yourself when thrust into the role of being the “man of the house” for your siblings, working multiple jobs to keep your family out of the poor house. Then you became a father figure to your four nephews. Then, after fighting tenaciously for custody, you became a single parent of four troubled teenagers.
You did much better for us and others than ever was done for you as a child. That is a testament to your strength, character, integrity, and sheer refusal to quit.
Thank you for everything. We will miss you.

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