Mr. John  Rhoades

Mr. John Richard "Johnny" Rhoades

Monday, February 10th, 1964 - Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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Mr. John Richard Rhoades, age 55 years, passed away peacefully at Hogarth Riverview Manor on September 5, 2019 with family by his side.

John was born in 1964 in Fort William to John and Margaret Rhoades.  In 1987 John graduated from Lakehead University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He loved whitewater canoeing with his friends, playing pool, investing in the stock market and watching sports and news. John’s greatest passion was cartooning.  Cartooning provided him with a creative outlet and was often a platform for his social commentary.

At the age of 26 John was diagnosed with MS and bravely battled this disease. Independent and determined, John moved to Toronto shortly after his diagnosis and returned to Thunder Bay when he was no longer able to live on his own.

John is survived by his mother Margaret; aunt Pat Soldera; uncles Allan, Chester (Diane) and David (Nancy) Silvaggio; cousins Brian Soldera, Jerry Silvaggio, Steven Niznik, Scott Silvaggio, Karen Caren and their families.

He was predeceased by his father John, grandparents John and Theresa Rhoades, Ida and David Silvaggio and uncle Francis Soldera.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations made in memory of John to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for research would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to all of the staff of Hogarth Riverview Manor - 2N Lavender for their wonderful care and compassion. You were like a 2nd family to John. Thank you to Steve Robertson for his comforting prayers during this most difficult time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.
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    Hymers Cemetery


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Posted at 01:44pm
So sad to hear this news about John. My history with John and his family goes back awhile. We played hockey together in Neebing, went to St. Martins Elementary and Westgate; almost failed Gr 9 Math together; (he was way smarter than I'll ever be!); shot pool in his basement with Jim, Andy and Fogey listening to the latest albums by The Scorpions, Joan Jett, Aerosmith, April Wine and ACDC; went camping and fishing in the summer and enjoyed a few Molson Canadians along the way. Very good memories of John indeed-he will be missed. God Bless.

Lisa Oram

Posted at 12:09am

It was with great sadness that we learned of johns passing. We offer our deepest sympathy to Margaret and her family for their loss. I fondly recall the frequent visits between our families when we were kids. John always has a unique sense of humour that always made us laugh. John took the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest while he was able and lived more than most during his time. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
Glen and Lisa Oram

sandra and elving josephson

Posted at 05:51pm
Dear Margaret and Family
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Johnny. He put up such an incredible battle for the last several years! May he now rest in peace! Sincerely Sandra and Elving Josephson

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