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JOHN (JACK) RODIE Obituary pic


Born: Sep 27, 1926

Date of Passing: Jun 30, 2020

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It is with great sadness the Rodie family announces the passing of our father John "Jack" Rodie on June 30, 2020.
Dad was born September 27, 1926 in East Braintree, Manitoba. Dad was predeceased by the love of his life, Helen "Betty" in 2010. Dad and Mom were married for 59 years.
He was also predeceased by his parents, Krist and Katrina Rodie and his brothers, George, Sam, Acardie and Allan. He is survived by his children, Diane Behr, Douglas (Janet) Rodie, Karen Hill (Jim Clark), Ken (Barb) Rodie, Tanis (Anthony) Magnifico and Michael (Orissa) Rodie; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad is also survived by his sister Irene Rossman.
He attended the one room school in East Braintree, which he often referred to as the University of East Braintree.
Dad started working in 1948 with the City of Winnipeg Greater Winnipeg Water District. He started out as a water boy for the steam engines and worked his way up to shop foreman retiring in 1988.
Dad was one of the founding members of CUPE local 500 and very well respected for his commitment to the union movement. He remains the longest serving CUPE President from 1965 to 1981. He also served for 10 years, 1975 to 1985 on the national executive board and as a senior representative on the Manitoba Executive Council of the Federation of Labour as secretary treasurer. Dad also served on many other boards, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association College of Pharmacists.
Dad was a long time resident of St. Vital and a proud member of the New Democratic Party. He was very active in the St. Vital Constituency Association. He was a great mentor to his children and his union family.
Dad was never too busy to stop and chat about the history of CUPE. After Dad's retirement in 1988 CUPE Manitoba established the Jack Rodie Award which is presented annually to a CUPE member who displays a long-term commitment to the union movement.
One of Dad's favourite pastimes was to tinker in his garage creating beautiful works of art, welding plant stands and tables which he donated or were auctioned off to raise money for charity.
The family would like to thank the WRHA home care workers, palliative care staff and caregivers, Hermie, Tess and Sunny and Ed. Without his caregivers Dad's final wish to pass away in his house with his beloved dog MIA would not have been possible. Dad always told us that he would only leave his house feet first out the back door, which he did.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Dad's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to the Rodie family. Jack's passing leaves CUPE National bereft of one of its most respected pioneers. A man of forthright principle and deep compassion, he was a leader in his home province and nationwide, culminating in his decade of energetic service on the Union's national executive board. May his memory be a blessing and an inspiration. In solidarity, Jeff Rose, CUPE National President (1983 - 1991). - Posted by: Jeff Rose (Fellow CUPE member) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • Dear Doug, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of your father whom I know you so admired, adored and deeply respected. It is always so difficult to say goodbye to a loved one but I am sure that given your dad's fullness of life here on earth, he will forever be cradled in the arms of the Lord. Cherish all of the memories of him both big and small and this will be our hope for you to carry you through this trying and difficult time. With our prayers and thoughts to you and all of your family. Louise and Ken - Posted by: Ken Sawchuk (Friend of Doug) on: Jul 14, 2020

  • Thank you Jack for your life of service for others. Our sincere condolences to Jack’s family, friends and many acquaintances. You will be remembered. - Posted by: John Jamieson (Fellow CUPE Local 500 Life Member ) on: Jul 13, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the Rodie family, especially to my friend Diane 🙏 - Posted by: Eric Chartrand (friend ) on: Jul 12, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Ken and his family, your dad was an amazing man and his memories will carry on forever. When he came into the Brodie Centre on his way to an appointment or meeting and saw us having coffee, he always made time for a quick chat and interesting conversation. He will be very fondly remembered. Rest In Peace Jack. - Posted by: Claudia Jackson (Friend of Ken and Barb Rodie) on: Jul 12, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rodie family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Tony Magnifico & Family ((Anthony's Father)) on: Jul 09, 2020

  • To all the Rodie family, and to Irene, our sincere sympathies on your Dad's / your brother's passing. Jack was such a vibrant, young-at-heart, fun-loving person and a witty conversationalist. One longtime neighbour said it best, "Not only was he a wonderful neighbour but an amazing man who accomplished so much from such a humble start". An inspiration to us all, Jack lived life to the fullest. He was so devoted to his family and his causes..he truly will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. - Posted by: Ken and Geri Porath (neighbours) on: Jul 09, 2020

  • I first met Jack in 1984 when I hired on with the GWWD. When the train season would slow I was moved into the shops for the winters where I worked directly under Jack. I always enjoyed Jack's humour and work ethic. He did not let us slack off (You boys have nothing to do?) though if you asked a question pertaining to the Collective Agreement he would go into great detail explaining the history behind a clause! A true craftsman who cared about the job but firstly the people whom he led. I remember a fellow telling me that when he became a Foreman he often asked himself "how would Jack handle this?". Testimony to the person Jack was. Condolences to the family and all who Jack touched. - Posted by: Ed Clarkson (Co-worker) on: Jul 05, 2020

  • John was a trusted lay member of The Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association/College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Council while I was Registrar. John became a friend and confidante of mine and the Association/College for several years following his term(s), and often would drop in on us while walking his dog. He was truly a wise and stately gentleman and I very much enjoyed his friendship and his counsel and leadership on our Council. My deepest sympathies to family and friends, as I know he will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Ron Guse (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2020

  • In behalf of CUPE local 2180 members and executives we would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family of Brother Jack Rodie. - Posted by: MAY QUINTO (co worker of Tanis) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Rodie family. I have fond memories of going to the Rodie household as a teenager, Jack was always teasing and joking with Tanis and I. He was always welcoming, fun loving and made me laugh. I always enjoyed visiting. Rest In Peace Jack🙏 - Posted by: Arlene and ken Gregory (Friend of the family) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • Dear Dianne, Karen and Tannis. Sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful person to know. He always made me smile. Once again my condolences to you and your family. Valerie, nostalgic family friend. - Posted by: Valerie kostelnick (Friend of the family) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • To my Dad, you were the greatest father any one could ask for. Dad looked after the family and always made sure we were ok. I learned a lot from my dad, he was very skilled in wood and iron works, my dad bought me my first car which was a mini Austin for 200 dollars, the car needed lots of work. My dad took it to work on weekends and we fixed up good, my dad could fix that Mini with his eyes closed. I would watch and try to help then I did some body work and paint brush it gold colour and it worked great. Thanks dad for all the great times and bad times, you were the perfect dad and me and Orissia will miss you some much. Be at rest now dad with passed family and mom. May God take care of you amen - Posted by: Michael Rodie (son) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Jack and his dog Bobbie (at the time) during many of his scooter rides by my home. That began our friendship of weekend brunches, watching football, visits on the deck and Jack co-piloting the golf cart at Lorette Golf Course. I am thankful to have had Jack as my friend and will cherish the enjoyable times we shared. My sincere sympathy to Jack's children. - Posted by: Carey Sebastian (Friend & neighbor) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • Since I was not a member of CUPE, I first ran into Jack when I started working for the Federation of Labour as the Executive Secretary in the early '80's. Jack was the treasurer and was still working at the Water District. Every week I would head to his workplace with a fistful of cheques for Jack to sign to pay our expenses and pay the staff. I learned so much history about the Manitoba Labour Movement from Jack during those little visits. He was also instrumental in getting me active in the NDP. I learned much from Jack, as did many of my generation of labour activists. His influence lives on today. At the end of the day, he had a life well lived with much love and respect around him. My condolences to Irene and the rest of the family and please know we are thinking about you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Susan Hart-Kulbaba (friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy to the Rodie family. Deloris Ankrom - Posted by: Deloris Ankrom (Friend of Doug Rodie) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • My thoughts and prayers to the Rodie family. Jack touched so many lives with his union background.....he was at every convention that I can remember and his presence, stories and advice were always the highlight for all of us members. Thank you for sharing your Dad/brother with his union family for all of these years. I will miss him dearly and his legacy will forever live on in our movement. - Posted by: Kelly Moist (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to all members of the Rodie family. Jack was a mentor to an entire generation of union activists. He was a principled and we'll respected leader, both locally and nationally. Jack was never too busy to offer a word of advice or encouragement. May he rest in peace. Paul Moist CUPE National President (2003 - 2015) - Posted by: Paul Moist (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020

  • We offer our sincere condolences to all Uncle Jack's family.Your Dad, who was also my godfather, will be remembered for his witty jokes & stories. He'd start off serious & then smile & you knew he was joking.Such was the case when he showed my sister Georgette & I how Ukrainian Babas sealed their perogies. It seemed like we both liked to read books by the same author & he'd say "got any new books to read " & would share the ones he had read.He was a wonderful, kind person who will be missed but his memories will live on in our hearts. - Posted by: Barb & Ron Toon (niece) on: Jul 04, 2020

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