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EDWARD STANLEY RODZEN (ED)

Born: Nov 05, 1933

Date of Passing: May 25, 2022

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EDWARD STANLEY RODZEN
November 5, 1933 - May 25, 2022


ENTREPRENEUR AND LEGEND


Ed passed away suddenly on May 25, 2022.
He will be so greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Louise and many relatives in Canada, US and Europe.
Ed was born in the North End of Winnipeg during hard times, but he loved it. He always told Louise - "The North End is what I am".
After graduation from St. John High School, he went right to work because he felt school could not teach him what he wanted to learn and do it quickly enough.
He self-taught himself architectural and mechanical drawings. He did many of his own drawings for his own buildings and for others. Ed started his own construction and property management business in his 20s, offering both designed and built. The business became a huge success.
Some of his more well-known projects include Princess Auto, the Disraeli Bridge, Museum Building in Lower Fort Garry, synagogues, churches, Fort Garry Hotel reno's, Sokol Hall, the bear cages at the Assiniboine Zoo and numerous other buildings in Winnipeg.
Ed had a great talent of building and fixing things. He would even fix Louise's broken jewelry. You name it Ed did it, and if he couldn't, he would just figure it out. God gave him a great talent and he thanked him for it.
Ed was very dedicated to his work. He loved his work and never stayed away, but always had time for people, giving them advice and help. He worked right to the end, just as he wanted it to be. His intellect and curiosity were filled with great love for travel and seeing new places and buildings. He also loved eating out; so much so, that he designed, built and operated his own well-known restaurant with Louise called Samovar, which was a great success.
Ed, we will all miss you greatly.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 10:30 a.m, at Holy Ghost Church, 341 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg.


I DID IT MY WAY

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My speech/tribute as spoken at Ed's funeral; Good Afternoon For those of you that don’t know me my name is Dave Rodzen I am Ed’s nephew My father Stanley was Ed’s brother. I was born in Winnipeg and actually I was baptized right here at Holy Ghost. My wife Susan and our children live on a Cattle Ranch in Northern Saskatchewan. Enough about me, the reason we all came here today is to pay our final respects to Ed. We will always remember Ed as being busy doing something, planning, creating, solving problems or trying to figure out how he could out do the Bronfman family, not just in a monetary sense but in a charitable sense as well. Though Ed was programmed to always keep himself busy he always had the time to drop what he was doing and have a good chat for an hour to catch up on what was going on with the rest of the family Ed would listen to other peoples ideas and problems no matter how big or small they were and do so with a genuine interest in what someone had to say. Things like that can’t be done or You can’t do that. Those were not words you ever heard at any Rodzen’s kitchen table. Ed passionately upheld that mindset. Besides breakfast a good challenge was the fuel that kept him going every day. Given the power of all of us here offering our prayers for the repose of Ed’s soul. It would bring a smile to my face to know that Ed , my father and their two sisters Jennie and Linda the whole family are united once again. Sitting around a small kitchen table up above, eating a big pot of Gegi’s Kapusta, joking and arguing about whether Kub or City has the best rye bread and catching up on old times while their mother tells them to save room for a piece of her homemade cheesecake. The Rodzen family name has been in Winnipeg for close to a century and while Ed’s passing brings an end to the Winnipeg chapter, the family name is still alive and well Hopefully it won’t be too long before our sons bring some little Rodzen grandchildren into this world for us to spoil. The rest of the Rodzen family that were not able to make it here today extend their deepest sympathy’s and prayers for Ed and family. In closing I don’t need to relate to you a bunch of stories about Ed, the simple fact that so many of you, be it friends, family, business associates employees, parishioners, neighbors You all took the time to come pay your respects that tells the story itself. I am going to thank each and every one of you for coming here today and I am sure that Ed is doing the same. Though Ed is officially gone from the office he will not be forgotten. Thank you. - Posted by: Dave Rodzen (Nephew) on: Aug 23, 2022

  • I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Growing up across the backp lane from Rodzens, my parents became very good friends with them. My father and Ed both had the entrepreneurial spirit couple with the northern pride. From my family to yours, my condolences Louise, may he rest in peace. - Posted by: Michelle Kuchee (Neighbor) on: Aug 02, 2022

  • Ed design/built the Canadian-Ukrainian Institute Prosvita at Pritchard and Arlington. My father, Michael Banias got along well with Ed as he represented the client during construction, I met Ed on many occasions and found him extremely interesting and a very good person. I remember meeting him several years after the construction and remember saying that it looked like he lost weight. He had, but he wore the same size white shirt and suit as before. This, he said, told everybody about the amount of weight lost. He certainly had a good sense of humor. Good people who leave an impression in life are always missed. Hope he runs into dad and talk old times. - Posted by: Lubomyr Banias (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2022

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