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Theodore Rhodes, Sr.

October 3, 2023
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Theodore Rhodes, Sr. Obituary

Theodore Rhodes

Sunrise: October 22nd 1940 - Sunset: October 3rd 2023

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

                                                                                     Matthew 5:4



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Theodore Martin Rhodes Sr. also known as Teddy or Duke by his close family, a cherished father, brother, and grandfather. Theodore departed this world on October 3, 2023, at the age of 82, in his hometown of  30 years in Elmont, New York. 


Born on October 22, 1940, in the vibrant community of Harlem, New York, Theodore's life journey was marked by love for his family and a pillar of strength. Known by his children for his No Pain, No Gain attitude, dedication, and unwavering spirit. He will forever be remembered as a pillar of strength and a beacon of goodness.


Throughout his fruitful life, Theodore accomplished remarkable feats. He was a skilled electrician, employing his expertise in various projects, and the proud owner of Rhodes Electronics, a reputable security system company. His meticulous work and unwavering commitment earned him the esteemed position of Chief Engineer at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where he left an indelible mark on the property and the countless lives he touched. Teddy Sr. Retired from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in 1996 to take care of his wife Dana Rhodes.


A man of deep faith, Theodore found solace and fellowship at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. His devotion to his religion upheld his spirit and guided his path, inspiring all everyone he touched.


Beyond his professional pursuits he possessed a true zest for life. In his leisure time, he found joy in immersing himself in foreign films, savoring the captivating tales they told. His soul resonated with the enchanting melodies of jazz music, which soothed his heart, soul and transported him to another realm. Teddy Sr. also had a passion for computers, constantly expanding his knowledge and finding joy in the world of technology.


Theodore's legacy lives on through his beloved children: Vonetta Rhodes, Vonda Rhodes, Michelle Rowe, and Theodore Teddy Rhodes Jr. and grandchildren Empress, Justin, Jordan, Tristan, Amari, Oni, Mia and Issac. He also leaves behind his dear brother, Albert MacDowell. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Dana Rhodes, his loving father, Theodore B. Rhodes, his caring mother, Lillian MacDowell, and his adored sister, Joy MacDowell.Teddy Sr. also leaves behind aunts, uncles, and cousins.


As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, let us celebrate his life and the immeasurable impact he had on those blessed to have known him. Theodore's memory will forever be etched in our hearts and minds, reminding us to live with purpose, dedication, and a love for all the beautiful moments life offers.


A traditional funeral service, filled with love, remembrance, and gratitude, will be held in Theodore's honor. The details will be shared among family and friends.


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in Theodore's name to a charity of your choice. Your generosity will honor his memory while making a positive difference in the lives of others.


We extend our deepest condolences to all who mourn Theodore's passing of the much loved Theodore Rhodes Sr. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace, and may his memory bring inspiration, comfort and solace to those left behind.


"With the heavens as his witness, Theodore Rhodes now rests in eternal embrace, leaving behind a legacy that will forever inspire."

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Memorial Mass
November 4, 2023

11:00 AM
St Boniface Roman Catholic Church
631 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY 11003


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