Jack Rhodes

RHODES, Jack – passed away peacefully on his birthday, May 12, 2007 at the age of 86. Jack was predeceased by Gladys, his wife of 50 years, his sister Margaret and his brother Tom. Jack is survived by his brother Jim and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was born at Royal Jubilee Hospital on May 12, 1921, he attended local schools and he left school at a young age in order to help support his family by delivering parcels on his bicycle. During the Second World War Jack worked for the Civil Service Commission at the Vancouver Wireless Station in Ladner, B.C. Jack was a radio operator working the Alaska-Siberia air route for the Air Services Branch of the Department of Transport.

In 1955 Jack married a Victoria school teacher, Gladys Moores and they moved to Prince George where Jack worked for the BC Forest Service. Jack was active in local affairs; he was a Prince George School Board trustee and a member of the Prince George Advisory Planning Commission. In 1964 Jack and Gladys moved back to Victoria where Jack entered the mortgage business.

Jack continued to be active in local affairs and for several years he ran for alderman in Oak Bay. Jack will be remembered for his sharp mind, his business sense and his passion for short wave radio, ham radio, his collection of radio equipment and his knowledge about Scott radios.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1155 Fort St., Victoria on Wednesday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mount St. Mary Foundation, 861 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, V8V 5A9 or the charity of your choice.

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