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February 9, 1932 ~ February 17, 2020 (age 88)

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Bruce L. Rhodes of Greece, New York on February 17, 2020 at age 88.  It was fitting for Bruce to go home on National  Random Acts of Kindness Day. He was kind to his core, a truly good guy, who loved storytelling.  "Are you ready for a story?" He would ask, and off he would go telling tales of the Navy, or business, or sports or life.  He would assure you all of his stories are true, except for one, but then intentionally forget which one.

He was a star athlete from Niagarra Falls, NY who graduated from Denison University before proudly serving in The United States Navy on board the USS Laffey DD-724.  He enjoyed a career with Howard Johnsons as a restaurant manager served on the boards of the Greece School District and The Park Ridge Psychiatric Center.

When his wife"s physical health confined her to a wheelchair for her final two decades, he stepped up to care for her at home during the first one, and then devotedly visited her for lunch and dinner everyday for nine years while she lived in  The Wegman Family Cottages at Park Ridge Living Center.

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, he was half of an epic love story that is now united.

Predeceased by Mary Bliss Rhodes, his loving wife of 60 years, parents Bernita Scott Rhodes & Everett Rhodes, son, Donald Rhodes, brother, Rodney Rhodes, sister Patricia Smyth Rhodes, grandson Bennett Rhodes, brothers-in-law Ken Bliss & James Hunter, and sister-in-law, JoAnnis Rhodes.  He is survived by his son, David Rhodes, their daughter-in-law, Crystal Grow Rhodes, brothers-in-law, Floyd Bliss (Barbara) &  Donald Bliss, sisters-in-law, Jeanette Hunter & Marie Bliss, three grandchildren, Catie, Sarah and Mark Rhodes, 18 nieces and nephews and countless friends.

Friends are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday February 29th at 11:00 AM at Hope Church, 1301 Vintage Lane,  Rochester, NY. 14626

The Rhodes and Bliss families would like to thank Dr. Roy Trumbo, MD of Unity Hospital and the doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers and staff at Lifetime Care for their love, compassion and extraordinary care.

As a final act of kindness, Bruce chose to be a donor to the anatomical gift program at the University of Rochester Medical School.  He hoped his donation would support those pursuing medicine.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Center for Hope at Hope Church

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Celebration of Life
February 29, 2020

11:00 AM
Hope Lutheran Church
1301 Vintage Lane
Rochester, NY 14626

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