Rhodie Edwin Mercer Q.C.

January 2, 1945 to March 7, 2021

Obituary

Passed away peacefully at Glenbrook Lodge, leaving to mourn his wife Wendy (nee Chapman), son Aaron (Vanessa Pennell), daughter Adrienne (Michael Crawford), adored granddaughters Ellie and Claire, his brother Robert (Brenda) and his lifetime friend Bruce Pike.  Rhodie will be sadly missed by brothers-in-law Roy (Slawka) and John (Anne), sisters-in-law Christine (Stephen) and Barbara, nieces, nephews, and a large circle of friends.  He is predeceased by his parents Samuel and Lilly Mercer, brother Scott and sister-in-law Margaret, and brothers-in-law Ken Chapman and Mark Roberts.

Rhodie was born in Sunnyside, Trinity Bay.  He grew up in St. John’s and attended Bishop Field, Bishop’s College, and MUN before pursuing law at the University of New Brunswick.  Rhodie was a founding partner of the firm Mercer, MacNab & Vavasour where he practiced from 1977 until his retirement.  For his long and distinguished service to the Newfoundland and Labrador legal community, Rhodie was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

Rhodie was associated with the Air Cadets for over 50 years, starting with his enrollment with the 510 Squadron and included positions with the league as Provincial Vice Chair and Chair, National Member of the Board of Governors (First Vice-President) and Executive Committee.  In 2010 he was appointed Honourary Solicitor of the Air Cadet League of Canada and in 2016, Honourary Life Associate.

Rhodie was also a dedicated member of the YMCA and served as a Lay Minister and Eucharistic Assistant at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, as Chancellor to the Diocese of NL, and on the Boards of the Anglican Homes Inc. and the St. John’s International Airport Authority.

The family wishes to extend sincere special thanks to the staff and his friends at Glenbrook Lodge.

Cremation has taken place at Carnell’s Funeral Home.  A private family service will be held at the Anglican Cathedral followed by internment at the Forest Road Anglican Cemetery.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Ches Penney Family YMCA through ymcanl.com or the Air Cadet NL Provincial Committee through canadahelps.org.

 

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Dear Wendy and Family. So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I know how much he will be missed. . He was a great lawyer and and had a good heart about life and people.. Peace and love to you all. RondaLakeParker

Wendy so sorry for your loss. Knew Rhodie from the “Lodge”. He was always such a pleasant man. My mom Bertha and I would always stop by his room to say hello. He is at peace now. 🙏

Wendy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Wendy and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you and sending you my sincere condolences at this difficult time.

Wendy, so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Hold the memories close

Dear Wendy and family,
Rhodie’s contribution to the Air Cadet League was exceptional. He was a mentor for many members and his contributions were always valued..
He will be greatly missed.

Wendy so sorry to read of Rhodie’s passing . Fond memories of Rhodie at our fraternity gatherings . He was a true gentleman who I always made sure I had a chat with . Please extend my condolences to your family .

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficulty time,

My condolences to the Mercer family. My father, Fred McBay was involved with Mr Mercer in Air Cadets and the St John’s Airport Authority project. Aliso I remember them talking about the great times at your house for Grey Cup parties. It is so sad to lose someone and I’m thinking of your family
Helene McBay

Dear Wendy, Family and close friends,
Sterling and I have so many fun memories of you and Rhodie. Most of them at the infamous frat lobster boils especially at the Elks Club.. You ROCKED the dance floor and we rocked with you. Wonderful HAPPY TIMES!!
It is sad to say goodbye. May you find contentment knowing he is gone to a better place.
RIP dear gentleman, Rhodie.
Warmly.
Louisa and Sterling
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I have known Roddie for most of my life ,except for the early years. He was always a pleasure to know whether in sports, MUN or the Y. Always had a smile. He will be missed.

Wendy and family, Bob and family.
My sincere condolences on the passing of Rhodie to his final reward. I can only concur with previous comments on a life well lived and his many years of volunteering. Our families friendship goes back a long way. Rhodie managed all my legal business from the beginning and having him as a friend certainly helped in those instances. As Wendy well knows, I also volunteered along with Rhodie, with the Air Cadet League of Canada (NL) for 30 years and Rhodie played a significant role as our Legal Advisor . We worked hard and had some wonderful times with other members at National Meetings.
May you remember all the goodness and good times and know that so many will also remember dear Rhodie as well.

Wendy and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I remember him with fondness and respect from our many meetings at YYT.
With thoughts and deepest sympathies.

Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne, Bob, Bruce, (Keith) and all of Rhodie’s Family: I was saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Rhodie was a life-long friend since school days and later a valued colleague at The Bar. Although we were not Partners, we did practice Law in adjacent Offices where we enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow Lawyers. Rhodie’s photo tells it all – the smile is how I remembered Rhodie every time I saw him. I also knew some of Rhodie’s Family and close Friends who shared his pleasant demeanor. He will be dearly missed. I extend my sincerest condolences to Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne, Bob, Bruce, (Keith) and all of Rhodie’s Family. Rest in Peace, Rhodie. Sincerely, Barry

To Wendy and the family

We are very sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Rhodie in the Air Cadet program, in which he excelled. We will always remember him, our sincere condolences.

Heman Whalen and family

So sorry to hear of your families loss. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.

Wendy, Adrienne, Mike and family,

So very sorry sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish the memories and lean on each other.

Thinking of you all.

Wendy please accept our condolences .
Harold and Jacqueline smith

Wendy, Adrienne, Aaron and families. My deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Rhodie. May he now rest in peace. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rosalind

Dear Wendy and family,

I know I speak for all of Rhodie’s friends from the Delta Beta Sigma days at Memorial when I say I am sorry to hear of his passing. He will be sadly missed by all the brothers who have such fond memories of him.

Rob Strong

So sorry about your brother Robert

Wendy and family, Judy and I were very saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing. We will remember Rhodie as a true gentlemen who was kind to all and who always cheerfully greeted people with sincere warmth and positivity. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this sad and difficult time.
Gad Bless
Dan and Judy Walsh

John and Anne- sorry to hear the news about Rhodie. May you have comfort in knowing that you have family and friends who share your sorrow.

Derrick and Donna Hutchens

Wendy and Family
Alison and I were very sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I know that you will all miss him , but remember the good times and know that he is now in a better place.
We are thinking of you all at this time
Clare and Alison Eagar

We are so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Gary and Jusy Dean

Dear Wendy,

Words cannot express my deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to you and both your immediate and extended family at this time for your loss.

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Allan

Dear Wendy and family, – I’m sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Over my years in practice and later in the court II always found Rhodie as prepared, practical, flexible and bright. Added to that he was one of the most congenial members of the Bar. Of his era. I extend my condolences to you all.. He will be fondly remembered by his colleagues.

So sorry to read of Rhode ‘s passing. Sincerest condolences to Wendy,,Arron, and Adrienne. RIP Rhodie!

Wendy and Family
I am so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. He was such a wonderful, kind man. Our family has lots of wonderful memories of Rhodie’s fun loving spirit and infectious smile. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Tanya Gladney

Wendy and family: I was saddened to read of Rhodie’s passing today. He will be missed by all. When I became involved with Air Cadets and joined the League he was one of the people lewho was always there to give a helping hand. He had a smile and a laugh that brightened the room when he came in. He is now united with Don, Lloyd and all the past League members and they are getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend in Heaven. He is now a Guarfian Angel watching over you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tine. RIP Rhodie.

Wendy and family I just heard of Rhodie’s passing..Always a gentleman in every respect and an irresistible smile.Knew him as a lawyer and very easy to deal with as a fellow lawyer..Our thoughts are with you and your family
Wayne and Marie Dymond

To the Mercer Family,

So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I worked for Rhodie as his legal assistant for a short time around 1997 as I later moved out of Province. He was an easygoing person and an excellent boss. As I grew up on Merrymeeting Road I often frequented Mercer’s Store and never knew the connection until one day as we were casually chatting about where we grew up, I only remember Rhodie’s father and brother at the store. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Dear Wendy and family,
Our sympathy to you on the loss of Rhodie. He was a talented man who made a great contribution to the St. John’s community in Law and Volunteering.

Bob&Libby Quigley

Our deepest sympathies to the whole Mercer clan. You’re in our thoughts. Love from Vicki and Steven

Condolences to Vanessa and your family on the loss of your father-in-law.

My condolences to Rhodie’s family on his passing.. I first met him In our MUN hockey days in the mid sixties and last saw him at the 2015 fiftieth year reunion. A good athlete and and an even finer gentleman. May the memories that he created sustain all of you during this difficult time.

Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne and family;

Paul and I are so saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing.. This is an incredibly difficult time for you. We hope that you feel some peace and comfort knowing that Rhodie was so highly regarded and that so people people are thinking of you. God bless.

The Mercer Family , so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing……we played soccer together on the Feildian teams back in the mid 60s…..he was a real gentleman both on and off the field…….RIP Rhodie………..Bob French

We are saddened to learn of Rhodie’s passing. For over 40 years, Rhodie was a trusted advisor and friend. Rhodie was a consummate professional , who demonstrated a true love of people. We will miss his engaging smile, his genuine interest in our well-being , and his caring manner. Our sincere sympathy to the Mercer family , his colleagues and friends. Frederick & Dallas Butt

To Rhodie’s Brother Bob and family we wish to extend our deepest sympathy on Rhodie’s passing. I have fond memories of growing up in St. John’s and spending much time at Mercer’s Store. In those days everyone who lived in our neighbourhood knew everybody. I have the fondest memories of being friends with Rhodie, both in the community as well as being part of the Anglican Cathedral Church community. Rest in Peace my friend!! To all your family we extend our deepest sympathy on your passing! Sincerely Pauline (nee Rose) and Fred Quinton

Dear Wendy and family,
So sad to learn of Rhodie’s passing.
A lovely cheerful man is how we will always remember him. We hope that the wonderful memories and thoughts of him in better times will sustain you all.
Paris and Janette Georghiou

To Wendy and family,
John knew Rhodie as far back as Bishop Field days when he was a young student and John was a young teacher. I met him many years later when he handled a number of estates for me and for the best part of 30 years as we have become a part of the Cathedral family. His smiles were genuine and warm. We will cherish our memories of him as you will. May God Bless you and help you through this sad time in your lives.

Sincere condolences. To the Mercer family.

To the Mercer Family,
So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. My memories of him go back to the early sixties, always had a smile and a cheery word for everyone. To the family .. Loving memories last forever.

To the Mercer Family:
I got to know Rhodie when we were both board members at St. Luke’s Home (AHI). He was stalwart in providing sound guidance and advice and despite the seriousness of the task at hand, he always found time for a lighthearted moment. It is a pleasure to have been in his company. Thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends.

To the Mercer family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on Rhodie’s passing. Let your memories help you through this difficult time.
I have known Rhodie for many years both as a fellow parishioner of the Cathedral and as my lawyer in which role he gave me excellent advice over the years. His mom and dad were also great friends of my parents.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times.
Alison

Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne and Family,
Having had both a professional and personal relationship with Rhodie for many years, working with him on committees at The Anglican Cathedral and in the business world, his passing is a sad loss to both family and friends. His good nature, enthusiasm and humor will long be remembered.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May Rhodie enjoy life eternal in the nearer presence of God
Anthea and Michael.

Wendy and family, John and Anne we were saddened to hear of the passing of Rhodie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John and Lorraine Nolan

I am sorry to learn of Rhodie’s passing. My husband (Leo Lane) and I got to know him at Glenbook Lodge. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Aaron, Vanessa, and family,
We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Adrienne, Aaron and family,

I am sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

To The Mercer Family:
I am so very sorry to learn of Rhodie Mercer’s passing. I worked as his legal assistant at O’Neill Riche O’Reilly Noseworthy & Mercer and then on to Mercer MacNab & Vavasour. He was a great person to work for, always pleasant, kind and fun loving. My condolences to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

To the Mercer Family,
So sorry to learn of Rhodie’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathies at this most difficult time.

To the Mercer Family,
So sorry to learn of Rhodie’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathies at this most difficult time.

Wendy and family, my sincere condolences on Rhodie’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Condolences to Bob and family, and Rhodie’s family
Gerry and Cynthia Russell

Dee and I were very sad to get the news of Rhodie’s death. He was one of the few really happy, positive people I have had the pleasure of knowing. Always a smile, a laugh and a cheerful comment . Our world is poorer for his passing but he will be long remembered.. Wendy, Aaron and Adrienne please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Wendy, Aaron & Adrienne.

So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Losing our loved ones is the hardest part of life. Cherish your memories. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time! Terry and Kevin Sharpe

Our most sincere condolences to all the Mercer family at this sad time..

To The Mercer Family,
Our sincere condolences on Rhodie’s passing.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Ern & Flora Pennell

Wendy, Aaron & Adrienne
We, and the rest of our Family, had many connections with this Mercer Family through figure skating, hockey, the Cathedral, the practice of law and more but in all those contacts we observed of Rhodie that his smile and true welcome made our day a little better. Always a pleasure! A true gentleman and an excellent lawyer. – he will be missed.

Aaron, Adrienne, and Vanessa,

We are saddened to learn about the passing of your father/father-in-law. He was obviously a remarkable man! Please find comfort in knowing that we are thinking of you and your family during this most difficult time.

Wendy
Our condolences to the family.

Adrienne and family, Robert and family:
So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Merv an I send our deepest condolences to you all at this time.

Wendy, Aaron & Adrienne

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Rhodie.

I have fond memories of him back when the high school gang used to hang at Freshwater Rd.

My deepest condolences at this difficult time.

Lots of love to you all!

Wendy

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Wayne

Wendy and Family,

Rhodie will be lovingly remembered ! I knew Rhodie & his family when growing up on Merrymeeting Road in the mid sixties. His smile was infectious & the tone of his laughter would brighten your day, a wonderful man indeed. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace.

Peter Morris

Deepest sympathy to Wendy and family,I had many nice talks with Rhodie, during coffee hour at the cathedral ,after church Sunday morning.s… have certainly missed him the past years… RIP MY FRIEND.

MARILYN PIKE ( Eugene)

Wendy and Family

Needless to say, we were so very saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing. We are (and always will be) grateful to Rhodie for his warmhearted friendship! We have many happy and cherished memories with him. He was such a genuine and good-natured person. We will sincerely miss him.

Wilf & Rose

Wendy and family,

Please accept my condolences on Rhodie’s passing. I knew Rhodie through my involvement with the air cadet program. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. I hope your fond memories of him will bring you strength during this difficult time.

Bob, Brenda and all the Mercer Family,
Thinking of you all at this very difficult time.
My sincere condolences.
Linda Boone

Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne and family,

Sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing, thinking of you all at this difficult time. He had the most infectious smile and laugh, which I will especially remember from your annual Christmas gathering.

Dear Wendy and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing and am sending my deepest sympathies to you all. I hope that the happy memories that you have of him will sustain you all. Kindest Regards
Ramona Rose
Prince George, British Columbia

Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne and Bob,
Very sorry to hear of Rhodie’s death. Our friendship goes back to BFC, and was deepened at the Cathedral, where his presence, friendship, wisdom and kindness…and that wonderful smile!…were always there. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Bill Bellamy

Wendy and Family

We only got to know Rhodie at Glenbrook, but he was always friendly and in good spirits. He will be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Mary and Bob Guy

My condolences to Wendy, Bob and other members of Rhodie’s family. He was a good friend of mine at Bishop Feild College. I remeber buying my first record, Melodie d’Amour with him. Rhodie was also a fine athlete. We played together on several sports teams, including the Grammar School championship hockey team in 1958, soccer and hockey championship teams at Bishops College, and most memorably, the provincial senior soccer championship in Grand Bank in 1964. Rhodie was a fierce competitor but also .a fine gentlemanly player.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Rhodie from working with the Courts. He was always a gentleman and his smile lit up the room. He always treated the staff with respect. He will be missed by his legal family and the court. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Wendy and family: As a childhood classmate from Field, we grew up together. Always Rhodie was a “straight up, guy”. Loved and respected by everyone. That’s how I remember him consistent from childhood. He can rest now. Our thoughts are with you.

Rex and Joan LeDrew

Wendy:
I am so sorry to learn of Rhodie’s passing. He had such a great personality and I will always have fond memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Nancy Chafe Bursey

I’m so sorry to hear about Rhodie I guess with the Covid issue going on I wasn’t getting out and about to hear anything.. I can only wish you and the kids all the best. Derm Connolly

Such a wonderful friend and neighbour., always ready with a joke and a story. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you all as you adjust to his absence. Judith and Mervyn McIntyre

Wendy and family. I’ve known Rhodie many years. From day one, he was a friend. He was a person who was a kind hearted person who was respected by all who knew him.. R.I.P. Rhodie.

Rhodie was an acquaintance through MUN, hockey and others. We lost touch but not before he and law firm helped our family interpret will relating to eventual determination of disposal of my grandparents property in Heart’s Content. The manor was called Fairhaven built by George Charlton who arrived in HC on the Great Eastern in 1866. Bless you and family. Fred Wilcox.

Wendy & Family,
I hope memories will help you through this very difficult time.
Rhodie & I often shared a laugh or a hug at the Cathedral..
He was always pleasant and cheerful with a beautiful smile.
Heaven has gained another angel.

Rest in peace, Rhodie. I’m going to miss that friendly face and good nature banter at Cycle Fit at the YMCA.

Adrienne and family, so sorry to hear the news of your Dad’s passing, my sincere condolences to you at this time.

My sincere condolences to your family. Rhodie always had a smile on his face and whether you saw him at the gym or at work, he would always make the effort to chat and say hello. I know he will be sadly missed by your family and by local lawyers from whom he drew great respect. May these memories help you through this most difficult time. May he will live in your hearts forever.
Sincerely,

Susan Gover

Wendy and Family,
Thinking of you at this sad time and sending my sincere sympathy.

To Aaron and Adrienne,

On behalf of the Poseidon Marine staff and our families – we are thinking of you both this week, and extend our sympathies. Reading through the messages on this board, it is clear your father influenced the community in many positive ways, and we hope these and other reflections are an encouragement to you.

Adrienne,
I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I remember him well during my secretarial days. He was always so pleasant and just a pleasure to deal with. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

To Wendy and the Mercer Family ;
Please accept our condolences and know our thoughts are with you at this time. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know Rhodie and share some family meals, and family time with him.. I know he will be missed but not forgotten by many.

Bob, Brenda and the Mercer family . So sorry
to learn of Rhodie’s passing . Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our sincere condolences.

When I first met Rhodie, he was setting up the bikes at the YMCA. We started talking and I introduced myself and then he mentioned his name. I thought it was the coolest name ever, “Like you are with the band”? He said “Yeah, I am with the band”. Such a great smile, for a great guy… And then he carried on setting up bikes..

God love him! I remember Rhodie well from cycling class. I don’t recall him not being there., you knew he enjoyed it from the smile on his face. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Wendy and family, please accept my condolences on behalf of the Air Cadet League Provincial Committee. Rhodie spent nearly 50 years as a dedicated volunteer and he will long be remembered for his incredible dedication and contributions to the Air Cadet program in this Province and Nationally. I speak for all our members when I say he will be greatly missed.

My heartfelt condolences to Robert and family.
Growing up on the end of Merrymeeting Rd. I remember going to Mercers Store and knew all the family very well.

Wendy, Aaron and Adrienne,
My condolences to you at this time. Sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I have wonderful and fond memories of him, especially his articulate informed legal and
pastoral insight in all matters related to Cathedral life. His light hearted sense of humour was a gift. I am grateful to have known him and to share in our faith journey together. It was a pleasure to share in several Mercer family celebrations. Keeping you all in my prayers at this time.

To the Mercer Family sorry to hear of Rhodie\s passing a faithful server at the Cathedral for some time and a kind gentlemen.Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord and may light perpetual shine upon him.

Very sad to hear about our good friend Rhodie. We have so many fond memories of the time spent with Rhodie and Wendy at the Air Cadet League conferences. Our hearts go out to Wendy and the family. You are in our thoughts.

To Wendy and family
Jeanie and I were very saddened to hear
today of Rhodie’s passing. We remember many happy times with you both. Rhodie kept us all smiling and will be greatly missed. He was a true gentleman and an excellent lawyer.
We extend deepest sympathy to you and your family.
David and Jeanie Baird

Aaron and family, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

To the Mercer Family
So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. . I remember his gentle nature, his gracefulness in lending an ear or his time, his humour and his smile…. holding you all in prayer,. “ and the angels smiled and rejoiced, as the gates of heaven open wide and a voice spoke, welcome home, well done good and faithful servant’.

Wendy and family,
Sad to hear of Rhodies passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

To the Mercer Family

I was sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I first met Rhodie while I worked at Synod – I’ll remember that he always had a smile ! May the memories you hold in your heart , help during this difficult time.
RIP.

To Wendy and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Our condolences to you and all the family.

He is a old friend who will be missed by many. Deepest sympathy to you all on his passing.

so sorry to hear of Mr. Mercers passing. Condolences to all the family, may your memories of him help you during this difficult time.

Wendy, Susan and I send our deepest condolences to you and all your family. Rhodie was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to deal with as a lawyer and a person. I know he will be missed by you and your family but rest assured he will be missed as well by the wider community which he served so well his entire life.

Jim

Sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. I knew Rhodie well from his work as Chancellor of the Diocese. We were both on Diocesan Executive for many years. He was a gentleman and a good friend/

Archdeacon Tom Moulton

On behalf of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, I extend deepest prayers and sympathy to the family of Rhodie Mercer, QC.

Rhodie’s ministry in our Diocese included Lay Minister and Eucharistic Assistant at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, and on the Board of the Anglican Homes Inc. He was also a former member of the Diocesan Executive Council and provided guidance and counsel on important matters pertaining to the Bishop and Diocese. His ministry will be missed but we celebrate his life and legacy left on our Diocese.

I ask your prayers for his wife Wendy, their son Aaron and daughter Adrienne as well as their grandchildren and family.

Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

In Christ,
Bishop Sam Rose
Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

Wendy and family, we are very saddened to hear of Rhodie’s passing. We have been friends for more than 50 years and I remember great times together at our respective homes and on the boats.
Rhodie and I were admitted to the Bar the same day, he was called before I was and I always referred to him as the senior lawyer.. we have fond memories of being at your house on Regatta day,, and other wonderful times. We will miss him deeply.

Dear Wendy and family.
Sincerest condolences to you on the passing of Rhodie. Many memories of a kind gentleman, old friend and fellow lawyer who was always of good cheer.
Comforted in the knowledge that Rhodie has gone on to a nicer place.
Sincerest Regards
Ernie Reid

Aaron and family
So sorry to see this sad news today.. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the passing of your dear father. Your many precious memories will be a source of strength during this difficult time

Adrienne:
So sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. Remember the good times.

Wendy and Family:

Please accept our sincere condolences on Rhodie’s passing. A trusted colleague to all who came in contact with him in the practice of Law Rhodie will be remembered. A true gentleman with a great sense of humor.

Aaron, sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Condolences to and your family!

Trevor & Michelle Hancock

Adrienne and family – I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

Wendy and family, our deepest condolences on Rhodie’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bern and Lori Cook

I’m so sorry Wendy to hear about Rhodie’s passing. My condolences to your and your family. I’ve thought of Rhodie and you frequently since Mom moved from Glenbrook to Saint Luke’s. As strange as this sounds, I enjoyed our little talks. How is that big puppy of yours doing? Take care. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Doreen Whalen (Evangeline Button’s daughter)

Whether it was down at Bishop Feild, interacting in the legal profession or at the Cathedral, it was always a pleasure to deal with Rhodie, whose demeanour and sense of humour were first class.
Sincère condolences to Wendy and all the family.
Doug and Nancy Cook

Bob and I are so sorry to hear the news of Rhodie’s passing. I worked closely with him during my time at Synod Office and had great respect for him and he was a great support to me. Bob knew him through the Saint Luke’s Board. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

I was happy to have known Rhodie, and sad to hear this news of his passing. He was a wonderful colleague in the Law Society; he enjoyed an enviable reputation for his high standards of ethics and work quality. Sending my condolences to the family.

Aaron and family, my most sincere condolences to you during this difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Adrienne and family, my deepest condolences. on your loss. May the wonderful memories console you at this time.

Rhodie’s many accomplishments speak to a lifetime of service to his church, his profession, and the community. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family and colleagues.

Gus Lilly

My deepest sympathy to Rhodie’s family. His was a life well lived. I met Rhodie through his volunteer work with the Anglican Church and the Law Society of NL. Meetings with Rhodie were always a pleasure given his friendly and considerate personality. I hope your memories of happier times help your broken hearts to heal. God Bless you all. May Rhodie Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.
Phyllis Weir
Retired LSNL Legal Director

To Bob, Brenda and all the Mercer Family: I am so sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. He was such a nice, kind person, always a pleasure to meet, and well respected throughout the legal community. His was truly a life well lived. Please accept my sincere condolences. Ruth

Rhodie’s face in the photo above is exactly the way that I have always pictured him in my mind. Such a pleasant, real smile always with a disposition to match. It was always a pleasure to deal with Rhodie no matter what the legal issue. My sincere condolences to the family and wide circle of friends.

Regards,

Wendy ………. .Sending heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.

So lucky to have taught Rhodie many a cycle class at the YMCA. Amazing man!

Remember Rhodie well as we went to Feild and MUN together.. always with a smile. Always remember him on his bike.
We have been gone a long time but annually we remember him as we reminisce about NFLD..
it seems he had a life well lived. We should all be so lucky.
Our condolences

To Wendy, Aaron, Adrienne and all the family my deepest condolences on Rhodie’s passing. Rhodie was our long time lawyer but more than that he was a great friend and I have many fond memories of dinners and parties on Freshwater Road. I know all of you too have many amazing memories of your own time with Rhodie – I hope they will help sustain you through this time. RIP Rhodie.
Jim Byrd, Port Credit, Ontario

To the Mercer Family

So sorry to hear of Rhodie’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences as you remember your husband, dad, father-in-law and granddad.

So sorry for your loss, Wendy…Rhodie was such a sweet man! He always had a smile and he was always a pleasure to care for. He will certainly be missed.

Wendy and family of Rhodie

Sorry to see that Rhodie has made his exit from the stage of life –his time had come
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We were teammates on the Championship MUN Beothucks hockey teams in 1965 –we remained friends for over 50 years thereafter,.

His obituary describes a life -well lived .
indeed .

He had a fine legal career and certainly gave back to his Community by his good works with many Organizations .

Rhodie was a kind and considerate person –he had a great sense of humour and was endeared to his many friends .

He is now at rest and may that eternal rest be in peace .

Sincere condolences to all who mourn his passing .

Godspeed Rhodie

Rhodie was a gentleman both inside and outside the legal community and was always well respected.. He will be sadly missed. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers..

barb and i are shocked by rhodie’s passing. we knew he was not well but it still not easy to accept that he is gone.
rhodie was great friend to me in law school and then in practice. with his sense of humour and his happy and friendly disposition, he was well respected and a real gentle man in everything he did.
we will never forget him . he now lives through his family. our deepest sympathies .
barbara and denis barry

A gentleman and ideal professional throughout his long and memorable career. He was kind and accommodating as both a lawyer and person. He will be missed by so many.

A very good man whom I knew long ago. My deepest sympathies

Adrienne and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad my thoughts and prayers are will you at this difficult time. Hold on to all the happy memories you have with your dad, thinking of you all.