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.