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Edward W. Rhodes, Jr., 91

Edward W. Rhodes, Jr., 91

PEABODY — Edward W. Rhodes, Jr., 91 years of Peabody, died on Tuesday November 13, 2018 in the Kaplan Family Estates in Peabody after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Ruth M. (Clothier) Rhodes He was born in Lynn, the son of the late Edward W. Rhodes, Sr. and Martha (Sheldon) Rhodes, He was raised in Lynn  and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. He was also a graduate of New England Institute in Boston where he received his Funeral Directing Education. He has lived in Lynn, Peabody, Marshfield and Port Orange, Florida. He recently returned to Peabody.

Mr. Rhodes was a WWII Navy Veteran and served in the American, Asiatic and Pacific Theatres of Operation. He served as an Electrician’s Mate.  Mr. Rhodes was an Honorary Member of the Boston North Cancer Association Board of Directors and Past President. He was a member of the Lynn Rotary, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Past President of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Rhodes was the former owner of the Rhodes Funeral Home on Western Avenue and Ocean Street locations. Although Ed worked with his father for many years, Ed took over the family business upon the death of his father Edward W. Rhodes, Sr.  Ed served the people of greater Lynn for many years at both the Western Avenue and Ocean Street locations. He represented progressive thinking and traditional values in funeral service. In 1984 he sold the business to David J. Solimine.

He is survived by his son, Edward W. Rhodes III and his wife Gineen L. (Rae) Rhodes and his daughter, Sheryl A. (Rhodes) Murphy-Keen and her husband Edward “Ted” Keen of Plymouth, his grandchildren, Patrick R. Murphy of Florida, Cassandra M. Waterhouse and her husband Nicholas of Chicopee, Kendra L. Rhodes of Peabody, Rachel Keen of Bridgewater, 3 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. He also leaves a sister, Marilyn Wells of Florida.

Service information: A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 8, 2018 in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean Street (Rte. 1A) Lynn at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to his service.  Donations may be made to the Carmelite Preschool, 5 Wheatland Street, Peabody, MA 01960 or the Boston North Cancer Association, P.O. Box 3153, Peabody, MA 01960, Directions and guestbook at

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