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Ellis, Rodney 'Rod' G.

Passed on: Friday, November 30, 2018
Service Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

With great sorrow the family of Rod Ellis announces his peaceful passing on Friday, November 30, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of 46 years to Enna (Sedunow). Loving father of Jennie May Ellis and Natalie Ellis-Valentini (Jeff), and caring uncle of Clayton Roberts. Born in 1953, he was the son of Roy George Ellis and Peggy McKenzie (Land) (both predeceased). Loving brother of Jane Ellis, Catherine Campbell, Diane Campbell, John Campbell, Rachel Ward, and Judy Johnson (predeceased). Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Cherished and proud foster father for 20 years to countless children, especially James and Edward Boucher, Kevin Desforges and Paul Mendonca. A very well-respected mentor to many of the neighborhood boys. Devoted grandfather of Kendra Boucher. Rod was a great music enthusiast. In 1985 Rod and Enna opened the Whistle Stop Restaurant, which became a venue for local blues bands such as Hip Shake. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his buddies and would spend hours at Value Village searching for collectables. He enjoyed old sports cars and would work on them in the summer with his foster sons, but most of all he was a fantastic storyteller and he dearly loved his girls. The family would like to thank all the devoted doctors, nurses, PSWs and other caregivers that helped us through this challenging time. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at The Red Fang Tavern, 78 Durham Street, Sudbury on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Donations in Rod’s memory can be made directly to the Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Ranger’s Cremation and Burial Services Ltd. Online condolences can be posted at