Robert Lee Rhodes, born September 5, 1959, in Sumter, South Carolina, peacefully entered eternal rest on September 2, 2023, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the beloved son of Albertha and the late Leon Rhodes. He was affectionately known as Uncle Rob within his family.
Robert's journey began in Boston, MA, where he graduated from English High School and subsequently served in the United States Navy, inspired by his Uncle James Polk, Sr. Over the years, he honed his culinary skills by attending culinary school at the Omni Parker House Hotel. Shortly after, he began working as a chef in renowned establishments like the Hyatt Regency Boston, diners like the Brookline Spa, and the lunch counter at Sparr’s Drugstore. For 28 years, Robert dedicated himself as a bus monitor for special needs children in the Boston Public Schools.
He cherished his role as a devoted son, caring brother, and loving uncle, playing a significant part in raising nieces and nephews. Robert's daughter, Shaniqua, and granddaughter, Justice, were a source of immense joy, and he treasured their time together. He consistently encouraged and supported his family, imparting life lessons and his unwavering faith.
Robert was a talented portrait artist and an exceptional cook. His passions included fishing, beach excursions, music, dancing, storytelling, and sharing laughter with friends and family.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Leon Rhodes, maternal grandmother Mary Martha Polk, paternal grandparents Mary and Malachai Rhodes, and sisters Doretha Rhodes-Igbo and Lethia Mae Rhodes (AKA Tisa). Robert is survived by his mother, Albertha Rhodes, his daughter Shaniqua Choice, granddaughter Justice Thomas-Choice, his sisters Martha Rhodes-Hodges of Midlothian, VA, Barbara Rhodes, and brother Melvin Rhodes, and a host of cherished aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Robert's memory will forever be cherished by those he touched with his warmth, love, and unwavering support.