Robert P. Rhodes

ATHOL — Funeral services for Robert P. Rhodes, 72, of Athol, who died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, were held Saturday, Jan. 9, in Our Lady Immaculate Church, Athol.

Rev. Francis Roberge officiated. The organist was Terry Parker and the soloist was Liz Hume. His sons, Robert S. Rhodes and Micheal J. Rhodes, were bearers of the urn and United States burial flag. Burial followed in Gethsemane Cemetery.

A reception was held in the community room of the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home. 

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, directed arrangements.

ATHOL — Robert P. Rhodes, 72, of Athol, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester.

He was born in Athol, on April 5, 1943, the son of the late Delbert and the late Cecilia (Piette) Rhodes. He grew up in Athol, attending Athol schools. He graduated from Athol High School. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. He worked for the L.S. Starrett Tool Company for over 44 years. He enjoyed woodworking and making cabinets.

He leaves his wife, Patricia (Alliott) Rhodes; two sons, Robert S. Rhodes and his companion Jen Whittier of Orange; and Michael J. Rhodes and his wife Lisa of Orange; three grandchildren, Racheal L. Rhodes, Cordelia I. Rhodes, and Loki A. Rhodes, all of Orange; one brother, Brian Rhodes and his wife Sue of North Carolina; one sister, Joanne Akey of Athol; two brothers-in-law, Gene Alliott and his wife Lana of Florida, and Alan Stangvilla of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife Jonetta L. (Stangvilla) Rhodes in 2001 and by his mother-in-law Bertha Alliott in 2015.

A Mass of Christian Burial with full military honors will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.

No calling hours are scheduled. The family requests those attending to go directly to church.

For more information or to sign the online guest book, visit

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.

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