EDWARD STANLEY RODZEN
NOVEMBER 5, 1933 – MAY 25, 2022
ENTREPRENEUR AND LEGEND
Ed passed away suddenly on May 25, 2022.
He will be so greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Louise.
Sister Vicki Nipper. Nephews Jeff and Terry. Randy and Sue. Dru and Tammy. Alexander and Helena. Sister-in-law Evelyn Weis. David and Susan. Barbara, Marilyn Shane, Tyler. Great nieces and nephews plus many friends and family members in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
He was predeceased by his parents Valentine and Mary Rodzen. Brother Stan, Sister Jennie, Lynda, and John. Nephew Shane, Susan Dunn, and Tom Nipper.
Ed was born in the North End of Winnipeg during hard times, but he loved it. He always told Louise
The North End is what I am.
He went to St John High School, graduated. He did not go on because he felt school did not teach him what he wanted to learn quick enough.
He self-taught and educated himself in architectural and mechanical drawings. Did loads of his own drawings for his own buildings and for others.
Some of his accomplishments were Princess Auto, the Disraeli Bridge, Museum Building in lower Fort Garry, Synagogues, Churches, Fort Garry Hotel reno's, Sokol Hall, and bear cages at the Assiniboine Park, and numerous others, too many to mention.
Started his own construction and property management business. Designed and built all of which became a huge success.
Ed could fix anything. He had a great talent even fixing my jewelry for me. You name it Ed did it, and if he couldn't do it Ed would study it and fix it immediately. God gave him a talent and he thanked him for it.
Ed was a workaholic. He loved his work and never stayed away, but always had time for people, giving them advice and help. Worked right to the end which he wished for.
His intellect and curiosity were filled with great love for travel and seeing new places and buildings. Ed loved eating out so much that he designed and operated his own well-known restaurant with Louise called Samovar which was a success.
Ed, we will all miss you greatly.
Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, followed by a celebration of Ed's Life at Holy Ghost Church, 341 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg.
I Did It My Way