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Our union is saddened by the sudden loss of Brother Rile Rhodes, a 34-year member who passed Thursday evening. A full time servicing agent and business manager of Local 327 in Boston, Rhodes was also the vice president of Local 327, a delegate to the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and a trustee for the North Atlantic States Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund.
Rhodes’ focused work ethic combined with his ability to lead, mentor and find the right opportunities for members to succeed earned him a well-deserved reputation as one of the ultimate “good guys.” He was a constant presence at organizing, community and political events initiated by the union, whether they were in Boston or other locations.
Despite this, his love and devotion to his family was legendary. It was unusual to talk to Rhodes without hearing about the lastest athletic or academic activities of his children– Rile, Jr. and Faith–or the adventures in travel and hosting he and his wife, Rose, undertook on behalf of their kids and the bands of their friends who were always welcome.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
We invite you to share your thoughts and memories of Rile and express words of comfort to his family.