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Roderick James Harding

Roderick James Harding

Monday, September 16th, 2019
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HARDING, Roderick James (1926-2019) -
Passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 in his 70th year of marriage to his loving wife May (Nee McCallum). Devoted father of Andy (Edna), Peter (Tracey), Mary (Richard) and predeceased by his son Matthew (Joanne). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rod dedicated over 50 years to the toy business, he was the VP of sales and marketing for Tonka Canada and proud founder of Edufun. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Weston Terrace Care Community for their extraordinary care. Resting at NEWEDIUK FUNERAL HOME, KIPLING CHAPEL, 2058 Kipling Avenue (North of Rexdale Boulevard), on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6pm - 8:30pm. A Celebration of Life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11am. In lieu of flowers donations to the ALS Association would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 19th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Thursday, September 19th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Newediuk Funeral Home - Kipling Chapel
    2058 Kipling Avenue
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  • Service

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel
    2058 Kipling Avenue
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Dinah Clark

Posted at 09:41pm

I am so sorry May, Andy, Peter and Mary. I know it must be hard, but perhaps now a relief for Rod.
He was only 2 years younger than me. Now he is peaceful, but sorrow for you both. What can I say, God takes all.
Rod was one of the original Cinquems and we had so much fun over the years starting in high school, and meeting every year for over sixty years until we were well into our old age! I feel lucky to have had that long relationship with a group of exceptional men.
I‘m so sorry I couldn’t come to see you and attend the celebration of life for Rod. My health makes it hard to arrange travel.
Bless you both . From one of the last two members of the Cinquems group. Wilson Clark

Donna Stewart

Posted at 03:55pm
Sending our condolences to May and all the family. I have known Rod since 1980, working with him at Edufun for over 26 years. In that time, had lots of fun experiences with toy shows, etc. Always loved seeing his excitement when he opened a carton of toy samples that came in with a shipment. He was a kind, gentle man and will be missed. Hugs Donna & Ken Stewart

Andy Yemen

Posted at 02:14pm
With heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I read with great interest about Mr. Harding’s career thinking of the joy he brought to thousands of Canadian children. I was fortunate to have a close association with Andy for many years. That also confirmed what a wonderful family Mr. Harding had helped raise. God bless you all. Andy Yemen

Pam Ransom

Posted at 10:46am
Sending my sincere condolences and love to May and the family upon hearing the news of Rod's death. It's a sad time for all but we can take comfort in knowing Rod is now in the arms of his Maker and at peace. Rod will be missed by many. He was such a wonderful, kind and loving gentleman. Blessings from Pam Ransom

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