In memory of
to our friend
We miss you Rhod.
Our friend and colleague with whom we shared so much.
Thank you for everything you did for CCA
I have known Rhod for over 20 years as a colleague, manager and friend. In all that time he was unfailingly kind, supportive, encouraging and very good company because he was interested in people. He often went the ‘extra mile’ to help people when he could – I remember lots of Friday afternoons at the Support Centre when Rhod would load a mattress, bedding pack and food parcel into his car and deliver to people who had been moved into accommodation at short notice and there was never a fuss – just Rhod quietly doing what he did. So many people will remember Rhod with great affection – somehow the world just seems emptier without him.
I was so saddened to hear of Rhod's passing. It was so hard to reconcile with the vivacious chap I had seen doing what he loved doing; helping people, barely a month before. In this case supplying me with a fridge and cooker for my emergency accommodation after I had come out of hospital. From the time I knew Rhod at CCA, I had always found him to be one of those Christians who did rather than said. He has such a heart for helping people. Rest in peace Rhod, you'll be missed by so many.
It's hard to write a short piece about someone who had such a big impact in my life.
Rhod was a great man. He would do anything for anyone and he would do so with huge compassion and warmth. He touched the lives of everyone he met, be it those he knew and worked with, or people he helped through CCA and his other ventures. .
His support and encouragement changed my life. I'll never forget him or the impact he had on me and I'll be forever grateful to him.
Rest in Peace Rhod.
Of all the managers I have worked under, Rhod was in the top 3. He was great to work for. I will miss him and may he forever rest in peace.
He will be very sadly missed, he was a good friend.
I heard about Rhod long before I met him, and what I heard was all about this kind, funny, caring man who worked extremely hard. When I met him he didn't disappoint. I contacted Rhod just before Easter and that's when I discovered he wasn't well. He has left a legacy of kindness and courage. RIP. A GOOD MAN.
Like everyone else who knew Rhod, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of his passing.
I will be forever grateful for the Spiritual and practical support that he has provided, both to myself, and the wider community ,over the years
Rhod provided a worthy example of someone who was always prepared to support those with personal and practical needs in the community
RIP Rhod, privileged to have known you.
Rhod, I will always remember you with great affection and a sincere admiration for your selfless caring for other people. Nothing was too much trouble if it meant you could help someone in need. I am so glad our last conversation involved much joking and laughing. That is how I want to remember you.
Hello to who may be reading, I had met Rhod Chisholm but I never asked his full name or stopped to take a picture of him when he came to CCA. But I did stop and visit to say hello. Rhod showed me the shop and it was in tremendous need of work.. How ever it was done, maybe by a miracle. I would have to say thanks Rhod for his politeness and pray he is the same in heaven. Amen.
From Joseph Searl, friend of CCA.
Since I joined CCA 10 years ago Rhod has always been around - at the beginning as my boss in the Warehouse team (when we were based upstairs at Oxford Road) and latterly in his own ‘The White Goods Project’. I think of him as an energetic, caring person with a vibrant faith in Jesus. I remember he often led morning devotions and at one point he read us extracts from Pilgrim’s Progress. It was a pleasure to work with Rhod – he was a kind boss and fun to work for. We’ll miss him and there’ll be a big gap without him in the Reading communities where he was known and served.