Marie, Ontario. He died while still in office on a trip to the Middle East in 1978. Rhodes was a popular radio and television personality on CJIC in the 1960s. Rhodes was elected to Sault Ste.
Marie City Council, and was mayor from 1969 to 1971.
Rhodes was elected as an Master in Public Policy in the 1971 provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie. served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
In 1974 he was appointed to cabinet as the Transportation and Communications. As Minister of Transportation he was not safety minded as he opposed a seat belt law and helmets for moped drivers.
He also cared more for frustrated car drivers in Toronto as he allowed the paving of the Spadina Expressway from Lawrence to Eglinton.
In October 1975 he was shuffled to the Minister of Housing. In January 1978 he was moved to the Minister of Industry and Tourism. He died in Tehran, Iran in 1978.
He had just arrived from Cairo, Egypt after attending trade talks when he experienced a massive heart attack.
He was 49 years old. Both opposition leaders lauded Rhodes after learning of his death. Liberal Stuart Smith called Rhodes "one of the ablest and warmly human members." New Democrat Michael Cassidy said, he was an "engaging fellow who played the political game with an enormous amount of gusto.
He enjoyed respect from all sides of the house."
He was named posthumously to the Sault Ste. Marie Walk of Fame in September 2007.
The John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario was also named after him. The John Rhodes Community Centre is a facility for hosting sporting events and other tourism related activities. Algoma University also presents an annual scholarship named in Rhodes" memory.
In 1981, the John.
R. Rhodes Driver Examination Centre in Malton, Ontario was opened. lieutenant was demolished in 2004 and moved to nearby Brampton, Ontario.
He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1971 to 1978.