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Obituary for YORK


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday February 25, 2007

Rodney P. York, passed away on December 18, 1993, in Albuquerque. He was born in Albuquerque on February 5, 1961, to Philip K. and Margaret York, the third child of the family. Rodney graduated from Highland High. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed activities as hiking the Grand Canyon, exploring remote parts of New Mexico and off-road motorcycling. He met and married Diane Stewart, they had one son. Rodney became very ill with a form of spinal meningitis. After many operations, he defied predictions that he would not live more than six weeks by surviving more than eight years. He had a partial recovery, but with serious spinal damage. Even when confined to a wheelchair, he visited critically ill patients at St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital and volunteered at Corrales Elementary. He struggled as a quadriplegic for eight years and after an additional tenth surgical operation, Rodney died of pneumonia. Rodney is survived by Jason Rodney York and his wife Cassiah; and granddaughter Rachel; all of Albuquerque. His is also survived by his brother Philip K. York and his wife Amy of Albuquerque; and sister Rosemary Y. Morrison and her husband William of Littleton MA; and a neice, Michelle Toft of San Francisco. A Re-Interment Service will take place on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9:30 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE near the main entrance on Menaul.