|Given Name(s)||Harry O. (Harold Oscar)|
|Place of Birth||Cairo|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||March 18, 1896|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||December 19, 1975|
|Date of Death (Heb)||15 Tevet 5736|
|Age at Death||79|
|Hebrew Name||אהרון אברהם הכהן|
|Spouse’s Name||Sophie Rachel Odell nee Weill (4B2)|
|Title (e.g., Dr)||M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)||Cohen|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||Sons: Jack, Albert & David. David was born in HK on October 23, 1927 and died in Boca Raton, FL, on April 18, 2013. He was married to Molly Reuben and they had two children, Candice Odell and Lee Odell. Candace is married to Julian Shapiro and they have one son, Raphael. Lee is married to Debra Sillaro and they have two children, Matthew Odell and Kate Lynn Odell.|
|Inscription (Eng)||IN LOVING MEMORY OF HARRY O. ODELL O.B.E. DEARLY BELOVED HUSBAND OF SOPHIE FATHER OF JACK, ALBERT AND DAVID BORN 18TH MARCH 1896 DIED 19TH DEC. 1975|
|Inscription (Heb)||פה מצא מנוח הזקן אהרון אברהם הכהן נלבע בט׳ו טבת תשל״ו והיו ימיו ע״ט שנה|
|Inscription (Other)||“MOSES & CO.” on vertical of 2nd tier at right|
|Historical||“Harry Odell was emblematic of the peripatetic souls that continually landed in Hong Kong and made their mark here.
Born Harry Obadofsky in Cairo in 1896 to Russian Jewish parents and educated in Shanghai, he worked as a tap dancer in Nagasaki before emigrating to the United States and fighting for the U.S. military in France during World War I.
Following the war, he moved to Hong Kong, changed his surname to Odell, and married into a wealthy family of jewelers.
Odell cut his teeth in the import-export business and as a stockbroker, and was also a volunteer with the naval reserve in Hong Kong. He was wounded during the defense of Hong Kong in 1941 and became a Japanese POW.
Following the war, Odell started a film distribution business and was a major force behind the construction of the City Hall theater complex, putting his stamp on the cultural life of his adopted home.”
(Provided by Jason Beerman from The Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography.)
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