Odell, Harry O.

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Plot Location 4B1
Surname Odell
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)
Father’s Name
Mother’s Name
Other Surnames Obadofsky
Sex M
Marital Status M
Maiden Name
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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