Obituary of Gerald J. 'Jerry' Roderick

GERALD J. "JERRY" RODERICK - of Goffstown NH, March 26th at fifty seven years of age. Beloved husband of Corinne Louise (McCue) Roderick of NH. Dear father of James Fagan of WA. Devoted brother of Mary Orr, her husband Robert of VA, and Loretta Blanche, her husband Raul of NH. Loving grandfather of six grandchildren. Jerry leaves behind an uncle, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jerry is also survived by many wonderful, close and dear friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Saturday, April 8th at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jerry's memory to the Home, Health and Hospice Care, Attn: Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or Diamond Dogs Rescue, Inc., 428 High Street, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.

OBITUARY:

Gerald J. “Jerry” Roderick passed away at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire after a courageous battle with cancer, at the young age of fifty-seven. The beloved husband of Corinne (McCue) Roderick happily married for 22 years.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Jesse and Albina (Pasquinelli) Roderick. Jerry was raised in Woburn’s West Side and was quite involved in sports at an early age. Jerry actively participated in Woburn Little League and youth hockey which both carried into his adult life. Educated in Woburn Public Schools, Jerry graduated from Woburn High School along with the Class of 1977. After graduation he enlisted in the National Guard, where he served for eight years.

Over the years, Jerry held several jobs. Most recently he was a tanker driver for JP Noonan for over 23 years. His appreciation for cars and trucks didn’t end with just driving. His love for anything with four (or two) wheels was a favorite profession, hobby and pastime! Give him a broken down, rusted vehicle and he would bring it back to life. You name it, Jerry could fix it.

Throughout his life, Jerry’s happiest times and fondest memories took place outdoors. Whether it be golfing and skiing with the Mayflower Road friends or fishing, camping, hunting, softball, gardening with his family and many dear friends that he thought of as family.

Luckily, Jerry found someone to share his passion for adventure with when he met the love of his life, Corinne McCue. Any time the weather was nice, Jerry and Corinne could be found camping, cruising the back roads of New Hampshire in their Corvette, or on his Harley-Davidson. When the warm weather and sandy beach called their names, Jerry and Corinne headed to Cancun, where they vacationed every year for at least the last decade. These yearly trips to Mexico would result in lifelong friendships.

Jerry was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Despite knowing his time was limited, Jerry never let cancer define him or get him down. He lived each day to the fullest, taking full advantage of every moment he had. Jerry had a saying for anything you couldn’t control, “it is what it is!” Though Jerry may have lost his life to cancer, his positive outlook, sense of humor and integrity will live on.

Jerry's legacy will be that he is a loyal, kind and caring friend and there to lend a helping hand to all. Jerry will always be respected for his hard work and dedication. Everyone will remember him for his wit and dry sense of humor as well as his straightforwardness.

Sadly, Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Albina (Pasquinelli) Roderick. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Corinne Louise (McCue) Roderick of NH, his son, James Fagan of WA, his sisters, Mary Orr and her husband Robert of VA, and Loretta Blanche and her husband Raul of NH and his six grandchildren, his uncle, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Jerry is also survived by many wonderful, close and dear friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Saturday, April 8th at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jerry's memory to the Home, Health and Hospice Care, Attn: Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or Diamond Dogs Rescue, Inc., 428 High Street, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060