Jesse Roderick

March 26, 2006

Jesse Roderick
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

Roderick – In Woburn, Sunday, March 26th, Jesse beloved husband of the late Albina F. Roderick. Devoted father of Mary Theresa Orr and her husband Robert G. of VA, Loretta Blanche and her husband Raul C. of NH and Gerald J. Roderick and his wife Corinne, also of NH. Dear brother of Herbert Roderick and his wife Rosemary of Somerville, Robert Roderick and his wife Sylvia of Newton and the late Mary Petchell, Joseph and Edward Roderick. Loving grandfather of six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 29th at 9a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours Tuesday, March 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in his Jesse’s memory to the Mass Commission for the Blind, 110 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02115 or to the charity of one’s choice. WWII Army Veteran

OBITUARY:

Jesse Roderick passed away early Sunday morning, March 26th, at Winchester Hospital, after a lengthy illness. Eighty-three years of age, he was the beloved husband of the late Albina F. Roderick. Born in Cambridge, Jesse was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Theresa (Pacheco) Roderick. He was raised and educated in Somerville. While in High School Jesse enjoyed boxing and was an amateur champion for his weight class. He could often be seen at Dillboy Field in Somerville and the Charlestown Boy’s Club doing his rounds. He joined the US Army following high school and continued his love for boxing. He served as a Corporal Technician, 5th Grade, with the 225th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion, Boston, a Unit that helped defend allied forces against German air attacks during the liberation of France, beganing on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. The 225th was also responsible for illuminating the historical Eiffel Tower in August 1945 marking the liberation of Paris from the German Army. A recent celebration was held in Boston honoring the WW II Veteran’s who fought to liberate France as part of Operation Overload, of which Jesse was one.

In 1953 he moved to Woburn with his family and made his home on the West side where he remained right up to the time of his death. Jesse worked for Reingold Beer for twenty five years, where he was the assistant driver aboard the beer delivery trucks. Following his retirement he went to work for Harvard University where he was employed for fifteen years in the engineering department.

He was a very skilled craftsman and would design, create many different woodworking articles such as cribs, tables, shelves, baby furniture and many other materials which he would share amongst both his family and friends. Music was an all time favorite pastime for Jesse. Not only did he enjoy listening to music but he was also a very talented musician playing guitar, concertina, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and ukulele.

Jesse was predeceased in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Roderick, his wife, Albina, his siblings Mary Petchell, Joseph and Edward Roderick.

He is survived his children, Mary Theresa Orr and her husband Robert G. of VA, Loretta Blanche and her husband Raul C. of NH and Gerald J. Roderick and his wife Corinne, also of NH, his brothers, Herbert and his wife Rosemary of Somerville and Robert and his wife Sylvia of Newton, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 29th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in his Jesse’s memory to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 110 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02115 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Mary and Bob,

    We are very sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. He will go straight from the family home to be with your Mom. And just look at the legacy he leaves behind – what a lifetime accomplishment. God Speed “Dad” to Heaven.

    Love, Jan and Wes Hilton

  2. Mary: He is now at peace–never having to leave the home he cherished, and knowing that he accomplished the most difficult task on Earth (raising three good, solid and loving children). Al

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