Joseph George Roddy

November 22, 1934 - February 24, 2021
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Joseph George Roddy, 86, of Venice, Florida passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021.  Joseph was born November 22, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the son of the late Martin J. and Delia (Healy) Roddy.  Survivors include his wife Dorothy; sons Daniel, Martin, Joseph and Patrick; two daughters Mary Maguire and Kathleen Roddy, (preceded in death), seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  He also leaves two stepdaughters, Melissa Ferguson and Amy Handel, and 7 step grandchildren. Joe was a member of the US Navy and served in the Korean War.  His career spanned 41 years with the Department of Defense, rising to the level of Deputy Director for a period of time. He also served as a logistics manager in the Directorate of Materiel Management, Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey.  He retired from that position in 1998 when he and his wife Dorothy moved to Venice. He joined the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, (SILL), becoming the moderator for the program at the Venice location for several years.  He followed the Philadelphia Phillies all through his life and went to watch spring training in St. Petersburg.  He shared many happy memories throughout his life with anyone he met, finally writing a book about them called, “Growing up in Heaven”.  That was a labor of love for him and a source of enjoyment for all who read it.  His faith gave him the strength to handle many difficulties he faced, including his health problems in the last year. He was a great storyteller and had a story for any occasion.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joe’s name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238.  To post a condolence for Joe please visit

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Born: November 22, 1934
Died: February 24, 2021

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CHARLES KALWINSKY posted on 3/10/21

Our world has lost a caring, compassionate man. We have so many fond memories of our time with Joe. I think I could fill a book with Joe Roddy stories and most of them would make me smile. Our condolences to Dorothy and the entire Roddy family. The saints in Heaven must be having a great time! Charlie & Ruth


Michael Roddy posted on 3/8/21

Dorothy and families: Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Husband, Dad, Grandfather, my Uncle and Godfather. Nothing is more painful in life as the separation and the immense void left behind by the loss of a loved one. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Michael & Janet Roddy


Jerry & Barbara McEntee posted on 3/6/21

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our prayers are with Dorothy and the Roddy family. An Irish ☘️ Blessing May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face And rains fall softly upon your fields And until we meet again May the Good Lord hold you in the Hollow off his hand Joe We will miss your kindness, your smile and your laughter We loved you


Stan & Linda Sohosky posted on 3/4/21

Joe was a wonderful person. We will always remember him as a great friend and co-worker who always had a smile on his face and terrific laugh. We enjoyed many happy summertime parties at his home in Belmar. Rest in peace, Joe. Our sincerest condolences to all the Roddy family.


William C Riehl posted on 3/4/21

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William C Riehl posted on 3/4/21

All of the people whospent any time with Joe knew him as aa great friend who loved his family It is always difficult to lose someone loved by so many, but Heaven just greeted one of the most caring men I've known. Rest in Peace Joe. My condolences go out to Roddy Family.


Bob Pearson posted on 3/3/21

We have lost a great professional, patriot, friend and most importantly a father, grandfather and great grandfather. Our sincere condolences to the entire Roddy family. Rest In Peace Joe and keep them laughing in heaven. Bob and Linda Pearson