Charles E. Roderick, of Cheshire, passed away on peacefully after a long illness on April 30, 2019 with his family by his side. Charlie, formerly of Hamden, was the husband of Constance Dooley Roderick for 61 years; father of Ultima Roderick of New Haven, Carl (Jeanette) Roderick of Southbury, and Scott (Melissa) Roderick of Harwinton; grandfather of Emma, Maia, Noah, Elias, and Bjorn Roderick, and brother of Jerome Roderick and Sheila Roderick. He is predeceased by his sister Joyce Roderick, and sister-in-law Ruth Roderick. Charlie was born in Falmouth, MA on June 15, 1933, son of the late Edward and Dorothy Broadhurst Roderick. He graduated from Falmouth High School and the New England Institute of Funeral Service, and became a licensed Funeral Director. Charlie joined the Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home staff in 1957, where he became the General Manager and Vice President, serving families for over 50 years. He was a community-minded person, having been Past President of the Board of Easter Seals Goodwill Rehabilitations Center in New Haven, the Hamden Rotary Club, the Wilsonian Club, the Parish Council of St. Rita's Church, the Lions Club Civitans, and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. Families from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds received the benefit of his kindness. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Sunday, May 5 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Rita's Church. Burial will be held at a later date in Gilford, NH.

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  1. Dear Roderick Family, I was sad to read of Charlie’s passing. He and Connie were So welcoming when we moved to Haverford St. So many years ago. Charlie introduced my former husband Bill Richmond to fishing for blues and showed us how to cook them. Charlie’s laugh and joy at what live has to offer was infectious. My children Christopher, Heather, Terry and Tori join me in sending sympathy and prayers. Jane Walker Richmond

  2. Connie, Ultima, scott and Carl,
    We are so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. You were good next door neighbors for many years. You are in our prayers.
    Barbara and Laura Sandquist

  3. Dear Aunt Connie, Ultie, Carl and Scott, Wish I could be there in person to give you a big hug as you send Uncle Charlie off on his last journey. He was such a fabulous person – jovial, loving, kind, understanding, and always tenderly there for us as we faced our own losses. He more than earned his eternity in Peace – and we couldn’t ask for a better Angel to watch over us! Lots of love, Barbara (Robinson) Straight

  4. Dear Connie and family,
    The Lord be with you. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers on Charlie’s death. May he rest in the peace and joy of the Lord. Charlie was so dear to us, seeing him always brought smiles and good feelings. Your love as a couple was blessed and a great witness. He now lives in eternity with the saints and God.
    Blessings and prayers, (Dcn.) Dick & Ange Santello
    St. Petersburg, FL

  5. To the Roderick family, Charlie was such a wonderful person and was always laughing and smiling. He was so helpful to my family over the years. So sorry for your loss, sending prayers.
    Betty and Paul Baumgartner and family

  6. Charlie and I served on the CFDA board together and served as President a couple years apart he and Connie and Linda and I traveled to many meetings and conventions together. Charlie was so much the gentleman and they were a fun couple to be with. Linda and I have such fond memories of our times together and are better because of our friendship. We will keep your family in our prayers JCC

  7. Connie and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Charlie was a special man with a heart of gold. He touched so many peoples’ lives, including my own. May he rest in peace.
    Kelli Johnson

  8. Dear Connie & Family, our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your dear Charlie. He was kind and a wonderful man. His pleasant personality and handsome smile would light up a room. Sincerely, Rosemary (Roe) & Paul Schaeffer & Family

  9. Dear Connie: So sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. I have many good memories of Charlie. The fine obituary gave credit to all that he accomplished. A contribution in his name is being made to the Alzheimer’s Association. My thoughts and prays are with you at this most difficult time. I know that you have had a long a difficult journey dealing with Charlie’s illness. May he rest in peace.

  10. Mary Mayo
    My deepest condolences to the family of Charlie Roderick. Connie is a dear friend, and although I never had the chance to meet Charlie, Connie often reminisced about their life together. I know that their love was strong and their lives filled with happy times.

  11. Santosh Gulati.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Charlie Roderick. I live at Elim Park and am a friend of Connie. She always spoke very lovingly of him. May his soul rest in peace.

  12. Connie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a warm and caring person Charlie was having known him for over 40 years. As chairman of the board of directors of Easter Seals Goodwill Industries in New Haven during the mid 80’s. He saw us through a one million dollar capital campaign and the building of a state of the art rehabilitation center for individuals with disabilities. He will never be forgotten. Malcolm Gill , President Emeritus .

  13. It is with extreme sadness I learn of Charlie’s passing, but my heart is filled with the joy of recalling many, many years of both wonderful and fruitful times in Charlie’s company. He was my mentor from day one when I joined Hamden Rotary, and my original will specified that only Charlie could handle the arrangements should I predecease him. He truly leaves a legacy that few can match. My condolences.

  14. My dear Connie,
    I am so very sorry to learn about Charlie. My heart is so much with you at this difficult time.
    Charlie was such a marvelous man and I have so many happy memories of him. I wish I could have been with you today.
    Prayers and love,
    Betty Mae Colleran

  15. My deepest sympathy to the entire Roderick family. I feel blessed to have known Charlie for over thirty five years. He was one of the kindest and sweetest people anywhere.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  16. All of the Hindinger Family is very sad to hear about the passing of Charlie. He was the nicest and kindest man! Our sympathy goes to all of his wonderful family.

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