January 8, 1934 ~ July 22, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

Constance “Connie”  D. Roderick, 86, of Cheshire passed away at Elim Park on Thursday, July 22, 2020. Connie was the wife of 61 years to the late Charles D. Roderick. She is survived by her children; Ultima Roderick of New Haven, Carl (Jeanette) Roderick of Southbury, and Scott (Melissa) Roderick of Harwinton; grandchildren, Emma, Maia, Noah, Elias, and Bjorn Roderick and her sister Inez Degnan of Lake Mary, FL. She was predeceased by her sisters Carol Clark, Jean Dooley and brothers Fenton, Richard “Dick” and Lawrence “Larry” Dooley.

Connie was born in New Haven on January 8, 1934, daughter of the late Vincent P. and Ultima Robinson Dooley.  She was a graduate of Kenwood School, Albany NY and attended the University of Vienna.  She then graduated from Tufts University with a degree in occupational therapy and went on to work at Norwich State Hospital.  A resident of Hamden for over 50 years, she was an active member of the St. Rita’s parish having been active with Marriage Encounter and Catholic Charity League.  She had also been active in Easter Seals, was a member of the D.A.R., and was a founding member of the Housatonic Valley Cairin Terrier Club.  An avid reader, knitter and quilter, she always carried a book or her knitting with her.  Connie was a great conversationalist and could strike up a conversation with anybody.  She had a love for researching genealogy and was the keeper of family lore.  This connected her to people and places all over the world. She joined the staff of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home in 1983, where she worked as a Receptionist and Funeral Director Assistant, serving families for over 13 years.  Connie was devoted to her husband Charlie, children, grandchildren, and dogs.  She will be forever missed.

Friends are invited to visit with her family on Friday, July 24th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 am in Devine Mercy Parish /St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave, Hamden. Burial will be held in Gilford, NH at a later date.  Donations in Connie’s memory may be sent to www.alz.org.  To send condolences to her family, please visit www.beecherandbennett.com.

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  1. Connie was a true lady. Her warmth was magnetic. She and Charlie truly witnessed to the best of marriage. May she now rest in the wonderful gentle embrace of our Lord Jesus United with her dear Charlie b

  2. To the Roderick Family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Many years ago, I suffered a sudden tragic loss of my daughter & not knowing anything about planning a funeral & the shock of the tragic event, Charles & Connie were there for me, knowing that I did not have the means for a proper burial, at that time, they never wavered & Connie and Charles made sure that every need was met & she went out of her way to make sure all my questions were answered and they afforded my family a great tribute for my daughter. Connie would contact me around each holiday to check on me & to see how I was doing & she really did not have to do that & I will never forget all that Connie & Charles did for me. She surely is an Angel in heaven now

    • Thank you for sharing your story. This story beautifully illustrates who my parents were. I am so happy to hear that my parents brought your family solace during such a time of need. Thank you for sharing 😊. Peace

      • So Sorry Scott, I will never forget your Father, at that time showing up at the crime scene & I never met him before & I thought he was a police official & I did not have any funeral home in mind & the following morning he picked me up at home & I still thought he was a police detective & when we arrived at the Funeral Home on Campbell Ave in West Haven is where I met your mom & I found out they had my daughter & I am happy that he accommodated me. & the way they treated me I will treasure forever. Your mom would call me around every Christmas & Easter until about 2007 when I left CT. She truly earned her wings sir.

  3. Ultima, Carl and Scott we are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You were our next door neighbors for many years and were sorry when the house was sold. It hasn’t been the same since. Your mom and dad will both be missed. Laura has been sick and in a nursing home or we would be there for the services. Our prayers are with you all.
    Laura and Barbara Sandquist

  4. Dear Ultie, Carl and Scott, Love and hugs to you all and your families. We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom – truly a great, kind and noble woman. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, as you send her off to be with your Dad again, free of pain and suffering. Let us know if we can be of help when she comes back to “the Hill” – cousin Barbara, and Bruce

  5. Dear Scott, Ultie, and Karl,

    Pat and I send your our sympathy and support. Aunt Connie was special to me and I am grateful to have enjoyed many years seeing her as an “adopted mom”. Her stories, her wit, and her love are etched in my heart. We will miss her dearly and wish comfort to you all.

  6. When my daughter Melissa married Scott, she married into and was welcomed into the Roderick family. What I didn’t know was the rest of Melissa’s family was welcomed as well. Though we lived across the country, the times we were able to get together produced many wonderful memories. The highlight of those was the family dinners at the huge dining table where Connie orchestrated the feast.
    Also of special memories is the week we spent together as Grammy and Nana enjoying the kids at the Florida beach. She was truly a wonderful woman and will be missed greatly. Comfort to the family and God speed Dear Connie

  7. Dear Ultie, Scott and Karl,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I considered Connie a dear friend and special lady. We shared many meals together here at Elim Park and her friendship was a joy. She will be in my heart forever.

  8. Carl, Scott and Ulti, and all her grandchildren.
    We are very sorry to hear of your Moms passing. She was an absolute delight to everyone who knew her. She was always very loving, caring and sweet to us every time we got together. She adored her children and grandchildren so much that you could see it in her eyes when she looked at them! She will be thought of often with a heavy heart. Take care of yourselves.

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