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Rodney B. Backman


1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Rodney B. Backman Obituary


It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Rodney B. Backman, 88, of Portland, passed away at Water's Edge Center for Health & Rehabilitation on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). Rodney was born on December 10, 1925 and was a lifelong resident of Portland. He graduated from Portland High School as an accomplished athlete who played many sports, including soccer, basketball and baseball. Also a player for the Portland Dukes, Rodney was considered one of the best athletes in his hometown, even being offered the chance to try out for Minor League baseball. He was inducted into the Portland Sports Hall of Fame for his many athletic achievements. Rodney served in the U.S. Navy for three years on the USS Randolph, an aircraft carrier that was granted three battle stars and served in the South Pacific. He married his beloved wife of 66 years, Millicent "Mickey" (Stevens) Backman, on September 6, 1947. He was employed at Standard-Knapp in Portland for 43 years and enjoyed his years coaching little league baseball and pee wee football. In addition to his loving wife, Rodney will be dearly missed by his two sisters, Joyce Nelson of Cromwell and Faith Hall of Florida; his four sons, Bruce Backman and his wife Janice Olson of Portland, Keith Backman and his wife Paula of Old Saybrook, Kevin Backman of Portland and Brett Backman and his wife Kathy of Middletown; his five adored grandchildren who all lovingly referred to him as "Pa," Ryan Backman and his wife Jonna, Travis Backman and his wife Ashley, Erica Backman Janson and her husband Keith, Brittany Backman and Blaire Backman and his five special great-grandchildren, Maddox, Liam, Carter, Alyssa and Ava. He was predeceased by his brother, Neil Pierce; his sister, Lois Wholley and his cherished granddaughter, Brooke Olivia Backman. Funeral services and burial will be private and there are no calling hours. Donations in Rodney's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), 156 Prospect St., Middletown, CT 06457. The D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield is handling arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 23, 2014
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