Waterford - Carl William Rood, 60, of Waterford, passed away of cancer on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
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Carl was born Dec. 11, 1951 in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of the late David and Marion (Carson) Rood. Carl proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war and his life's work was varied and included operating his business Innovated Design and Casting; Mystic River Foundry, boat repair and maintenance and most recently, he was employed as a maintenance engineer at the Motel 6 in Niantic.
When Carl wasn't "messing around boats", he thoroughly enjoyed music, singing with the Coast Guard at Carnegie Hall and he played the lead in Todd Fletcher's musical The Errol's as well as participating in local community musical theater and church choir. A man committed to helping his fellow man, he served as a foster parent and also took under his wings, two adult homeless men and cared for their needs until their deaths. Like a ship in the midst of a storm, he persevered and did The Lord's work. Now he has sailed to his eternal home.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Dorothy (Fowke) Rood; and their children, 15 year old Hannah and 17 year old Philip Rood, all of Waterford. They were the pride and joy of his life.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the 2nd Congregational Church of New London, Broad Street, New London. There are no calling hours.
The Thomas L. Neilan and Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.neilanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on April 13, 2012