James Roden Jr.
1933 - 2021
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James Buckley Roden, Jr. February 21, 2021 James Buckley Roden, Jr., 87 of Canastota, NY passed away on Sunday February 21, 2021 at the Abraham House in, Rome, NY after a brief illness. Born on November 6, 1933 in Schenectady he was the son of the late James and Alma (Ostrander) Roden. Jim Graduated from Chestertown Central School in 1951. He was involved in various sports programs during his high school career. He excelled in basketball and baseball. He was a veteran who served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, a Chestertown Volunteer Firefighter for 12 years, and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for 40 years. Jim was a heavy equipment mechanic most of his life and spent his career in the heavy construction industry. He enjoyed working on and around heavy equipment. He retired in 1994 from Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and continued to reside at his home in Canastota, NY. He loved spending time in the Adirondacks at his home in Chestertown, NY, enjoying the 60 acres of land that his father and mother originally owned and he grew up on. He always tried to spend as much time as he could there with family and friends, and especially enjoyed time with his sister Joan, and cousins Pam Swartz and Bill Knowlton. He was an avid hunter and always enjoyed hunting with his brothers-in-law, Doug and Don and nephew Donnie. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren. He would always be present at their events and activities. He was a very supportive and played an integral part in their lives until his passing. Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was always there to support his family any way necessary. Besides his parents he is predeceased by his wife Dorothy Derine (Doyle) Roden whom he married on April 8, 1956 and was married to 42 years, and a son James B. Roden, III . Survivors include his loving son John B. Roden and daughter-in-law Ann of Sherrill, NY; one sister Joan (Roden) Jarrett of San Antonio, Fl; two brothers-in-law Donald Doyle of Whallonsburg, NY and Douglas and Flora Doyle of Willsboro, NY: two sisters-in-law Joyce Perkett of Manchester, NJ, and Eleanor Lambert of Chestertown, NY; Sandra Jesmore companion to the late James B. Roden, III; three grandsons, Jeremy Roden and his wife Samantha, Brett Roden and Andrew Roden; great-granddaughter, Olivia Roden; two granddaughters, Jamie Roden and Jennifer Roden; great- granchildren, Bryanna, Chelsea, Nataylia, Kashlyn, Raymond, Roy, Mashayla, Royal and Hailey: great-great-granddaughter, Aubriella. Also survived by many special cousins, nieces and nephews who always were very supportive and good to him. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the Abraham House and Hospice Care for all their support. The family would also like to thank Myrna Belden for her love and support she provided Jim the last 10 years, and especially all the love and care she provided him during his illness . Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 PM Saturday Feb. 27, 2021at Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Inc. 9 Pine St. Chestertown, NY 12817. Services will be private. Spring interment will be at Chester Rural Cemetery, Chestertown. Due to Covid-19 pandemic only a maximum of 10 non family visitors can enter the funeral home to pay respects at any given time. Please observe social distancing and facial covering (masks) requirements . In lieu of flowers , memorials can be made to Abraham House 417 N. Washington St Roe, NY 13440 or Chestertown Vol. Fire Department P.O. Box 382 Chestertown, NY 12817. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
I worked for Jim for many years in the Transportation Department at Niagara Mohawk. He was a great boss but a better friend who will surely be remembered for his humor and kind heart. I fondly remember the pranks that went on in the office - and he was sure good at it... I will hold his memory in my heart - RIP Jim and condolences to his family.
Katie Doyle Aylesworth
February 24, 2021
My condolences to all the Roden family. I loved Jim. He was one of the best bosses I ever had at Niagara Mohawk. He was kind, caring, gruff and funny - he was always pulling tricks on the girls in the office. We gave what we got and he so enjoyed the paybacks. When he wanted things done, he made it known in no
uncertain terms. I respected him a great deal and so did everyone who dealt with him. He will be sorely missed. RIP my dear friend and boss.
Chris French
February 23, 2021
Our family has so many fond memories of Jim. He was a great friend and neighbor. He was one of my Dad's, Buzz, best friends. Jim was always there to lend a hand. They had many good times too, just like you Jennifer, the John Deeres were always busy. We are grateful for such good memories. We extend our deepest sympathies for the family.
Sincerely Bob, Bill and Nancy Phaneuf.
The Phaneuf Family
February 22, 2021
My grandfather was a very loving caring person. I remember when i was little i use to go stay with my grandma and grandpa every weekend. My grandfather had this john deer tractor that he use to let us ride around the yard. We thought it was the coolest thing to do. The most important we made some awesome memories that i will cherish for ever. Love you grandpa. Please tell grandma and dad i love them.
Jennifer Roden
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