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The Honorable Roden S. Lightbody

AGE: 73 •

The Honorable Roden S. Lightbody, 73, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away surrounded by his loving family, on May 4, 2017 after receiving extraordinary care at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston.

Roden was born to Robert and Della Lightbody in New Rochelle, NY. He moved to Toms River at the young age of 9. He is a graduate of Toms River High School, the only high school in Toms River, he would often say and attended Rutgers University.

Roden was a strong, well respected and very proud public servant. He wore many different faces, his most treasured was Santa. With a sparkle in his eye, he brought joy to many and cherished the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Another face he wore many did not know, was that of Litterman for Dover Township. He began a campaign to clean up our town, showing up in cape and mask encouraging all to be responsible citizens for a clean environment. He proudly wore his kilt and sash every St. Patrick's Day in pride and love of his Irish heritage. His strong Irish tenor voice will be missed by many. Always quick with joke, Roden enjoyed making people smile and laugh even in the worst of situations. He advocated for many, was a voice for those who did not have one and he was truly good at everything that mattered.

Roden was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River. He served as the Ocean County Traffic Safety Engineer for 48 years, retiring in 2012. Many would often be amazed at his ability to know the traffic patterns and conditions of the many roads within our county. He held the hands and comfort many who lost loved ones from serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. Roden proudly served the residents of this town as Mayor and as Committeeman on the Dover Township Committee. He served many years as the liaison to the township's Police Department; Fire and EMS Service. Roden's long history of community involvement included many organizations and he received numerous awards and recognition throughout his lifetime. In the end, he would say, it was not the recognition that mattered, it was serving others that fulfilled him.

He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Della Lightbody, his loving sister and brother, Barbara Banfield and Robert Lightbody.

Surviving are his wife, Norvella (Pug), his two daughters and their husbands, Dr. Teri Kubiel and Councilman Brian Kubiel; Elizabeth Lightbody-Cimer and Dr. Robert Cimer. His pride and joy, his beautiful grandchildren, Kevan, Kayla, Aaron, Aidan and Aryonna. His brothers and their wives, John and Carole Lightbody, William and Maureen Lightbody, James and Missy Lightbody and George and Judy Lightbody; his sister in law, Carol Lightbody and several loving nieces and nephews.

In the words of an old Irish toast…

May the sound of happy music; and lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays for forever after.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 11th from 3pm-9pm at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home; 703 Main Street, Toms River. A church service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, 1070 Hooper Ave. on Friday, May 12th at 10am, followed by interment at Ocean County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Community Medical Center; in care of the Foundation Office, 99 Route 37 West, Toms River.

Family and friends are invited to visit to leave condolences to his family.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 7, 2017
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