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Paul F. Rodden, 88, of Swampscott, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Catherine “Kay” (Dunlee) Rodden and is survived by his two daughters, Patricia and her husband, Luke Fabbri of Lynnfield and Katie and her husband, Jake Akoury of Danvers. Paul also leaves four beloved grandchildren, Collin and Liam Fabbri and Hannah Marie and Kendall Akoury; his brother, Philip and his wife, Mary Rodden of Beverly; and his sister, Elizabeth and her husband, Robert Smart of Wolfboro Falls, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, H. Kenneth Rodden and his sister, Margaret M. Kelly.
Paul was born on February 13, 1929, in Peabody, and raised in Salem, graduating from Saint Mary’s High School in Lynn and Salem State with a B.S. in Business. While still in high school he worked as a milkman for his father’s company, H.F. Rodden Milk Co., before joining the Navy as a Corpsman, from which he was honorably discharged. He married Kay in 1956 and left Massachusetts to work in sales for Panama-Beaver Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. He returned and settled in Swampscott where he worked for New England Telephone Company for 35 years and, for a time, the Swampscott Police Department. After retiring, he worked as a security guard at the Peabody Essex Museum, as a cab driver, as well as a sitter at MGH, Spaulding Rehabilitation, and Union Hospital. He also found it rewarding to volunteer with the elderly and intellectually challenged children.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass at Saint Michael’s Chapel located at The Soldiers’ Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please send all memorial contributions to Father Patrick F. Healy, Saint Michael’s Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150.
Published on  September 27, 2017
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