BANGOR and SOUTHWEST HARBOR - Esther E. Rodick, 77, wife of Clarence L. Rodick Jr., died peacefully Jan. 9, 2014, at her home in Bangor. She was born July 2, 1936, in Bar Harbor, daughter of Norma (Andrews) and C. Leslie Rinaldo.
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As a child, she lived in Trenton on the Sunny Hollow Poultry Farm. She graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1953. While working at Sherman's Hardware store, she met her husband of 59 years; they were married on Sept. 8, 1954. They lived in Kodiak, Alaska, and Wareham, Mass., while Clarence served 21 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1970 they moved home to Southwest Harbor where she worked at the Southwest Harbor town office as the Administrative Assistant from 1971 until her retirement in 1992. After her retirement, Clarence and Esther enjoyed winters in Florida for many years until finally coming home to Southwest Harbor. Esther loved to sew, knit, and crochet. Mostly she enjoyed doing genealogy of the Rodick family.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence; daughters, Carolyn Rodick and her lifetime partner, Clint Briggs, of Roque Bluffs, Patricia Wiswell and Daniel Wiswell of Glenburn; son, Clarence L. Rodick III of Ellsworth; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Barnhart Rodick, Dianne Ilott, Justin McBrearity, Alyssa Savage and Steven Wiswell. She is also remembered by a dear friend, Lucy Barnhart.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, with Pastor Bob Maddocks officiating. Spring Interment will be held at Goose Cove Cemetery, formerly Evergreen Cemetery, Goose Cove Road, Trenton. Contributions in Esther's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter; 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 15, 2014