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RODIA Paul Michael
Birth:          9 May 1939 Waterbury, Conn.
Death:          1 Sep 2019 Woodbury, Conn.

Pepe Calabrese Cannizzaro tree on ancestry
1940 in Waterbury, Conn.
Paul Michael Rodia of Woodbury, Connecticut, passed away on Sept. 1, 2019, at home surrounded by 
family and dear friends.  Just three months prior, Paul was the life of the party at his 80th birthday 
celebration when he sported his signature dance moves and his gift for impromptu speeches that conveyed 
just how humbled and honored he was. His love of life and dedication to sports and fitness kept him strong 
until the end when he lost his valiant fight to cancer.

Paul was an exceptional athlete his entire life.  He exceled at tennis and was a ranked player in New 
England.  As a competitive golfer, he won countless trophies and awards.  For Paul, sports were also about 
friendships and new challenges.  He was active wherever he was. Whatever the season, he found a way to 
be out in nature and moving.  His pursuits included wind surfing, paddleball, hiking, skiing, basketball, 
softball, soccer, swimming, skating, refereeing ice hockey referee and most recently pickle ball. 

A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Paul was born May 9, 1939, in Waterbury and raised in Watertown. His 
lifetime of achievements began with graduating from Hoosac High School where he was co-captain of the 
soccer and baseball teams.  He attended Springfield College where he majored in physical education.  He 
began his professional life as a stockbroker. After a career of entrepreneurial pursuits in the athletic apparel 
industry, he joined Norman Drubner to create Drubner Industrials commercial real estate.  Paul served in the 
U.S. Army and the National Guard and was on the board of the Waterbury Red Cross. 

Family and friends filled Paulís long and rich life.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Louise Rodia; 
brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Cecile Rodia; four children, Christine Rodia, Laurie Rodia, Paul Michael 
Rodia Jr. and Sarah Rodia; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Rodia; three grandchildren, Lukas Rodia, Chloe 
Paczkoski  and Isabella Noujaim; and cousin David May. He was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo 
and Helene Rodia, and his first wife, Toni Castle.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main Street 
Watertown .  A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel 183 North Street 
Watertown.  For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, please visit
per obit of Mary Louise Lorensen Rodia, Sarah is her daughter by her first marriage and is not listed as a 
child of Paul

RODIA Angelo Leo (25 Jan 1904 - 16 Oct 1988)
CALABRESE Helene M. (31 Mar 1908 - 27 Dec 1995)

RODIA Paul Michael (9 May 1939 - 1 Sep 2019)
RODIA Arthur Leo ()

Marriage To CASTLE Toni G. (12 Nov 1943 - 12 Feb 2005) m. 31 Mar 1962 Bloomfield, Conn. Notes Parents CASTLE William A. () D'UTASSY Babetta () Children by CASTLE Toni G. 12 Nov 1943 - 12 Feb 2005
RODIA Paul Michael () RODIA Laurie () RODIA Christine ()
Marriage To LORENSEN Mary Louise () Notes Parents LORENSEN Neil () BRADLEY Grace ()
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